Save the Date for Colorado Brazil Fest 2017: August 3-6
August 3: Baur’s Listening Lounge (Denver)
August 4: Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place & Pearl St. Mall (Boulder)
August 5: Fox Theater (Boulder)
August 6: Boulder Beer Pub (Boulder)
We are still in the process of curating the artists and instructors for the festival.
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Workshop Descriptions (2016)
Please see workshop descriptions below:
The gods of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion are called Orixás. Dance, drums and song are the basic elements in its religious ceremonies. These rhythms and dance movements are used in dance lessons, stage performances and other non-religious contexts, and are used regularly in folklore events in Brazil. Samba de Roda is a traditional Brazilian dance from the region of Recôncavo located in the state of Bahia. It combines traditions of African Slaves and those of the Portuguese. Dancers performing the dance form a circle or “roda”. Each dancer takes a turn by dancing in the circle. Those in the circle accompany the dancer by clapping their hands and singing.
- Maracatu and Samba Afro combo with Rodson Santos
Maracatu is an Afro-Brazilian performance genre practiced in the North-Eastern state of Pernambuco, mainly in the cities of Recife and Olinda. Traditional maracatu groups perform by parading with a drumming group of 80-100, a singer and chorus, a coterie of dancers and stock characters including a king and a queen, as well as the calunga, a doll representing the ancestors. The Samba Afro combo portion incorporates Afro-Brazilian roots such and the rhythms of samba, in the tradition of the famous blocos afros (carnaval groups) from Salvador, Bahia.
- Samba Reggae with Rodson Santos
Samba-reggae is a music genre from Salvador, Bahia, derived as a blend of Brazilian samba with Jamaican reggae. Samba-reggae arose in the context of the black pride movement that occurred in the city of Salvador de Bahia, around the 1970s. Samba-reggae has given rise to a style of African-influenced dance derived from Afro-Brazilian and candomble dance moves. In a social setting, samba-reggae dances tend to be done in a follow-the-leader fashion, with a few skilled dancers initiating moves in a line in front of the crowd, and the whole crowd then following along.
- Forró Partner Dancing with Luciana da Silva
Forró is a genre of Brazilian music that originated in Northeastern Brazil. It encompasses various dance styles as well as a number of different musical beats. Forró is danced in pairs, usually very close together, with the man’s left hand holding the woman’s right hand as in the Waltz, his right arm around her back and her left arm around his neck; This is a dance class for anyone interested on having fun while connecting to each other and Brazilian culture through language, movement and music.
- Beginner Samba no Pé (Solo Samba Dancing) with Luciana da Silva
A series of movements like walks, jumps, and turns, plus many more that are specific to men and women will be used to make dance combinations, in addition to samba no pé. We will start dancing with slow tempo music to develop the confidence necessary to execute the sequences, gradually moving up to faster tempos.
- Choro Workshop with Choro das 3:
Choro music is based on what we know as samba-style or bossa nova rhythms and played on a guitar or other fretted stringed instrument, plus flute or clarinet and percussion. This is a hands on workshop. Any instrument or none at all. All three Meyer Ferreira sisters are fluent in English. Learn about the great tradition and techniques of Choro music, one of Brazil’s, and the World’s, great music.
- Samba Drumming For Kids with Vincent Gonzales:
Kids ages 3 to 10 will enjoy learning about the percussion instruments and rhythms of Brazilian samba music with Vincent Gonzales and members of the Bateria Alegria performance group. Participants will clap, shake, move, and drum along in this highly interactive workshop designed to energize and entertain.
- Bateria Intro Class (Age: 16+) with Carl Dixon
This workshop will introduce participants to the instruments, techniques, and rhythms of Brazilian samba music, focusing on the samba material played by Bateria Alegria, the percussion ensemble from the Boulder Samba School. With up to eight different samba percussion instruments to choose from, there is something for everyone. Jump in and learn to play samba. No experience needed.
- Advanced Pagode Workshop with Ronaldo Andrade
This class is meant for those who have studied pagode samba extensively, and students will bring their skills to this ensemble setting. For a more basic class covering the fundamental rhythms of pagode samba, please see our Intro to Pagode workshop.
- Vocal Lessons with Moyseis Marques
These workshops will focus on vocal techniques and the way of singing different Brazilian songs and styles, including correct pronunciation of Portuguese, with some discussion of anatomy and physiology of the larynx, breathing, and vocal warm-ups. Songs will be chosen from Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), focusing on different Brazilian rhythms and composers.
Rodson Santos de Jesus is a Brazilian native who has performed and taught all over the world. A former dancer with Balé Folclórico da Bahia and Dance Brazil, he is known for his energy and talent. Rodson has an extensive background in Afro-Brazilian and modern dance. The rich cultural environment of Salvador provided him with both the opportunity to continuously hone his skills, as well as teach and perform in a wide variety of settings. Rodson is both a dynamic performer and a dedicated teacher, beloved for his high-energy, inspiring classes and his patient ability to break down steps and share the art of dance with his students.
They played and taught workshops in many Festivals and Universities in the US. On each of their USA tours they have appeared at Mike Marshall’s and David Grisman’s Mandolin Symposium.