OUR FACULTY

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2016 Session One

Margareth Menezes

Bahian Ensemble

This year we are very happy and honored to have the great singer from Salvador, Bahia, Margareth Menezes, leading a ensemble class. Her music encompasses many years of performance in the tradition of samba reggae. This class will be for all instruments--bass, guitar, keyboard, percussion and vocals. Margareth will be leading the ensemble with Marcio Peeter,and Wagner dos Santos, the excellent drummers from Salvador Bahia. There will be 3-4 of her compositions for all to participate in performing.

margarethmenezes.com.br

 

Alessandro Penezzi

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

Annette Aguilar

Beginning Percussion

The focus of the class is percussion control. The objective is to learn how to develop stamina, a good sound and techniques via fundamentals of rudiments for sticking (stick control) and hand coordination.

read more> aguilarstringbeans.com

Ashlee George

Dance - Beginning Samba

In this beginner's class you will dance from the crown of your head to the "souls" of your feet as you learn the basics of various styles of samba. We will explore the fundamentals of footwork, balance and improvisational skills. This class encourages you to let your inner light shine on the dance floor and as you journey through life.

Bob Basa

Beginning Guitar

We will learn guitar comping - setting the groove - for the Bossa Nova and Samba. Right-hand rhythmic patterns and their variations. Commonly used chord voicings. We'll also learn subtle left-hand techniques. Bring your own special chart that you want to set a Brazilian groove to.

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

Level 1: Intro/beg classes
Voice warm ups and exercises. Introduction to hand percussion instruments, and to voice batucada. We will sing from folk songs to classics and my originals, with emphasis in musicality, expression and communication, freeing the voice and tuning the ears. Experiment with rhythms and Brazilian ways of swinging. read more>


Danielle Lima

Dance - Advanced Rio Samba

" Samba your hearts out"
This class is designed for dancers to improve their Samba no pé technique, exploring Samba's cultural essence - its roots, without losing their self expression on the process. We will work samba no pé, arm styling and posture through challenging drills and fun routines. Danielle Lima's Samba class style is influenced by her performance experience in Beija- flor Samba school, and other dance styles she had studied and performed throughout her career. Dance styles, such as Samba de gafieira, dança-Afro, modern and jazz.

 

Eva Scow

Beginning Mandolin

In this class we will explore the Mandolin's (Bandolim) role in Brazilian Choro music. Choro is instrumental music with influences from European musical traditions and African rhythms present in Brazil in the 19th century. We will learn the various styles of Choro compositions, focusing on lead playing and interpretation of melody within the different rhythms such as samba, baiao, frevo, etc. We will explore how improvisation is used in Choro, and learn basic rhythmic patterns for chord accompaniment.

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

We are very pleased that, after many years in the making, Jonas will be able to join us at Camp. Jonas has a long history with the Escolas de Samba of Rio De Janeiro. He has been the director of the bateria at Padre Miguel and Salgueiro,as well as Cubango. At Camp he will direct advanced bateria, w/ a precise method for 3rd surdo, and tamborim which is one of his specialties. He will be sending us soon the samba enredo the class will be practing for this year.

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

Kimberly 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

Beginning Ensemble- A short overview of brazilian rhythms and parts, building into songs with a focus on creativity, composition and improvisation. Students will be asked to create collective pieces, write lines for themselves and the
other students.
Intermediate/advanced ensemble - like beginning but with more intricate music. Students are invited to bring their own pieces to be arranged by the group, trying to create a brazilian sound out of it.

 

 

 

Marcio Peeter

Bahian ensemble

Marcio will be working together with Wagner dos Santos instructing the percussion for the Bahian Ensemble with Margareth Menezes.

 

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.

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>

 

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).

 

 

Vitor Gonçalves

Northeast Ensemble/Piano

Ensemble class description coming soon.

Piano class read more>

Wagner dos Santos

Bahian ensemble

Wagner will be working together with Marcio Peeterinstructing the percussion for the Bahian Ensemble with Margareth Menezes.

2016 Session Two

Alessandro Penezzi

Advanced Guitar

Class description coming soon.

capuchoproducoes.com

Ami Molinelli

Beginning Pandeiro - wed to fri only

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.

 

Ana Laidley

Dance - Advanced Rio Samba

Aninha Malandro's Samba classes cover the traditional as well as popular samba dances from Rio de Janeiro. Ana's classes not only will help people train their body but also help them to develop their mind and soul. The focus of her methodology is self-expression and stress relief through the samba beat. Ana starts her class with basic samba steps and develops these steps in to a choreography. She incorporates the traditional and modern samba styles, such as samba de roda, samba de malandro, samba no pe, and some basic steps of gafieira and the most popular dances in Brasil. The climax of Ana's class is the circle, where the students have the chance to dance with Ana and incorporate the learned steps.

