The word “choro”, which is derived from the Portuguese “chorar”(to weep), was originally used to describe European dances like the waltz or the polka that were played by street bands in the big cities of Brazil. When the musicians began to weave forms of indigenous and popular music of the country into their pieces, the choro developed, with improvisation and virtuoso brilliance, into a genre characterised by infectious rhythms with which the chorões –ensembles consisting of flute, clarinet, guitar and percussion instruments – regaled people in the streets, cafés and theatres.
In their programme New World – from the Brazilian Choro to New York, Bolero Berlin will present the pulsating sounds of the South American continent in unusual arrangements. In addition, the ensemble invites you on a musical journey to New York City, where, as is well known, jazz received strong impulses. Philharmonic musicians Martin Stegner, Manfred Preis and Esko Laine on viola, bass clarinet and double bass provide the melody and sound foundation, while their colleague Raphael Haeger will present himself at the piano rather than his usual drums. Daniel “Topo” Gioia will provide the necessary acoustic fireworks on percussion, while Helmut Nieberle can be heard on guitar. “When you hear what they get out of their instruments,” the Süddeutsche Zeitung has written, “how they transform and give a new interpretation to well-known works, then you feel that Bolero Berlin has become a kind of vital passion for its members perhaps precisely because it’s apart from that famous orchestra.”