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Community Music Center: An Introduction to Choro Workshop

March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

An Introductory workshop to Choro with Rogerio Souza of Duo Violao, Edinho Gerber and Ami Molinelli. We will be going over the musical styles of choro and the history of the genre including the maxixe, choro, choro-samba, baiao, etc. For those that read music we will have charts and handouts. All musicians or interested are welcome.

This workshop will include examples from the CD/album described below

On A History of Choro, their first recorded collaboration, guitarist Rogério Souza, guitarist Edinho Gerber, and percussionist Ami Molinelli survey the musical history and evolution of choro, revealing its rhythmic and harmonic permutations and, in the process, create an album that is coherent in timbre and vision while marvelously varied in its nuances.

According to Molinelli, “The intention for this album overall was to ensure that each song reflects a different musical style within the genre of choro and to showcase reinterpretations of more recognized tunes as well as lesser known compositions.”

The album’s 12 tracks present choro’s history in three blocks: the first representing the foundational block of the late 19th century through the first decade of the 20th century; the second representing the intermediate range of the music from 1910 through 1940; and the third representing the modern range from the 1940s through to the present day. Selections by composers such as Henrique Alves de Mesquita, Joaquim Callado (by all accounts the verified creator of both the choro style and name), Pixinguinha, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Jacob do Bandolim, are here performed alongside original compositions by Souza and Molinelli.

We are grateful to LP for their support of this workshop.


March 24
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Community Music Center
544 Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(415) 647-6015