OUR FACULTY

Bookmark this page to see any new information as it comes in. Last updated April 12, 2017. Look back at some of our past faculty!

 

email us with any questionsVisit our Facebook page

2017 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 Cardozo

Advanced Cavaquinho, Advanced Pagode

Class desciption coming soon.

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

Beto Guimaraes

Northeastern Dance

Maracatu class: 17th century dance brought to Pernambuco from the Congolese which celebrates the coronation of the King of Congo. Beto incorporates the Orixas as well as the traditional props such as galungas (dolls), pavilions and parasols.
Frevo class: A relative of Capoeira, acrobatic, ecstatic, over 100 years old, it is very popular dance for Carnaval in Olinda and Recife! Recently inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Beto's classes will focus on the traditional movements and uses the umbrellas. Danca da sombrina is also used. betoguimaraes.org

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>


Brian Moran

Beginning Guitar

IThe class will cover basic rhythms and chords for Bossa Nova and Samba, and will be tailored to the level of the class. We will also discuss technique for fingerstyle and pick technique. Acoustic and Electric guitars welcome. For singers and instrumentalists. brianmoranmusic.com

Brian Rice

Choro Pandeiro, Beginning and Advanced

We will cover Choro and Samba as well as other Brazilian musical styles using traditional, and modern techniques, like those of Marcos Suzano.

brianrice.com

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 Scott Thompson.

Curtis Pierre

Percussion

Class description coming soon. casasamba.com

 

 

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.

 

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

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

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

 

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

Marcio Peeter

Bahian ensemble

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

 

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.

Moyseis Marques

Vocal

We`re going to explore the Brazilian Popular Music itself. Exchange experiences, checking recordings out , timbres, voices combinations. For those who want to, voice warm ups and vocal tecniques, breathing, especially for beginers. Repertoire for the pros, vocal adequacy for the brazilian music, phrasing , assembly of little emsembles and performances with duos, trios and solos. And the most important thing , having fun with our voices, desmystifying and humanizing the singer, making ourselves believe that it's possible.

Pedro Martins

Advanced Guitar/Ensemble

Class description coming soon.

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!

 

Scott Thompson

Bass

Bass and drumset class--Scott Thompson and Celso Alberti 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.

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>

 

Tainah Harvey

Dance - Beginning Samba

Class description coming soon.

 

Wagner dos Santos

Bahian ensemble

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

2017 Session Two

Hermeto Pascoal

Ensemble

Explore the music of Hermeto Pascoal with the man himself.  A legend in the world of Brazilian jazz, Hermeto will join us for the second session, where he will discuss his compositions, techniques and improvisation styles.  If you have an interest in jazz, this class is not to be missed.  All instrumentalists and vocalists and encouraraged to participate.

 

 

 

 

Alessandro Cardozo

Advanced Cavaquinho, Advanced Pagode

Class desciption coming soon.

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

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.

Brian Rice

Advanced Choro Pandeiro

We will cover Choro and Samba as well as other Brazilian musical styles using traditional, and modern techniques, like those of Marcos Suzano.

brianrice.com

 

Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro

Advanced Samba 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.

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

Class description coming soon. 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.

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

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.

Jovino Santos Neto

Ensemble and piano

We're very excited that, after a long hiatus, Jovino Santos Neto will be back at Brazil Camp. He'll work with Hermeto in the ensembles, and always be a fantastic musical reference!

 

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

Drumset / Intermediate Bateria, 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.

 

Moyseis Marques

Vocal

We`re going to explore the Brazilian Popular Music itself. Exchange experiences, checking recordings out , timbres, voices combinations. For those who want to, voice warm ups and vocal tecniques, breathing, especially for beginers. Repertoire for the pros, vocal adequacy for the brazilian music, phrasing , assembly of little emsembles and performances with duos, trios and solos. And the most important thing , having fun with our voices, desmystifying and humanizing the singer, making ourselves believe that it's possible.

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

 

 

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

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>

 

back to top

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.

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.