Choro is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. It is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music.
Although choro means 'cry' or 'lament', the music often has a fast and happy rhythm, and is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, syncopation and counterpoint.
Andrew Woolf (clarinet) and Jonathan Preiss (seven-string guitar) are two of the finest London-based specialists of the genre. We're delighted to welcome them for the first time at the Cat's Back to play a variety of choros from classic compositions to modern-day examples of the genre.