The Appel Room
Anat Cohen’s Roots of Rio
Choro, which means “to cry” in Portuguese, is a genre often referred to as “The New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.” Improvisation and syncopation are key hallmarks of Choro, which originated in Rio de Janeiro in the early 19th century; the influence of jazz further evolved and popularized the genre. Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro music as part of an international community of jazz players during her days studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her group features Vitor Gonçalves on accordion and piano, Cesar Garabini on 7-string guitar, and Serginho on pandeiro, a Brazilian tambourine. With traditional instrumentation, Choro Aventuroso will play waltzes, mazurkas and African-Brazilian rhythms such as the Lundu, all of which help characterize the essence of Choro. For over 15 years, Cohen, who has been praised for playing a significant role in the resurgence of the clarinet as a lead instrument in jazz, has worked intensely with Brazilian musicians, and has since become a master of the virtuosity that is essential to Choro. In addition to her six albums as a leader, Cohen has won a flurry of awards from the Jazz Journalists Association while consistently topping DownBeat polls in various categories.