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    Wrote this for the Rainshadow Journal. It's my version of choro in North America over the last thirty years. Your version may differ! That's ok! Enjoy...

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    Wow, great read! Lots of history there, and a terrific job of putting it all together for us. Thanks, Al.

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    Fine writeup. I attended the Centrum choro week, a real thrill. Jovino was there and I now play a tune we heard the faculty perform, his "Pontapé".

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    Very helpful history here, Al! As you know, I produce both Django in June and Choro Camp New England and it is remarkable to me the parallels between the development of both genres (jazz manouche and choro) in the US. In both cases there was a happening scene in the Pacific Northwest well before anything coalesced on the east coast. In the case of Gypsy jazz it was DjangoFest NW on Whidbey Island that first claimed a space for students and players of GJ to gather, learn, jam and see some world-class talent. For choro, Centrum broke that same ground and staked a firm claim for choro in the US. Sure, they had some sense from the Mandolin Symposium and Brazil Camp what might be possible, but to dedicate the event solely to choro, that was new, risky...and successful. I don't know what ya'll have got in the water up their in the Pacific Northwest, but I'll lift a glass of it to you. Django in June managed follow your lead. I hope Choro Camp can do the same. This music is just too good and too fun for us North Americans to miss out on.

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    Great read - thanks Al. I caught the forro bug a few years back and spend about half of my playing with it (on accordion).

    Being land-locked as I am, I miss opportunites like this; I advertise on craigslist periodically and still haven't found anyone for bateria. Which is why the accordion is my go-to these days...

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    Hi Andrew, I had knee surgery this year, so I couldn't come, but intend to be there at your workshop next year!
    Al in PT

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    Ha, thanks! yes, it's tough when there aren't any other players in the area...that's pretty much why I created my own thing here. See if you have any orchestra's in your area within driving distance and put together a flyer inviting folks to a jam for beginners in the music. Those classically trained people catch on fast!
    Al in PT

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