OUR FACULTY

Just the beginning....Bookmark this page to see any new information as it comes in. Last updated January 31, 2016. Look back at some of our past faculty!

 

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2016 Session One

Margareth Menezes

Bahian Ensemble

Class description coming soon.

margarethmenezes.com.br

 

Annette Aguilar

Beginning Percussion

Class description coming soon.

Bob Basa

Beginning Guitar

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>


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.

 

 

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

Claudia Villela

Vocal

Class description coming.

Danielle Lima

Dance - Advanced Rio Samba

Class description coming soon.

 

Eva Scow

Beginning Mandolin

Class description coming soon.

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

 

Jonas de Oliveira

Advanced Bateria

Class description coming soon.

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

Kimberley Miguel Mullen

Dance - Afro Brazilian and Orixa

Kimberly's classes offer styles from the Ketu & Jeje Orixa cultural art traditions from Salvador, Bahia. Students will develop a physical and intellectual vocabulary for integrating subtle polyrhythmic movements to build alignment in the full expression and embodiment of the dance - the focus being on the possibilities of movement for individual body parts and how to combine the specific articulations to rhythm and time. Kimberly provides a safe and non-competitive classroom environment in the spirit of learning. kimberlymiguelmullen.com

Léa Freire

Brazilian Jazz Ensemble

Class description coming soon.

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

 

 

 

Marcio Peeter

Bahian ensemble

Class description coming soon.

 

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.

 

 

Vitor Gonçalves

Northeast Ensemble/Piano

Ensemble class description coming soon.

Piano class read more>

Wagner dos Santos

Bahian ensemble

Class description coming soon.

2016 Session Two

Ana Laidley

Dance - Advanced Rio Samba

Class description coming soon.

Anat Cohen

Choro ensemble

Class description coming soon.

Ashlee George

Dance - Beginning Samba

Class description coming soon.

Clarice Assad

Vocal and Composition

Class description coming soon.

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.

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

 

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

 

 

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.

Jonas de Oliveira

Advanced Bateria

Class description coming soon.

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

 

 

Michael Spiro

Bata Ketu

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.

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Octavio Bastos

Dance - Northeastern

Class description coming soon.

Pitoco

Maracatu Percussion Ensemble

Class description coming soon.

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.
read more>

silvestretraining.com

 

 

 

Sandy Cressman

Vocal

Class description coming soon.

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

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>

 

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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.

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
In 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.

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.