Duo Violão Brasil brings warm guitar music to Palms

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Brazilian guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber share a reverence for the Brazilian guitar, or violão.

Duo Violão Brasil is a collaboration born of the guitarists’ desire to explore and expand the musical possibilities of putting two violões together.

With a repertoire from composers like Pixinguinha, Baden Powell and Tom Jobim, the duo navigates through the many styles of 20th century Brazilian popular music while also showcasing original works and inventive arrangements.

Duo Violão Brasil will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, March 22, starting at 8 p.m.

A master of both six- and seven-string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the music of Rio de Janeiro. Souza is constantly producing and performing in concerts and events that showcase traditional Brazilian music, especially samba and choro.

He has worked with world-class musicians as musical director and producer for concerts, TV shows, CDs and DVDs and regularly performs in music festivals throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States and Asia.

Edinho Gerber possesses a rich musical vocabulary developed in the two countries where he was raised: the United States and Brazil. Navigating between the genres of choro, jazz, samba and blues, he is always in search of the intersection points within his dual cultural identity.

A staple in the Chicago music scene for many years, Gerber was an in-demand sideman there and has played with numerous U.S.-based Brazilian groups including Som Brasil, Renato Anesi Trio and A Cor do Brasil. Gerber has also led the samba-jazz group Zona Sul and has performed in prestigious festivals and concerts in throughout the United States, Russia, Japan and Brazil.

Now based in Rio de Janeiro, Gerber is preparing for the upcoming release of his debut solo album and working on an inventive cross-cultural collaboration with Ben Lamar.

Tickets for Duo Violão Brasil’s Thursday, March 22, show at The Palms Playhouse are $20 and are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, as well as at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out.

For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and duoviolaobrasil.com.

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