Episode 22 Mestre Ailton Nunes

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Aílton Nunes grew up in the community of Mangueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From early childhood he was involved in the revered samba school of his community, Estação Primeira de Mangueira. Over time, he became known for his passion for samba, his talent as a musician and his leadership style. He served as director of Mangueira da Manhã, the children's version of the Mangueira drumline, for many years. Since becoming Mestre da Bateria da Mangueira (leader of Mangueira Samba School’s carnaval drumline) in 2011, Aílton has developed a reputation for surprising innovations in the evolution of samba. As a teacher, Aílton Nunes is famous for never raising his voice or losing his temper. Consequently, he is able to motivate 300 to 500 of the best drummers anywhere to play some of the best samba on the planet. 

Mestre Ailton took over Mangueira’s bateria in 2011, that same year receiving the coveted Estandarte de Ouro for best bateria performance at Rio’s Carnaval.

Ailton also participates in the group Dose Certa and Ensaio de Escola de Samba de Leandro Lehart.


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Episode 21 Marco Castrucci of Bloco Energia

Marco is one part insurance professional, one part musician, one part lover of the outdoors, one part Cuban salsa dancer and lover of the runon sentence. Along with Nick Fabin, Marco leads Bloco Energia in Vancouver, B.C. Marco started playing Brazilian Rhythms in 2007 with Sambata, led by Paul Bray. Since 2012, he has been focused on growing the community that is Bloco Energia and spreading his love of Samba, and rhythm in general. Marco has been fortunate to have learned from many teachers such as Paul Bray, Jorge Alabe, Jimmy Biala, Mark Lamson, Marcus Santos and Dudu Fuentes, among others. Marco loves to travel and play with other groups when he can. Besides Vancouver, Marco has also played with groups in Toronto, Seattle, Oakland, Portland and Rio.





groove masters percussion: http://gmpercussion.com/

the Samba Gypsy Blog: http://sambagypsy.blogspot.com/

BipBip Musicians' bar in Rio

Batulacatuca - Dudu Fuentes group


Episode 20 Alex Bordokas of Maracatu Mar Aberto

Alex is a cultural producer based in Toronto, and often moonlighting in Rio de Janeiro. He is the founding Artistic Director of Uma Nota Culture and has spent many years as both an artist and an independent music promoter, always focusing on music from the ‘tropical world’.  He has been at the forefront of many productions in conjunction with Lula Music & Arts Centre and the Luminato Festival, as well as several projects in Brazil. He is currently an Artistic Associate at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Since 2002, Alex has lived within the rhythm of maracatu and has researched and studied various styles; immersing himself in the style of the northern area of Recife. He counts among his teachers Mestre Walter de França and percussionist Eder Rocha. Alex was among one of the first to start a maracatu group in North America in late 2003 when he founded Maracatu Nunca Antes. Today, Alex is the artistic director of Maracatu Mar Aberto, spearheading the young troupe’s artistic initiatives and community driven presence in downtown Toronto.


Maracatu Mar Aberto's Website

Maracatu Ethnography: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5564cee5e4b07d5fa8a2ea14/t/556d2f99e4b0975c0bb06ae3/1433218969402/Maracatu+Ethnography+-+Alexander+Bordokas.pdf

Padê Onã - Maracatu Mar Aberto LIVE at in/future festival

Maracatu Mar Aberto Brazilian Drummers - CMRTV


Episode 19 Michael Spiro

Michael Spiro is a world-renowned percussionist, recording artist, and educator, known specifically for his work in the Latin music field.

Spiro's formal education includes a bachelor's degree with honors in Latin American Studies from the University of California, and three and a half years of graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. His practical education consists of a seven- year apprenticeship with Francisco Aguabella (a relationship which continues today) and extensive study throughout Latin America. He has studied annually in Cuba since 1984 with musicians such as Jose Luis Quintana ("Changuito"), Esteban Vega Bacallao ("Cha-Cha"), Daniel Diaz and Juan "Claro" Blanco of Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, Regino Jimenez, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas. In addition, in 1986, he spent two months training at G.R.E.S. Portela, the famous Escola de Samba in Rio de Janeiro.

Spiro currently resides in San Francisco, Calif., where he is an integral part of the Bay Area music scene. He records and produces with groups throughout the West Coast and still tours world-wide with the percussion trio Talking Drums, which he co-leads with David Garibaldi and Jesus Diaz. In June 1996, his recording Bata-Ketu was released on Bembe Records to international critical acclaim, including being voted one of the top 50 drum records of all time by Drum Magazine.

