Faculty: Dudu Maia, Eduardo Neves, Anat Cohen, Jovino Santos Neto, Douglas Lora and Alexandre Lora
Workshop: April 22 – 26, 2015
Concert: Saturday, April, 7:30pm
Our popular Choro workshop is back and better than ever with new offerings and a new faculty member. Dudu Maia is coordinating an expansion of the schedule which will allow the faculty more time to explore current and historical players and styles in addition to master classes, group sessions and, of course, lots of playing. Whether you’re new to the workshop or have attended several, you’ll get lots of new information.
We’re particularly excited to announce the addition to the faculty of Eduardo Neves, Brazil’s leading Choro player on flute and saxophone. He’ll join returning faculty members Dudu Maia, (bandolim); the extraordinary clarinetist, Anat Cohen; master teacher and performer Jovino Santos Neto on piano, accordion and flute; and Trio Brasileiro members Douglas Lora, 7-string guitar; and Alexandre Lora, pandeiro/percussion. All are master teachers and outstanding performers who will show you first hand how much fun it is to play Choro.
Choro is a great way for both jazz and classically oriented musicians to meet on common ground. There are written charts with lovely and lively melodies accessible to any competent player. There’s also room for improvisation, and in a vein that’s a great way for classical musicians to expand their skills in this. This workshop is limited to forty-five people and is open to strings, woodwinds, accordion/piano and hand percussion (rather than drum set). Some others are also accepted; call if you have a question about your instrument.
Housing is in beautiful, large Victorian “officer’s houses” at Fort Worden State Park. Some of the most delightful moments of the weekend happen after dinner, when faculty and participants gather in the large living room and jam to their hearts’ content.