Barry Mitterhoff brings you to the exciting world of Brazilian Choro, which combines popular European and Argentinian dance forms with Brazilian rhythms.
Mandolins on the Hill is excited to offer an Introduction to Brazilian Choro mandolin workshop. Although Choro features a number of instruments and different size ensembles, we feel that the fact that many Choro recordings feature the bandolim, (Portuguese for mandolin) is reason enough for its inclusion. Add to that the fact that one of the most important performers and composers was Jacob do Bandolim makes Choro’s inclusion in Mandolins on the Hill (MOTH) that much more significant. Choro’s development in the latter part of the 19th century in Rio de Janiero coincided with the popularity of European and Argentinian dance forms (i.e., the waltz. the polka, mazurka, tango, etc.), whose combination with Brazilian rhythms led to the invention of Choro. We strongly recommend that mandolinists give a try to this somewhat challenging genre.
Other instruments welcome!