In 2004, Spiro received a Grammy nomination for his work as both producer and artist on Mark Levine's Latin/jazz release Isla, and, in 2005, he released BataMbira, which he wrote and produced with Professor B. Michael Williams. The CD received rave reviews around the world for its fusion of Afro-Cuban folkloric music with the mbira music of Zimbabwe, and that same year, he was voted runner-up in the jazz/fusion category in Drum Magazine's Reader's Poll Awards. In 2006, Chuck Sher Publications released his book, The Conga Drummer's Guidebook, and it has already become the standard in the field for intermediate/advanced instruction.

He is a frequent visiting artist at universities worldwide. In addition to the position he held in the Jazz Department at the University of California, Berkeley, Spiro has taught at numerous colleges throughout North America and Europe, and continues to be a presenter at national and statewide conventions of the Percussive Arts Society and the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Spiro's recording and performing credits include such diverse artists as David Byrne, Cachao, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Dori Caymmi, Changuito, Richard Egues, Frank Emilio Flynn, Ella Fitzgerald, David Garibaldi, Gilberto Gil, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray Holman, Toninho Horta, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. John, Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, Machete Ensemble, Bobby McFerrin, Andy Narell, Ray Obiedo, Chico O'Farrill, Eddie Palmieri, Lazaro Ros, David Rudder, Carlos Santana, Grace Slick, Omar Sosa, Talking Drums, Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner and Charlie Watts. In addition, he has recorded on soundtracks to such major motion pictures as Soapdish, Henry and June, True Stories, Sworn To The Drum, Walker, Eddie Macon's Run and Dragon-The Life of Bruce Lee. He also wrote several arrangements for the Tony Award-winning Broadway show BLAST!, which was released on video by PBS in 2002.

Bata Ketu

Episode 18 Dana Monteiro of Harlem Samba


Dana Monteiro is a proud New York City public school teacher with thirteen years of experience, twelve spent at the Frederick Douglass Academy.  Monteiro has a B.S. in music education from N.Y.U., a M.A. in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently a doctoral candidate in music education at Boston University.  Originally a classical trumpet player, his interest in Brazilian music began on a trip to Rio de Janeiro, where he was brought by local musicians to the Vila Isabel Samba School.  It was there that he heard his first bateria and decided that this music would be successful at the Frederick Douglass Academy.  Since that first visit, Monteiro has made 16 study related trips to Brazil and made visits to samba schools and community music ensembles in London, Tokyo, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Uruguay, Argentina, and the Cape Verde Islands to study local musical practices and more importantly, the various methods for how music is taught.  

Monteiro was a panel discussant on alternative practices in music education at the 7th International Symposium of the Sociology of Music Education, a presenter in the Education Section at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2013, and presented aworkshop in samba percussion at the 2015 Teaching World Musics Symposium at Northern Illinois University.  He is currently conducting research for his dissertation titled Samba: The Sense of Community in Participatory Music. 


Youtube links for Harlem Samba:

Download Dana's dissertation:

Dana's book:

Episode 17 Carl Dixon

Versatile percussionist Carl Dixon is at home with music spanning multiple genres, continents, and instruments.  He can be found performing in concert halls, jazz clubs, dance parties, festival stages, and street parades.  Carl plays with the Brazilian music band Ginga.  As a drumset player and percussionist, he has performed/recorded with the Kailin Yong Peace Project, NuMundo, Swing Je T’aime, Casuarina, Alessandro Penezzi, Paula Santoro, Sambadende, Elevations Jazz Orchestra, Pat Bianchi, Jeff Jenkins, Dexter Payne, many musical theater productions, and the Rio de Janeiro bloco Bangalafumenga.  Carl is the Principal Percussionist of the Central City Opera, Fort Collins Symphony, and Cheyenne Symphony, percussionist with Opera Colorado, and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestras.

Carl teaches drumset and world percussion and directs the percussion ensemble at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  He is the Musical Director of the Boulder Samba School and Bateria Alegria, a 20-30 member Brazilian drumming ensemble.  He teaches private lessons in all areas of percussion and has presented workshops at Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Naropa University, Colorado College, Colorado State Univeristy-Pueblo, and the Colorado and Wyoming PAS Days of Percussion.

