OUR FACULTY

We're looking forward to seeing you all in 2022. Here's the great lineup we had planned for 2020, and look back at some of our past faculty!

 

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2020 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.

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.


Cleber Almeida

Drumset

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.

Curtis Pierre

Capoeira Music Class

The class will be about the music and the arrangement of the instruments for Capoeira I will provide notation and CD as well as an instructional DVD on how to maintain, tune, how to string the Berimbau and how to play the Berimbau. I will be teaching seven of the basic Capoeira rhythms a long with instructing various ways on incorporating playing the Berimbau with popular in contemporary music.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.

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.


 

Guinga

Songs of Guinga

Explore the music of one of Brazil's greats, Guinga. An unfogettable, 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.

ianfaquini.com

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 - Samba

We will work on various possibilities in movement by making connections with different dances and samba no pé, with a focus on musicality, time, and different tempos

 

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

Marsea Marquis

Dance - Beginning Samba

Marsea Marquis is a passionate dancer who has offered community dance classes and performance art in Santa Cruz, CA and beyond. Her work has provided a foundation for the advancement of Brazilian cultural art, through her Dance of Brazil community and network she founded in 1995. Teaching Brazilian dance for over twenty-five years, as well as directing three dance companies and playing and singing in two Brazilian bands, she has led and entertained groups of adults and children with love and devotion through the decades. Her classes in beginning Samba will offer the dancer an embodiment of the rhythms and basic dance steps found in forms such as Samba no Pe, Samba de Roda, Samba Afro and more. Be prepared to access the joy and strength found in dance, while breaking down the fundamentals in a format that incorporates a full-body experience. Participants will develop the step by step confidence needed to release themselves into a deeper connection with the rhythm which ignites the spirit of Brazilian dance and movement into existence. Become the magic! Please bring a long, full circle skirt of any color to use in class.

 

 

Pipoquinha

Bass

Pipoquinha will teach a bass class this year!


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

Nailor Proveta

Brazilian Jazz Big Band

We are excited to have Proveta;founder, leader, and sax player of the most well known Brazilian Big Band "Banda Mantiqueira" from Sao Paulo. He is always in demand, as a composer, arranger, and leader of that great big band, and will be teaching the ensemble class this year at camp.

 

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

 

Pedro Martins

Intermediate/Advance Guitar Ensemble

Guitar: The students will be able to have a close look at a Brazilian modern concept approach. I'll be talking about the new ways of dealing with rhythm, melody and harmony based on the tradition of styles like Samba, Maxixe, MPB, Forró, Frevo, Maracatú, etc., also focusing on mastering the percussion, vocal and piano side of the guitar.

Pedro will also lead the ensemble "New Fronteirs in Brazilian Jazz" along with bassist Pipoquinha. For all instruments, more details to come.

Rodson dos Santos

Dance - Orixa Stylings and Afro-Brazilian

Class description coming soon.

Ze Paulo Becker

Intermendiate/Advanced Guitar

Class description coming soon.

zepaulobecker.com.br

2020 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.

Alysson Bruno

Percussion - Bloco Afro

Class description coming soon.

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.

chicopinheiro.com

Cleber Almeida

Percussion of the Northeast

One of the drummers in the big band Banda Mantiqueira, Cleber will focus in the second session on percussion of various northeastern styles, with a focus on the zabumba.

Curtis Pierre

Beginning Bateria

For the week of the beginning Bateira I will be teaching basic techniques on how to start and stop on each samba instrument. Students will also learn the structure of setting up a Bateria, how to tune their instruments, how to stand properly without beating up your legs, understanding the application of samba instruments with contemporary music or any type of music and how that has been successful for me as a percussionist.
I also will be introducing my new Pandeiro (tambourine) holder. I will demonstrate on how this new holder will help you to be able to play at least three samba instruments at the same time.casasamba.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

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

 

 

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

 

Julio Lemos

Beginning Guitar

Julio Lemos will work with the accompaniment on Brazilian acoustic guitar, 6 and 7 strings, the rhythms patterns and its variations over Maxixe, Choro, Samba-Canção, Samba, Bossa Nova, Baião, Frevo, Marcha Rancho, Xote. You will understand it principles and main characteristics. Introduction for the language of the 7 string guitar with “baixarias” (counterpoint lines on bass lines) over the accompaniment.
Also in this class we will play and analyze the main characteristics of the melody and the accompaniment and its variation on the guitar over three different Brazilian genres: Samba-Canção, Baião, and Bossa-Nova from the Brazilian composers: Cartola, Dominguinhos and Tom Jobim.

Kellyn Rosa

Dance - Samba

We will work on various possibilities in movement by making connections with different dances and samba no pé, with a focus on musicality, time, and different tempos

 

Marcela Rabelo

Dance - Maracatu and Northeastern

Born in Recife- Pernambuco, Brazil, Marcela has been a dancer, performer and researcher of the popular and traiditional dances of Pernambuco and from Northeast of Brazil for several years. Nowadays she is a member of the iconic Maracatu Nação Pernambuco and Cia Artefolia. She will focus on Marcatu, Frevo, and other northeastern styles at Camp.

 

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.

 

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. 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.

SYMBOLOGY OF ORIXA 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

 

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).

 

Tainah Harvey

Dance - Beginning Samba and Gafieria

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.

vitorgoncalvesmusic.com

Weslei Guimaraes

Dance - Gafieira/Forro

Class description coming soon.

 

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