OUR FACULTY

We're happy to announce a great faculty lineup for 2022. Bookmark this page to see any new information as it comes in. Look back at some of our past faculty!

 

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2022 Session One

Ailton Nunes

Advanced Bateria

Ailton, the former director of the bateria of Mangueira Escola de Samba, will teach styles from different baterias, both current and traditional.

 

Alessandro Penezzi

Advanced 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.

alessandropenezzi.com

Brian Moran

Beginning Guitar

Week 1 Beginning Guitar will cover basic techniques for fingerstyle and pickstyle guitar as needed, as well as a handful of songs in the bossa nova, samba and forro genres. Accompaniment of songs with vocals will be the primary focus; singers wishing to sing are welcome. Guitarists with questions as to improvisation, choro guitar language, expanding their knowledge are welcome. Acoustic guitars are ideal. If you have an electric guitar you may need to bring a battery powered amp. Beginning cavaquinho/mandolin/uke players also welcome to join. Check back for charts/lyrics to download prior to camp. This class is best for students that have at least 1 year experience with guitar but wish to improve their skills and knowledge of Brazilian guitar.

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

Bateria Show

Class description coming soon.

Fabiana Cozza

Vocal

Through 20 years of researching and studying music and song itself, I have experimented with techniques that reveal the unique and rare instrument that inhabits each one of us, and that puts us in contact with the other actors of the scene, with the public, physical space itself, our creative potential, ourselves. The "Body of the Voice" workshop helps participants discover their own voices, and the place of their uniqueness, through an investigation of the body, the sensations and emotions that are born from the action, exploring the body of the interpreter. We will discuss the positioning necessary for a good body alignment so that the singing is produced free of tensions and the student is able to realize his vocal movements in a sensible, true, conscious way.


Jimmy Biala

Beginning Bateria

Students will learn about the fundamental elements of the samba school bateria, rhythmic concepts and skill development for all instruments and the importance of each instrument's role in the ensemble. FUN will be our main focus! Vamos que vamos!

Jorge Alabê

Bata Ketu / candomble

Jorge will be teaching two classes - First, with Michael and Mark, the original Bata Ketu 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

Kellyn Rosa

Dance - Advanced Samba

Class description coming soon.

 

Mark Lamson

Bata Ketu / Percussion

Bata Ketu, a "Musical Interplay of Cuba and Brazil" is a project founded by Mark with Michael Spiro, with special participation by Jorge Alabe. All three will lead this class, focusing on the rhythms and songs from the cultures that shape so much of the music that Brazil Camp is about. For percussion and vocals.

 

marklamson.com

 

Michael Spiro

Bata Ketu / Percussion

Bata Ketu, a "Musical Interplay of Cuba and Brazil" is a project founded by Michael with Mark Lamson, with special participation by Jorge Alabe. All three will lead this class, focusing on the rhythms and songs from the cultures that shape so much of the music that Brazil Camp is about. For percussion and vocals. 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, and 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.

 

Paty Renda

yoga

There's nothing more delicious than a yoga practice early morning and out in nature. In yoga, we experience the power of our breath, the strength of our body and the peacefulness of our mind. Through a series of asanas (yoga postures) that are friendly to all levels, plus conscious breathing and deep relaxation, you will awaken to the most beautiful self you have ever experienced. patyrenda.com

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.

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. 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.

silvestretraining.com

 

Tainah Harvey

Dance - Beginning Samba/Gafiera

Beginning Brazilian dance will explore the diversity of Brazilian popular dances through movement and context. Learn universal dance technique and breakdown the basics of samba, samba afro, pagode baiano and more, in a welcoming and fun environment. Come enjoy your body and move with the music of Brazil!

 

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.

2022 Session Two

Ailton Nunes

Advanced Bateria

Ailton, the former director of the bateria of Mangueira Escola de Samba, will teach styles from different baterias, both current and traditional.

 

Alessandro Penezzi

Advanced 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.

alessandropenezzi.com

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.


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.

Clarice Cast

Pandeiro

In this beginners class, you will learn the basic pandeiro technique that will allow you to play any rhythms you want, including choro, samba, baião, capoeira. It best suits those who have never played pandeiro before.
Advanced class: This class is dedicated to expanding ways to play Brazilian rhythms on the pandeiro. We will cover the most important basic patterns, and add variations and ways to improvise on each rhythm including, choro, samba, maxixe, baião, xôte, côco, maracatú, and ijexá.

Claudia Villela

Vocal Lab

In this class we will deeply explore our own sounds while also enjoying the new harmonies created with each other, all in a supportive and nurturing environment. Inspired by old Brazilian folk tales, rhythms and melodies, we will free up our voices and imagination, creating and improvising our own fresh Universal Brazilian Music that will be performed by the end of the week.

Dandha da Hora

Dance - Afro-Brazilian

Afro-Brazilian dance classes are an invitation to explore the rich world of Afro-Brazilian dance traditions with a gifted and dedicated teacher. Her classes focus on Samba Afro, samba reggae, samba de Roda as well as other Brazilian dance styles.

sambada.com

Fabiana Cozza

Vocal

Through 20 years of researching and studying music and song itself, I have experimented with techniques that reveal the unique and rare instrument that inhabits each one of us, and that puts us in contact with the other actors of the scene, with the public, physical space itself, our creative potential, ourselves. The "Body of the Voice" workshop helps participants discover their own voices, and the place of their uniqueness, through an investigation of the body, the sensations and emotions that are born from the action, exploring the body of the interpreter. We will discuss the positioning necessary for a good body alignment so that the singing is produced free of tensions and the student is able to realize his vocal movements in a sensible, true, conscious way.


Francisco Marques

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

Explore the music of one of Brazil's greats, Guinga, as he joins us for a unique experience. For guitarists, singers, and all instruments. 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

 

Lorin Hansen

Dance - Beginning Samba

Samba for me is healing. I want to share this healing art form with you. This is a class for everyone, even those who have no previous dance experience. We will honor our bodies and focus on how we feel when we dance, over how we look. We will dance outside, in connection with the redwood forest, and learn from the trees as we "plant" our feet, grounding our lower bodies to set our upper limbs free. We will explore the basics of Samba with both male and female styling, and discover how to move our bodies more efficiently and freely. All are welcome, to begin or enrich your Samba journey.

 

Kellyn Rosa

Dance - Advanced Samba, Gafieira

Class description coming soon.

 

Marcio Peeter

Percussion

Class description coming soon.

 

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.

 

Nailor Proveta

Big Band Ensemble

Class description coming soon.

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. 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.

silvestretraining.com

 

Zé Paulo Becker

Advanced Guitar

My advanced guitar class will focus on Brazilian rhythms and how to use them to sustain grooves that energize songs. The focus will be on right hand technique. We will work on samba, choro, baião, maxixe, afoxé, and maracatu. You will see how the guitar rhythms are derived from the role of instruments in the percussion section, like the surdo, pandeiro and agogô, thus enhancing the overall sound of a band. We will use these fundamentals as we work on popular guitar themes with written arrangements. The course is based on two of my books—Levadas Brasileiras para Violão (2012) and Violão Brasileiro -40 pieces (2020).

zepaulobecker.com.br

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