Carl received a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he studied with Dr. Douglas Walter and Paul Romaine, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Anthony Di Sanza.  Other important teachers include Michael Spiro, Mark Lamson, Jorge Alabe, and Mestre Marcão of Salgueiro.

A Wisconsin native, Carl spends his free time in the mountains rock climbing and backcountry skiing, road biking, and building and restoring percussion instruments.

Show Notes:

Boulder Samba School

Carl's Website



Video from Bateria Alegria's recent show


Boulder Samba School


Episode 16 Rio Remote with Jeremy Parker and Macapa of Macapart Straps!

Jeremy Parker is a full time dad and Registered Nurse with a part time raging music addiction! He fell in love with his Brazilian wife and visited her homeland for the first time in 2004. He gravitated quickly toward Capoeira and found another new love in playing the instruments and Afro-Brazilian rhythms that he learned in the streets and rodas of Rio de Janeiro. He has been singing and playing music ever since including blues, rock, and funk. But, his primary focus is on Brazilian music like samba, pagode, choro, and maracatu. He has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area's only performing Maracatu group, Maracatu Pacífico, for three years and is currently studying and playing with one of Rio's finest maracatu groups Tambores de Olokun.

Tambores de Olokun video, the trippy one:

Jeremy playing with Tambores de Olokun:

Alexandre Garnizé's band: 

Push and Pull or Up and Down method for playing the gongue: 

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Vitor Goncalves latest CD:


Episode 15 Marcus Santos

A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus, is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown's Afro-Brazilian music and heritage as well as World drumming diversity. "Marcus was a marvel... I have never seen people as engaged and excited..." Aaron  Siegal, Carnegie Hall 

Marcus performed for the president of Brazil, TEDx and with the “One World Band” produced by MTV. Marcus also played at the Sony Pictures Oscar nominated movie ‘Rachel's getting Married’ with Anne Hathaway. He has been honored with the 2013 KOSA Recognition award, Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) as well as Outstanding Percussionist Award by Berklee College of Music in 2004. 

Marcus is the author of the DVD ‘Modern Approach to Pandeiro’ and performed in the DVD ‘Musically Speaking II’ by BOSE. Marcus has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in universities and conventions around the world such as Carnegie Hall, PASIC and Harvard. He’s currently the director of the Grooversity network project and artistically directs twenty four drumming groups in the US, France, Germany and Canada.




Mamady Keita http://ttmda.com/mamady-keita
Giovnanni Hidalgo http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Giovanni_Hidalgo.html
Osvaldo Golijov   http://www.osvaldogolijov.com/
La Pasión Segun San Marcos https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Pasión_según_San_Marcos_(Golijov)
Giovanni fundraiser NYC Lehman College, and https://www.gofundme.com/giohidalgofund
Memo Acevedo http://www.gonbops.com/artists/memo-acevedo/
Jamie haddad http://jameyhaddad.com/
Jorge Alabe (The Brazilian Beat Podcast Episode 7) http://thebrazilianbeat.com/blog/2016/10/4/episode-7-jorge-alabe-and-capucho-antiono-ivan
Sergio Krakowski Pandeiro rockstar - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001476951294&fref=hovercard
Gabi Guedes http://tnb.art.br/rede/gabiguedes
Samba Syndrome, German Samba Festival http://sambasyndrom.de/

Episode 13 Toni Bernardo

Toni Bernardo

Toni Bernardo

Toni Bernardo is a drummer/percussionist living and working in Manila, Philippines.  Her curiosity and love of all things rhythm started her on life’s journey. Playing rhythm and drums is about being part of life. How and where you stand say a lot about how you play.  

Her musical evolution and roots trace back to, well, life at home!  Later on in Baguio City, nurtured by the spirit of the mountain Toni threw herself to the wind and followed her soul’s calling . From Japanese taiko to Cuban mambo, Toni moved in different cultural time cycles taking her through the small streets of Manila to Delhi into Bahia and right into the heart of Rio's escola de samba!

Toni was a pioneering member of the band Puro Ritmo and a founding member of the bands Hairy Dawgs and Escola de Samba de Manila. She is the Samba Empress of the Philippines, as founder and drum director of Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense. Toni also guests with Royal Hartigan and the Blood Drum Spirit. 

