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Nordic Choro – Nordic songs in Brazilian choro style

Jarmo Romppanen has just recorded a new CD with his band Nordic Choro. Instead of playing the Brazilian repertoir Nordic Choro have arranged nordic songs in the style of Brazilian choro – a great idea!

Nordic Choro have started a campagin to raise the money for the production of the CD. They have presented their project in several videos  – I have compiled the new videos in my playlist below. My first impression of the recordings is very good – so I am very curious to get the finished CD.

NORDIC CHORO – album release and concerts

Finnish-Brazilian music group Nordic Choro has recorded 12 famous Nordic songs in Brazilian choro style. The album is almost ready to be published, but the group still needs financial support to cover the final costs and to arrange album release concerts. The album release and concerts will take place in February-March 2016!

The Nordic Choro is:

Fabio de Oliveira: 7-string guitar
Ricardo Padilla: pandeiro and additional percussion
Arja Paju: bass guitar
Jarmo Romppanen: 10-string mandolin
The guest musician: Petri Puolitaival (flute and alto saxophone)
The producer of the album: Peter Engberg

The songs for the album (as instrumental versions):

Armi (Neitosista ken on kaunein) (Erik Lindström)
Spegling / Heijastus (Otto Palmgren)
Höstvisa / Syyslaulu (Erna Tauro)
Jag tror på sommaren / Taas on aika auringon (Stig Olin)
Sjösala vals / Keväthuumaus (Evert Taube)
Litet grann från ovan / Kulkuri ja joutsen (Lasse Dahlquist)
Crocodile Genas birthday song (V. Sainski)
Stormskärs Maja / Myrskyluodon Maija (Lasse Mårtenson)
Niin kaunis on maa (Kari Rydman)
Nuoruustango (Kaj Chydenius)
Romanssi (Nils-Eric Fougstedt)
Sininen uni (Tapio Rautavaara)

Nordic Choro 2015 Playlist – Nordic classics with a Brazilian twist!

Additional Information

Crowdsourcing campaign at

The crowdfunding campaign is going on 9.11. – 20.12.2015!

Website Jarmo Romppanen

youtube channel Jarmo Romppanen

Related post:

Jarmo Romppanen – 10-String Mandolin Player from Finland – New Solo CD Solmogen II

Playliste Nordic Choro with older videos:

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Documentary – Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments…

Tolgahan Çoğulu has worked on a project to present wooden instruments from Turkey. This has been inspired by the World Wood Day on March 21st.

The result is the following playlist with 17 videos that present the instruments:

  • Ud
  • Ney
  • microtonal guitar
  • Tar
  • Kemençe
  • Bağlama
  • fretless guitar
  • Kemane
  • Kanun
  • Tulum
  • Dede Efendi
  • Tanbur
  • Erbane
  • Mey
  • Darbuka
  • Kaval (six string Bağlama)

A great project in which excellent artists demonstrate the instruments and the playing techniques.

Documentary – Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments


In the youtube channel of the International Wood Culture Society I have found two other videos with musical instruments, presenting the mandolin maker Carlo Mazzaccara and a luthier of the Oud:




Additional Information

International Wood Culture Society’s Documentary: Traditional Music of Turkey with Wooden Instruments
Documentary Supervisor: Tolgahan Çoğulu

World Wood Day 2015

Tolgahan Çoğulu

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Laurindo Almeida – The Master of the Brazilian Guitar

Laurindo Almeida was a Brazilian guitarist who was active in the USA after 1940. He worked in Hollywood as a studio musician and has played the guitar part in many movies. For his record Girl von Ipanema he won a Grammy in 1964. Laurindo Almeida is also seen as the father of the Bossa-Nova. He played together with the Modern Jazz Quartet, but he has also arranged many classical works for the guitar.

I had several books with sheet music by Laurindo Almeida for years, and I have recently worked on some of the pieces. Almeida arranged some famous Jazz Standards for the classical guitar, like Blue Moon,Over the Rainbow, Mamselle, My Funny Valentine – some great arrangements for guitar.

This is an English Air by Almeida in my version. I have found other videos of this tune which obviously play it from a different score which contains some errors. I think that my version must be the original version of this piece.


I have recently compiled youtube videos with recordings by Laurindo Almeida and Works composed or arranged by Almeida and played by other guitarist in two large playlists.

Playlist 1 – Original Recordings by Laurindo Almeida

Read more “Laurindo Almeida – The Master of the Brazilian Guitar”

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Afenginn performing the tracks Paxima and Amore Memoriam from…

Afenginn is a folk rock band from Denmark. Some time ago I have dicovered this video with a 10-minute performance given at the Choirnevale at  “Kulturarena” in Jena in Germany. Kim Rafael Nyberg who does also play the mandolin with Afenginn has composed the music.

Enjoy this very special video with Afenginn!

Afenginn: video of Choirnevale at Kulturarena Jena, Germany. 2013

Afenginn performing the tracks Paxima and Amore Memoriam from their choir-project Choirnevale at Kulturarena Jena, Germany. August 17th 2013 with the Faroese choir MPIRI

Rasmus Krøyer: clarinets
Niels Skovmand: violin
Kim Rafael Nyberg: mandolin / composer
Erik Olevik: cello / bass
Knut Finsud: drums / percussion
Kaare Munkholm: marimba / vibraphone
Mpiri: choir
Troels Bech Jessen: sound / mix
Michael Østerz: lightdesign / scenography

Filmed and edited by Obscura,

Additional Information

Afenginn Interview – MMORPG Radio:

youtube channel:

In the youtube Channel you can find several complete Afenginn CDs.

Official site:


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