Choro Conversations

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52 interviews

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In Choro Conversations, American flutist Julie Koidin travels from Rio to Brasília, from the Northeast to São Paulo, registering the live history of choro; 52 talks with a broad range of characters, from Altamiro Carrilho to Hermeto Pascoal, from Guinga to Sivuca and also journalists such as Ary Vasconcelos. By telling its picturesque tales, we see a common point between them: choro attracts everyone.

About this book

Choro Conversations: Pursuing Life, Love and Brazil’s Musical Identity is the English edition of Os Sorrisos do Choro, first published in 2011 by Global Choro Music. In 2002, American flutist Julie Koidin started her research for this project with the assistance of a prestigious Fulbright lecture-research grant.

In Choro Conversations, Koidin investigates how choro, a musical genre that developed in the late 19th century, is still an enduring influence in the work of contemporary Brazilian musicians.

In her musical journey, Koidin travels to seven Brazilian capital cities meeting, interviewing and playing with 52 musicians and other personages, all with connections to choro. From Rio de Janeiro to Brasília and beyond, musicians such as Altamiro Carrilho (her long-time mentor), Hermeto Pascoal, Guinga and Sivuca share their life stories and the important role that choro plays.

About the author

Chicago born flutist, Julie Koidin, is a professional musician and music teacher. She traveled to Brazil for the first time in 1997, and as of 2013, has returned eighteen times to research choro, perform, and give masterclasses throughout the country.

In Chicago her principal groups are Dois no Choro, with Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia and the Ondas Ensemble, a chamber music group dedicated to performing new and historic works of composers with connections to the Americas. Dois no Choro has recorded three CDs: Carinhoso (Jazzmin Music, 1999), Juntos (Jazzmin Music, 2002) with guest artists including Altamiro Carrilho and Maria Teresa Madeira, and Asa Branca (Laughing Buddha Music, 2009). The latter two CDs received grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Ondas’ performances include annual concerts in the Chicago Latino Music Festival, appearances on Chicago’s classical music radio station, WFMT-FM, and on “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW-TV.

In 2002 Julie received her first of five Fulbright grants – a “lecture-research” grant to Brazil (2002). Subsequently, she received an additional four Fulbright Specialist Grants: Norway (2005); New Zealand (2006); Serbia (2008); and Sweden (2011). During her Brazilian grant, Julie taught classes at UNIRIO (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro), and gave masterclasses at the federal universities in Natal, Recife and Brasília.

In Brazil, Julie has performed and taught at various music festivals including the International Summer Festival of Brasília, the Femúsica Festival in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro and the International Music Festival of Domingos Martins, Espírito Santos. In Köln, Germany, she performs with British violinist, David Johnson. They formed their duo after meeting and performing together at two Rio International Cello Encounter Festivals starting in 2004.

Julie has presented choro at various universities and conventions, including the National Flute Association conventions in Chicago (1997), Washington, D.C. (2002) and New Orleans (2013); and the British Flute Society convention (2010) in Manchester, England. In 2012 she presented, Os Sorrisos do Choro (the Portuguese first edition of Choro Conversations) at the 5ème Rencontre de Choro in Toulouse, France. Julie has participated in choro jam sessions in Barcelona, Paris, and Berlin, and is looking forward to expanding her circle of choro friends in the years to come.


"The interviews are great and the book is undoubtedly a beautiful service to choro and to Brazilian popular music."

Sérgio Cabral
Author and researcher

"Choro Conversations fills a gap that has long existed in the literature devoted to this musical genre. Not since 1936, when Alexandre Gonçalves Pinto (“Animal”) published his pioneer book O Chôro, have we been given such a panoramic vista of the world of choro musicians. But whereas Animal’s book was essentially a nostalgic tribute to long-departed chorões, Julie Koidin delves into the present, giving us an accurate account of the current choro scene directly from the mouth of the musicians who lead it. Choro Conversations is a document whose value will only increase with time."

Daniella Thompson
Editor, Musica Brasiliensis

"The American flutist, musician and teacher, Julie Koidin, lover of choro, provides a great contribution to our musical bibliography. Her interviews with choro musicians from various regions in Brazil, delight the reader with historic information and biographies about the genre. I am certain that Julie Koidin’s book will stimulate even more appreciation for our incredibly Brazilian choro."

André Diniz
Author and researcher


Includes 52 interviews
Size 9.5 x 6.7 inches
Number of pages 536
Weight 3 lbs
Presentation paperback
ISBN 978-0-9843085-3-8