(for all instruments as well as singers)

This is an interactive workshop, where the students will develop a better understanding of the rhythm approach to Brazilian music.

They will experience and feel the Brazilian “swing” by playing their primary instrument (whether melodic or from the rhythm section) or singing.

The students will also be exposed to playing easy patterns on a secondary instrument (i.e. percussion) in order to understand better the interaction between the rhythm section and the melody on this style.


The workshop will present the following:


–  Musical examples of a wide variety of Rhythms such as Samba (in 2/4, 3/4 and in 7/8), Frevo, Afoxé, Maracatu, Baião and related rhythms/styles (Maracatu, Xaxado, Forró, etc.).

–  Basic rhythmic motifs and patterns among the rhythm section instruments

–  The different melodic approach among the various styles.

–  Brief review of some historical aspects (Choro, Bossa Nova, Carnival samba-batucada and  northeastern Brazilian music).

 This workshop has been already presented at Codarts – Rotterdam Music Conservatorium (Holland), ESMUC (Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunia-Barcelona), Institut Musik Daya (Jakarta, Indonesia), Dynamo Jazz Schule (Zurich), Wagner College in Staten Island-NY, Summer Clinics at the Manhattan School of Music in Belluno, Italy; EMBA (Buenos Aires) EMU (La Plata – Argentina) among others .