Bios

Choroloco
Choroloco is a Seattle based acoustic trio specializing in choro, a highly melodic and rhythmic instrumental form of Brazilian popular music. Choro has roots in early 1900s Rio de Janeiro and is currently having a resurgence inside and outside of Brazil. Mixing the melodic forms of European music with Afro-Brazilian rhythms, it’s syncopated and energetic. On traditional Brazilian instruments (7-string guitar, bandolim, cavaquinho, and pandeiro) and the vibraphone they play choros old and new, from the classics of the choro repertoire to modern compositions and originals.

Stuart Zobel
Seven string guitar
Stuart Zobel is a guitarist, composer, and teacher whose emphasis is in Latin American music and creating music for the screen and stage.  He has composed and directed music for circus, vaudeville, stage plays, and movies.He is the former leader of the Fremont Philharmonic and was the music director for the Fremont Players.  During his tenure with the Fremont Philharmonic, he composed music for the Cirque de Flambe and for various British Panto shows, including Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Three Dwarfs, Puss ‘n Boots, Cinderella, and Aladdin and his Magic Lamp.In 2006, he composed and recorded an original soundtrack to Threatened, a documentary about Colombians living under death threats from militias, guerilla groups, and government officials.
In 2010 he composed and performed an original score for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, performed in 2010 at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema with his stage band “The Super 8s.”
Currently he plays tango in the Glo//Zobel duo as well as other configurations and is a musical director for the Moisture Festival, composing and arranging music for performers from around the world who come together in Seattle every spring for the world’s largest varieté festival.

Brandi Ledferd
Percussion
Born and raised in California, Brandi Ledferd has been playing percussion in the Seattle area for over 20 years.
Brandi currently specializes in Brazilian percussion playing in styles including samba, choro, bossa nova, Northeastern, and Afro Brazilian.

Naoyuki Sawada
Cavaquinho and mandolin
Multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Naoyuki Sawada is the newest member of Choroloco since 2013. He is a native of Japan and moved to NYC in his early 20s where he studied Brazilian music. He toured with a NY-based Afro-Brazilian dance company “Roots of Brazil” as a percussionist for 3 seasons before moving to Seattle.
Currently he is also collaborating with a Capoeira master Edna Lima for her solo CD project.