Three pioneers of Brazilian Music

When we think of early Brazilian music, late 1800’s and early 1900’s, there is a style that readily comes to mind – choro. There are three outstanding choro composers of this era: Chiquinha Gonzaga, Ernesto Nazareth, and Pixinguinha.

Chiquinha Gonzaga (October 17, 1847, Rio de Janeiro – February 28, 1935 Rio de Janeiro) lived in many worlds with the fluidity to go from the elite of Rio de Janeiro, as well as the urban bars where you would find the “chorões” (choro players). She was the first woman conductor of Brazil and wrote the first major carnaval hit known as “Abre Alas.”

Ernesto Nazareth (March 20, 1863, Rio de Janeiro – February 4, 1934 Rio de Janeiro) had a classical music background and wrote choros as well as what he called “Tango Brasileiro,” a term he used to disguise the “street music and dance” which was in fact, maxixe – a sensual style that contrasted with his classical training. Interestingly enough, Ernesto used to perform his compositions in the foyer of the Odeon movie theater in Rio – for which he wrote the famous piece, “Odeon.”


Alfredo da Rocha Viana, Jr. (April 23, 1897 Rio de Janeiro – February 17, 1973, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), widely known as Pixinguinha, is one of the all time most respected Brazilian instrumentalists and composers. He got his nickname from his African grandmother who called him “Pizinguim” which means “good boy” in African dialect. He was able to decode Brazilian rhythms and phrasing so that sheet reading musicians could perform them. Therefore, establishing the basis for a truly instrumental style of Brazilian music. His composition “Carinhoso” became one of the top three most famous Brazilian songs at the turn of the century along with Aquarela do Brasil, and The Girl from Ipanema.

If you look into the progression of popular Brazilian music, we see lundu, maxixe, choro, and samba – all which have an important presence of afro-brazilian elements. Each of them with their social relevance. For example, maxixe was among the most popular styles around the world in the early 1900’s in Paris and even in Fred Astair films. We have an opportunity to experience this music on April 26th at 7pm. Click here to RSVP.

“Jazz is the American choro” – Hamilton de Holanda

Brazilian Music Get Together April 26, 7pm

Brazilian Music Get Together at The Consulate
Featuring Early Brazilian music with J.P Mourão (Guitar) and Luis Mascaro (Violin)

Wednesday, April 26pm – 7:00pm | Free with RSVP

Two members of the musical group, Farofa, J.P Mourão (Guitar) and Luis Mascaro (Violin), join forces to bring us early Brazilian music, rarely performed outside of Brazil. Enjoy an evening of early music from Mondinhas, Lundu, Maxixe, and Choro with compositions by Ernesto Nazareth, Chiquinha Gonzaga and Pixinguinha. The basis of instrumental Brazilian music. This evening will be an opportunity for learning and conversation about this period and styles of Brazilian music. Sergio Mielniczenko will lead the discussion and share stories and anecdotes on the subject.

Hosted by: The Brazilian Consulate Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Sector
Location: 8484 Wilshire Blvd. 3rd floor, Suite 300, Beverly Hills, CA. 90211


3rd. Annual Bloco Carnavalesco in Venice

3rd Annual Bloco Carnavalesco – Brazilian Carnaval Parade
Saturday February 25, 2017 at 12pm
Meeting at Rose Ave. and Ocean Front boardwalk (at the public parking lot)
Venice, CA

Celebrating Carnaval Season in Brasil!
Celebrating Carnaval Season in Brasil! Join us for our Carnaval Parade down the Boardwalk in Venice Beach. Dance to choreography by Linda Yudin / Luiz Badaró of Viver Brasil, and Vida Vierra with Swing Brazil Tribe. Enjoy classic Carnaval tunes with Katia Moraes who will be joined with a rousing Batucada made of some of LA ‘s great Bateria, “Samba Da Mudança” led by Ali, Lexa, Samba Soul Dancers from Global Dance Arts. Also joining us will be the Fabio Santana De Souza Brass Band, Capoeira Batuque, and more! We encourage you to wear face paint / masks/costumes and beads. Let’s make this a great Venice Party! Families and kids are very much welcome! See you then. Forró After Party with “Forró in LA”!

Forró Afterparty with ‘Forró in LA’ at The Townhouse
57 Windward Ave. Venice CA

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Brazilian Music Get Together Featuring Bruno Mangueira and DCastro

Brazilian Music Get Together at The Brazilian Consulate
Thursday February 2, 6pm – 8:30pm | Free with RSVP
Featuring Bruno Mangueira (guitar/violão)
Artwork by DCastro

Bruno Mangueira is a foremost Brazilian guitarist composer and arranger. With a brilliant career not only in Brazil but abroad as well, he has performed with some of the top musicians Brazilian musicians such as Toninho Horta, Nelson Ayres, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paulo Jobim, Filó Machado, Sizão Machado and Helio Alves. His work with American artists has included Phil DeGreg, Rick DellaRatta, Mandy Gaines, Kim Pensyl and Paul Keller. In Paris, he has played with Leonardo Montana, Bruno Schorp and Fred Pasqua. The Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs continues its cultural program with Bruno Mangueira for a very unique solo performance.

