Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father that first started to play as a band in 2003. Corina, 25, plays flute and piccolo. Lia, 22, plays 7-string guitar. Elisa, 19, plays mandolin, banjo, clarinet and piano. Their father, Eduardo, plays pandeiro (the Brazilian tambourine).
In 2005, Choro das 3 played for the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, or "Lula," who praised the ban's music. The band also received accolades after playing for Jose Serra and Geraldo Ackimin, officials of the State of Sao Paolo.
In 2006 Choro das 3 played for more than 70,000 people at a Mass for Peace in Sao Paolo's Morumbi Stadium. Then they played for more than one million people at Reveillon, a public New Year's Eve Party in Sao Paulo
In 2008, Som Livre, a major Brazilian record company, released the first Choro das 3 CD, entitled Meu Brasil Brasileiro. Music critic reactions included,
"...one of the big surprises of Brazilian instrumental music," (Yahoo News),
"interpretations of extreme creativity... a wonderful job of preservation and at the same time, renovation and modernization of Choro..." (Toninho Spessoto, Blog Acordes),
and, "seductive... true-to-form... very Brazilian," (Tribuna da Imprensa).
Choro das 3 frequently appears on popular television shows on such TV channels as Globo, Gazeta, SBT, Rede Vida, Multishow and Globo News. Through these shows their work has reached people all across Brazil.
In 2011, Choro das 3 was invited to France, to the Festival Internacional de Mandolines de Lunel. Choro das 3's main concert took place in the full house 600 seat G. Brassan Room. After the concert, festival producer Olivier Chabrol said, "Tonight we heard the real Brazil."
In 2012, Choro das 3 released their second CD, Escorregando (Sliding) on their own record label, "Macole." Music critics responded, "Choro das 3 ...represents the newest and most talented music in the Brazilian landscape. . . " (Bom dia, Nov/08/12), and, "a real gift for instrumental music fans... a happy, eclectic and innovative album." (Jornal Ipanema, Nov/22/12).
There were concerts for Escorregando's release in Sao Paulo (SP), Sorocaba (SP) and Joao Pessoa (PB), with full coverage by TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. Again the critics raved, '...interactive and lively," (Bom dia, Nov/08/12), "...grace, talent and serious Choro research," (PBAgora, Nov/26/12).
WHAT EXPERTS SAY ABOUT CHORO DAS 3:
Marilyn Mair, Professor of Music at Roger Williams University, says, "The group 'Choro das 3' is a truly extraordinary example of traditional Choro performance practice, and the 4 performers are all virtuosos on their instruments... [T]heir recordings and expertise have established them worldwide as important advocates for this musical style."
World-renowned mandolinist Mike Marshall says that Choro das 3 plays, "...some of the most inspired and inspiring musicâ€¦ the highest level of musicianship and presentation... the highest quality of Brazilian Choro music that can be heard any place today."
Jazz guitarist and recording engineer George Petit, says, "(...) I was shocked and amazed to hear their expertise; they are far beyond their years... they have honed their music and their craft to perfection. Added to this, the musicians in the group are generous, respectful professionals that exemplify what is 'good' about art, culture and music (...)"
Fernando Brandao, Professor at Berklee College of Music, says, "(...)The complex, vast repertoire and the improvisatory nature of this music requires that specific and skilled musicians be present as ensemble members in order to afford the soloist(s) proper context and support for a successful performance. The Choro das 3 ensemble has consistently demonstrated these skills, knowledge and artistry, at the highest levels, in live and recorded media (...)
World-renowned mandolinist Mike Marshall says that Choro das 3 plays, "... some of the most inspired and inspiring music . . . the highest level of musicianship and presentation . . . the highest quality of Brazilian Choro music that can be heard any place today."