When I moved to Rio de Janeiro in September 2014, I had my butt kicked in my first lesson of choro music with virtuoso mandolin player Luís Barcelos. In those 60 minutes he inspired me to play hours a day for months on end and before I knew it I was composing choro.
Encouraged by many new musician-friends, a year into it I was writing Brazilian tunes of all sorts: sambas in odd time signatures, jazz waltzes with choro harmony, and other musical experiments. The music of Canta, Violino! is a collection of all of this music from my earliest days of Brazilian composition in 2014 to the end of 2016. The music is as much inspired by Brazilian legends such as Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim as it is modern groups like Snarky Puppy and Robert Glasper.