Choro Club

Choro Club,

Given name: ショーロ
Family name: クラブ
Birthday: Unknown
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Members: Shigeharu Sasago, Oh Akioka and Jyoji Sawada.


The bandolim performer Oh Akioka has his roots in Brazilian music, although he is active in a wide variety of genres and is not bound by any one specific style.

Shigeharu Sasago is a unique guitarist who has created his own highly distinctive style through the absorption of Brazilian groove.

The double bassist Jyoji Sawada is also a well-known composer of contemporary music. He sensitively supports the sound of Choro Club from below.

The acoustic string trio Choro Club was formed in 1989 by three musicians, each with his own distinctive character and musical aspirations. They recorded their first album in 1990. The group’s name is taken from the choro, a style of instrumental music with its origins in Rio de Janeiro. While generating the mood of the choro, they create a musical world sometimes intense and sometimes sentimental, through the exercise of their highly original collective sensibility. Almost all the numbers on their previous 18 albums were composed by the members of the trio themselves.

It isn’t possible to assign the music of Choro Club to any standard category. That’s because the sound created by these three musicians is truly unique.

Over the past decade Choro Club have performed not only in standard concert halls and clubs but also in a wide variety of venues including classical concert halls, art museums, galleries, aquariums, botanical gardens, Shinto shrines, beer breweries and various other open-air locations, and at jazz festivals.

The music of Choro Club has been highly praised for its creativity even in Brazil, the country of origin of the choro. They recorded their third album in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, and a solo open-air concert they gave on that occasion, organized by the Department of Tourism of the City of Rio de Janeiro, was attended by as many as 3,000 people and was given prominent coverage, along with the scene of recording, by localnewspapers and TV and radio broadcasts. In 1995, Choro Club was sponsored by the Japan Foundation on a concert tour of six Latin American countries including Brazil.

Subsequently, in 2003, they collaborated with Tomi Taira, a well-known actress from Okinawa, on an original musical play "NIRAIKANAI", at Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Choro Club has released 3 albums in 2005 - "PREVENDO" from King records, then the soundtrack for "ARIA", the popular Japanese TV animation, released by Victor Entertainment, and their greatest hits album "REVENDO" from BMG, which includes a selection of their works from 1990 to 1994. And in 2006&2008,released 2 more soundtracks for "ARIA"series.

In 2009, just released their latest album " Trilogia" from VideoArts Music Inc.
Choro Club have established their own unprecedented and unique sound for 20 years they have been working together.

The members of Choro Club strive to achieve not only a high degree of musical sophistication but also a truly adult sense of relaxation and pleasure. Their music continues to offer universal potential.

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ArthurB | Apr 27, 6:31 AM
BRASILIANA is a great album. Maravilhoso e genial!

Borbelli | Jul 25, 2017 10:51 PM
Their music is my blood. Really missed them in Amanchu!.

Rikki | Nov 12, 2016 11:56 AM

Ajoura | Feb 26, 2016 3:09 PM
I'm gonna write another comment about them.

It seems to me like their collaboration with Takeshi Senoo on the soundtrack to ARIA shown us both sides' work. Choro Club's non-OST albums consist nearly entirely of piles and piles of improvised notes, and are not very pleasant to listen. Yes, they are trying to play Brazilian music, but this is the reason Brazilian music is not very popular - overly complicated patterns, which do not stick to your ears like worms and are pretty much unrememberable. Thankfully, they also played slow and mellow music.

On the contrary, Senoo held them back for a bit. Just compare latest albums (Prevendo, Trilogia) to ARIA (and, maybe, to Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou OVA) soundtrack. YKK's OST was mellow enough, but only in ARIA they have acquired such serenity. That's, I think, because Senoo influenced their music with more classical traditions, and you can hear it in pieces like "Hoshikage no Gondola" and "Mirai He no Kouseki".

Seriously, why do they need to play this overly-compicated nonsense, when they managed to make such beautiful slow pieces?
I am not trying to offend Brazilians who would read this, but, seriously. You have a great and very well established musical traditions, but most of your music is way too complicated for the rest of the world.

But the combination of Akioka's bandolim with Senoo's piano was so awesome I nearly burst in tears. They are best when savouring each bandolim note, not when playing it fast like shrapnel.

Hope they will publish more albums with mellow and healing melodies like "Quatrain" and "Toadilha" from their Trilogia album. And if THEY won't do it, then I will play such melodies (like I do now, exactly - I must thank them for partial inspiration).

NickDrake | Feb 18, 2016 6:43 PM
They make some truly relaxing and beautiful music

autorun | Jul 23, 2015 1:39 AM
Aria wouldn't have this great, calm and warm feeling without their music.+3

Itazuf | May 11, 2014 5:33 AM
Their music is magic.

Jodyqt | May 5, 2014 10:32 PM
I thought Quiet Country Cafe's and Aria's music were similar, this explains why.

Thankyou for the most relaxing music ever invented.

Mxs_ | Dec 1, 2013 1:06 AM
Aria wouldn't have this great, calm and warm feeling without their music.+2
These guys are under appreciated.

aiueowave | Feb 11, 2013 9:00 AM
Godly beautifull music

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