Anat Cohen

Choro ensemble

In Choro there are a few melodies happening simultaneously which are crucial to understanding the language of Choro; the two main ones are the Soloist part (horn or string players) and the Baixaria - the melodies of the 7 string guitar. In teaching Choro I talk about the skills that a soloist needs and the ways to practice these melodies in ensemble playing, while paying attention to all the instruments of the ensemble. read more>

Clarice Assad

Vocal and Composition

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.

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

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

 

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

We are very pleased that, after many years in the making, Jonas will be able to join us at Camp. Jonas has a long history with the Escolas de Samba of Rio De Janeiro. He has been the director of the bateria at Padre Miguel and Salgueiro,as well as Cubango. At Camp he will direct advanced bateria, w/ a precise method for 3rd surdo, and tamborim which is one of his specialties. He will be sending us soon the samba enredo the class will be practing for this year.

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

 

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

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

Mark Lamson

Bata Ketu Percussion / Drumset

Class description coming soon.

 

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.

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Octavio Bastos

Dance - Northeastern

Otavio Bastos is one of the major references in the dance of frevo. He has worked in countries such as Germany, Chile, China, France, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. Winner of several awards in Brazil, he works on the border between the Brazilian folk art and contemporary urban culture, combining poetic and conceptual thinking with a unique movement language. His class explores improvisation in frevo and maracatu, in search of a personal dance, more sensitive technique and a more vibrant stage presence by developing the ability to identify a "conversation" between dancers. The workshop promotes ways to break habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, and moving, and also seeks to develop a greater capacity to play with weight change, breathing, movement, rhythm, space, time, design, feel and memory.

Pitoco de Airá

Maracatu Percussion Ensemble

Pitoco de Airá is one of the stars of Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante do Recife, having been raised in the community of the Alto José do Pinho in Recife, Pernambuco and quite literally next door to Queen Dona Marivalda. He has played in Estrela since 1994 and is now a Contra-Mestre next to Mestre Walter. Very active in the community of Alto, Pitoco also leads the new percussion group Awà dê Onilê Marê which is based there. Over the past ten years, he has traveled extensively throughout Brazil as well as in Europe, Argentina and the USA, performing and teaching workshops.
For this week at camp Pitoco will cover the baques and feel of maracatu de baque virado in the style of Estrela Brilhante, as well as teaching various songs and breaks, for all the traditional instruments: alfaia, caixa, agbê, and gonguê. Get ready for maracatu workshops like you've not seen before in the USA!

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.
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silvestretraining.com

 

 

 

Sandy Cressman

Beginning Vocal

A beginning Brazilian singing class, teaching phrasing, musicality and basic technique through learning repertoire from some of the great Brazilian composers: Caymmi, Jobim, Edu Lobo, Gonzaga etc., with application of some simple vocal exercises and principles to the songs. cressmanmusic.com

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.

There are many situations in large percussion groups where technique is not emphasized due to time and the focus of the music. Generally, technique is a separate practice and away from the rehearsal. The techniques we will study can be applied to different hand held instruments as well as the conga, timbau, atabaque, repinique and more. The percussion control will also utilize the cajon (a box used as drum) and the versatility of this instrument in Brazilian percussion and in a small group setting. If you own a cajon please bring one. We are planning on having cajons available at camp this year. This class is open to all students. I look forward to sharing information of my "technical survival" as a professional percussionist and music educator from the orchestral world to the blocos of the street. Written hand outs will be provided as well as resources for further study.

Circle Ciranda: Movement, improvisation, group singing harmony and solo. Composition, basic lyrics and pronunciation, exploring phrasing, tales from the folklore, meanings and accents.

Level 2 :Intermediate/continuing/adv All the same except with more difficult songs and exercises. My goal is to create a supportive practice space for personal exploration -and group cooperation -using Brazilian Music, so that what we learn will stay with us deeper and in an evolving path with our own music.

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.

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.

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.

The classes will be focused on being an instrumentalist (our own individual abilities on our instruments), understanding a melody and finding different ways to interpret and deliver it (including articulation, ornamental improvisation), understanding and incorporating Brazilian rhythms through a melodic approach, and understanding the harmonic structure and the liberties of an improviser in the context of Choro. In addition to the musical elements, I will talk about the “unspoken rules” of playing choro and the social skills that one should pay attention to while playing in a roda (Choro jam).

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.