OUR FACULTY

We're happy to announce a great faculty lineup for 2019. Bookmark this page to see any new information as it comes in. Look back at some of our past faculty!

 

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2019 Session One

Ailton Nunes

Advanced Bateria

Ailton, the former director of the bateria of Mangueira Escola de Samba, will teach styles from different baterias, both current and traditional.

 

Brian Rice

Advanced Choro Pandeiro

We will cover Choro and Samba as well as other Brazilian musical styles using traditional, and modern techniques, like those of Marcos Suzano.

brianrice.com

Capital

Brazilian Guitar and Voice (Beginning to Intermediate)

Learn to play various Brazilian rhythms on guitar while singing MPB classics by artists such as Djavan, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, as well as bossa nova fundamentals in the style of João Gilberto.
Formerly lead singer and guitarist for the Peter Erskine-produced Brazilian jazz group "Bossa Zuzu," Capital is active as a recording and performing artist with more than 25 CD releases and a large number of TV, radio and commercial credits. Formerly on faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music, Capital currently teaches at the University of North Texas. capitalguitar.com

Carl Dixon

Beginning Bateria

Carl’s Beginning Bateria class will focus on the instruments of the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro, including surdo, caixa, repique, tamborim, agogô, chocalho, and others. Material covered will include common samba rhythms and breaks played in samba school baterias and other Brazilian rhythms played by blocos. Techniques for each instrument will be demonstrated and practiced, with a focus on developing skills for long term improvement. This class will be great for percussionists of all levels interested in playing Brazilian percussion in a group, learning traditional rhythms, and developing percussion technique. No previous experience necessary. More info at

carldixondrums.com/CBC

Clarice Assad

Composition and vocal

Clarice Assad will lead two activities in music courses at Brazil Camp. Her award winning workshop Voxploration: A group class for improvisation using the voice and body as an instrument, and a one-on-one songwriting class, exploring Brazilian rhythms and styles.
clariceassad.com

Douglas Alonso

Drums and Percussion

Douglas will focus on his "Samba pelas Baquetas" technique, playing with sticks on a traditional drumset with added samba percussion instruments, with a sound inspired by the pandeiro and its unique swing. Students will learn the technique, which facilitates playing all the 16th notes, and the suggested samba accents, while keeping the traditional language and sound. The classes will be a fusion of percussion and drumset, playing grooves such as samba, partido alto, samba funk, samba rápido,choro, maxixe, baião, maracatu, xaxado and more.

 

Dudu Fuentes

Percussion Ensemble

We'll explore the use of samba school instruments—caixa, repique, rocar, tamborim, agogô, and surdos—playing a variety of rhythms other than samba.

Fabiana Cozza

Vocal

Through 20 years of researching and studying music and song itself, I have experimented with techniques that reveal the unique and rare instrument that inhabits each one of us, and that puts us in contact with the other actors of the scene, with the public, physical space itself, our creative potential, ourselves. The "Body of the Voice" workshop helps participants discover their own voices, and the place of their uniqueness, through an investigation of the body, the sensations and emotions that are born from the action, exploring the body of the interpreter. We will discuss the positioning necessary for a good body alignment so that the singing is produced free of tensions and the student is able to realize his vocal movements in a sensible, true, conscious way.


Henrique Araujo

Choro ensemble, Cavaquinho and bandolim

Class description coming soon.

 

Guinga

Songs of Guinga

Explore the music of two of Brazil's greats, Guinga and Monica Salmaso, as they come together for a unique experience. For singers, guitarists and all instruments. guinga.com

 

Jorge Alabê

Bata Ketu / candomble

Jorge will be teaching two classes - First, with Michael and Mark, the original Bata Ketu and then, a class on the songs that go with the drumming for the orixas. This class is open to all students. jorgealabe.comsambamasterclass.com

Kellyn Rosa

Dance - Samba, Gafieira

Class description coming soon.

 

Marcio Peeter

Percussion

Class description coming soon.

Marcos Silva

Ensemble

Class description coming soon.

Mark Lamson

Bata Ketu / Percussion

Bata Ketu, a "Musical Interplay of Cuba and Brazil" is a project founded by Mark with Michael Spiro, with special participation by Jorge Alabe. All three will lead this class, focusing on the rhythms and songs from the cultures that shape so much of the music that Brazil Camp is about. For percussion and vocals.

 

marklamson.com

 

Pipoquinha

Bass/Ensemble

Pipoquinha will lead the ensemble "New Fronteirs in Brazilian Jazz" along with guitarist Pedro Martins. For all instruments, more details to come.


michaelpipoquinhabass.com.br

Michael Spiro

Bata Ketu / Percussion

Bata Ketu, a "Musical Interplay of Cuba and Brazil" is a project founded by Michael with Mark Lamson, with special participation by Jorge Alabe. All three will lead this class, focusing on the rhythms and songs from the cultures that shape so much of the music that Brazil Camp is about. For percussion and vocals. This class will focus on the relationship between Brazilian rhythms and other Afro-Centric music of the New World, particularly Afro-Cuban music. We will explore the relationship and commonalities between the folkloric and popular musics from both cultures, and see how they relate to and inform each other.

