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Beatles’n’Choro – Beatles Songs with Bandolim, Cavaquinho, Clarinet and…

During the last days I have looked for some interesting choro music, and I have discovered a project titled Beatles’n’Choro. 4 CDs with Beatlessongs played by Brazilian Choro musicians with clarinet, flute, cavaquinho, bandolim, violao and pandeiro.

On the bandolim we can hear Hamilton de Holanda who plays a nice arrangement of Something on the bandolim:

Beatles’n’Choro – Something – Hamílton de Holanda

A Brazilian project of The Beatles music in Choro, a traditional brazilian music.

You can find several videos with titles from this project, but there are also other videos of Beatlessongs played by choro ensembles. Here is a group who has three videos of Beatlessongs at youtube:

I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Chorinho

Apresentação do grupo de choro no espetáculo “The Beatles” da Academia de Dança Regina Dell’Aquila – Teatro do Shopping Centro – São José dos Campos – SP – Dez/09. Marcelo Furlan (violão), Serginho Petroni (bandolim), Matheus Modesto (surdo) e Eduardo Galvani (pandeiro). Produção Vídeo Marina.

Finaly I have found some interesting videos at myspace – here as an example the song Eleonor Rigby played with bandolim, violao and pandeiro:

Eleonor Rigby – Beatles — Deus lhe Pague – Chico Buarque

Eleonor Rigby – Beatles — Deus lhe Pague – Chico Buarque

Brasil com S Escola de Choro e MPB | MySpace Video

I have collected some other videos of Beatlessongs in choro style in my playlist:


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Benzinho – A Great Choro by Jacob do Bandolim…

Benzinho is Chor No. 15 in the Songbook Choro which contains 97 typical Choros from Brazil. This is one of the often played and well known Choros by Jacob do Bandolim.

Here are some videos of Benzinho. First I have a typical Brazilian version from a pub with a lot of noise – but thats how it sounds in Brazil:


Then a version with two guitars, a more jazzy version:

Michele Ramo & Howard Alden “Benzinho”

Finally a version by a group named Choro Bandido, with the solo played on a violin – not very typical for Brazilian choro – but very interesting:

Choro Bandido – Benzinho

You can find a lot of other versions of Benzinho at youtube – which is your favorite version?

Playlist Songbook Chor 15 – Benzinho

Additional Information

More posts about choros from Songbook Choro:

Acoustic Disc website Acoustic Disc

Choro Bandido website, with many more sound examples: http://www.chorobandido.co.uk/



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Roda de Choro de Lisboa

Edu Miranda has uploaded three new videos to youtube. This time he plays the bandolim in the Roda de Choro de Lisboa. The videos have been taken from a recent TV show.

I like the version of Brejeiro by Ernesto Nazareth very much. It is not played too fast, but with a lot of rhythm and energy. And Edu Miranda makes clear that he can really play – his bandolim solos are very well played.

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Brejeiro (Ernesto Nazareth) e Malhão de Águeda

I do also like the two other videos of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa, which is composed of 3 musicians from Portugal, on French and one Brazilian player. The accordeon in the group is not very typical for choro music, but it fits in very well and makes a good contrast to the clarinet.

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Carioquinha (Waldir Azevedo)

Noites Cariocas by Jacob do Bandolim is played by a quartett with 7-stringed guitar (Violao), bandolim, pandeiro and accordeon:

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – Noites Cariocas (Jacob do Bandolim)

Roda de Choro de Lisboa – For­mação de 2010 em quar­teto:

Carlos Lopes, Acor­deão ;

Nuno Gamboa, Vi­olão 7 cordas ;

Ale­xandre Santos, pan­deiro ;

Edu Mi­randa, ban­dolim

The following video is a presentation of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa. It is interesting to see that the group does also play for dancing. Unfortunately I do not understand much of the Portuguese text:

Roda de Choro de Lisboa no Lusitano Clube, passou na rtp2 em 1-10-2009


There are many other videos of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa from former years with another player of the bandolim. You can find the videos easy from the myspace site of the group.

Playlist Roda de Choro de Lisboa


Blog of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa: http://rodadechoro.blogspot.com/

Myspace page of the Roda de Choro de Lisboa: http://www.myspace.com/rodadechorodelisboa




John Adams – Gnarly Buttons – With Guitar, Mandolin,…

John Adams is one of the most important composers in the USA today. On the CBC concert on demand site I discovered a new string quartet that has been played in a concert by the St. Lawrence String Quartet

I have seen several works by John Adams, and liked all of it. Some years ago I saw a great performance of his  stage work I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, and I do also like listening to the CD of this work.  I have also seen the opera Nixon in China.

Recently I have read the biographical book Hallelujah Junction – a book that is very interesting if you want to learn about how a contemporary composer works and lives.

The first piece by John Adams that I have heard is a piece named Gnarly Buttons, a piece for solo clarinet and an ensemble that includes a player who has to play banjo, mandolin and guitar.

And in the second movement you can hear a sampled cow (ca.3:50 min. after he beginning).

I had found a very good performance of this piece by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Jonathan Nott, with Andre Trouttet on the clarinet – however those videos have been removed.

The third movement of Gnarly Buttons is my favorite! Great music!!!

Additional information John Adams

Website of John Adams: http://www.earbox.com/

John Adams about Gnarly Buttons: http://www.earbox.com/W-gnarlybuttons.html

Wikipedia: Gnarly Buttons

Videos of Gnarly Buttons

The following videos with movements of Gnarly Buttons are available at the moment:

Playlist – John Adams Gnarly Buttons

Recordings of Gnarly Buttons by John Adams

A free and complete recording of Gnarly Buttons with Sean Osborn (clarinet) is available at the following page:


John Adams: ‘Grand’ And ‘Gnarly’ In Concert

A very interesting radio feature with parts from the 60th birthday concert for John Adams with several pieces including the 2nd and 3rd movement of Gnarly Buttons is available from NPR. John Adams talks about the pieces.

China Gates

Gnarly Buttons

  • Hoe-Down (Mad Cow)
  • Put Your Loving Arms Around Me

Grand Pianola Music

  • Part 1A
  • Part 1B
  • On the Great Divide


CDs with compositions by John Adams – Amazon partnerlink: