Timba (Michael de Miranda)
This workhops is held in round 1
During this workshop focus will be on technique. This will be used to play popular rhythms from Salvador da Bahia, like Afro Samba, Malês, Samba Duro and more.

Repique & Caixa (Serrinha Raíz)
This workhops is held in round 1

Tamborim (Chris Quade Couto)
This workhops is held in round 1

Modern Bloco Arangements (J P Courtney)
Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a), Repique, Caixa (no drum kit snares), Tamborim, Agogo, Chocalho
This workhops is held in round 1
A whistle stop tour of the grooves, breaks and songs that make up the world famous street carnival in Rio. Having played in Monoblocos show band, J P is the top guy for learning what todays blocos serve up at carnival time. Expect exceptional demonstrations of how to play the parts, humour and great arrangements. Anything from this list will occur in the workshop and give you plenty of things to play with your band. Xote, Quadrilha, Funk, Congo, Coco, Ijexa, Jongo, Marcha, Ciranda and more.

Roda de Samba (Andy Carter, Fabio Allman & JP Courtney)
Singing, Cavaco, Surdo with hide head on stand, Rebolo, Repique de mão, Pandeiro with nylon head ,Reco reco.
This workshop is held in round 2
This is brazils day to day samba. The type you hear in bars, pubs, clubs, homes, on the streets and just about anywhere else. Comprised of beautiful melodies, powerful rhythms, addictive vocals, culture and audience inclusion. The Roda de Samba is the most common type of samba in Rio and we have a real treat for you with this combined session. Choose between percussion, singing or cavaco. The group will come together at the beginning then separate off to learn their parts and come back together for a big roda at the end. It will be a festival moment to remember for sure.
Percussion: A new carnival concept in Rio is a large group of percussionists playing the instruments from the Roda de Samba. In this session we will cover traditional rhythms and techniques. They are easy to learn and once played with the beautiful samba swing they come alive. Grooves, calls, variations and technique. Be part of a unique big group roda de samba sound that is causing a storm at carnival.
Singing: Traditional samba songs from a famous voice from Rio. Fabão, who is no stranger to teaching groups, helped to create lots of vocal arrangements used in Monobloco's recordings. Expect strong vocals, warm ups, pronunciation, melody and meaning of the words with some possible harmony parts. Be part of a big choir on the day which at the end of the class will join together with the strings and percussion to create a fantastic sound. Feed your soul with beautiful vocal melodies in this rare chance to sing with a Rio carnival legend.
Cavaco: Want to learn more about the portable string instrument at the heart of the roda de samba? We'll study the basics of the cavaco, and learn chords and techniques to accompany percussionists playing traditional samba songs. Chord sheets will be provided to take away. Suitable for beginners but also offering something for those who already have experience with this most beautiful of stringed instruments. Participants must bring an instrument, none will be available to lend. Please note that a ukulele will not work.

Bloco Afro (Michael de Miranda)
Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a), Repique, Caixa, Timba
This workshop is held in round 2 and 3

In this workshop you will leam about the most popular bloco afro in Bahia: Olodum. Olodum has made a new rhythm for the carnival of 2018, this fresh rhythm will be played in this workshop.

Samba Rio Style (Chris Quade Couto & Serrinha Raíz)
Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a), Repique, Caixa, Tamborim, Agogo, Chocalho, Cuíca
This workshop is held in round 2 and 3


Pandeiro (JP Courtney)
This workhops is held in round 3
This is the the most versatile instrument in the brazilian percussion encyclopedia and J P is a monster player. Come and learn or improve the modern style of playing made famous by Marcus Suzano. The hand that holds the pandeiro constantly moves while the other hand has the freedom to choose between bass, slaps and jingles. Not forgetting a ton of tricks, flicks and ideas for soloing plus how to accompany non brazilian musical situations. Some songs may be learned to accompany the rhythms learned. Don't forget to ask JP to show you his drum and bass with 4 bass note melody. Participants will need to provide their own 10" hide head pandeiro.