 

michaelspiro.comsambamasterclass.com

 

Monica Golcwajg

Portuguese

I have been a Portuguese teacher for over thirty years. I understand that a language class has to be fun and relate to one's reality. This class integrates some grammar, language structure, and culture. It is about understanding the Brazilian life style, slang, and the language of the everyday life. We study a vocabulary that relates to what we do, and our lives and interests. A special attention is paid to pronunciation and consequently to the use of different muscles in the mouth.
We have students of different levels in the same class and everyone can benefit from it. Whenever possible, we work on songs and lyrics and whatever are the students' interests.

Monica Salmaso

Vocal

Explore the music of two of Brazil's greats, Monica Salmaso and Guinga, as they come together for a unique experience. For singers, guitarists and all instruments.


monicasalmaso.mus.br

Nildinha Fonseca

Dance - Orixa and Afro-Brazilian

Afro-Brazilian dance - Class based on the dances of African roots, adpated with a Brazilian style.
Orixa dance - Movement and symbology of the religious dances of the Orixás

 

Pedro Martins

Advanced Guitar/Ensemble

Advanced Guitar: The students will be able to have a close look at a Brazilian modern concept approach. I'll be talking about the new ways of dealing with rhythm, melody and harmony based on the tradition of styles like Samba, Maxixe, MPB, Forró, Frevo, Maracatú, etc., also focusing on mastering the percussion, vocal and piano side of the guitar.

Pedro will also lead the ensemble "New Fronteirs in Brazilian Jazz" along with bassist Pipoquinha. For all instruments, more details to come.

Ronaldo Andrade

Pagode and Cavaquinho

I plan on covering all main samba and pagode composers, such as Zeca Pagodinho, Martinho da Vila, Beth Carvalho, Paulinho da Viola, Almir Guineto as well as some Samba enredos.

Sidney Nicol

Yoga

Start the day with an energized body and a focused mind. We will practice a flowing sequence of poses coordinated with the breath and take time to connect with the peaceful nature around us. Special attention will be focused on releasing tension in overworked hands shoulders & forearms (esp helpful for musicians) as well as deep stretches aimed at working out body aches from high intensity fitness while increasing flexibility (esp helpful for dancers). All levels are welcome. Modifications and alternative poses will be offered. Wear layers of warm comfortable clothes. Bring a yoga mat if you have one (I will provide a few).

 

Vanessa Isaac

Dance - Beginning Samba

Performer, Choreographer and Teacher with the Samba Dance Academy, Vanessa will teach her workshops with an emphasis on the foundations of Samba and beyond, for dancers of all levels in a fun environment. Classes will focus on the basics of samba, foundations, connecting patterns, choreography, and improvisation. Her workshops are based on her “Brazilian Dance Art” Samba no pé project that she has been sharing internationally.

2019 Session Two

Ailton Nunes

Advanced Bateria

Ailton, the former director of the bateria of Mangueira Escola de Samba, will teach styles from different baterias, both current and traditional.

Ami Molinelli

Pandeiro

In addition to technique we will focus heavily on choro-listic stylings of playing the instrument. We will play differing technical styles and rhythms such as: choro, maxixe, baião, côco, xaxado, marcha, frevo as well as samba. In addition to traditional choro and funk we will take a look at traditional breaks, odd meters like samba in 3 or 7, 6/8 and more.

Amilton Godoy

Ensemble / Piano

Explore the music of Amilton's legendary career, from his time as a founding member of the Zimbo Trio, to the present. In this class, Amilton and Lea Freire will share their intimate knolwedge of Brazilian jazz.
amiltongodoy.com

 

Dendê Macedo

Bahian Percussion

Learn to play Afro-Brazilian percussion on timbau, caixa, surdo, pandeiro, bacurinha and tamborim first hand with a former member of Timbalada! Dendê will teach you the original rhythms and breaks from bands like Timbalada, Ilê Aiyê and Olodum, as well as traditional rhythms from samba de roda and candomble. Each class will include proper technique, exercises, tuning and maintenance, call and response, improvisations and soloing. Dendê has been a professional musician since the age of 14, when he appeared in the frontline of Timbalada, Carlinhos Brown’s superstar percussion ensemble. Since 2001, he’s been developing his solo career, splitting his time between the US and Bahia and working with his folkloric group Ologundê and his flagship band Dendê & Band. mamadele.com

 

Douglas Alonso

Drums and Percussion

Douglas will focus on his "Samba pelas Baquetas" technique, playing with sticks on a traditional drumset with added samba percussion instruments, with a sound inspired by the pandeiro and its unique swing. Students will learn the technique, which facilitates playing all the 16th notes, and the suggested samba accents, while keeping the traditional language and sound. The classes will be a fusion of percussion and drumset, playing grooves such as samba, partido alto, samba funk, samba rápido,choro, maxixe, baião, maracatu, xaxado and more.

