We are a Portland-based ensemble, dedicated to playing the wonderful melodies of various Brazilian composers. Our group draws much inspiration from the genre “Choro” which has been loosely called “Brazilian ragtime”. Beyond choro we include in our repertoire classic tunes of Bossa Nova and MPB. We are versatile and experienced, playing venues ranging from cozy wine bars to corporate fundraisers. CHORO DA ALEGRIA means “Choro of happiness”. We hope you will enjoy the beauty of Brazilian melodies as much as we enjoy performing them!
Choro da Alegria is:
- Peter Fung (guitar, cavaquinho, percussion) has been happily obsessed with samba and choro for the last two decades. He has been a performing member of the Manhattan School of Samba (NYC), the Lions of Batucada (Portland), and Samba do Coraçao (SF Bay Area). Peter has studied music in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Salvador, Brazil. Among his teachers are Arnaldinho do Cavaco and Jorge Aleba. Peter is founder of Portland’s (OR) first weekly Roda de Choro and the annual Dia do Choro PDX.
- Pam Beaty (guitar, cavaquinho) is a classically-trained guitarist who has been a long-time devotee of Brazilian music. She is passionate about various styles of Brazilian music. Pam teaches guitar in the Portland area and performs in several ensembles including Infinite Bossa. Pam is an active member of Portland’s Bossa Nova and Choro scene.
- Tom Pinit (bandolim/Brazilian mandolin) began playing stringed instruments before entering kindergarten. Starting with violin, progressing to electric bass, and most recently mandolin, Tom was bitten by the Brazilian music bug soon after taking up the bandolim. Tom has studied choro with world-renowned musicians Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso (CA), Dudu Maia (Brazil), Douglas Lora (Brazil), and Jovino Santos Neto (WA). He is active in Portland’s choro scene – playing in several local groups, at the regular Roda de Choro jam sessions, and the annual Dia do Choro PDX celebration.
Booking: Tom Pinit, 503-320-0582