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Choro Camp New England 2024

Choro Camp New England 2024

17-23 June 2024 - The Choro Camp in New England (USA) is taking place for the 4th year running. Are you also fascinated by Choro (Chorinho)? Here's your chance to make music at a multi-day intensive workshop with all Choro instruments and levels and learn lots of new things! Newcomers are very welcome too!

The musical genre of Choro, also known as Chorinho, originated in Rio de Janeiro in the mid-19th century, where the music of the Portuguese court (social dances such as Polka, Waltz and Scottish) met the music of the Afro-Brazilians. Over the last 150 years, Choro has developed into a fascinating genre in its own, finding favour with enthusiasts of Brazilian percussion, but also with classically oriented musicians. Choro is characterised by colourful rhythms typical of Samba, beautiful harmonies, which are usually played in small ensembles and can also be found in larger constellations in modern music. Choro features string and even wind instruments. Then there are sanfona, pandeiro, 7-corda (7-string guitar) and bandolim. Even big bands and piano arrangements have been published. A strong virtuoso solo character is typical of Choro music. A roda de Choro is one of the most beautiful types of live music you can ever experience. You can find out more about the history of Choro here.

The Choro Camp takes place annually in New England, USA, and invites all friends of Chorinho to experience an unforgettable musically rich and inspiring week.

Instrument Groups of Choro

While some courses at Choro Camp are designed for mixed ensembles, others are held for instrumental groups only:

  • Wind instruments
  • Mandolin / Bandolim
  • Accordion and keyboards
  • Guitar (6- and 7-string)
  • cavaquinho
  • Pandeiro and other percussion instruments

The groups for harmony instruments will work on:

  • The learning and idiomatic interpretation of melodies
  • Harmony theory - how to understand it and why this understanding is important
  • the role of melodic improvisation in Choro and approaches to it
  • and melodic contrasts, both improvised and arranged

The daily schedule includes:

  • Musical meetings and working together within each instrumental group
  • Rodas de Choro
  • More Rodas and Special Topics

More information about the programme: here.

Interested? Simply contact the organisers directly to book your place. This is an extraordinary and unique opportunity to spend a few intense days with interesting people and musicians and share the passion for Choro music and other Brazilian music genres.




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