Grupo Falso Baiano is a choro group based in San Francisco, CA. Choro is one of Brazil’s earliest popular musics, similar to jazz, reflecting the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque Classical music.
Grupo Falso Baiano takes its name from the famous Geraldo Pereira song “Falsa Baiana” (which appears on our album Depois). 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”.