The Gallery partnered with Malden’s Chamber of Commerce by providing live music for the Tenth Annual Taste of Malden that took place April 29. Two amazing groups performed to provided a taste of musical genres: jazz and Brazilian Choro.
CHORO DA VIDA
Choro da Vida is a Boston based Brazilian Choro music group comprised of four members: Amy Conti (flute), Ricardo Borsatto (7 String Guitar), Marion Campos (Cavaquinho) and Érico Menino (Pandeiro). Our goal is to bring the beautiful tradition of choro, as well as the history and culture of Brazil to communities around the Greater Boston area.
Contact: email@example.com, (781) 752-6245
is a percussionist and drummer from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. He started his musical journey as a young child, participating in his family’s rodas where he learned the language of samba. Érico attended Escola de Música Villa Lobos and studied with Guilherme Gonçalves. Érico participated in the musical A Febre do Samba produced and directed by Gonçalves. He has also worked as a teacher with the project Orquestrando a Vida, and has played with various samba schools in Rio. Érico is currently a member of the group Choro da Vida, keeping alive the beautiful tradition of choro music in the city of Boston.
is a guitarist and composer. She is born in Paris where she started working as a musicians in the 80s playing with numerous artist of different styles and origins. Singer song writers, African, Middle Eastern, South American musicians with whom she toured throughout France and Europe during twenty years. She moved to Boston in 2000 where she focused more on jazz and improvised music, but always with the obsession of finding the way to cross frontiers between styles. More than 10 years ago, she started playing cavaquinho exploring Brazilian Choro and Cape verdean music. She is currently participating in numerous choro projects in Boston ( Na Banguela, The Fernando Brandão quintet, the Campos Borsatto duo, Choro Da Vida) Montreal ( club de choro de Montreal) and France (Choro de coisinha, Elefante).
Composer, Arranger and Educator, Ricardo Borsatto Faria (7 strings guitar) was born in the city of São Paulo (Brazil). At an early age, inspired by the sounds that came from his grandfather's Mandolim and uncle's guitar, Ricardo Borsatto Faria started having guitar lessons in order to play in his family musical reunions. Being heavily influenced on Choro musicians such as Jacob do Bandolim, Baden Powell and Raphael Rabello, Alessandro Penezzi and flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, Ricardo was awarded in 2013 with a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, where he finished his studies in Jazz Composition and Performance, getting a Magna Cum Laude Honor. In Spring 2016, Borsatto was awarded with the 'Performance Division Guitar Award' by Berklee. Life in Boston brought many new opportunities, and the musician has been playing in many different projects, such as ‘Na Banguela Choro Group’, ‘Campos-Borsatto Duo’, ‘Choro da Vida and ‘Fernando Brandão Choro Quintet’.
is a flutist and music educator based out of Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and completed a four year Classical Performance program at New England Conservatory. Amy enjoys performing and recording various styles including Latin, jazz, classical and world music, but has a special passion for Brazilian music, especially choro. Amy discovered choro while attending Berklee and instantly fell in love with it. She has been an active member of the vibrant choro community in the Boston area for the past eight years. Amy is a current member of the group Choro da Vida.
Howard Rubenstein, Baritone Sax
Howard Rubenstein’s primary instrument is the Baritone Sax. He has been associated with the John Payne Music center for over 30 years. It was his prominent instrument in the 80’s when he played with the horn section of Connecticut’s very popular “Girl Group” band “Linda and the Loveletters.”
Fast forward today and he has kept himself busy recently with two separate music residencies at “Three Squares”(6 months) in Needham and at “The Ellis Room”(22 months) in Brookline Village. He recently has been playing with an exciting “James Brown” cover band with a 4+ piece horn section with Tony Wilson taking over the role of JB.
Howard currently has landed a new residency at “ The James” in Needham playing with his new group The C.R.A.F.T. Club playing soulful jazz, blues, funk & Latin tunes.
Kim Araiza, Piano and Vocals
Kim Maria grew up studying music, and performing in Bombay, India. She developed her love for music, and connecting with people singing in church, and conducting and accompanying choirs.
As a young adult, a scholarship allowed her to pursue a dream of studying music at the prestigious Berklee College in Boston.
Kim lives in Malden, MA and works as a vocal coach, piano instructor, and music therapist. When she is not working, she performs extensively as a vocalist and pianist!
Richard Hale Shaw, Bass
Richard Hale Shaw’s interest in music began as a 10-year-old with a Beatles Garage Band, pantomiming to Fab Four recordings with his friends.
After a long hiatus away from music and professional careers in software development consulting and statistical financial work, Richard began to play bass again in 2005, starting from scratch learning to play jazz.
Today he frequently plays venues around Boston including: Daryll’s Corner Bar, Les Zygomates, The Ellis Room, The Java Room and The James. He regularly plays gigs with local Boston jazz groups including La Blu Jazz, The Jazz Barracudas, Brilliant Corners, the C.R.A.F.T. Club, Nella Tasca, and more, not to mention playing jazz at various private and corporate venues.