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From The KUOW Performance Studio: Preserving Brazil's Choro Heritage

Dave Beck
09/29/2011

The music of Brazil is rich, varied and an appealing mix of moods, melodies and rhythms reflecting the country's diverse population and geography. The sounds of European explorers, African immigrants and indigenous people are all part of Brazil's musical heritage. That variety draws musicians of all backgrounds and interests into Brazilian music.

That's the case with Seattle artist Gwen Franz — she plays violin and viola — and guitarist Hilary Field. They are presented this weekend by the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle in a concert on Saturday, October 1 at the Frye Art Museum. Gwen and Hilary stopped by the KUOW Performance Studio recently to play and talk about old and new Brazilian music that they are performing. Much of the music they play is in the Brazilian Choro, or street music, tradition. Gwen and Hilary play music composed in 2010 by the contemporary Brazilian composer Douglas Lora, and they perform works by Brazil's most famous composer, Heitor Villa–Lobos.

Gwen Franz and Hilary Field speak with KUOW's Dave Beck.



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Gwen Franz, viola/violin, and Hilary Field, guitar, perform Brazilian music on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle.

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