The Martha Bassett Show

Choro das 3 / Ordinary Elephant / Luke Mears Band

Thu, Oct 17, 2024
The Reeves Theater & Cafe

Choro das 3

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For 19 years, Choro das 3 was a group formed by three sisters: Corina (flute and piccolo), Lia (7-string guitar), Elisa (mandolin, clarinet, banjo, clarinet and piano), and father Eduardo (tambourine). , who died of COVID-19 on June 11, 2021.

In 2022, we complete 20 years of career, and we never imagined that this date, which should be so happy, would arrive without the person most important to our success being here to celebrate this journey.

It all started when a volunteer teacher rehearsed a choir with the first-grade class where Corina studied in her hometown, Porto Feliz. So Corina started learning the recorder, and her father, Eduardo, excited, bought a tambourine to remember his youth and have fun with his daughter on weekends.

Corina chose the transverse flute thanks to a record by Altamiro Carrilho. Younger sisters Lia and Elisa wanted to be part of that musical game and ended up choosing their instruments, too. Lia switched to the guitar (at the time, still with 6 strings), and Elisa already asked Santa Claus for a "mandolin" in her little letter from that year.

The idea was never to form a group. The girls' parents, Eduardo and Cristina, just wanted their daughters to have a hobby and have fun with music.

Knowing that São Paulo collected great Choro musicians, the family began to attend the capital's circles weekly so that the daughters could learn the style from the masters.

The family began to draw attention in these choro circles in São Paulo. It wasn't expected to see three girls in that environment. Invitations to TV and Radio programs and the first Show, contracted by the US Consulate, arose.

The group chose the name "Balaio de Gato," which later became "Choro das 3" before releasing the first CD, Meu Brasil Brasileiro.

Meu Brasil Brasileiro was launched by Som Livre in 2008. In addition to taking Choro das 3 to the main TV and radio programs in the country, it brought the group the Best Group of the Year award by the São Paulo Association of Art Critics. From then on, Choro das 3 never stopped. There are already 11 CDs recorded, 8 international tours, hundreds of concerts and workshops in different countries, and a growing public on the internet.

Learn more at https://www.chorodas3.com.br

Ordinary Elephant

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Mesmerizing folk duo Ordinary Elephant has spent the better part of the last decade on a never-ending tour that’s earned married couple Crystal and Pete Damore widespread critical acclaim and made fans of luminaries like Tom Paxton and Mary Gauthier. In 2017, the pair took home the International Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year on the strength of their breakout album, Before I Go, and two years later, they returned with the similarly lauded Honest, which the Associated Press hailed as “one of the best Americana albums of the year.”

The band’s new stripped-down, self-titled collection is the purest distillation of their sound yet, showcasing the arresting power of the couple’s gorgeous harmonies and intricate fretwork. The songs are timeless, rooted in rich, character-driven storytelling, and the performances are similarly transportive, fueled by delicately intertwined banjo, guitar, and octave mandolin. Though the songs were born out of a period of deep uncertainty, the record itself is a work of profound self-assurance, one delivered by a duo whose personal and professional lives embody the limitless possibility of honest, organic collaboration. Press play on Ordinary Elephant and you’ll hear more than just a husband and wife; you’ll hear the sound of sincerity and commitment, of patience and gratitude, of learning to let go of expectation and revel in the simple beauty of the moment.

Learn more at https://www.ordinaryelephant.net/

Luke Mears Band

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From Elkin NC, Luke Mears blends blues, country, rock and boogie into a style all his own that includes both flat-picking and finger-style guitar. With a strong vocal style, he his wise beyond his years in both his lyrics and musical taste.

Learn more at https://www.instagram.com/lukemearsband/

Season sponsored by
  • Bowen Town & Country Furniture
  • ICON
  • Mast
  • Buckeye Advisors
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  • Atrium Health - Wake Forest Baptist
  • Explore Elkin
  • G&B Energy
In partnership with
  • Lowes Foods
  • Piedmont Opera
  • The Carolina Experience
  • Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
  • Reeves Theater
  • Historic Elkin
  • WFDD
  • ElectroMagnetic Radiation Recorders