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Choro music from Brazil…

Zéfiro is an attractive option that helps make any event special. Unique among musical choices for either background or concert, choro (“show-row”) music is often called Brazil’s ragtime music.  It will surprise and delight your guests. Zéfiro is also available for informative play-and-talk presentations and customized programs using other musical genres.  From cocktail parties to celebration-of-life gatherings, satisfied customers say, “that was the perfect background music for our event.”

Susan and Bob Jones are Zéfiro, a sensational new instrumental group bringing Brazilian choro music to the Eastern Shore. The choro style was developed through the introduction of European instruments, rhythms and influences following migration of the royal family and 15,000 Portuguese to Brazil in the early 1800’s. When combined with folk and African elements, the resulting music became wildly popular, often compared to the ragtime style that was emerging in North America. The word “choro” literally means “weeping.”  Often plangent and melancholy, choros can also be lively, breezy, and full of joyous improvisation.

Bob and Susan have created their new performing voice blending their combined two clarinets, three saxophones and flute with top Brazilian studio musicians known as the Choro Ensemble on pre-recorded sound tracks, all played through a stereo-theater-quality sound, mixed through the famed Bose PA system which they provide.

Zéfiro is Portuguese for zephyr, a gentle, pleasant wind. The solo instruments in choro are traditionally woodwinds, specifically flute, clarinet and saxophone. As Zéfiro, Bob and Susan will introduce you to the history, composers and characteristics of choro through their virtuosic personal performances and informative commentary, if desired.

In addition to classic choro music played in authentic transcriptions for their specific instruments, Zéfiro offers Baroque period and ragtime music in the choro rhythmic and harmonic tradition.