In 2002, American flutist Julie Koidin set out on an exciting musical journey.  Starting in Rio de Janeiro she traveled to five other Brazilian capital cities (Brasília, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, and São Paulo) seeking to meet, play and converse with a wide range of musicians, all with a connection to choro.  Koidin combines her travel memoirs with intimate conversations about life, love and music.  Her intent is to allow the reader to feel as if he or she is part of the conversation through her detailed portrayals of each interview subject, as well as her vivid remembrances of each encounter.

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.
About the Author:


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 5 Fulbright Association grants: a Lecture-Research Grant in Brazil (2002), 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.

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Choro Conversations:  Pursuing Life, Love and Brazil’s Musical Identity
(Fremont, CA: Global Choro Music, 2013)
Julie Koidin
Price: $35  + shipping & handling
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Os Sorrisos do Choro:  Uma Jornada Musical Através Caminhos Cruzados
(São Paulo: Global Choro Music, 2011).   Text in Portuguese.
Julie Koidin
The Portuguese text edition of Choro Conversations.

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Asa Branca CD Dois no Choro – Julie Koidin, flute; Paulinho Garcia, voice/guitar; and guest performers: Julian Labro, accordion; Linda Binder, mandolin; and Heitor Garcia, percussion
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This is the third CD of Dois no Choro, sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council. Click here for details and music samples.
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Benedicto Lacerda and the “Golden Age” of Choro Flute Playing
Julie Koidin
Doctoral Thesis, Northwestern University, 2006.
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