Brazilian Percussion workshops and classes introduce participants to the culture of Brazil and to teach basics of Brazilian percussion, learning to play rhythms from Bahia such as Samba, Afoxé and Samba-Reggae. Classes culminate in performance.
Participants learn names of instruments, purpose of drums in the context of Afro-Brazilian traditions, proper technique, listening, controlling level of sound, playing drums together with others, playing rhythms while moving. Participants learn how to listen and respond rhythmically, develop a sense of internal rhythm and gain confidence in their playing.
For Schools: School curriculum which may be coordinated with this music workshop include: Geography, History, Religion, Music, Foreign Language (Portuguese, Spanish).
Instructor: Classes are taught by Dende Macedo, a master Afro-Brazilian percussionist from Salvador de Bahia. Dende has extensive background in performing and teaching, both in the United States and Brazil.