With special guest Francisco Marques from Ginga, Grupo Falso Baiano performs the music of Rio de Janeiro, illustrating 100 years of samba and choro.
Grupo Falso Baiano is a choro group offers a window into the history and diverse culture of Brazil, blending. Choro is one of Brazil's earliest popular music genres, dating back to the late 1800s, and, similar to jazz, it reflects the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque Classical music.
G.F.B.'s exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from the traditional to more contemporary versions and jazz influenced reinterpretations. In addition to performing and touring, Grupo Falso Baiano has worked in collaboration with the Pasadena Pops, Around the World Music Program, Young Audiences of Northern CA, and Youth in Arts, to bring choro and Brazilian music to students throughout California.
G.F.B. is Zack Pitt-Smith on reeds (clarinet, saxophone, flute), Brian Moran on 7-string guitar, Jesse Appelman on mandolin (bandolim), and Ami Molinelli on percussion and vocals.