OUR FACULTY

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2014 Session One

Alessandro Penezzi

7-string guitar and Choro ensemble

My Choro Harmony class will offer professional and amateur musicians a detailed harmonic study of Brazilian Choro. We will analyze some of the more common harmonies used in Choro and develop an understanding of their use in composition.

capuchoproducoes.com

Alvaro Reys

Advanced Samba No Pé and Forró

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

Brian Moran

Beginning Guitar

I will customize content to fit the varied experience levels of students in this class. We will explore grooves and techniques for many standard rhythms (samba, bossa nova, choro, baião, etc) as well as learning songs. We will also breakdown methods for memorization, and understanding the fretboard. brianmoranmusic.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

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

Advanced Bateria, candomble percussion

I will be teaching two classes - First, an advanced drumming for the orixas (afro/brazilian religious drumming) and also advanced bateria for session one. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone! jorgealabe.comsambamasterclass.com

Jorjão de Oliveira

Advanced Bateria

Mestre Jorjão, former director ofEscola de Samba Padre Miguel, will teaching bateria styles of some of the most famous samba schools of Rio de Janeiro. He will be instructing on all bateria instruments; surdo,repique,tamborim,caxia...etc. Mestre Jorjã has more than 30 years of experience, often leading the baterias of some of Rio's main escolas de samba to the Carnaval championship. He has won numberous awards, and taught around the globe. facebook youtube

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

Mark Lamson

Beginning Bateria

The Beginning bateria class will focus on: instrument technique and ensemble playing of various styles of samba from Rio; emphasis on the proper feel and swing along with developing endurance by playing straight for long periods of time. The goal of the class will be to quickly get students ready for assimilation into more advanced playing situations. Changing instruments will be encouraged. Advanced players are invited to attend in order to develop their 2nd, 3rd and 4th instruments. marklamson.com, solemarevents.com

Michael Spiro

Special Percussion Master Class (Wednesday-Thursday only)

This two day 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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Ranjan Ramchandani

Beginning Pandeiro

In the Beginning Pandeiro class we will focus on building a strong foundation to play in a variety of musical settings on this fascinating instrument. We'll go over proper grip, ergonomics, playing technique, grooves, the history and language of choro and samba, and exercises to develop rhythmic intelligence and improvisational concepts. And most importantly, we'll make a lot of music together!

 

Renata Secco

Beginning Samba dance

My class introduces students to the basic samba (samba no pe) as well as learning to coordinate body movements with the fast rhythms of Brazilian samba music. It adds twists, turns, shaking and style to the motions and basic samba steps. I will break it all down for you in an "easy to follow format". This is great class for first-time students and for returning students who want extra practice and more repertoire.

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.

Rob Curto

Northeast Ensemble/Accordion

NORTHEAST ENSEMBLE

Students of varying levels and all instruments will learn northeastern Brazilian repertoire (3-4 song arrangements) from the forró, maracatu, frevo and/or coco traditions.

We will also explore the rhythmic , harmonic and melodic vocabulary and distinct musical flavor of the northeast of Brazil. All instrumentalists will have an opportunity to play some percussion and learn about the rhythmic base of the music and we will perform together as an ensemble. read more>

 

Rogério Souza

Samba da Mesa Ensemble / Guitar

Group classes for 6 and 7 string guitars as well as all instruments in C and Bb. The classes will showcase the worlds of Samba and Choro and their different sub-genres like: Lundu, maxixe, partido alto, samba de morro, samba de roda, samba choro, samba canção, samba instrumental, and so on. The classes will dive deep into the rhythm, melodic vocabulary, and harmonic conventions of each style.

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>

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

Scott Kettner

Maracatu Perc Ensemble / Drumset

Maracatu Ensemble: Exploring the traditional Songs and Rhythms of Maracatu de Baque Virado
This class will celebrate the songs and rhythms of the traditional maracatu nations from Recife. Singers and percussionists of all levels are invited to join this ensemble. We will explore the baques (grooves) and toads (songs) from the traditional nations; Nação Estrela Brilhante, Nação Leão Coroado, Nação Porto Rico and more. read more> scottkettner.com

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.

2014 Session Two

Alessandro Penezzi

7-string guitar and Choro ensemble

My Choro Harmony class will offer professional and amateur musicians a detailed harmonic study of Brazilian Choro. We will analyze some of the more common harmonies used in Choro and develop an understanding of their use in composition.

capuchoproducoes.com

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.

