OUR FACULTY

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2015 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.

Alvaro Reys

Advanced Samba No Pé and Forró

SAMBA NO PÉ
Lively samba dance, using dynamic and creative body movements.
FORRO

Ananda Mounts

Dance

Class description coming soon.

Brian Davis

Beginning bateria

The goal of my class is to give students a good foundation in the basics of Samba Batucada (including syncopations, rhythms, entrances, exits) with exercises for technique and continued practice, and everyone up and playing. Good for developing and expanding what you know, plus an opportunity to learn new instruments. read more>

lionsofbatucada.com

Capital

Beginning Bossa Nova guitar

Learn to play beautiful Bossa Nova classics on guitar. For all levels. Perfect for guitarists looking to learn more chords and right-hand patterns, and for singers who want to accompany themselves. capitalguitar.com

Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro

Pandeiro

I will be showing the students the various steps needed to play the Brazilian tambourine-the Pandeiro. We will focus on technique, hand positions, tuning the pandeiro, and playing various rhythms, at various tempos. Samba, baiao, and more.

Celso Alberti

Drums

I'll be covering techniques to develop control and speed when playing Brazilian music on a drum set plus an overview of popular rhythms from different regions of Brazil. I'll also be teaching "A Cozinha" with Gary Brown.

 

 

Curtis Pierre

Percussion

Curtis Pierre Will be offering daily classes each on a different Samba and Brasilian percussion instrument, all levels are welcome. Agogo, Cuica, Reco Reco, Pratinella (Chocalho), Frigideira(frying pan), tamborim, Berimbau and a few more. casasamba.com

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

 

 

Gary Brown

Bass

Bass and drumset class--Gary Brown and Celso Alberti, members of Airto Moreira's band, will discuss the relationship of the bass guitar and drumset in a band format. This "cooking in the kitchen" concept will focus on the groove of many Brazilian feels for a band.

 

Guinga

Songs of Guinga

A unique opportunity to be with one on the great composers/musicians in Brazil. Guinga's class explores his music, his approach to it, and the joy of making it. All are welcomed to participate. guinga.com

Jorge Alabê

Dance of the Orixas and candomble percussion/song

The dance class will be a unique approach to orixa, ketu style, concentrating on the traditional forms used in ketu ceremonies in the Candomble afro-brazilian religion. Jorge, as a practicioner of Candomble for 40 years, will bring a very authentic approach to what happens during these practices. His drumming and song classes will also offer the chants and rhythms used in ceremonial afro-brazilian religion.

jorgealabe.comsambamasterclass.com

Lorin Hansen

Beginning Samba Dance

A fun and supportive class for all! Learn or improve your basic samba step, move in rhythm easily and freely, connect with the music, and broaden your understanding of various styles of samba.

sambafogo.com

 

Marcus Santos

Bahian Percussion

We will explore the Grooversity curriculum, a contemporary approach to Afro Brazilian Drumming with awareness of world rhythms in a Bahian perspective. Basic to advanced technique to play Timbau, Caixa, Repique, Agogo and Surdos will be covered. From 4/4 to 7/8, from slow to fast grooves, get ready to experience rhythms that are getting people all over the world Fired up! grooversity.com

Marcus Tardelli

Guitar

Marcus' classes each day will concentrate on understanding the technique of playing Brazilian guitar, and its potential, both harmonic and melodic, as well as composition. One class will be more basic, for those with less experience, and the second will be for those players who have a high level of understanding and technical ability on the instrument.

marcustardelli.com.br

 

 

Michael Spiro

Percussion

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, 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.

Paula Santoro

Vocal

First Class: For beginners. Focused on vocal technique and the way of singing diferent Brazilian songs and styles.
Some notions of anatomy and physiology of the larynx. Breathing, support and vocal warming. Checking recordings (to know more about Brazilian styles). Singing Brazilian Popular Music focusing on different Brazilian rhythms and composers. Correct pronunciation of portuguese.

 

Second Class: For professional singers or more experienced.
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Rogério Souza

Choro Ensemble / Guitar

Class description coming soon.

