Bios

Choroloco

Choroloco is an acoustic trio of Seattle musicians brought together by their shared love of Brazilian music. The name Choroloco reflects their enthusiasm and love for choro, a highly melodic and rhythmic form of Brazilian popular music that originated in early 1900’s Rio de Janeiro.

The musicians – Stuart Zobel (7 string guitar), Naoyuki Sawada (cavaquinho and bandolim) and Brandi Ledferd (pandeiro and vibraphone) came together in 2013, bringing their experience in Brazilian music as well as different musical genres such as tango and classical music to create a sound that appeals to lovers of instrumental music of all kinds.

Choroloco’s performances blend hip shaking rhythms, heartbreakingly beautiful melodies and improvisational joy, and they frequently perform throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Performing is just one part of Choroloco’s mission to share and promote choro. In addition to performing they also love to share choro with others by giving lessons and workshops and by hosting choro rodas (choro jams.) These include a residency at Seattle Pacific University, teaching and performing at California State Channel Islands, choro jams and guitar/rhythm workshops at the Bellingham Folk Festival, Seattle Folklore Society, and Wintergrass, and hosting the popular Seattle bimonthly choro jam since 2013.


Stuart Zobel
Seven string guitar

Stuart Zobel is a guitarist and composer that emphasizes in Latin American and theatrical music. He has played, composed, and directed music for Seattle’s Moisture Festival, Fremont Players, Cirque du Flambe, among others. He keeps busy playing choro, tango, samba, and bossa nova, as well as teaching guitar and Spanish classes.


Brandi Ledferd
Percussion
Brandi 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
Bandolim/Cavaquinho
Composer, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and music school dropout, Naoyuki Sawada has been involved in and passionate about Brazilian music for over 20 years. He moved to New York City from Japan to attend music school, then dropped out and started his professional career as a percussionist with a New York based Brazilian dance company and toured domestically for three seasons. The knowledge of the Brazilian rhythms and the sensitivities he gained from this experience plays an integral part of his compositions and musical performances. He’s been focused on playing and composing Choro music for the past several years.