 

Evelyn Bastos

Dance - samba "Quadril de Mola"

Evelyn, the Rainha da Bateria da Manguiera, will lead her signature project "quadril de mola", a body-conditioning and dance technique class, based on samba no pe, that she's taught around the world since 2013.

 

Fabiana Cozza

Vocal

Through 20 years of researching and studying music and song itself, I have experimented with techniques that reveal the unique and rare instrument that inhabits each one of us, and that puts us in contact with the other actors of the scene, with the public, physical space itself, our creative potential, ourselves. The "Body of the Voice" workshop helps participants discover their own voices, and the place of their uniqueness, through an investigation of the body, the sensations and emotions that are born from the action, exploring the body of the interpreter. We will discuss the positioning necessary for a good body alignment so that the singing is produced free of tensions and the student is able to realize his vocal movements in a sensible, true, conscious way.


Francisco Marques

Beginning Samba and Pagode

This class is ideal for beginner and intermediate students who have little or no experience playing traditional Samba/Pagode instruments.  The emphasis will be on laying a solid foundation and understanding of the rhythms and grooves of samba.  It is a great class for singers to expand beyond shaker accompaniment!  Some instruments will be provided in class but you are encouraged to bring your own traditional samba instruments. Lyrics and class material will be available for download and print before camp on the CBC website. franciscomarquesmusic.com

 

Henrique Araujo

Choro ensemble, samba/pagode

Class description coming soon.

 

Ian Faquini

Beginning guitar

Beginning guitar will focus on basic chords and rhythms found in Brazilian popular music. The different concepts will be applied in learning songs from the great Brazilian song book.

 

Jorge Alabê

Candomble percussion and song

Jorge will be teaching two classes - First, an advanced drumming for the orixas (afro/brazilian religious drumming) and then, a class on the songs that go with the drumming for the orixas. This class is open to all students. jorgealabe.comsambamasterclass.com

 

Kellyn Rosa

Dance - Gafieira

Class description coming soon.

 

Lea Freire

Ensemble

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Lea will join Amilton Godoy for a look into some of their compositions and more. For all instruments.

 

Margareth Menezes

Bahian Ensemble

Margareth will reach back into the history of Salvador Bahia to present Samba Chula, and the roots of samba de roda.

margarethmenezes.com.br

 

 

Monica Golcwajg

Portuguese

I have been a Portuguese teacher for over thirty years. I understand that a language class has to be fun and relate to one's reality. This class integrates some grammar, language structure, and culture. It is about understanding the Brazilian life style, slang, and the language of the everyday life. We study a vocabulary that relates to what we do, our lives and interests. A special attention is paid to pronunciation and consequently to the use of different muscles in the mouth. We have students of different levels in the same class and everyone can benefit from it. Whenever possible, we work on songs and lyrics and whatever are the students' interests.

 

Paty Renda

yoga

There's nothing more delicious than a yoga practice early morning and out in nature. In yoga, we experience the power of our breath, the strength of our body and the peacefulness of our mind. Through a series of asanas (yoga postures) that are friendly to all levels, plus conscious breathing and deep relaxation, you will awaken to the most beautiful self you have ever experienced. patyrenda.com

Rosangela Silvestre

Orixas dance movement and Silvestre Technique

SILVESTRE TECHNIQUE, native to Salvador, Bahia, is a continuously evolving contemporary dance technique with the objective of conditioning the dancer through physical and expressive training regardless of level or prior training. In 1982, ROSANGELA SILVESTRE began the early stages of developing her technique, which over time has developed into a series of exercises working to train the mind, body, and spirit. Exercises are based upon fundamental Afro-Brazilian symbols and gestures, the four elements of nature(Earth, Water, Air, fire), the chakras (points of energy in our bodies) and the 3 triangles(intuition, expression and balance). Classes are accompanied by live music to further awaken expression and inspiration. All levels are welcomed and encouraged.

ORIXA DANCE MOVEMENT examines and interprets symbols, gestures and movements derived from Yoruba deities. We will be learning traditional dances/ movements as we identify their specific energies/traits in relation to the 4 elements :Earth, Water, Air, and Fire.

silvestretraining.com

 

Tainah Harvey

Dance - Beginning Samba

Beginning Brazilian dance will explore the diversity of Brazilian popular dances through movement and context. Learn universal dance technique and breakdown the basics of samba, samba afro, pagode baiano and more, in a welcoming and fun environment. Come enjoy your body and move with the music of Brazil!

 

Toninho Horta

Guitar / composition

We're very excited to announce that the legendary composer and performer Toninho Horta will be making his first appearance at Brazil Camp.

 

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