DCastro has an extensive body of work and has innovated the use of metal on canvas to create his “Metal” series. In 2010, he started to create paintings guided by a new artistic philosophy consisting of 7 major elements: Modernity, Contemporaneity, Innocence, Simplicity, Spirituality, Happiness, and Poetry. The result of the seven elements combining with his unique style makes his work not just painting but also dance, Music, movement, and poetry on canvases. His work can be found featured in various popular television shows as “Californication”, House of Lies, CSI Cyber, Ray Donavan and others. DCastro has also been written about in a New York Times article about artist influence in Venice Beach.

Don’t miss it! RSVP Below!


Brazilian Samba Soul! | Featuring Os Zagueiros


Enjoy an evening of vintage Brazilian funk and soul with L.A’s very own Os Zagueiros and DJs Marlon Fuentes, and Potira. We are celebrating the end of the year as well as all of the great work we have accomplished this year as a nonprofit organization. Our work is aimed at supporting the work done by the Brazilian Consulate in L.A. to bolster Brazilian Arts in L.A. By brokering relationships with strategic partners, we can bolster the efforts and ensure the long-term sustainability of cultural programming currently being offered by the Consulate to the community at large. We generate awareness and sponsorship for already established projects as well as create opportunities for cultural dialogue among diverse community stakeholders. The programs we support range from radio to live events. Join us in this celebration and support our mission!

Brazil Arts Connection is proud to bring you this exciting program that’s sure to please lovers of funky beats and vintage brazilian vinyl! Featuring members of Brazilian bands in L.A. such as Samba Society, MoForró, and Delta Nove, Os Zagueiros will bring back the original sound of Brazilian afro soul with an energizing and uplifting stage presence you don’t want to miss.

It’s all happening on December 4th, 2016 at the famous Del Monte Speakeasy in the heart of Venice, CA

Time: 8pm
Ages: 21+
Location: 52 Winward Ave. Venice, CA 90291
No Cover 


Click to enjoy an all Brazilian Redbull Panamerika mix by DJ Marlon Fuentes!

Pernambuco Beat | Special Event at the Brazilian Consulate

We hope you enjoyed the sounds of Pernambuco with Moforro at the Brazilian Consulate! Here is a video from the event demonstrating the frevo musical genre of the region. Known as the original style of music played during carnaval in Recife, Pernambuco. We have an exciting event at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, CA. celebrating the end of the year! Stay tuned!

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Next Event: December 4th, 2016
Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291




The Consulate General of Brazil, Los Angeles – Cultural Affairs
Invites you to celebrate 100 years of samba!

Sunday, September 18, 8:00PM
Venue: Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Limited seating. Reserve your seating: please RSVP:


Join Brazilian American musician Beto Gonzalez, with members of his
band Samba Society, as they take you on a journey through 100 years of
samba history. Urban samba has its beginnings in Rio de Janeiro at the
musical gatherings of the city’s Bahian matriarchs who lived in the
region referred to today as the “Little Africa” of Rio. It was at one
of these eventful gatherings (attended by not only local musicians,
but also historians, journalists, and probably even some politicians)
that the song “Pelo Telephone” was collectively written, then later
“copyrighted” by the musician Donga, and recorded in 1916.
The song, labeled as a “samba,” was a major hit during Carnaval of the
following year and has since become widely accepted as “the first
recorded samba.”

The musicians of Samba Society will transport the audience through a
century of samba. Our musical timeline will cover batuque to the first
sambas at the turn of the 20th century, the golden era of radio in the
1930s, Carmen Miranda and Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s, Bossa Nova
and the military dictatorship in the 1960s, the rise of Afro-Brazilian
identity in the 1970s, the commercial success of pagode in the 1980s
and 90s, and finally to the designation of samba in the 2000s as an
Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Musicians include:
Beto González, Artistic Director: vocals/percussion/guitar
Simon Carroll: vocals/percussion
Bobby Easton: vocals/percussion
Katia Moraes: vocals/percussion
Fabio Santana de Souza: vocals/trombone/percussion
Emina Shimanuki: vocals/percussion
Willian Shimizu: cavaco/vocals/percussion
Colin Walker: 7-string guitar

Plus very special guests.




The Brazilian Consulate, Cultural Affairs is excited to announce an intimate perfromance with the famed, Grammy winning guitarist, singer, and composer Dori Caymmi on August 31st at 7:00PM at the Vinicius de Moraes Gallery. Dori Caymmi is a foremost singer, guitarist, composer and arranger. Dori Caymmi a multi-Grammy award musician will grace us with some of his most impressive compositions in a intimate evening of songs and stories. This event is free with RSVP.

Please email

with Subject: Brazilian Music Get Together Dori Caymmi. 


Dori Caymmi on vocal and guitar
August 31st at 7:00PM
Seating is limited please RSVP:
Located at 8484 Wilshire Blvd., suite 300.


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