OUR FACULTY

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2015 Session One

Alvaro Reys

Advanced Samba No Pé and Forró

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

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

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. carlinhospandeirodeouro.com

 

 

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

Class Description coming soon.

 

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

Class Description coming soon.

 

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

Class Description coming soon.

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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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

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.

2015 Session Two

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.

 

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

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

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

 

 

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.
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.

Sergio Krakowski

Pandeiro

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/ 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.

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.

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.

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.