Episode 12 Jimmy Biala

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Jimmy Biala is a professional music educator, performing and recording artist.

During the academic school year Jimmy teaches Cuban and Brazilian percussion programs for several elementary schools in San Jose and Campbell, California and community ensemble classes throughout the year. He is an assistant director for Mestre Jorge Alabê's Grupo Samba Rio Bateria in Oakland, California and also an accompanist for percussion and dance classes at the California Brazil Camp.

Jimmy performs regularly playing Latin percussion and drum set with different ensembles in the Bay Area.

He founded the group SambAsia SF in San Francisco in 2002 and SambAsia Beijing (now called Templo do Samba) in 2006. He was an artist in residence in Taiwan 2005-2007 and in Beijing, China 2007-2010.

Currently Jimmy is the director of the ensemble Bloco do Sol based in San Jose, California.

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Episode 11 Eric Hoffman

Eric Hoffman is the Director of Maracatu Pacifico. Located in West Oakland California, Maracatu Pacifico is a community-based performance group that brings Afro-Brazilian maracatu music and dance from Northeastern Brazil to the San Francisco Bay area. 

Maracatu Pacífico draws its inspiration from both traditional maracatu nações (especially Estrela Brilhante do Recife and Maracatu Leão Coroado), and more "modern" maracatu groups like Maracatu Badia and Maracatu Nação Pernambuco. We owe great thanks to these groups (and their mestres) for their inspiration, teaching, and example, especially Pitoco de Aira of Estrela Brilhante and Nininho of Maracatu Badia. We strive to be as respectful of this tradition as we can be, and constantly work to improve our understanding and practice.
Maracatu Pacífico was founded in late 2012 under the leadership of director Eric Hoffman, with an emphasis on community and personal development through the study of Maracatu rhythms. 

He is also a long-time member of Grupo Samba Rio. You may have also seen him hanging around California Brazil Camp. 

Episode 10 Mestre Eduardo "Dudu" Fuentes

Photo by Eric M. Crawford. Thanks Eric!!!!

Photo by Eric M. Crawford. Thanks Eric!!!!

Master percussionist Eduardo “Dudu” Fuentes is one of Rio de Janeiro’s foremost percussionists. As former director and principal arranger of the popular Carnaval bloco, Bangalafumenga, Dudu is recognized for creating percussion arrangements that have breathed new life into Brazilian rhythms. Dudu’s unique style of adapting folkloric Brazilian rhythms like ciranda, côco, maculelê and ijexá for samba bateria instruments has taken him around the world teaching workshops in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Formerly a member and teacher for the award-winning group, Monobloco, Dudu currently teaches and arranges for his new bloco, Batucalacatuca. He also is part of Du Rio, a band created along with other members of Monobloco. When Dudu is not working with his blocos, he parades in the baterias of various Rio samba schools including São Clemente, Imperio Serrano and Portela.

Episode 9 Mestre Jonas

Mestre Jonas, Percussionist and Bateria Director.

Mestre Jonas, Percussionist and Bateria Director.

Mestre Jonas is one of the most charismatic personalities in Brazil Carnival. Son of Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school president, Orozimbo de Oliveira. His mother was the first Destaque of Mocidade. Jonas grew up playing the samba from a very young age in Mocidade's bateria, conducted by samba legend Mestre Andre.

In more than 30 years of samba experience, Mestre Jonas has conducted many baterias (samba school drum section) in Rio de Janeiro,  including Mocidade, Salgueiro and Cubango to name a few. He is currently the director of the bateria for Unidos Da Costa Verde.  He has also been very engaged in taking samba culture abroad, presenting and teaching workshops in Europe every year, where he has worked with many samba schools and groups.  And this year, lucky for us, he finally was able to travel  to the U.S. as a faculty member of California Brazil Camp.  

Episode 8 Pitoco de Airá

An outstanding percussionist and one of the newest leaders in one of the oldest Maracatu nations from Recife, Pernambuco, Pitoco de Airá, is assistant to Mestre Walter of Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante do Recife. Pitoco was raised in the heart of the maracatu community in the Alto José do Pinho neighborhood of Recife and is one of the rising stars within Estrela Brilhante, one of the most creative and talented maracatu nations in Brazil. He is fluent in the plethora of Afro-Brazilian rhythms originating in northeastern Brazil and has toured and taught throughout Brazil, South America, Europe and the USA.


