This will be the second year that New York-based Cesar Garabini joins us to teach at Choro Camp New England. Born in 1987 in Minas Gerais, Cesar is an Italian-Brazilian 7-string guitarist who fell early and hard for music. He remembers being inspired while walking home from school at 13, seeing two musicians playing classical guitar. Now audiences of all ages can turn to Cesar himself for inspiration—and Choro Campers have the opportunity to turn to him for guidance.
A citizen of the world, Cesar has lived in Brazil, Italy, and the United States, and each has influenced his development as a musician, teacher and performer. In 2009 Cesar started putting together samba, bossa nova and chorinho ensembles, performing in Florence and other regions of Italy. In 2011 he moved to New York City, where he has performed a wide variety of musical styles with an even wider array of artists, including the Regional de New York, Olli Soikkeli and Tim Connell.
Cesar has also performed extensively with two other artists on staff at Choro Camp this year, Anat Cohen and Vitor Gonçalves, as 3/4 of the quartet that makes up Choro Adventuroso. Here they are—along with the 4th member of that quartet, Sergio Krakowski—in one of a series of videos they prepared for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s JAZZ ACADEMY called “Hearing Brazil’s Choro”. Cesar is featured in this video, talking about the role of the 7-string guitar in a choro ensemble. He’ll do the same thing in much greater detail at Choro Camp in tandem with our other guitar instructor, Iuri Bittar, whose specialty is 6-string guitar.