Koidin writes from the perspective of a cultural outsider. Choro Conversations, therefore, also serves as a portrait of contemporary Brazilian culture through the eyes of a foreigner. Her stories are often sprinkled with humor as she details her missteps as she navigates her new surroundings.
In total, Choro Conversations contains 52 interviews with leading musicians and writers all with a connection to choro, a musical cousin to samba with a history dating back to the late 1800s. Musicians include legends such as Altamiro Carrilho, Carlos Malta, Hermeto Pascoal, Sivuca, Guinga, Reco do Bandolim, Mario Sève, Silvério Pontes, Proveta, Izaias do Bandolim, Yamandu Costa, Paulo Moura, César Faria, Joel Nascimento, Luciana Rabello and many more!
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.
Born in Chicago, Julie Koidin is an active soloist and flutist, a teacher and chamber musician. She first came to Brazil in 1997 and since then has returned 18 times. She performs in Dois no Choro with Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia. Together, they have recorded 3 CDs: Carinhoso (1999), Juntos (2002) with special guests Altamiro Carrilho and Maria Teresa Madeira, and Asa Branca (2009). The latter 2 CDs received grants from the Illinois Arts Council.
She has received 6 Fulbright Association grants: 2 Lecture-Research Grants in Brazil (2002; 2014-2015), and Specialist Grants in Norway (2005), New Zealand (2006), Serbia (2008) and Sweden (2011). Julie has presented courses and masterclasses at UNIRIO – the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Federal Universities of Natal, Recife and Brasília; FAMES (Espírito Santos); and in festivals such as the international festivals in Domingos Martins (ES), Campos dos Goytacazes (RJ), and Brasília. She has given presentations on choro internationally, including at the National Flute Association Conventions (Chicago, 1997; Washington, D.C., 2002; and New Orleans, 2013) and at the British Flute Society Convention in Manchester, England in 2010.
(Fremont, CA: Global Choro Music, 2013)
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(São Paulo: Global Choro Music, 2011). Text in Portuguese.
Doctoral Thesis, Northwestern University, 2006.
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