For Immediate Release


Duo Violão Brasil: Sunday, September 25, 4pm, $20
Part of the #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence
Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph Chicago

HotHouse at the Alhambra Global Voices Series Launches Sunday with Concert to End Gun Violence

Guitar virtuosos Duo Do Brasil launch Global Voices series in conjunction with 350 performances across U.S. to remember victims of gun violence.

CHICAGO, IL (Sept. 23, 2016)—The #GlobalVoices performance is part of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence — a day to remember the tremendous loss of life that gun violence has cost our communities. The initiative has expanded to more than 350 events across the U.S., headlined in New York by artists who include Eddie Vedder, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash and the Gospel Choir of Harlem, and anchored in Los Angeles with performances by former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Ryan Cabrera, Sam Harris of X Ambassadors and the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A.

Guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber came together in Duo Violão Brasil out of their shared reverence for Brazilian guitar, the “violão”, and their desire to explore and expand the musical possibilities of putting two “violões” together. On September 25th, the duo’s performance will feature special guest appearances and lively arrangements of Samba and Choro repertoire from composers like Baden Powell, Pixinguinha, and Radames Gnattali, while showcasing the exuberance and lyricism of Brazilian guitar.

As long-time cultural promoters who work in the realm of social justice, HotHouse seizes opportunities to amplify organizing efforts for civic good. In Chicago, a city in the grips of a pandemic of violence, this concert is designed to bring the transporting beauty of Duo’s music to Concert Across America’s national initiative to remember the victims of violence and promote peaceful dialogue. HotHouse is proud to open our #GlobalVoices series and its aim to promote international cultural understanding and harmony with this national initiative.

Duo Violão Brasil: Sunday, September 25, 4pm, $20
Part of the #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence
Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph Chicago
Valet parking | Wheelchair accessible


Rogério Souza: A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of Rio’s diverse musical language, from new fusion work to traditional Brazilian music, especially Samba and Choro. He has worked with a multitude of world class Brazilian musicians as musical director and producer for concerts, TV shows, CDs, and DVDs, including Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Turíbio Santos, Rafael Rabello, Cristovão Bastos, Nó em Pingo D’agua, Época de Ouro, Elizeth Cardoso, Elza Soares, João Nogueira, Dona Ivone Lara, Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito, Delcio Carvalho, Martinho da Vila, and Zeca Pagodinho. Rogério performs regularly in music festivals, concerts, master classes and workshops throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia. His current show focuses on the art of Brazilian guitar and includes original works as well as classic repertoire.

Edinho Gerber: Son of a Brazilian mother and American father, guitarist and composer Edinho Gerber possesses a rich musical vocabulary developed in the two countries where he was raised: the United States and Brazil. Navigating effortlessly between the genres of choro, jazz, samba, and blues, he is always in search of the intersecting points within his dual cultural identity. A staple in the Chicago music scene for many years, he’s highly in demand as sideman who’s played with countless U.S.-based Brazilian groups, including Som Brasil, Renato Anesi Trio, A Cor do Brasil, and led the samba-jazz group Zona Sul. He has performed in prestigious festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Russia, and Japan, and currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, where he performs regularly with Duo Violão Brasil and is preparing for the upcoming releases of his debut solo album and of an inventive new cross-cultural collaboration with Ben Lamar.

Intrigued by the history and art of Alhambra, the eponymous palace and cultural mecca of southern Spain’s Moorish Granada, Chicago physician Nasar Rustom created the space to bring the culture, art, and splendor of Alhambra to the City of Chicago. Dr. Rustom commissioned artisans from Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco to recreate the Moorish style of art for the hand-carved wood furniture, sculptures, rugs, stone mosaics, arabesques, and crystal chandeliers that adorn the space, augmented by a large collection of artifacts assembled over the course of many trips to the Middle East and North Africa. Since opening in 2007, Alhambra Palace has offered its visitors a unique experience of fine dining and entertainment, ranging from Middle Eastern singers to Latin salsa and tango.

HotHouse was founded in 1987 as a Chicago forum for global artistic expression — with a special focus on under-represented multi-arts and educational activities that showcase innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market. Outreach to underserved populations across metro Chicago is a key priority, along with producing events that amplify a variety of progressive social movements. The New York Times wrote of HotHouse, “Few clubs anywhere offer a wider range of first-rate world music, from wildly vibrant Afro-pop to avant-garde jazz than HotHouse.” And a “Best of Chicago” award opined, “From European avant-garde jazz acts that don’t even play in this hemisphere to performance art to world music to the city’s more esoteric acts, [HotHouse] has consistently pulled in some of the planet’s most innovative acts.” The project broke ground in the city in a range of endeavors, from showcasing Cuban artists at the height of the blockade to serving as a forum for groundbreaking Avant garde jazz artists.

HotHouse has maintained two award-winning cultural centers, with the first catalyzing Wicker Park’s cultural offerings (1987-1995) and the second spurring creative development in Chicago’s South Loop (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.

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