Choro de Lá pra Cá

Choro de Lá pra Cá is comprised of U.S. flutist, Julie Koidin and Brazilian musicians, Diogo Guanabara (mandolin, cavaquinho and guitar), and Caio Padilha (guitar, rabeca, and vocals). The trio started when flutist Julie Koidin visited Natal, Brazil in 2014 in order to research contemporary choro. The musical chemistry was immediate! Each musician comes from a completely different musical background – Julie with her classical training, Diogo growing up with choro and having a strong interest in jazz, and Caio who has an affinity for folkloric music and a background in theater. What the musicians truly enjoy is adding their own unique perspective to their arrangements and their own compositions. April – May 2016 marks their second U.S. tour. They will be joined by Camila Masiso, a Brazilian singer from Natal.

Diogo Guanabara

Diogo Guanabara


Born in Natal, Brazil in 1986, Diogo started his music studies at the tender age of 9. His first instrument was the cavaquinho (Brazilian ukulele), but soon started to learn the mandolin and guitar in order to expand his musical knowledge. He has his bachelor’s degree in popular guitar from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte School of Music.

In 2002 he participated in the album, “Ao Jacob Seus Bandolins” (Biscoito Fino; Herminio Bello de Carvalho, producer), which was an homage to the famous mandolinist, Jacob Bandolim. On the album he performed “Reminiscências” with Época de Ouro (Jacob do Bandolim’s original group).

In 2005 and 2006, he was invited to work with Oswaldo Montenegro, musician and producer.

Diogo has recorded three CDs with the group, Macaxeira Jazz: “Diogo Guanabara & Macaxeira Jazz – Ao Vivo” (2007); “Capanga Moderna” (2009); and “Tocando o Choro Potiguar” (2013). This last CD was the result of a project called, “Intercâmbio de Choro Potiguar,” in which he toured in Slovenia, Holland and Japan, playing popular music from his state of Natal.

In 2013, he participated in Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Camp in Louisville, KY, USA.

Caio Padilhaa

Caio Padilha


Born in 1988, Caio Padilha is an actor, musician, composer, and producer. Since 2009, he has been a contributor to the theater group, Estaçao de Teatro and music director for the Grupo Arkhetipus e Cia, based at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte and for the theater company, Ventura de Teatro in Parnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte.

In the Grupo Estção de Teatro he participated as an actor or as musical director in the following shows: “Em Cada Canto um Conto (2009); “Estação dos Contos” (2011); and “Guerra Formigas e Palhaços” (2013). These shows were directed by Rogério Ferraz and were nominated for the Prêmio Myrian Muniz or the BNB de Cultura. Caio also acted in “Auto de Natal” (2007) and “O Ratinho Teobaldo” (2010).

In addition to his theatrical work, Caio has also performed as a musician in various music productions in Brazil and abroad (France, Switzerland, Austria, and Katar). He participated in the Parcerias Sinfônicas, which traveled throughout Brazil with the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte Symphony Orchestra in a 100 year tribute to Luis Gonzaga, a famous musician composer from Natal.

Julie Koidin

Julie Koidin


Originally from Chicago, Julie Koidin is a flute soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and author. Her first time in Brazil was in 1997 and by 2015 she had completed her 20th trip to teach and perform.

In Chicago Julie has a duo, Dois no Choro, with guitarist and vocalist, Paulinho Garcia. Together they have recorded three CDs. Julie is one of the founders of the chamber ensemble, Ondas, which performs new and historic works by Latin American composers. In 2014, she received a Fulbright grant to teach US repertoire for flute at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte and continue her research about choro to be part of the second volume of her book, “Os Sorrisos do Choro” (2011, São Paulo), and its English translation, “Choro Conversations” (2013, Fremont, California).

Julie has received six prestigious Fulbright grants. Two of these awards were lecture-research grants to Brazil in 2002 and in 2014-2015. The other four grants were part of Fulbright’s “Specialist” program: Norway (2005); New Zealand (2006), Serbia (2008) and Sweden (2011). She has presented choro lectures and demonstrations throughout the US and abroad, including in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as part of the National Flute Association convention, and in Manchester, England, for the British Flute Society convention.


Guest Artist


Camila Masiso

Camila Masiso


Part of the talented new generation of musicians emerging from Brazil, Camila Masiso, from Natal, Rio Grande Do Norte, shines with charisma in the national panorama of MPB – Brazilian Popular Music.

In September 2010, she released her first solo album “Boas Novas” with nine original songs. Not only did this album receive rave reviews, it was in the finals of the MPBeco Awards, represented her state of Rio Grande do Norte in the “Festival of Public Radios ARPUB,” was indicated for the “Hangar Prize” in the category of “Musical Interpretation.” She also toured France, performing various concert releases of the album.

In 2011, she was the vocal soloist for the project “Parceria Sinfônicas” where she performed with the Symphonic Orchestra of UFRN and guitarist Diogo Guanabara. This project was conceived and promoted by SESC the national foundation for culture diffusion and won the “Hangar Prize” for “Best Show of 2011.”

In collaboration with the Italian-born singer Pheel Balliana, she produced “Que Maravilha” in 2012, which became both a video and a touring show. This colaboration brought her back to Europe for her second tour, performing shows in Italy, Austria, Slovenia (the Lent Festival) and Spain.

In 2012 she won the Poti Trophy, in the category of “Popular Artist,” after being voted “Artist of the Year” and receiving the Diário de Natal Prize. She ended 2012 with a tour in Rio Grande do Norte, with the project, Parcerias Sinfônicas, where she performed the show, “Clássicos do Baião, Tributo a Gonzagao”.

In February 2013 she represented Rio Grande do Norte in Milan (Italy) for the event “Goal to Brazil” (Embratur) and in May of that year, performed with the legendary bossa nova singer songwriter Roberto Menescal at the Teatro Riachuelo in a sold-out show, for the project “Grandes Encontros de Natal”.

In 2014 was invited by Julieta Venegas to sing in her concert at Natal concert and in the spring of 2015, she toured the U.S. with Choro de Lá pra Cá.

Having recently released her album “Patuá”, she has already performed in cities such as Paris and Rio de Janeiro.