Celso Machado and Guests – Jongo, Choro, and Afro-Samba: Roots & Branches of Brazilian Music

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Celso Machado and Guests – Jongo, Choro, and Afro-Samba: Roots & Branches of Brazilian Music

November 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Celso Machado & Guests


Celso Machado and Guests – Jongo, Choro, and Afro-Samba: Roots & Branches of Brazilian Music

Acclaimed guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Celso Machado explores the African, Indigenous, and European origins of his art in a special, one-time livestream event at Vancouver’s fabled Orpheum Theatre, as presented by the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre (VLACC). This charismatic Brazilian transplant, born of a musical family in São Paulo, has influenced a generation of Canadian players, while forging his own voice in British Columbia and beyond.

The evening’s guests include guitarist and singer Sara Magal and classical guitarist Josh Searles, veteran percussionist Liam MacDonald, and the martial-arts performers of Aché Brasil under Mestre Eclilson de Jesus. They will help Machado navigate the byways of Bossa Nova, Afro-Samba, the chamber-like Choro, and more obscure offshoots — most notably Jongo (also known as Caxambu or Tabu), a musical genre derived from the dances performed by slaves who worked the coffee plantations in Paraíba Valley, between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Our star will present two Jongos, one of them written by the form’s best-known exponent, João Pernambuco, as well as an original exploration of this muscular style. Sara Magal will sing at least one tune of her own devising, and join Machado on some songs. The headliner will put down his guitar to play a number of African-derived percussion instruments. The indigenous Berimbau, with its uniquely Brazilian bow-and-gourd sound, will also be highlighted to accompany the athletic moves of Aché Brasil under Mestre Eclilson de Jesus. Join us for this unique journey through music both ancient and vitally present today.

Venue: Orpheum Theatre (online only)
Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2020 Time: 8:00 PM

Celso Machado & Guests – Jongo, Choro, and Afro-Samba: Roots & Branches of Brazilian Music
On November 15thevening at 8 pm, we will be LIVE from the Orpheum Theatre with Celso Machado & Guests. We want to thank all who purchased tickets for this online concert. Your contribution helps us offer programs like this, as well as our year-round programming. In this case, it makes it possible to share a very special event with many more of you.
Considering the current B.C. social lockdown we’ve decided to take an extraordinary measure and offer access to the online concert for FREE to all the communities we serve. We know that many of you are struggling through this isolation. Music can have a profound positive effect on both the emotions and the body.
Please send any comments or concerns to info@vlacc.ca
We also want to thank our funders from the City, provincial, and federal governments.

Watch the full concert:

This concert took place at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver 
November 15th, 2020. Click above to watch.




November 14, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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