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.

Links:

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

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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.
www.jorgealabe.com
www.jorgealabe.com/tours.html
www.facebook.com/events/964757023669605/
www.sambamasterclass.com

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.

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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!

http://www.chorojazz.com/
https://www.facebook.com/capucho.producoes/posts/10210963596348655

 

 

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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:

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

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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.
 

Links:

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

www.jubadoleao.com
https://www.facebook.com/JubadoLeao/?fref=ts

www.jubacana.com
https://www.facebook.com/WeAreJubacana/?fref=ts
www.hollyprest.com

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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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Special Episode with Dennis Broughton and Rich Rice of California Brazil Camp

Photo courtesy of Eric M. Crawford. See all his Brazil Camp photos, and more on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emcrawford/

Photo courtesy of Eric M. Crawford. See all his Brazil Camp photos, and more on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emcrawford/

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Episode 2 Jacaré and Imani Aanu

Imani and Jacare!

Imani and Jacare!

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Acadêmicos da Ópera the Austin Samba School was created and is led by Robert Patterson, a.k.a. Tio Jacaré. A perennial Brazilian music student, Jacaré has spent countless hours studying and playing with many Brazilian musicians, and travels yearly to Brazil in order to stay on top of all things samba (you can read archives from his travel blog here). He and members of Austin Samba also make a yearly pilgrimage to the annual California Brazil Camp.

Imani Aanu is Austin Samba School's dance director. She has a background in West African dance and joined Austin Samba School to bring in the dance influences from Bahia State in Brazil. 

Currently, the samba school has anywhere from 40-50 drummers and 60-80 dancers that perform in their largest show of the year, Carnaval Brasiliero. They are open to the community, offering classes and beginner lessons every year. The also partner with the Las Monas performance company from San Antonio for Dia de los Muertos celebrations, Fiesta Flambeau, and more. If you are interested in booking the samba school for your event, contact us using the information below.

Links

Austinsamba.org
Austinsamba.com
Austin Samba School is also on Facebook!

Video

Austin Samba School Brings Brazil to Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TnHiC0Wv3A
Austin Samba School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eTKscUm8mI
Mini Documentary on Austin Samba School development of their 2016 show: https://youtu.be/04x4n_3G3-U 
Check out Imani and her dancers from this year's show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KsvA1P4uc8
If you wanna hear samba with a Texas flare check out this video: https://youtu.be/dUBK4wly1rY

Show Notes

Main sources for material, drum teachers and breaks:
Ailton Nunes
Dudu Fuentes
Tijuca Bateria
Mestre Marcão, Salgueiro
Breaks: Mestre Nilo from Portela

Dance instructors:
Ana Laidley Samba N'Motion
Pedro Rosa -Maracatu Paris
Janete Silva
Dandha da Hora
Ananda Mounts

Jacaré recommends:
Bloco Chupa Mas Não Baba-
Bamba do Catete , Amigos do Catete
Badalo de Santa Teresa
Guides to blocos:  http://www.guiadaboa.com.br/4-eventos/listings.html
Batucalacatuca- Dudu Fuentes group
Estácio de Sá Samba-School
Botofogo Neighborhood with São Clemente Escola de samba
Salgueiro
In Madureira check out these escolas: 
Portela
Império Serrano
Mangueira Samba School.  Visit their Quadra on a Saturday night.
Viradouro
Escadaria Selarón, Selarón steps
Lapa Neighborhood. Bands like Bangalafumenga and Monobloco helped revitalize this area
Ristorante Bianchi, Santa Teresa  
Bar Amarelinho, http://osmdigital.wix.com/amarelinho#!menu/ckwa , Yes, it's very yellow!  Try the chicken. 
SAARA shopping district and Camelódromo - outdoor market
Harlequin book and record store
Fundição Progresso
Super forador
Teatro Rival @Cinelandia

Imani recommends:
São Paulo
Porto Alegre
São José dos Campos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Jos%C3%A9_dos_Campos- 
Definitely visit Salvador da Bahia in the northeast.  Check out the historic center, the Pelourinho and be on the lookout for rehearsals and performances in the streets, such as an Olodum rehearsal.

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Episode 1 Steven Schob

Steven Schob, MM, is a teacher, writer and performer that believes in the power of music, movement, drumming and stories for cultural change. With a masters degree in percussion performance, Steven has over a decade of experience crafting programs for schools and organizations looking for innovative techniques in healthy living, shaping brains, community building, and professional development through music. In 2010, he created his company, Collective Rhythm, that currently provides music services to educational institutions, community groups, and companies.

Steven is a Remo Educational Artist, Young Audiences Performing & Teaching Artist and contractor with educational service districts throughout Oregon and Washington. He directs groups such as the Hough Foundation Youth Escola de Samba, MARACATUpdx and his newly formed Electro-Samba. As an internationally touring performer he has played in England, Scotland, Brazil and Canada with the likes of Michael W. Smith and the Fountain City Brass Band. He currently has two books in the works that will be published in 2016.

Steve is a big friend of our show and I couldn't have more respect for the guy. He is a wonderfully positive force for good in the world and he brings that power to leading super fun groups and getting sh!# done! I'm excited that he agreed to be on the show and can't wait for you guys to hear this conversation.

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Links:

http://jackalopesaints.com/
http://maracatupdx.com/
http://www.houghfoundation.org/enrichment/youth-escola-de-samba
https://www.facebook.com/steven.schob?fref=ts
https://www.instagram.com/stevenschob/?hl=en

Show Notes:

Miguel Bernal-afrocuban music
MaracaBOOM!
Hough Foundation Youth Escola de Samba
Nininho -groups Badia, Nasao Pernambuco
Pitoco de Aira, Nacao Estrela Brilhante-lessons
Maureliano - instrument maker
Elephante? - switch
Estrela Brihlante
Mocidade
Ailton Nunes
Carlinhos
Maracatuieea
Ivsom store
Macapart
Dudu Fuentes Batucalacatuca
Mangueira
Jackalope Saints
Portland Percussion Project
MaracatuPDX
Hough Foundation Youth Escola de Samba
“Pink” = Pink Martini
California Brazil Camp
Jorge Alabe
Curtis Pierre
Mark Lamson
Brian Rice
Sambaneurotico.net
Beto Dance class

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