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Grupo Falso Baiano

Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Grupo Falso Baiano
with special guest Francisco Marques


For over ten years, Grupo Falso Baiano has delighted audiences with their energetic blend of instrumental Brazilian choro, samba, and jazz. This project, featuring Brazilian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Francisco Marques, explores samba de raiz – the authentic roots samba of Rio de Janeiro. Grupo Falso Baiano and Francisco Marques are one of the few groups bringing this swinging, celebratory sound to the U.S.

$20 general / $15 students - No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Grupo Falso Baiano, with Brian Moran on 7-string guitar, Zack Pitt-Smith on reeds, Jesse Appelman on mandolin (bandolim), and Ami Molinelli on percussion, is a choro group that offers a window into the history and diverse culture of Brazil. Choro is one of Brazil’s earliest popular musics, dating back to the late 1800s, and, similar to jazz, it reflects the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque Classical music.

G.F.B.’s exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from the traditional to more contemporary versions and jazz influenced reinterpretations. In addition to performing and touring, Grupo Falso Baiano has worked in collaboration with the Pasadena Pops, Around the World Music Program, Young Audiences of Northern CA, and Youth in Arts, to bring choro and Brazilian music to students throughout California.

Grupo Falso Baiano takes its name from the famous Geraldo Pereira song “Falsa Baiana,” made famous by Joao Gilberto, among others. A “falsa baiana” (or falso baiano) is a fake Bahian: one who claims to come from the state of Bahia, named after its famous bay. Hence the play on words as it applies to Grupo Falso Baiano: since we hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, we are Bahians of North America, but are “fake Brazilians”.

“We picked the name to honestly reflect our love and respect for the music we play. Our take on choro is to preserve the traditional sounds and instruments while incorporating our own influences and heritage.”

Francisco Marques was born on October 12th 1978, in São Paulo, Brasil. He moved to the Washington D.C. area with his family in 1980. While in elementary school, his first exposure to a musical instrument was through piano lessons . At age 15 he began taking several years of private guitar lessons at The Guitar Gallery in D.C. with Stewart Payne. He continued his study of music at Colby College, Maine, where he focused on classical guitar but expanded his study of different instruments and musical styles including the West African Drumming Ensemble with master drummer Jordan Bennisan ( from Togo West Africa. In 2000 Francisco graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and moved to Boulder, Colorado where he quickly began to play at local venues; The Fox, Tulagi, and The Bluebird Theater (Denver) with the band “Bobby Milk”, opening for bands like Devotchka, The North Mississippi All Stars and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

In 2003 Francisco’s musical career took a decided turn towards the Brazilian after taking a few private lessons from the local Brazilian specialist, Mitchell Long ( It wasn’t long before he was playing with the Brazilian band, Sambadende ( and soon after, started his own Brazilian quartet, Ginga ( with Boulder’s woodwind specialist, Greg Laliberte. The band began with Gonzalo Teppa ( on upright bass and Chris Lee on drums and soon incorporated renowned guitarist Bill Kopper ( The project that studied the musical traditions of both Venezuela and Brazil soon became a strictly Brazilian endeavour after Raoul Rossiter joined the ensemble and Gonzalo returned to Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

Francisco continues to bring Brazilian culture and music to life in Colorado and wherever he performs and teaches.

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