Choro is all over the word. This typically Brazilian music style has an association in Paris called Club du Choro. This is very important to disseminate Brazilian culture and music.
The Club du Choro was created in 2011 to promote Choro in Europe. The members of the club are: president Guy Le Roux (violonist), Maria Inês Guimarães (pianist), Julien Hamard e Beatriz Gomes. Their main influences are: Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and Chiquinha Gonzaga.
The association offers open courses to the public. The classes are collective practices and it helps the students to develop musical technique and interpretation. It also approaches rhythmic patterns and improvisation. At the end of the courses, the students perform at concerts.
Some of the courses available
– Orchestra Workshop
The students study and play Choro in groups. The repertory is diversified and the list includes many Lineu Bravo clients, such as: Chico Buarque, João Lyra, Jayme Vignoli. The teachers: Thierry Moncheny, Jef Calmard, Maria Inês Guimarães and Wander Pio.
– Instrumental Workshops
This course offers percussion and tambourine classes, included in the universe of Brazilian rhythm, for instance: choro, maxixe, carioca samba, maracatu, ciranda.
– Guitar classes
The club offers 7-string and 6-string guitar classes with Thierry Moncheny as a teacher.
Cavaco classes for begginers and professionals, with the teacher Jef Calmard.
Choro Groups in Paris
Besides the courses, they organize Choro performances every week. Many groups play Choro in Paris, such as:
– Bécots da Lapa
– Duo in Uno
– Maria Inês Guimarães Quartet
– Pingo de choro
Source: Clud du Choro de Paris