OAKLAND -- The sweet sounds of South America's largest country will fill the historic Chapel of the Chimes on Sunday as the Bay Area-based Grupo Falso Baiano offers an array of Brazilian jazz.
The four-member group promises a journey through traditional choro music, as well as flamenco and jazz, featuring a seven-string guitar, mandolin, clarinet and the pandeiro, the Brazilian tambourine.
The second in this year's Jazz at the Chimes series demonstrates an ongoing commitment to musical diversity, with classic, Latin and instrumental among the offerings during past and upcoming shows at the serene Julia Morgan-designed chapel at the foot of Oakland's Piedmont Avenue.
The program, revived in 2012 by vocalist Mary D'Orazi, also aims to be an outlet for local artists.
"My focus is to give an opportunity to the people who live and work here," D'Orazi said. "There is just so much talent in the jazz world."
Grupo Falso Baiano started as a trio 11 years ago when guitarist Brian Moran took up with reed player Zack Pitt-Smith and percussionist Ami Molinelli. Jesse Appelman joined on mandolin in 2006, and the group has been busy since, playing jazz festivals around California, along with gigs at Yoshi's in Oakland and San Francisco. Moran is excited for the chance to play at the chapel. Having spent time in Brazil, the group's members feel an intimate connection to the music.
"There have only been a few instances where we have done acoustics settings," Moran said. "That is really what the genre is about. In Brazil, they go to great pains to capture that sound."
In a promotion for the event, D'Orazi explained, "Choro is Brazil's first national music, born in the cafes of Rio in the late 1800s, and reflects the melding of Latin American and African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure most closely resembling baroque classical music. Gropo Falso Baiano's unique exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from traditional to contemporary classics, as well as original arrangements and jazz-influenced reinterpretations."
D'Orazi noted that Chapel of the Chimes sponsors the jazz series and ensures the musicians are paid.
"A lot of jazz musicians just have to play in clubs," she said. "No one is giving them a lot of attention."
Tickets are $15 at the door for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. A reception will follow.
What: Jazz at the Chimes, featuring Grupo Falso Baiano
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Tickets: $15 general, $10 for students and seniors 60 and older; cash only at the door. Sales begin at 12:30 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m.
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-654-0123, www.jazzatthechimes.com