Estrela Brilhante Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/estrelabrilhantedorecife

Estrela Brilhante Video https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Estrela%20Brilhante

Pitoco de Aira, Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Bir4EUKlcr32Kjtq2egzA

Pitoco's group: Grupo Awà Dê Onilê Marê


Episode 7 Jorge Alabê and Antonio Ivan Capucho

Jorge Alabê leading Groupo Samba Rio at Carnival in San Francisco, California. 

Jorge Alabê leading Groupo Samba Rio at Carnival in San Francisco, California. 

Master drummer Jorge Alabê grew up in Rio de Janeiro immersed in the rich musical culture of Brazil, becoming a master in samba percussion as well as in the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of candomblé. He is an “Alabê” connected with the oldest candomblé house established in Brazil, Casa Branca; the title of “Alabê” means that he has obtained the highest level in drumming and leading of rituals in the candomblé religion and signifies deep experience and authority. Jorge played percussion with the highest level samba groups in Rio and was the rhythm director of Minas Gerais Samba School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has performed in recordings with Brazilian stars Milton Nascimento and Martinho da Vila and appeared on Globo TV in Brazil during 1978–1980 on the entertainment program Brasil Pandeiro.

He went on to become percussion director of the internationally known Brazilian performing group Oba Oba in 1980. During 15 years working with Oba Oba, Jorge toured with the group through Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States, including three runs at the Marquis Theater on Broadway in New York. Since 1993, Jorge has conducted workshops on samba and candomblé in the U.S.

Jorge moved to New Orleans in 1996, where he presented a series of workshops on traditional Afro-Brazilian religious drumming and dance, gave workshops in Brazilian rhythms at local universities (Tulane, Loyola, Southern universities, and various elementary schools), and worked with community organizations during Black History month. During his time in New Orleans, he worked closely with the cultural group Casa Samba, under the direction of Curtis Pierre, and built the musical and performance skills of the group, including artistic direction of their yearly participation in Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz Festival and their performances throughout the year. In addition, he worked on the development of an after-school cultural arts program at Eden Park Elementary School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and for four years, 1995–1999, taught Afro-Brazilian culture for the New Orleans Recreation Department’s Teen Camp summer program, with Young Audiences, and was honored by the mayor of New Orleans for his contributions.

Since moving to the U.S., Jorge has given frequent workshops at schools and universities, and with student groups around the country, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Austin, and San Antonio. In 2005, he taught for the fall semester as a visiting artist in the Department of Music at the University of Richmond. He has been the samba director of California Brazil Camp since 1997. Currently, Jorge is based in the San Francisco area and directs the samba group Grupo Samba Rio. He is developing musical and educational projects locally, while continuing to travel throughout the U.S. to perform and conduct workshops.

Jorge website and information about his annual Rio Trip.

More information about the trip to Rio and typical day-to-day schedule at www.jorgealabe.com/tours.html
Questions or to join the tour: contact Deborah, deborah@groupsambario.com, or Jorge Alabe, jorgealabe@yahoo.com.


Antonio Ivan Capucho

Capucho on stage!

Capucho on stage!

Capucho, owner and artistic director, of Capucho Productions. He has a passion for music, and seeks to put into practice his extensive musical knowledge combined with his extensive experience as a producer in the coordination and development of musical projects. With over 20 years of experience in the music, Capucho Productions has been responsible for programming of Brazilian artists in various projects and festivals such as the Instrumental Music Festival of Guarulhos, Play La Vida in Argentina, Cup of Culture in Germany, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia, Tensamba in Spain, the Netherlands Bimhuis, Istanbul Jazz Festival in Turkey, Molde Jazz Festival in Norway, AME Festival in Cape Verde among many others.

Coupled with the musical performances, Choro Jazz Festival also offers free consistent educational programs with emphasis on instrumental music, as well as richness and multiplicity of forms. See the links below for more information!




Episode 6 Mark Lamson

Mark Lamson, Drummer / Recording Artist / Music Producer & Director / Clinician

Mark Lamson, Drummer / Recording Artist / Music Producer & Director / Clinician

With countless recordings and performances to his credit, Mark Lamson is highly sought after for his integrity, experience, and expertise in a broad range of musical styles. While Mark’s repertoire includes R&B, rock, latin jazz, New Orleans brass band, funk, country and hip hop, his true mastery and passion lies in fusing the popular and traditional music of Brazil and Cuba with modern American and Latin American styles. One of Mark's greatest achievements to date has been the creation, recording and performance of Bata Ketu with San Francisco musician, Michael Spiro. Conceived as a fusion and interplay of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian folkloric music, Mark and Michael produced the CD in 1996, and it is hailed around the world as being a landmark recording. It is registered with the Smithsonian Institute and has received funding from the Rockefeller Institute.

