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Três Baías featuring Almir Côrtes, Nando Duarte and Brian Rice
The Sound Room
Oakland, CA
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Três Baías featuring Almir Côrtes, Nando Duarte and Brian Rice
Três Baías is inspired by the three bays of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco from where each of us come. This Brazilian choro trio navigates the genre with ease and playfulness but with intensity and flare.  Their creative arranging of the traditional repertoire speaks to how alive the tradition of choro is today.  This July, Três Baías celebrates the release of their first CD featuring several musical guests.


A native of Bahia, Brazil, multi-instrumentalist ALMIR CÔRTES is equally at home on mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, viola caipira (Brazilian ten-string guitar) and the rarely-seen Bahian guitar. His repertoire of styles is equally broad, including choro, frevo, samba, maxixe and Brazilian jazz among others. He has performed throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe and Cuba. Almir has performed with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Nailor Proveta, Howard Alden, Armandinho Macêdo and many other luminaries, as well as leading his own Trio, featuring many of his original compositions.

Mandolin master Mike Marshall says Almir is a virtuoso instrumentalist who swings like mad in a variety of musical styles and improvises with great energy and creativity. He is a world class teacher and performer on mandolin and guitar.
NANDO DUARTE, a Rio de Janeiro native, started his musical career at a young age playing electric guitar on tour with pop bands in Brazil. Moving to the seven-string acoustic guitar he became one of the catalysts of Brazils popular music re-awakening with Dino 7 cordas as his mentor and Luiz Otávio Braga, Hélio Delmiro among others as his professors.
His career as a seven-string guitarist led him to play, record, and/or produce some of the biggest names in Brazilian music, including Elza Soares, Gal Costa, Zélia Duncan, João Bosco, Nicolas Krassik, Yamandú Costa, Martnália, Moska, Maria Gadú, Adriana Calcanhoto, Walter Alfaiate, Zeca Pagodinho, Soraya Ravenle, Ney Matogrosso, Moyses Marques, Diogo Nogueira, among others.

Percussionist BRIAN RICE has devoted much of his musical career to playing Brazilian music, and choro in particular. His great expertise on the pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine) has led to performances with Mike Marshall, Jovino Santos Neto, Danilo Brito, Dudu Maia, Alessandro Penezzi, Paulo Sergio Santos and Rogerio Souza among others. In 2017 he performed at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Savannah Music Festival and on NPRs famed Tiny Desk Concert with the Danilo Brito Quintet. In July 2019 Brian will release Três Baías a choro trio CD with Almir Côrtes and Nando Duarte and featuring several Brazilian guests. Brian teaches Brazilian percussion at UC Davis, California Jazz Conservatory and California Brazil Camp and has taught workshops at several universities in the US and Brazil. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro, now in its fifth year presenting choro music to the San Francisco Bay Area.


The Sound Room (View)
2147 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Music > Jazz
Music > World

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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