Choro da Alegria
Extraordinary melodies and Samba rhythms
Choro da Alegria (choro of happiness) is a Portland-based ensemble dedicated to playing the wonderful melodies of Brazil. The group draws much inspiration from the genre choro, which means cry or lament and has been loosely called “Brazilian ragtime.” Choro features samba rhythms, jazzy chords and fast tempos. Beyond choro the group enjoys performing classics tunes from Bossa Nova and MPB. The group released its first CD, “quiosque,” in 2015.
Choro da Alegria is:
Tom Pinit, bandolim
Pam Beaty, 7 string guitar and cavaquinho
Esteban Diaz, percussion
Peter Fung, percussion, cavaquinho and guitar
Thank you for the wonderful contribution Choro da Alegria made to our wedding; I cannot tell you how glad we are that you were part of our celebration. You brought such class to our event. We also appreciate your help in choosing songs for the ceremony itself. They were perfect – a lovely tune at the beginning and another to end the ceremony with just the right note to match our joy. Thanks again for your beautiful work.
– Brad and Stephanie
Choro da Alegria is fantastic. We had a party of about 80 people and the music could not have been better. Tom and his bandmates provided uplifting music that filled the room with rhythmic sounds based in the music of Brazil providing not only a backdrop but also the driving energy for a good time. There was lively conversation and crowd pleasing music that kept the party going strong and longer than anticipated. Choro da Alegria provided the perfect music for this amazingly diverse group of people which was younger, older and included all walks of life and all had the best time. The compliments are still coming!
– Brian Marki / Owner, Brian Marki Fine Art and Framing
NE Broadway Business Association Marketing Committee
I just wanted to thank you for keeping culture alive in the Portland area. I purchased a CD and listened to you at the Farmer's Market on the 14th of July in Vancouver. You sound wonderful together and your music lifts my spirit and makes me smile.