Category: choro


Choros by Luperce Miranda – with Dudu Maia –…

Dudu Maia and his group AQuattro have recorded a CD with compositions by Luperce Miranda some years ago. Luperce Miranda was a bandolim player and composer who has composed many great choros.

I have bought the CD by AQuattro as well as a book with choros by Luperce Miranda and I liked to play some of those choros on my mandolin.

Some days ago I have dicovered a set of three videos with a concert played by AQuattro with many of the pieces on this CD and some other great choros.

Talentos – Aquattro

O Aquattro é um autêntico conjunto regional de Choro, respeitando a tradição porém com a dose certa de ousadia, permitida pela formação desses talentosos músicos.

O conjunto surgiu de um convite recebido por Dudu Maia (bandolim de 10 cordas) para gravar um CD com obras de Luperce Miranda. Para essa agradável missão, Dudu contactou Fernando César (Violão de 7 cordas), Pedro Vasconcellos (Cavaquinho) e Valerinho (Pandeiro).

O que seria apenas a gravação do CD, sem perspectiva de um trabalho futuro, culminou na criação do grupo.

(the original videos are no more available)

Dudu Maia – A Program dedicated to Luperce Miranda

Playlist Luperce Miranda

Additional Information


Desvairada – A Great Choro by Garoto (Anibal Augusto…

A choro tune that I have heard many times during this years European Mandolin Academy is Desvairada by Garoto.

Garoto was the Nickname of Anibal Augusto Sardinha.

Here is some information from the site

Anibal Augusto Sardinha, better known as Garôto, (The Kid), was born from Portuguese immigrants Antônio Augusto Sardinha and Adosinda dos Anjos Sardinha in downtown São Paulo on June 28,1915.


In the last 15 years of his life, (Garôto died at age 39 on May 3, 1955), he worked very hard, playing in recording sessions, doing concerts, and composing some of the most wonderful songs Brazilians ever listened to, some, selling over a million copies. With his way of playing the Samba and Chôro on guitar and writting music, Garôto was the man who gave new directions to Brazilian Popular Music, influencing some of the next generation greatest Brazilian artistsand also showing the path to what few years later was called Bossa Nova.

In the choro blog I have found the following description of Desvairada:

“Desvairada” is a three part valse-choro played in 6/8 and has the form: ABBACCA, the piece containing several examples of appegios in double timing, very intricate to master.

Desvairada is a great tune that needs quite a bit or practice, and it  has been played by some of the greatest mandolin players as a duet:

Mike Marshall & Chris Thile – Woodsongs concert

Danilo Brito & Mike Marshall

Desvairada is also very popular among guitar players. In my playlist I have collected some 20 versions of Desvairada for mandolin, guitar and other instruments.

Enjoy Desvairada by Garoto.

Playlist Desvairada

Additional information

I have not found a sheet music version of Desvairada. For myself I have created a sheet music version from a midi file.

Information about Garoto:

Post about Desvairada in the choro blog:


Songbook Choro – A GINGA DO MANÉ (JACOB DO…

The choro A Ginga do mané is the first choro contained in the songbook choro. On my homepage some time ago I have started a project to present all the 97 choros from the songbook choro with youtube videos and more interesting information. Now again I have started to work on this project, and I have changed my system – I will present 5 or 6 choros on one page with one video for each choro added by links to other videos and more information. In some cases I do also use this blog to prepare an extra page with more videos of a special choro  – in this case the choro A Ginga do mané.

This choro by Jacob do Bandolim is obviously not composed for the bandolim – the melody goes down in some cases below the G, the lowest note on a bandolim. It was obviously played initially on a Violão Tenor like in this first video:

Choro “A Ginga Do Mané” (Jacob do Bandolim) – Som Brasileiro

Chorinho “A GINGA DO MANÉ” de Jacob Bittencourt do Bandolim, aqui interpretado pelo Regional de Choro Conjunto Som Brasileiro, no ano de 1990, em entrevista de televisão, fomado pelos músicos:
* Professor Sergio Napoleão Belluco (Violão 7 Cordas);
* Alessandro dos Santos Penezzi, aos 16 anos (Violão Tenor);
* Taufik Cury (Violão 6 Cordas);
* Derio Lovadino (Cavaquinho);
* Raul Leite (Pandeiro).

(Arquivo Raíssa Amaral & Sergio N. Belluco – Piracicaba / SP – Brasil)


The  Violão Tenor is a smaller guitar with four strings, it can be a resonator modell like the one just seen which was produced by the Del Vecchio company in Brazil, but it can also be a normal model built like aclassical guitar as you can see in the next video:

Ginga do Mané (Jacob do Bandolim)

Choro a Ginga do Mané de Jacob Bittencourt do Bandolim.

* Pedro Amorim – Violão Tenor;
* Maurício Carrilho – Violão de 6 Cordas;
* Luiz Otávio Braga – Violão de 7 Cordas;
* Jayme Moraes – Cavaquinho.

Tributo a Jacob do Bandolim
(Arquivo Raíssa Amaral & Professor Sergio Napoleão Belluco – Piracicaba / SP – Brasil)


It might be that the  Violão Tenor was constructed after the 4 stringed tenor banjo, so here is a video where the melody of this choro is played on a banjo:

Choro das Três – Chorinho Brasil – Brazilian Music

Choro A ginga do Mané, executado pelo Choro das 3 durante o programa de rádio Chorinho Brasil com apresentação do radialista João Tomas do Amaral e participação especial do Sr. Gallani no cavaco.

Read more “Songbook Choro – A GINGA DO MANÉ (JACOB DO BANDOLIM) – Violão Tenor”


Edu Miranda Trio – Tico Tico no Fubá –…

During the last days I have practiced Tico Tico no Fubá – I really want to be able to play this fantastic composition on my mandolin. So I searched for interesting videos of Tico Tico. My favorite video ist the following fantastic performance by the Edu Miranda Trio:

TICO TICO NO FUBÁ – Edu Miranda Trio DVD

Edu Miranda , Tuniko Goulart e Giovani Goulart ao vivo

Edu Miranda has his roots in Brazil, but moved to Portugal in 1989. There he mixed his Brazilian origins with the local music from Portugal to create his own sound.

Thats what he writes about this on his myspace page:

When it arrived at Portugal in 1989, Edu Miranda’s musical identification with the Portuguese culture was immediate. His mandolin, genuinely Brazilian, was enchanted with the music that he found at Portugal, doing that the “choro” and the samba that formed him in Brazil, acquired a new accent.

Te Edu Miranda Trio is composed of Edu Miranda on the Bandolim, the Brazilian mandolin,  Giovanni Goulart (drums) and Tuniko Goulart (synth-guitar). Edu Miranda has a fantastic technique on his bandolin, Tuniko is able to produce very interesting sound on hius synth-guitar, and Giovani Goulart plays the rhythmic base on his drumset. All three show a lot of fun with the music they play and much humor – as you can see in the middle of the Tico Tico video when Tuniko starts his solo on the synth-guitar.

Although this trio does not resemble a typical choro ensemble and reminds me more to a jazz trio, the sound that it produces is mostly typical choro with some jazz influences.

There are videos from a complete concert with many tunes.

Playlist with videos of the  Edu Miranda Trio

Playlist with different Tico Tico no Fubá videos

Additional information

Homepage Edu Miranda:

Myspace page Edu Miranda:

youtube channel Edu Miranda:

A new CD with Edu Miranda and his trio (Amazon partnerlink)

Outros Choros Do Brazil by Aquarela, Oboman Fillon, Edu Miranda, Tuniko Goulart