About - Quatro a Zero

Quatro a Zero has a peculiar path inside brazilian music. They make an instrumental music that has Choro as the main influence, going deep on its language and its accents. At the same time, they cross the frontiers of this genre: from a contemporary perpective, they mix Choro with other languages, making a very original music.

Its members also work in other projects with very distinct types of music – from jazz to classical music, from traditional choro to pop music. That amount of experience brings to Quatro a Zero a rich variety of musical possibilities.

The essence of Quatro a Zero's music is in collective arrangements, which incorporate the different references that each musician brings to the group. The group takes the repertoire chosen from within the vast universe of Choro. It also includes original compositions. Improvisation is an intense element of the work – the individual spontaneity is highlighted by the creative interaction between the members of the group. The music includes youth and good humor, and the quartet pays attention to the fun factor, present in the Choro from its beginning.

From 2001 to the today, Quatro a  Zero has outlined a beautiful history of development, gathering growing repercussion. They have performed in more than a hundred times in over 50 cities in Brazil, from Porto Alegre-RS to Boa Vista-RR. They won the 2nd place in the Brazilian Music VISA Award in 2004, and released its first album, “Choro Elétrico” in the following year. In 2006 the group went through an immersion in the music of Radames Gnattali, which resulted in a tribute to the centenary of Gnattali's birth, with guests artists Toninho Ferragutti (accordion) and Rafael dos Santos (piano). In the same year, it joined in important cultural project “Projeto Pixinguinha”, touring on all of Brazil northern, in the “Circuito Instrumental Universitário” (Instrumental Stage Circuits), performing throughout the country alongside renowned mandolinist Joel Nascimento. The following year, the group became involved in a deep research on Choro made exclusively in the State of São Paulo - "Memórias do Choro Paulista" - which resulted in its second album, “Porta Aberta” (2008). With this project, the group traveled with workshops and concerts throughout the State of São Paulo. In 2009 the group went through a difficult time with the death of one of its founders, the drummer and percussionist Lucas da Rosa. With the entrance of the new drummer, Lucas Casácio, and the support from many friends, Quatro a Zero went through a time of reconstruction that resulted in its acclaimed album “Alegria”, released in early 2011.