A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the musical language from Rio de Janeiro. read more>

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

The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work, evolve and express ourselves in the world (ie. dancing and playing music!). The intention of these yoga classes during Brazil Camp is to tap into pure and free flowing creative expression. read more>

 

Vitor Gonçalves

Brazilian Jazz Ensemble/Northeast Ensemble

In the Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, we will explore a variety of Brazilian styles, such as Samba, Partido Alto, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baião, Xote, Frevo, Maracatu and Ijexá. Musicians will have a chance to develop their skills on playing these rhythms, accompanying, improvising, and phrasing using the appropriate accents and articulations within each style. The repertoire will include pieces by composers such as Baden Powell, Tom Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Dominguinhos, Johnny Alf and others. Northeast Ensemble read more>

2015 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.

Alvaro Reys

Advanced Samba No Pé and Gafieira

SAMBA NO PÉ
Lively samba dance, using dynamic and creative body movements.
SAMBA DE GAFIERA
Relaxed class where the main element is the importance of the embrace in ballroom dancing.

Chico Pinheiro

Advanced Guitar

In the advanced guitar class, we will explore the universe of Brazilian music, including its influences, styles and trends, focusing particularly on (1) the guitar and its importance and role in this universe.
(2) the guitar vocabulary used in song and instrumental music today in Brazil, applying it to composition, comping and improvisation. read more>

chicopinheiro.com.br

 

Curtis Pierre

Percussion

Curtis Pierre Will be offering daily classes each on a different Samba and Brasilian percussion instrument, all levels are welcome. Agogo, Cuica, Reco Reco, Pratinella (Chocalho), Frigideira(frying pan), tamborim, Berimbau and a few more. casasamba.com

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.

 

Guinga

Songs of Guinga

A unique opportunity to be with one on the great composers/musicians in Brazil. Guinga's class explores his music, his approach to it, and the joy of making it. All are welcomed to participate. guinga.com

 

Harvey Wainapel

Choro Ensemble

CHORO ENSEMBLE: This will be open to all instruments and all levels (probably not too appropriate for vocalists, sorry!) We will work on as wide a variety of styles & composers as time permits -- I have some fun and different repertoire up my sleeve! If you plan to participate, it would be very helpful if you could contact me through my website www.harvjazz.com and let me know your instrument, approximate level, and reading ability. Thanks!

LISTENING CLASS: Back by popular demand; each day I will present a different area of Brazilan music, just to enjoy and maybe to get you inspired to explore/play/compose various genres. Last time, a few years ago, I covered: Choro (origins to present times); Northeast part 1; Northeast part 2; Arrangers; etc. This is -- as the name suggests -- just a listening experience, no playing involved. I will have handouts listing all the artists, composers, and CD information. harvjazz.com

 

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

Kristin Porter

yoga

Awaken the body and enliven the spirit each morning through yoga. Whatever your level of experience, we welcome you to show up for asana practice among the redwoods. Together we will work Kundalini (awareness) breath work integrated with easy to follow asana (physical) postures. Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga that awakens awareness. It uses sets of yogic postures and movements (asana) with meditative focus, breath work (pranayama), and chanting (mantra). read more>, more info

Marcus Tardelli

Guitar

Marcus' classes each day will concentrate on understanding the technique of playing Brazilian guitar, and its potential, both harmonic and melodic, as well as composition. One class will be more basic, for those with less experience, and the second will be for those players who have a high level of understanding and technical ability on the instrument.

marcustardelli.com.br

Marisa Serrano

Beginning Samba Dance

My class will teach you to hear where and when your body fits in to Samba rhythms. I will show you how to step, walk, turn, and combine more movement, to every part of the music. Most importantly, we will discover the spirit of Samba, and embrace the harmonious relationship between music and dance. marisaserrano.com

Mark Lamson

Intermediate Bateria, Percussion

Provides a challenging setting for all levels to play with the support of advanced players and camp class accompanists
allowing for instrument changes with a strong emphasis on technique and introduction of different schools patterns. A great warm up for advanced and a great
continuation of beginning bateria.
Train like it’s done in Brasil with your older more experienced siblings at your side pushing you to new heights. Class will also covers the basic styles and rhythms from Bahia and Recife and how they relate to and are quoted by the Samba Schools of Rio.
A history lesson taught through rhythm.

marklamson.com, solemarevents.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, 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.

