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    Thumbs up Choro & Samba Workshop in Niteroi/(Rio) Deadline is May 25th!

    Bay Area percussionist Ami Molinelli is putting together a killer choro and samba workshop in late July (yes this year!) in Rio. She has pulled together Rogerio Souza, one of the authors of the acclaimed "White Book" most of us use, along with Ronaldo do Bandolim, one of the finest bandolim choro players alive today. He was the replacement for Jacob do Bandolim in the Epoca de Ouro band. I have no financial stake in this event, just want to pass it along and see it successful! I unfortunately don't think I'll be able to make it this year.

    Led by acclaimed choro composer, musician, arranger and producer Rogerio Souza, this workshop will focus on 1-2 musical styles per day in choro and samba . This workshop will be a 6-day intensive with classes in the morning and afternoon with a variety of instrumentalists and teachers with an emphasis in choro and samba. Morning classes will be a group class while afternoon will be divided by instrument. Instructors are experienced in teaching non- Portuguese speakers.
    Suggested Departure U.S. July 20th arrive in Rio July. 21st
    Suggested Departure Rio July 29th/30th
    Transportation to/from airport $60 to and from
    (Airfare not included but if you need help with this please let us
    Course Price $750
    Group lessons and workshops at the Pousada Icari with
    choro faculty
    Including Materials for Workshop
    : Students will receive a
    book of charts and practice exercises for the 6-day course
    which include selected rhythms and styles, compositions and
    practice material.
    Accommodations between July 20 annd 30
    at the Pousada Icaraí Inn
    wi/fi & air conditioning)
    $75/day for singles (limited amount) 2 available
    $55/day for a double 2 rooms available
    $40/day for more than 2 plus - shared rooms 3 available
    This is a small “pousada” or traditional Brazilian family run
    establishment where each room will be slightly different. Small pool,
    kitchen, wi-fi and air conditioning are amenities. There are 2 singles, 2
    doubles and 2 triples, and one large group room that can also be used as
    a double to hold 10 participants.
    Café is next door for breakfast/lunch/etc.
    Rogerio Souza
    - 7-string guitar performed with Baden Powell, Paulinho
    da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco , Paulo
    Moura , Ivan Lins , Guinga, Turíbio Santos, Elizeth Cardoso, Nara Leão,
    João Nogueira , Moreira da Silva , Rafael Rabello , Cristovão Bastos,
    Nó em Pingo D’agua, Época de Ouro , and more, etc.

    Ronaldo do Bandolim – Mandolin – Epoca de Ouro, Silvio Caldas,
    Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho, Clara Nunes, Elizeth Cardoso, e
    instrumentistas como Altamiro Carrilho, Abel Ferreira, Waldir Azevedo,
    Rafael Rabello, Marisa Monte, Arthur Moreira Lima e outros.

    Fernando Brandão
    - Cavaquinho and 6-string Guitar (Martinho da Vila,

    Elza Soares, Paulinho da Viola, Arlindo Cruz, Leila Pinheiro, Zeca
    Pagodinho, Diogo Nogueira, Quarteto em Cy, etc. etc.
    Felipe Tauil

    - Pandeiro e Perussão Roberto Menescal, Gilson
    Peranzzetta, Leila Pinheiro, Dominguinhos, Ze da Velha e Silverio Pontes
    e Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica
    Whatson Cardozo

    - Clarinet and Saxofone (Guinga, Leila Pinheiro,
    Francis Hime, Joyce, Zeca Pagodinho, Daniela Mercury, Teresa Cristina, ,
    Diogo Nogueira, Jorge Aragão, Elza Soares,, Nelson Sargento, Arlindo
    Cruz, Velha Guarda da Portela, etc. etc.
    Daniel Karin

    - Pandeiro and Perussion studied and performed with
    Marcos Suzano, Oscar Bolão, Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho do
    Pandeiro, etc.
    Tiago Souza

    - Mandolin / Tenor Guitar Ronaldo’s son is on the young
    scene of choro in Rio and just released his debut choro (solo cd) last year.

    Friday, July 20
    Saturday July 21
    Arrival to Rio: Arrivals, tour of the area
    Sunday, July 22
    Free during day. (visit to the museum or beach)
    Evening concert with professors – feijoada e Churrasco
    Monday- Friday/Saturday half day July 23 - 28
    Workshop and Course
    Friday evening: Roda!
    Saturday (free morning) w/afternoon classes and evening outing
    Sunday Free morning to pack up
    Sunday Afternoon: Concert of students and professors – Dinner
    Monday, July 30 – Travel Day
    Visa Information
    : You need a visa to enter Brazil and must have plan flight set.
    Typically, a visa takes anywhere from
    5 days to 35 business days to process in the Brazilian
    Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate that we need to send the application to.
    However; during the busy season (during the fall-winter) visas may take longer to process because of the great demand for Brazilian visas.
    Health Information for travel to Brazil
    ** Rio and Niteroi are a major city and not rural areas.
    CONTACT INFORMATION: Ami Molinelli –

    Ronaldo do Bandolim
    Al in PT

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