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.