Nildinha Fonseca

Dance

Class Description coming soon.

Paula Santoro

Vocal

First Class: For beginners. Focused on vocal technique and the way of singing diferent Brazilian songs and styles.
Some notions of anatomy and physiology of the larynx. Breathing, support and vocal warming. Checking recordings (to know more about Brazilian styles). Singing Brazilian Popular Music focusing on different Brazilian rhythms and composers. Correct pronunciation of portuguese.

 

Second Class: For professional singers or more experienced.
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Rafael Barata

Drumset

Rafael will teach two classes. The first will be cover basic Brazilian drumming styles, including bossa nova, samba, baio, and Brazilian jazz, as well as stick control techinique. Rafael will also teach an advanced class, focusing on playing in a combo setting. Other ensemble instruments are welcome.

 

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.

Sergio Krakowski

Pandeiro

Sergio will teach a beginng and advanced pandeiro class each day. In the beginner workshop Sergio Krakowski will teach the first steps of a technique he developed based on the work of two Pandeiro players: Marcos Suzano and Jorginho do Pandeiro. Sergio's artist path, differently from these two musicians, moved towards the use of the pandeiro in improvisation situations having the freedom of expression as its ultimate goal. The workshop will be divided in four parts. read more>

 

Spok

Big Band Frevo

Frevo is a genre of music that was created on the streets of Recife (capital of Pernambuco state, in northeastern Brazil) at the beginning of the last century. We will explore its origin, history, background, compositions, modalities (types of frevo), phrasing (melodies that are part of frevo), instruments with their function in the frevo structure, orchestration (how to distribute the tunes for instruments within the frevo), its repertoire and its main songwriters. read more>

 

 

Vitor Gonçalves

Brazilian Jazz Ensemble/ Piano

In this course, we will explore a variety of Brazilian styles, such as Samba, Partido Alto, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baião, Xote, Frevo, Maracatu and Ijexá. Musicians will have a chance to develop their skills on playing these rhythms, accompanying, improvising, and phrasing using the appropriate accents and articulations within each style. The repertoire will include pieces by composers such as Baden Powell, Tom Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Dominguinhos, Johnny Alf and others. Piano read more>

Ze Ricardo

Afro-Brazilian Percussion

Class Description coming soon.

 

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Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, aka Spok, is considered to be the youngest of Pernambuco greatest frevo maestros. He began playing at 13 years old by influence of his cousin and uncle, the saxophonist Gilberto Pontes, the Spokfrevo Orquestra musical director and one of its founders. In Recife, he finished his musical studies and started working with some of the masters of the frevo scene like Ademir Araujo, Clovis Pereira, Maestro Duda, Edson Rodrigues and Guedes Peixoto. He moved to Recife, the State?s Capital, in the 80?s, where studied at CPCMR, (Centro Profissionalizante de Criatividade Musical do Recife ? loosely Recife?s Professional Training Center of Musical Creativity). In 2003, he created the SpokFrevo Orquestra. In 2004 the band put out its first CD. Released independently, Passo de Anjo combines frevo classics with new compositions, demonstrating the inexhaustibleness of the genre.

The goal of my class is to give students a good foundation in the basics of Samba Batucada (including syncopations, rhythms, entrances, exits) with exercises for technique and continued practice, and everyone up and playing. Good for developing and expanding what you know, plus an opportunity to learn new instruments. All levels welcome and accommodated, with the understanding the pace of the class will be direct. Some samba traditions, some new designs and breaks included.


Beginning Caixa sectional :

An overview of a variety of caixa rides, their entrances and exits, with sticking exercises for time and technique.
Recommended for beginning/intermediate students who plan to explore caixa in the beginning bateria.

1) Posture, balance and steadiness of the left hand movement.
2) Two basic rhythms: the Samba and the Baião. Explanation on why this is the main foundation for Sergio Krakowski's technique
3) Development of other Brazilian Rhythms: Ijexá, Maxixe, Maracatu, Frevo and Arrastapé.
4) Brief discussion on Brazilian Groove.

