Workshops

Workshop: Bloco Afro
Teacher: Michael de Miranda
Website: http://www.michaeldemiranda.nl

Dida was the first Bloco Afro founded for women in Salvador da Bahia. Therefore they are also the first female group that plays Samba Reggae. In their style you can find many influences Ilê Aiye and Olodum, so a mix of Afro-Samba and Reggae.
In this workshop we will play a nice swing from Dida in a arrangement filled with energetic breaks. The instruments we use are Fundo's (surdo 1 and 2), Dobras (surdo 3) Caixas, Repiniques and timbas.
Of course men are also welcome at this Brazilian party!

Michael de Miranda studied rhythms from Cuba, Brazil and Africa. Tradition is very important for him. Only when you know the origin of thing you can play with full knowledge and scope. Michael is famous for his YouTube lessons, with over 24.000 followers on his channel.

For this workshop you will need to bring your own instrument and accessories (like belt, beater(s) etc). Also bring a fitting tuning key. Using hearing protection is recommended.

Workshop: Samba Funk
Teachers: Willem de Gooyert & Wouter de Gooyert
Website: http://www.rhythm-experience.nl

In this workshop we are going to delve in the world of the Samba Funk. Here we combine the traditional Samba instruments with the groove of the Funk music. This makes for a whole new world to be explored! This style of playing can be found all over the world. Many bands add a Funk tune to their repertoire, as these tunes are bound to get the crowd moving. The combination of simple patterns and good use of the different instruments, makes the style open to explore the show element within a group. Of course this is something that we will be focusing on in the workshop! It’s not just about the tune, the show element is what gets your audience moving! We will discuss different techniques and ideas on combining these two, and show how you can use these to really explore the endless possibilities of the Samba Funk!
If you are joining us as a single player, or as a group trying to find a new tune to wow people with; this workshop will cater to all your needs.

Teaching this workshop will be Wouter de Gooyert and Willem de Gooyert. With over 36 years of Brazilian percussion experience between these two brothers, they are bound to give everyone a new view on the Samba Funk.

For this workshop you will need to bring your own instrument and accessories (like belt, beater(s) etc). Also bring a fitting tuning key. Using hearing protection is recommended.

Workhop: Samba Rio Style
Teacher: Chris Quade Couto
Website: http://www.quadecouto.com

During the last years the Samba from Rio de Janeiro became more and more popular in Europe. In this Workshop Chris Quade Couto (Cologne/Rio de Janeiro) will teach the original Rio Style Samba, the way it‘s played these days in Rio.
Workshop content will be:
• Caixa technics and groove
• Surdo teamplay and variations
• Repinique Calls and Breaks
• Tamborim turning technique „Carreteiro“ and „Subidas“ (lines)
• Chocalho groove and variations
• Teamplay in a bateria
• and some brand new Breaks and Calls from Rio.

Chris Quade Couto is a musical director of the Bloco X, singer and percussionist of the forró trio Capangas, percussionist of the Denise Krammers Trio and since 2004 he plays in the bateria of Unidos da Tijuca (winner of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in 2010, 2012 and 2014) and other samba schools in Rio. Chris works as a musician, producer, teacher of Brazilian percussion, organizes cultural events and is a member of the board of the town twinning association Köln-Rio e.V.

For this workshop you will need to bring your own instrument and accessories (like belt, beater(s) etc). Also bring a fitting tuning key. Using hearing protection is recommended.

Workshop: Maracatu
Teacher: Meiko Meissner
Website: http://www.drum-works.nl

Maracatu is a wonderful, earthy drumming style from the state of Pernambuco. It’s syncopated rhythms are played on beautiful, wooden alfaia’s (bassdrums), caixa’s (snaredrums), mineiro’s (shakers), agbé’s (shekere) and gonguê’s (big! bell). Some groups also incorporate atabaque’s (timba, conga).
The workshop will contain:
• rhythms & their variations
• special playing technique
• instrument position
• song-arrangement
 
Prior to the workshop, Meiko will contact all participants to inquire about their level of experience with Maracatu and build a fitting workshop around the information gathered. 

For this workshop instruments and accessories are provided. Using hearing protection is recommended.