About Stephen

Specializing in Brazilian choro, guitarist-composer Stephen Guerra has performed at music clubs, arts institutions, universities, and guitar societies across the US and Brazil with Rogério Souza, Duo Violão, and Tiago do Bandolim among others. He’s spent years studying choro and samba in Rio de Janeiro with legendary brothers Rogério Souza Ronaldo do Bandolim (of Trio Madeira and Época de Ouro) and continues to visit regularly. Stephen’s published music includes Suíte Rio de Janeiro (Guitar Chamber Music Press) and 10 Brazilian Choros (Mel Bay) for classical guitar solo, the grant-funded album Choro in the Time of Bossa Nova with Duo Guerra/Morrow, and a popular YouTube channel. Stephen has a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University and has published research on African-diasporic rhythm and meter in the Journal of Music Theory and the Brazilian Journal of Music and Mathematics. Stephen currently teaches music theory, counterpoint, and the choro chamber music ensemble at the University at Buffalo.