In the mid-1990s Marilynn began playing Brazilian Choro music, and it soon became a major focus of her research and repertoire development. She wrote a series of articles on Choro for Mandolin Quarterly in 2000 (What is Choro, A History of Choro, Mandolin in Choro), and when she put them online in 2003, they were hailed even in Brazil as the best source of Choro information available in English.
In 2005 Marilynn went to Rio de Janeiro for the first time to see Choro in its context, and since then she has traveled to Brazil 2 or 3 times a year to study, research Choro repertoire, and play Choro in rodas (weekly jam sessions) and with her band, Água no Feijão. Rio has become a second home, and she has been accepted into the Choro community there. She has written, working with Paulo Sá, a Brazilian bandolimist and professor, a bilingual mandolin method on Choro music, that will be published by Mel Bay in late 2010.
Collected in this section of Marilynn’s website are articles on Choro music, musicians and composers– some with pdfs of sheetmusic, her travelogues from Brazil with photos and personal insights into the Choro scene in Rio, and a list of interesting Brazilian websites.
Upcoming on this page in early 2011 will be an archive of the music manuscripts Marilynn has found in her research at the National Library in Rio. So enjoy, and check back for updates!