7 to 9 pm ET

Live Broadcast


Renato Borghetti Quartet

Music of the Americas hosts the Brazilian gaúcho group on October 16.

7 to 9 pm ET

Live Broadcast



This event was originally scheduled for May 27 and has been rescheduled.
This concert will be streamed on this page. As a special addition to this season’s concerts, we will host a virtual reception with the musicians after each performance. Americas Society members can register by emailing membership@as-coa.org. If you’re not yet a member and would like to join us, learn more about membership

The Renato Borghetti Quartet makes their Music of the Americas debut in a vibrant program featuring a contemporary and explosive mix of gaúcho musical styles including tango, polka, chamamé, milonga, with flamenco and a dash of Brazilian pop and jazz. The quartet recorded a program live in Porto Alegre’s historic Theatro São Pedro, founded in 1858.


“Rancheirinha” :               Geraldo Flach
“Terça-feira” :
Alegre Corrêa
“Rancheira para Don Carlos” : Rafael Koeler
“Passo Fundo“ : Daniel Sá
“Merceditas” :      Ramón Sixto Ríos
“Sétima do Pontal” : Renato Borghetti – Veco Marques
“Barra do Ribeiro“ : Guinha Ramires
“Milonga para as missões” : Gilberto Monteiro
“Alfonsina y el mar” : Ariel Ramírez - Félix Luna



  • Renato Borghetti, accordion
  • Daniel Sá, guitar
  • Pedro Figueiredo, sax and flute
  • Vitor Peixoto, piano

About the artists:

Founded by Renato Borghetti, the Renato Borghetti Quartet has been working together for over 20 years. Milongas, vaneiras, xote, and chamamés executed in an unconventional and almost classical and jazzy form. Most notable is their new project “Gaita na Fábrica” (Accordion in the Factory), an inspiring place where children and young adults can develop their love for music and learn how to play and build the gaita ponto or 8-bass diatonic accordion, the instrument that represents the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Borghetti hails from southern Brazil, close to the border with Argentina and Uruguay. When he was 10, he started playing the gaita ponto, and his first album in 1984. From the ’90s on, Borghetti increasingly toured throughout Europe and released three CDs, which were nominated for the German Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and a Latin Grammy. He also shared the stage with artists such as Stéphane Grappelli, Ron Carter, and Hermeto Pascoal. He won a Latin Grammy in 2005 for Best Brazilian Roots/Regional Album, for his album Gaita Ponto Com.


The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation. The Fall 2020 Music program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This concert is supported by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.