I hope Michael won't mind if I plug my new project one time here on the Djangobooks forum. After all, the links between the choro and Gypsy jazz traditions are already close and getting closer all the time.
I fell in love with jazz manouche
some 20 years ago and after a couple trips to France decided to start Django in June. The rest is, as we say, history.
Since meeting my now-wife, Flávia, and having made a few trips to her home country of Brazil, I've taken another, similar fall. So here we go again! One could produce ten camps devoted to different Brazilian musical traditions – but I propose we start with this one: o choro
Choro Camp New England
proposes to do for choro what Django in June has done for Gypsy jazz here in the US. After all, North American students of choro face many of the same frustrations as students of jazz manouche: it's challenging music, expert guidance is hard to find, and there are probably few folks nearby to play with.
We can help. Choro Camp New England will provide chorões
an opportunity to meet one another, work with real experts, and play to their heart's content. We'll have instructional tracks for 6 and 7 string guitar, all manner of melodic instruments, cavaquinho, mandolin/bandolim, accordion and pandeiro. With housing and meals on site, once you're here, you've got nowhere else to go. Participants will head home with new repertoire, new understanding, and new connections – all of which will help them keep the roda
going back home.
The big challenge of a new event is finding the folks who might be interested. So if you'd like to see this project succeed, please help get the word out to people in your social circle. You can learn all about the event and join our mailing list right here: chorocamp.com
Whether at Django in June or Choro Camp New England, I look forward to making beautiful music with you this summer!
Django in June: June 10-16, Northampton, MA
Choro Camp New England: June 24-30, Northampton, MA