Mark is the Director, Manager and lead percussionist for SOL e MAR, a dynamic Brazilian/Latin and Caribbean music and events collective which he co-founded in 1985. Mark has performed with Sergio Mendes and The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also played with Harry Belafonte, opened for Ivan Lins and The Neville Brothers, and has performed at numerous jazz, Carnaval, and street festivals including San Diego Street Scene, San Francisco’s Carnaval, the Stanford Jazz Festival, and the Mardi Gras Ball at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA. As a Production co-ordinator, Mark has been contracted by numerous Fortune 500 clients to plan and produce large scale events with up to 10,000 in attendance. Mark is considered a key go-to person for quality entertainment by San Diego’s top event planners. Mark is recognized around the globe for his abilities as an educator and workshop clinician.

In addition to serving for twenty years as an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University, Mark has served for sixteen years as a faculty member for the prestigious California Brazil Camp. Mark most recently served in the capacity of adjunct faculty in the World Music department at Santa Clara University in San Jose, CA and in the past, has been on the adjunct faculty for CSU Long Beach, Palomar College and has been a guest lecturer and conducted clinics at UCSD, UCLA, Portland State University, Wisconsin State University, Lawrence University, Tulane University, Arizona State University, Univeristy of Arizona, UC San Marcos and has conducted numerous International workshops. In 2013, Mark was commissioned by the U.S. State Department to conduct an Artist in Residency in Monterey, Mexico.

Show Notes:

Sol e Mar
Hiatus Kaiyote
Bata Ketu on CD Baby
Hermanos Harangos
Trancoso beach
Samba School: Vila Isabel
Samba School: Salgueiro


Episode 4 Holly Prest

Holly Prest

As Director of Juba do Leão and Jubacana, and an Artistic Director of Global Grooves, Holly Prest is a driving force behind the Afro-Brazilian Carnival scene in the UK. Her passion for Pernambucan culture was sparked as a teenager in 1996, and ever since she has dedicated her studies and travels to developing links and projects within Maracatu, one of Brazil’s oldest traditional Carnival forms.

She is a leading percussion artist and instrument teacher based in Northwest England, and has developed a great number of training and performance opportunities for young people and adults alike. Holly’s workshops offer something for every level of experience, and she is particularly passionate about helping young people and adults discover their potential and explore their creativity. She has developed and facilitated Global Grooves' 'Future Leaders' youth arts development programme since it began in 2014, reaching an international cohort of 90 young emerging artists aged 13-25.

Holly is a percussionist with over 20 years experience in world percussion. Her passion falls with Brazilian music and culture, especially the powerful rootsy rhythms of the Northeast. In 2005, she founded Juba do Leão, Manchester’s blistering Maracatu percussion and dance collective. She has studied intensively in Brazil with established groups and percussionists including Nana Vasconcelos and countless batuqueiros from Recife's Maracatu scene, and has performed in the Recife Carnival with Mestre Tete and 'Maracatu Nação Almirante do Forte' in 2005 and 2007. She regularly holds workshops throughout the UK sharing her vast knowledge of traditional and modern Brazilian musical styles. She has also studied Carnival music and dance forms in Cuba and Trinidad in recent years due to her interest in championing cross-arts working. We really really enjoyed talking with Holly. She has so much wisdom and good tips to share that we could probably do a second podcast. We just scratched the surface with this one.


You can hear/buy the full Juba do Leao album "Postcards From Pernambuco" here: https://jubadoleao.bandcamp.com/album/postcards-from-pernambuco




Episode 3 Pauline Serrano

Pauline Serrano is a long-time Portland dancer and sambista She is an original member of Portland's first samba group, the Lions of Batucada,was a founder of the all-female samba group, Samba Gata, as well as being a founding member of  Bloco Alegria, with whom she currently plays and dances.  Pauline has been studying the music, dance and culture of Brazil for approximately 20 years, and we are glad she can join us today to share her experiences!  Thanks for joining us, Pauline.

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