Grant Ziolkowski has been playing choro for the last 10 years, initially exposed to Jacob do Bandolim through the recordings of Mike Marshall and David Grisman. He notes with glee that many of the classic choros and cornerstones of the genre were written for the mandolin and sit nicely within the range of the instrument, even if they remain challenging.
Since moving to New York 5 years ago, he’s been playing choro regularly with members of the Regional de NY, many of whom will be teaching at Choro Camp this year. Grant has made two trips to Brazil to learn from contemporary players, one of whom he’ll be assisting at camp, Fábio Peron. He continues to find inspiration and instruction in the classic sound of Jacob do Bandolim and Epoca de Ouro.
Here’s Grant with cavaquinista Kahil Nayton, also of the Regional de NY (and whom we hope will be on hand to work with Henrique Araújo.) The invisible guitarist is our own Stephen Guerra, who prepared our sheet music.