Sunday, January 29, 2017

See you soon!

Happily playing lots of choro music, but our regular Sunday meetings in Monte Vista are currently on hiatus. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to do some playing!

The SA CHORO Facebook page is still active, so you can join me there. See you soon!

Contact: Katchie Cartwright, katch@ katchie.com. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

New Schedule - First Sundays, 2-5 PM

So you can sip your lemonade or sell it, swing on your rocker or on the swings, and/or any other fun warm-weather activities, we have a new lazy hazy crazy schedule beginning in June 2015. In syncronicity with Choro Loco in Seattle, until further notice our little choro circle will meet first Sunday of the month, from 2-5 PM.

We're small and new, sometimes just a sax and flute duo, so don't be intimidated if you're new to the music. If you play any percussion, string or wind instrument--drums, guitar, accordion, ukelele, violin, bassoon--we welcome you. Ear players, readers, young, and old; all who want to learn how to play this beautiful music are welcomed. Contact us for exact location. We're in Laurel Heights / Tobin Hill, near La Fonda on Main.

For inspiration, here's a little choro from the great Pixinguinha. It's called "Proezas de Solon," which means "Solomon's feats." The reference may sound biblical, but I understand it was written for Pixinguinha's dentist, Sol, who had his work cut out for him...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sunday Circle - New Location!

So you don't miss your Sunday brunch or Sunday dinner with the family, we've changed the time on our roda de choro (choro circle) to Sundays from 4-6 PM.

We're centrally located in the charming shopping district between Woodlawn and Ashby on Main Ave.  Contact me for precise directions and to RSVP. Bring your instrument, we'll do the rest...

There will be NO roda on Sunday, Feb 1, 2015, Super Bowl Sunday. But we'll resume on Feb 8, 4 PM. Looking forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SA Choro's History

SA CHORO was born on Sunday June 1, 2014. We had a fine time by the pool with friends and neighbors, and have been meeting regularly on Sundays ever since...

Here's a picture of two legends dear to our hearts, the great choro master Pixinguinha with the equally great jazz master Louis Armstrong. Awh...

Our first public performance was at the 40th anniversary celebration of San Antonio's Urban 15, on July 19, 2014.

Our members include professional and amateur musicians, teachers, and students, among others.

We've been keeping in touch via our Facebook page, but realize that some of you are not on Facebook, hence the blog. But if you ARE on Facebook, you'll find lots of information on us and on choro there...

What is SA Choro?

CHORO is a musical idiom that emerged in Rio de Janeiro around the same time as jazz was being born in New Orleans (late 1800s), and they share some common ancestors in Africa, Europe, and the Americas...

Join us as we delve collaboratively into this beautiful repertoire. There's something for just about everyone. A diverse array of instruments are welcomed, including flute, clarinet, sax, violin, cello, accordion, bass, mandolin, cavaquinho (like a ukelele), guitar (especially 7-string), pandeiro (tambourine), and other percussion. Whether you're a reader or an ear player, we'll find a way for you to get involved. There's also wonderful couples dancing...
Maybe you'd just like to listen? Bring a little something to eat or drink, pull up a chair, and enjoy. This is an ongoing event, so you're free to come listen the first time, maybe play the second...

Contact Katchie Cartwright for more information, and find us on Facebook.