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Douglas Lora, guitar, with Berkeley Choro Ensemble at St. Alban's Church, Albany

Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Berkeley Choro Ensemble Douglas Lora, guitar, with Berkeley Choro Ensemble at St. Alban's Church, Albany

Composer and guitarist Douglas Lora moves with versatility between classical and popular music, and has been established as one of the most prominent artists of his generation. A member of the Brasil Guitar Duo (with Joao Luiz) for more than fifteen years, and Trio Brasileiro, guest artists at the Berkeley Festival of Choro in 2014 and 2016, he has a full touring schedule worldwide. Douglas has collaborated with artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito d’Rivera, Anat Cohen, Marco Pereira, Jovino Santos Neto, Ney Rosauro, Marina Piccinini, and many others.

LIsten to Doug here:

The Berkeley Choro Ensemble (pronounced "shoro"), is a group of world-class musicians from the SF Bay Area that made its debut in January, 2010, at the Berkeley Public Library. The group celebrates the music, culture and history of Brazil, with a special emphasis on the Choro genre, a style of music which emerged in the 1800's in Brazil, fusing the music of Brazil's European immigrants and the native music of Brazil's indigenous and African-Brazilian population. The members of this group have performed and recorded with Guinga, Toots Theilman, Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Kenny Barron, Alessandro Penezzi, Paulo Sergio Santos, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, and Joe Henderson and many more. In 2017 they will release their first CD, featuring works by living Brazilian composers as well as their members, thanks to a grant from the SF Friends of Chamber Music.

Read more about Berkeley Choro Ensemble and the choro movement here in an article from SFCV by Jeff Kaliss:

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