 

Brian Davis

Beginning

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

Carol Bach-y-Rita

Beginning Samba Dance

This class will be geared for the very beginner, and also for those looking to discover the ease and delight of samba! We will be slowing it way down in order to feel and understand the rhythms and movements. The focus will be less about choreography, and more about helping each of you "get it". You can samba! And do so with ease and grace and joy. carolbsamba.com

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

Cleber Almeida

Drumset / Zabumba / Percussion

One of the drummers in the big band Banda Mantiqueira, Cleber will be teaching drumset class for rhythms from various styles ranging from Samba and Bossa Nova to Northeastern rhythms like baiao and maracatu. His other class will focus on the zabumba, a percussion instrument used for Forro music.

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.

Jorge Alabê

Candomble percussion and song

I 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. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone! jorgealabe.comsambamasterclass.com

Luiz Badaro

Advanced Orixa Dance

ORIXA DANCE MOVEMENT -Luiz Badaro’s energetic orixa dance movement class will include an invigorating warm-up to introduce the traditional gestures and movements of the orixa from Salvador, Bahia. Badaró has developed a specific technique to engage both beginning and advanced students in understanding the gincar, Afro-Brazilian physical soulfulness, an essential characteristic of Bahian orixa dance movement. Movement sequences will be accompanied by songs with live accompaniment for Ogum, Oxossi, Oxumarê, Iemanja, Oxum, Iansã, and Xango.

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Jorjão de Oliveira

Advanced Bateria

Mestre Jorjão, former director of Escola de Samba Padre Miguel, will teaching bateria styles of some of the most famous samba schools of Rio de Janeiro. He will be instructing on all bateria instruments; surdo,repique,tamborim,caxia...etc. Mestre Jorjã has more than 30 years of experience, often leading the baterias of some of Rio's main escolas de samba to the Carnaval championship. He has won numberous awards, and taught around the globe. facebook youtube

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

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.
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>

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>

Tania Santiago

Afro Dance

Born and raised in Salvador Bahia, Tania has been steeped in traditions of Afro Brazilian culture; many elements of which she has respectively preserved in her own stylized movement. Tania brings many elements of african based religious dance as well as carnavalesque street dances such as Samba Reggae and Afoxe into a soulful mix of culture and creative expression in a contemporary setting.

 

Ted Falcon

Choro Ensemble/Bandolim

Brazilian Bandolim - Taking a close look at the mandolin in choro music. Rhythms, articulations, technique, repertoire. Using materials from my Retratos do Brasil book and more. Exploring choro, baião, forró and frevo too. We'll play music by Jacob do Bandolim, Luperce Miranda and other great bandolim players from Brazil.
Beginning Choro Ensemble - Working together in large and small groups, we'll learn how to get the real choro sound. All instruments welcome. Reading skills a plus, but not necessary.

 

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.

 

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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.

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.

In Recife, the songs and their melodies dictate the arrangements and how the percussionists play their variations. This ensemble will explore these songs as well as contemporary grooves from the Mangue Beat movement which inspired Chico Science and Nação Zumbi.

Northeastern drum set classes will explore chapters from my book "Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion". We will begin by learning the traditional maracatu grooves and instruments and how they are played by the traditional maracatu groups. Using 4-way coordination and groove technique we will orchestrate these polyrhythmic voices melodically around the drum kit and discuss concepts for applying these rhythms in a jazz, funk or rock context. We will explore the parallels that these rhythms share with New Orleans music as well as discuss other rhythms from Pernambuco such as forro, baiao and coco and how to apply them to the drum set. I will also introduce concepts for developing your "swing feel" in a Brazilian and New Orleans context.

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.

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.

ACCORDION CLASS-Taught by Rob Curto

This is a small group class for accordion players of varying levels. We will explore the Brazilian style of accordion playing especially the Northeastern style of Forró accordion. We will learn how to accompany and solo in rhythms such as Baião, Xote, Forró, Choro and Arrasta-pé. We will also explore the distinctly Northeastern way of using the bellows (jogo do fole) as first developed by the great Luiz Gonzaga, and become familiar with the work some of Brazil’s greatest accordion players such as Dominguinhos, Sivuca and Luiz Gonzaga.

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.