Open Strings

Open Strings is a Brazilian string trio made of three stellar Los Angeles based musicians: guitarists Douglas Lora and Wesley Amorim and violinist and mandolinist, Ted Falcon. The group plays exciting arrangements from Brazil of choros, forrós as well as their own original compositions. Each musician is an accomplished soloist and acclaimed recording artist. The group was formed in 2022. The show on March 28th at Resident in DTLA is produced by Vera’s Heartbeat as part of an ongoing series of Brazilian music in Los Angeles.

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Douglas Lora
Three time Grammy nominee guitarist and composer Douglas Lora transits with versatility through the universes of Classical and Popular Music, and has established himself as one of the most prominent artists of his generation.With a wide range of musical possibilities, Douglas has collaborated with renowned artist such as YoYo Ma, Paquito d’Rivera, Assad Brothers, Anat Cohen, Marco Pereira, Jovino Santos Neto, Ney Rosauro, Marina Piccinini, Paulo Bellinati, among others.
Member of the awarded Brasil Guitar Duo for over twenty years, Douglas has performed extensively at the most important theaters and concert halls in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Appearances as soloists with major orquestras such as Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (New York City), Delaware Symphony, Sphinx Organization Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brasil) and Aukso Orchestra (Poland).

Ted Falcon has lived and worked as a professional musician in New York City, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Brasilia (Brazil). In 2016 he moved back to Los Angeles after living in Brazil for 8 years. He is recognized in the music industry as a leader and catalyst of Brazilian Choro in the U.S. He has published several books about Brazilian musical regional styles such as Choro, Forró and Frevo. He taught violin for several years at the Escola de Choro Raphael Rabello, Brazil’s most respected choro school. Ted is one of the few innovators on the violin, an instrument rarely used in Brazilian popular music. He has released 10 records as a leader including 2 recent recordings: Ted Falcon and Gypsy Jazz Club, a tribute to the music of Django Reinhardt, and the Brazilian Strings Trio, a virtuosic group dedicated to the regional music of Brazil. Ted is currently a professor of music at Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit school founded by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Wesley Amorim is a Brazilian music producer, composer, and guitarist, skilled in areas such as music and executive production, session work, arrangement, film, and media composition. Amorim moved to the US in 2014 and has since shared the stage and/or recorded with renowned artists, including Alcione, Cyro Baptista, Luciana Mello, Neguinho da Beija-Flor, Jair Oliveira, and others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, The Metropolitan Room, and many others. In 2019 Amorim released his first duo album, “Simas & Amorim Duo – ‘Deuce’” with the pianist Luiz Simas, to the acclaim of Creed Taylor and Antonio Adolfo. Wesley performed on the album ‘Selfie’ by the artist Jair Oliveira, nominated for the 2019 Latin Grammy Award for Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album. Recently moved to Los Angeles, Amorim receives a mentorship by the Reel Change Film Fund program powered by SESAC and composer Christophe Beck, administered by New Music USA. In April of 2021, Amorim was a Grand Prize Winner in Lee Ritenour’s Dreamcatcher guitar contest.

Published by tedfalconmusicman

Violinist, mandolinist and educator living in Los Angeles, California and specializing in Brazilian choro music and Gypsy Jazz.

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