Choro: April 11 – 15, 2012: Registration is OPEN!

Featuring Dudu Maia, Alexandre Lora, Jovino Santos Neto, Henrique Neto, and Andy Connell

The popular Choro workshop returns in 2012 with another world-class lineup of faculty mentors to guide you on a journey into the dynamic world of Choro. This year we’re excited to welcome back Dudu Maia, mandolin; Jovino Santos Neto, accordion, piano and flute, and Andy Connell, clarinet. All are master teachers and outstanding performers who will show you first hand how much fun it is to play Choro.

In addition, we’re pleased to welcome new faces to the workshop, including guitarist Henrique Neto (pictured), a member of the famed Choro Livre band; and percussionist Alexandre Lora, brother of celebrated Choro guitarist Douglas Lora, and a fellow member of Caraivana, with Maia and Alex Souza, Fabio Luna, and Juninho Billy Joe.

Learn more about the 2012 faculty HERE.

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. This forty-person workshop is open to all instruments (hand percussion, rather than drum set).

Due to overwhelming demand, the workshop has been extended to FOUR DAYS in 2012, and will again focus on daily rehearsals and coaching combined with instrumental master classes, plus film and audio sessions of Choro innovators and masters. Participants attend group sessions as well as playing in ensembles.

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.

Participants will receive free admission to the April 14th performance in the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater.

Who should attend the workshop?

Both classical and jazz musicians will feel comfortable in this workshop, and will enjoy expanding their skills through this style. You should be proficient on your instrument, i.e. comfortable with the mechanics of playing. There will be people of different backgrounds and abilities and we’ll be sure to match you up.

How do I register?

Register online, or by calling Centrum at 360-385-3102.