Today there are so many accomplished bandolinists excelling their tallents and devoting their skills to playing choro. Last night I listened to the shown cd,´'Som de Bandolim' by Jorge Cardoso (1996), an excellent example of the high level of performance in contemporary choro. The cd was recorded 1996 under the musical direction of Mauricio Carrilho and was later nominated as best instrumental album for the prestigous Sharp price. The music on the cd has mainly compositions by Jorge Cardoso (see tracklist below) and he is accompanied by a choro ensemble featuring Maurício Carrilho (violão); Tony (violão 7 cordas); Luciana Rabello (cavaquinho); Jorginho (pandeiro); Paulo Sérgio Santos (clarinet & sax soprano); João Lyra (viola 10 cordas & percussão). Arrangements by Cardoso and Carrilho.
Tracklist: 1.Gingando no chôro (Jorge Cardoso), 2. Modulado (Jorge Cardoso), 3. Quanto dói uma saudade (Garoto), 4. Melancolia cigana (Emile Proudome), 5. Uma rosa para ela (Jorge Cardoso ), 6. Espinha de bacalhau (Severino Araújo), 7. Para eu ser feliz (Amador Pinho), 8. Trocadilhando (Jorge Cardoso), 9. Impressões digitais (Jorge Cardoso), 10. Moto perpétuo ( Paganini), 11. Quando me lembro (Luperce Miranda), 12. Perna de alicate (Jorge Cardoso), 13. Lembranças do Recife (Rossini Ferreira), 14. Minha Terra (Jorge Cardoso)
Jorge Cardoso (Jorge Antônio Cardoso Moura) (b 1969) started to play the guitar and the cavaquinho at 14, then took up the bandolim at 15. During the commemoration of the 60 years of the Pernambucan Conservatory of Music (Recife, Pernambuco), in 1990, he was the soloist on Radamés Gnattali's "Retratos" suite, accompanied by the Orquestra Sinfônica do Recife. In the same decade, he performed Gnattali's "Concerto for Bandolim and Orchestra," dedicated to Jacob do Bandolim. Cardoso recorded for the first time on the 1993 CD Pernambuco's Music. He made his debut on record as a bandolinist in 1994, with the CD Viagem Musical Pelo Nordeste do Brasil. He has participated in CDs and shows of several artists of Brazilian Popular Music and in 2001 he won the Rio de Janeiro’s Choros Festival promoted by the Museum of Image and Sound of Rio de Janeiro with his composition entitled "Balançadinho", written for bandolim and group set. Cardoso has taught cavaquinho at Raphael Rabello´s School of Choro (1998 until 2000) and he was a professor of Brazilian popular bandolim in the Brasilia’s School of Music (2002 until 2004). Since 2004, he lives in Italy and has performed in Italy, France and Germany.
Sound clips from the shown cd available in mp3 available following the link in headline. On YouTube you have the opportunity to view a TV presentation of Jorge Cardoso, below I insert a part of it featuring a performance of Nazareth's "Odeon"