Duo Do Brasil opens Global Voices Series with virtuoso guitar duet concert
CHICAGO, IL – This Sunday, HotHouse launches its Global Voices Series with a matinée concert by Duo Violão Brasil – a stunning duet of guitar virtuosos living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Duo Violão Brasil is the result of guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber’s reverence for Brazilian guitar, the “violão”, and their desire to explore and expand the musical possibilities of putting two “violões” together. On September 25th, the duo will put on a special performance featuring special guest appearances and lively arrangements of Samba and Choro repertoire from composers like Baden Powell, Pixinguinha, and Radames Gnattali, while showcasing the exuberance and lyricism of Brazilian guitar. Come and be transported to Rio by this uniquely carioca night of music.
HotHouse is pleased to participate with this concert in the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence – anationwide day of organizing music to protest gun violence in the U.S. The mission of the “Concert Across America” is to remember the tremendous loss of life that gun violence has cost our communities. And while it’s primarily a day of awareness, local organizers can choose to fundraise for a designated local gun violence prevention (GVP) partner or for a local domestic violence shelter as one of its goals.
As long-time cultural promoters who work in the realm of social justice, HotHouse seizes opportunities to utilize its purview as an arts leader to amplify organizing opportunities. In Chicago, where the city is in the grips of a pandemic of violence, this concert hopes to bring urgency to everyday pleasures- like concert going. HotHouse is proud to open this Global Voices Series -which parenthetically serves to abate Anti-Muslim sentiments -with this powerful national movement against violence and towards peaceful dialogue, including international cultural exchange.
Duo Violão Brasil
Sunday, September 25. 4pm $20
Alhambra Palace Restaurant
1240 W. Randolph Chicago
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the musical language from Rio de Janeiro. Rogério is constantly performing in and producing concerts and events that showcase traditional Brazilian music, especially Samba and Choro. He has worked with a multitude of world class Brazilian Musicians as musical director and producer for concerts, TV shows, CDs, and DVDs. Some of these artists include: Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Turíbio Santos, Rafael Rabello, Cristovão Bastos, Nó em Pingo D’agua, Época de Ouro, Elizeth Cardoso, Elza Soares, João Nogueira, Dona Ivone Lara, Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito, Delcio Carvalho, Martinho da Vila, and Zeca Pagodinho.
Rogério performs regularly in music festivals, concerts, and workshops throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia. His current show focuses on the art of Brazilian guitar and includes original works as well as classic repertoire. Along with performing, Rogério frequently gives masterclasses and workshops that focus on guitar styles and cover material from his latests books and CDs.
Son of a Brazilian mother and American father, guitarist and composer Edinho Gerber possesses a rich musical vocabulary developed in the two countries where he was raised: the United States and Brazil. Navigating effortlessly 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, he was a highly in demand sideman having played with countless U.S. based Brazilian groups, including Som Brasil, Renato Anesi Trio, A Cor do Brasil, and led the samba-jazz group Zona Sul. He has performed in prestigious festivals and concerts in throughout the United States, Russia, and Japan, and currently resides in Rio de Janeiro where he performs regularly with Duo Violão Brasil and is preparing for the upcoming releases of his debut solo album and of an inventive new cross cultural collaboration with Ben Lamar.
Intrigued by the history and art of Alhambra, the eponymous palace and cultural mecca of southern Spain’s Moorish Granada, Chicago physician Nasar Rustom created the space to bring the culture, art, and splendor of Alhambra to the City of Chicago. Dr. Rustom commissioned artisans from Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco to recreate the Moorish style of art for the hand-carved wood furniture, sculptures, rugs, stone mosaics, arabesques, and crystal chandeliers that adorn the space, augmented by a large collection of artifacts assembled over the course of many trips to the Middle East and North Africa. Since opening in 2007, Alhambra Palace has offered its visitors a unique experience of fine dining and entertainment, ranging from Middle Eastern singers to Latin salsa and tango.
HotHouse was founded in 1987 as a Chicago forum for global artistic expression — with a special focus on under-represented multi-arts and educational activities that showcase innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market. Outreach to underserved populations across metro Chicago is a key priority, along with producing events that amplify a variety of progressive social movements. The New York Times wrote of HotHouse, “Few clubs anywhere offer a wider range of first-rate world music, from wildly vibrant Afro-pop to avant-garde jazz than HotHouse.” And a “Best of Chicago” award opined, “From European avant-garde jazz acts that don’t even play in this hemisphere to performance art to world music to the city’s more esoteric acts, [HotHouse] has consistently pulled in some of the planet’s most innovative acts.” The project broke ground in the city in a range of endeavors, from showcasing Cuban artists at the height of the blockade to serving as a forum for groundbreaking Avant garde jazz artists.
HotHouse has maintained two award-winning cultural centers, with the first catalyzing Wicker Park’s cultural offerings (1987-1995) and the second spurring creative development in Chicago’s South Loop (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.