Advanced:
In this workshop Sergio Krakowski will address to more advanced issues such as polyrhythms and improvisation exercises. Using his self-taught technique based on the work of Marcos Suzano and Jorginho do Pandeiro, Sergio will show strategies that can enhance concentration and rhythmic precision. The workshop will be divided in parts.
1) Brief revision on posture, left hand movement, and basic Brazilian rhythms.
2) Study of polyrhythmic structures with different lengths.
3) Exercises of improvisation using the voice as a guide.
4) Application of polyrhythmic structures into improvisation.

Focused on developing Brazilian repertoire, interpretation, timbre, Brazilian swing, vocal improvisation. From slow songs to fast  rhythms. Breathing, support and vocal warming. Checking recordings. Correct pronunciation of portuguese.  Emphasis on songs by Tom Jobim, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Guinga, João Bosco, Djavan, Edu Lobo, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal, etc. The voice changes in each style composers. Accompanist not provided.

Northeast Ensemble
This class will focus on the repertoire and styles of Northeast of Brazil, such as Baião, Xote and Maracatu, through arrangements of songs by Sivuca, Dominguinhos and Luiz Gonzaga. We will work on comping patterns, phrasing and articulations, the rhythmic feel and ideas to improvise using a stylistic vocabulary. I will lead the ensemble and demonstrate the material playing accordion. All instrumentalists and singers are welcome.

Piano Class
On this class we will work on ways to approach the piano in Brazilian music. We will learn the basic percussion patterns of different Brazilian rhythms and understand how to apply them on to the piano in different settings: solo playing, accompanying a melodist, or as [art of rhythmic section. We will work on independence and coordination between hands within this rhythmic context. Harmony and voicing techniques will be covered, as well as improvisation, always within the realm of Brazilian styles and repertoire.

Our objective will be to learn techniques from different styles and aspects of contemporary Brazilian music and explore what the students can do with these tools. In the classes we will look at the rhythmic behavior of the guitar in Brazilian styles such as samba, maracatu, frevo, baiao, xote, choro, etc. (incuding odd times), and see how the guitar can interact with other instruments in a creative way. I'll also demonstrate the melodic role that the guitar assumes in these styles and others.

In addition to strengthening the health and well-being of the physical body, it is very useful for emotional balance, mental clarity, stress relief, and personal transformation. Once we?ve awakened the breath we will delve more deeply into the physical body and ground our senses. Attention will be given to our hands and feet as they are intregral tools for musicians and dancers alike. Dress warm and bring a mat if you have one. (mat optional) Yoga, like life, is about finding bliss and serenity in the moment, so come on in, relax and learn to 'be' your yoga.

Through the practice of yoga find a deeper awareness of breath, focus of the mind and connection & ease within your body. Notice how this can enhance your dance and music. Awareness of breath helps to calm the nerves before performances and become more focused and in the moment for any task on hand. Through a sequence of standing poses, hip openers, and twists, in addition to arm balances, inversions and backbends we will find a physical balance of strength, endurance and openness. Adding yoga brings a flow of energy to your love of dance and music! Yoga influences include Anusara, Iyengar and Vinyasa styles. All levels welcome and alternatives will always be offered. Please wear warm comfortable layers of clothing. Bring your yoga mat and props if you have them.

Rogério is constantly performing in and producing concerts and events that showcase traditonal Brazilian music, especially Samba and Choro. He has worked with a multitude of world class Brazilian Musicians as musical diretor and producer for concerts, TV shows, CDs, and DVDs. Some of these artists include: Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Turíbio Santos, Rafael Rabello, Cristovão Bastos, Nó em Pingo D’agua, Época de Ouro, Elizeth Cardoso, Elza Soares, João Nogueira, Dona Ivone Lara, Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito, Delcio Carvalho, Martinho da Vila, and Zeca Pagodinho
Rogério performs regularly in music festivals, concerts, and workshops throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia. His current show focuses on the art of Brazilian guitar and includes original works as well as classic repertoire. Along with performing, Rogério frequently gives masterclasses and workshops that focus on guitar styles and cover material from his latests books and CDs.