Frevo is a signature musical style from Pernambuco, an involving, feverish rhythm played by a brass band at Carnival in Recife and Olinda.
Dancers who perform elaborate, strenuous steps ahead of the band are called passistas. They wave multi-colored parasols as they leap and twist in a coreography that is sometimes reminding of Russian dancers, but has its origin in Brazil's very own capoeira.
Origin of the Word:
The word frevo comes from frever, a common uneducated pronunciation of ferver, the Portuguese word for "boil".
The essential instruments in a frevo band are saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and percussion.
In an video interview to journalist Marcelo Tas, musician Maestro Forró offers one of the best explanations for frevo music: a question & answer relationship, created by the different instruments, between a stronger masculine phrasing and a softer feminine one.