EVENT: Sat. August 1st at Vieux Carré, formerly the Artists' Quarter,
in downtown St. Paul.
To see Choro Borealis live please go to the Calendar page to see performance dates!
Before the Bossa Nova craze in the 1960s, and even before Samba became popular, there was a type of music in Brazil called Choro (pronounced “SHOW-doo”). Like its closest North American equivalents of ragtime and Dixieland jazz, Choro music is a blend of European and African influences, and from the late 1800s until the 1930s this lively instrumental musical genre native to Rio de Janeiro reigned supreme. Throughout the 1900s many other styles of music developed and became more popular throughout Brazil, but in the last few decades Choro has gained more momentum, appreciating a well-deserved rebirth and spreading quickly among adventurous musicians and curious audiences all over the world.
is a recently-formed trio of three Midwesterners with a long-running deeply
rooted passion for Brazilian music: Robert Everest on 7-string guitar,
cavaquinho (a steel-string cousin of the ukulele), and occasionally vocals
and percussion; Pat O'Keefe on Bb Clarinet, bass clarinet, and percussion;
and Tim O'Keefe on mandolin, cavaquinho, and percussion. The magic of
the group is in the playful rotation of instruments. For one number Tim
and Pat take turns on the melody and solos while Robert plays bass-lines
on the low strings. On the next tune Robert might play the cavaquinho
and sing in fluent Portuguese while Tim plays percussion and Pat covers
the lower range on bass clarinet. All three also compose and arrange music
in their repertoire, which includes many Choro favorites easily recognized
by any Brazilian or Brazilian music connoisseur. One thing that makes
this trio so engaging is the far-reaching musical endeavors and broad
palettte of all three members, each with a unique musical background.
is a Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has
delighted audiences around the globe with his original compositions and
his vast repertoire of acoustic world music. Latin American music makes
up the majority of his repertoire, but he also plays music from many European
countries, singing in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Greek,
and of course English. He has been featured on MPR's Talking Volumes (alongside
Chilean author Isabel Allende at the Fitzgerald Theatre), All Things Considered,
and The Jazz Image with Leigh Kamman. He has also been interviewed and
performed on KBEM's String Theory with Kevin Barnes and KFAI's programs
Global Beat and Corazón Latino. KARE11 Television has invited Robert
into the studio on several occasions, and WCCO TV has showcased him as
well. Robert has performed locally at venues like Orchestra Hall, the
Fitzgerald Theatre, and the Dakota Jazz Club. He has arranging and performing
(both guitar and vocal) credits on Connie Evingson’s album The Secret
of Christmas, and on Christine Rosholt’s Detour Ahead, both of which
have received high acclaim. Other local musicians he has performed with
include Lorie Line, Nachito Herrera, Tim Sparks, Estaire Godinez, Doug
Little, Viviana Pintado, Becky Schlegel, and Pete Whitman.
Pat is very committed to improvised music as well. He is currently a member of the free improvisation group AntiGravity, the electro-acoustic duo Willful Devices, and has appeared in concert with such notable improvisers as George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Wadada Leo Smith, J.D. Parran, and Fred Frith. He is also heavily influenced by the music of other cultures, having studied Turkish music with Turkish Rom clarinetist Selim Sesler, and Brazilian music with master drummer Jorge Alabe. He and his brother Tim are the founding directors of the Brazilian percussion group Batucada do Norte (recently featured on Minnesota Public Radio) and appears regularly with the groups Brasamba, and Music Mundial in the Twin Cities. He was previously a percussionist with the Brazilian ensemble Sol e Mar in San Diego,
Pat holds a BM (with Performer’s Certificate) from Indiana University, an MM (with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance) from the New England Conservatory, and a DMA from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently the clarinet instructor at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He taught previously at UCSD, Augusta State University, and Georgia College.
Tim O’Keefe is an award winning percussionist /multi instrumentalist whose professional career spans over thirty years. His background includes traditional North American, Rock, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, a number of different jazz styles, world music including Arabic, Brazilian, African, Persian, Latin American, Turkish, Eastern European, Armenian, and Greek. He has shared the bill with such luminaries as Ry Cooder, Astrid Gilberto and Bob Dylan and performed with international heavyweights such as Simon Shaheen, Sattar, Siwan Perwar, Morteza, Georges Lammam and more.Tim has appeared on soundtrack and commercial recordings and releases by artists such as noted guitarist Tim Sparks, Paul Metsa, Mandala , a recent duet recording with award-winning Jordanian oud player Sakkar Hattar, and a new release by Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Chuck Lazarus. Besides countless local performances Tim has also performed in New York, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C. at such venues as the National Gallery, Museum of Modern Art and the Asia Society. In the Middle East, he has performed at international music festivals at Jerash, Bethlehem and Bir Zeit.
Tim performs regularly with international
ensembles Brasamba, Amwaaj, Sahran Nights, Robayat, Batucada do Norte,
Trakia, Ethnic Dance Theater, and Touareg. He has worked over the years
with Mark Stillman and Francine Roche, Rai Action, Fuego Flamenco, the
Electric Arab Orchestra, Crossing Borders, Salamat, Nikki Stavrou Greek
Ensemble, Tim Sparks, Crossing Borders, the Rose Ensemble, Valery Saakian,
Mila vocal ensemble, Jawaahir Dance Company, and many more. Apart from
teaching private lessons and group workshops, Tim presents world music
residencies and works with educational ensemble “Music Mundial”
and he has taught the “World Rhythms and Music” course for
the Suzuki Program at the MacPhail School of Music.
information or to book Choro Borealis for your next event,
or call: 612-747-1234 - we look forward to entertaining you!