Alvorada is a London-based band playing Brazilian choro music of all styles – from the earliest classics to modern and contemporary pieces, choros with the irresistible swing of samba from south Brazil, to baião from the northeast. We also play our own original tunes, which display glimpses of our multicultural London influences.
Alvorada have just released their debut album (May 2019). Available here:
“Fresh, innovative album.” Songlines Magazine ★★★★★
Choro emerged in Rio in the late 19th century as a mixture of European harmony with African rhythm and improvisation, in a similar way to jazz, ragtime and tango. The word ‘choro’ comes from the Portuguese verb ‘chorar’, which means ‘to cry’. Indeed, choro music certainly has its fair share of tear-inducing laments. But choro is mostly known for its lively, playful and syncopated melodies in the traditional setting of a ‘roda’; that is, with musicians playing informally around the table in a bar, or the kitchen or garden of someone’s home.
Since forming in early 2016, Alvorada has performed regularly across London and beyond, delighting audiences wherever they perform, whether at intimate concerts, lively stage shows, or festival appearances, as well as regularly hosting a ‘roda de choro’. The group was shortlisted for the 2017 Brazilian International Press Awards.
Andrew Woolf clarinet
Rachel Hayter flute
Luiz Morais seven-string guitar
Jeremy Shaverin cavaquinho
Alua Nascimento pandeiro
“The group manages to revitalize the soul of choro, with technicality and emotion. The ensemble is a proof that there are no boundaries or exclusivities in music. Alvorada is on my top list of Brazilian music ensembles.” Dr Vinicius de Carvalho, Kings College London
“It doesn’t seem to matter that some of the band are not Brazilian; they all play with supreme talent and an infectious, authentic Brazilian style which just makes you want to get up and dance!” Alison McGowan, Florence Latin Jazz