Pixinguinha (Alfredo da Rocha Viana Filho)
Donga (Ernesto Maria dos Santos)
Duo Violão plus 1 started with two guitarists, Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber, and the desire to explore and expand the musical possibilities of playing two violões, or Brazilian guitars. During their first visit to the Bay Area in 2015, they met percussionist Ami Molinelli and the musical connection was immediate.
The ensemble navigates 20th century Brazilian popular music, emphasizing Brazil’s first original musical genre, choro, while also showcasing original works and inventive arrangements. The group’s first album, “A História de Choro,” was released in 2019 and featured as one of the best musical albums of the Bay Area by the San Jose Mercury News.
In 2020-21 they produced a project to further explore the intersections between choro and samba. “Raizes do Choro e Samba” (Roots of Choro and Samba) was an online concert presented during the pandemic that featured a blend of compositions to highlight these intersections.