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Chora Roda

Chora roda is Brazilian Portuguese for a jam session and party. Choro is a fun acoustic instrumental style featuring intricate melodies, sophisticated harmonies, and great beats. It is an amalgam of African rhythms, classical harmonies and jazz. Tico Tico is a famous choro song you may have heard. Michael McMorrow and Laura Boytz started having rodas in public in 2016, to provide a forum for the many dedicated choro players in the Bay Area.

Choro is fun to listen to, and if you are bold, to play! It is a great adventure for all players, including jazz, classical, Latin, African and folk musicians. Common instruments include six- and seven-string guitar, mandolin, pandeiro (a kind of frame drum), cavaquinho (cousin of the ukulele), flute, saxophone, clarinet. But we have also had Portuguese guitarra, cello, violin, upright bass, accordion, trombone and melodica -- and even some singing -- at our rodas. We bring several binders with charts to share.

If you want to get an idea of choro, search for some of the following on You Tube:

  • Jacob do Bandolim

  • Pixinguinha

  • Waldir Azevedo

  • Altamiro Carrilho

  • Trio Brasileiro

  • Choro das 3

You can find some charts for some of the better known tunes here:

Have questions? Contact me at

Earlier Event: January 30
Chris Nauman
Later Event: February 2
Helen and Larry