Brazil. A musical style closely connected with samba that originated in Rio de Janeiro as a way to play waltzes and polkas. Tempos are usually extremely fast with melodies that emphasize 16th notes. A small ensemble, usually comprised of cavaquinho, guitar, seven-string guitar, clarinet, trombone, pandeiro, and surdo, where one member acts as the soloist. (th)
An improvisational instrumental style from the late 19th and early half of the 20th Century. Similar to New Orleans trad jazz, choro was closely connected with the early development of samba, and is typically played by a small ensemble -- over the years the instrumentation has expanded to include more instruments, such as clarinet and mandolin... Early stars of the genre include flautist Pixinguinha, mandolin player Jacob do Bandolim, and guitarist Garoto.
A Brazilian instrumental genre fusing European dances such as polka, waltz, and schottisch with African-derived rhythms. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation, and counterpoint. Choro first emerged as a playing style in Rio de Janeiro during the second half of the 19th century, performed by small groups incorporating flute, cavaquinho, and guitar.