Workshops

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As you can see, workshops have levels (beginner, intermediate and/or advanced). This is because in the past years we experienced a big difference between the levels of the participants. Please notice that during a workshop for advanced players no basic rhythms will be explained. Every workshops lists which instruments can participate in it. There are no instruments provided, so you have to bring the instrument(s) and everything else you need (sticks, belt) yourself (unless the description of the workshop says otherwise). During the workshops ear protection is recommended. Also don't forget to bring a fitting tuning key for your instrument.
Download the progam as a PDF-file. This is a concept, so changes may occur.

ROUND 1 (10.30 - 12.30)

Rio Style Samba | Willem de Gooyert | Beginner & intermediate level
Agogô | Caixa | Chocalho | Ganzá | Repique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a) | Tamborim
Samba as played in the carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is played all around the world. This music has spread itself out and has become popular in many countries. During this workshop, we are going to delve into some of the great patterns and combinations that make samba swing!
We will be looking at the base groove, starting and stopping of the samba and some breaks. We will look at creating a great sound together!
 

Rio-Style Samba | Chris Quade Couto | Advanced level
Agogô | Caixa | Chocalho | Cuíca | Repique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a) | Tamborim
Workshop content:
- Individual technique and timing work
- Advanced swing exercises
- Complex relation between instruments (for ex. TamborimTerceira)
- Groove variations for all instruments
- Advices on how to conduct a bateria
- Modern Breaks and Calls from Rio
Requirements:
- Good basic to advanced rhythm on your instrument
- Save understanding of the basic structure of samba
- Classic arrangements

Samba Reggae Light | Michael de Miranda | Beginner & intermediate level | Almost sold out, less than 10 tickets available! 
Caixa | Dobra | Repique | Surdo (1a, 2a) | Timba
Light is one of the popular samba-reggaes played by Malê Debalê. Very often they play this rhythm, with some Cuban influences, during the carnaval in Bahia. Although the rhythm is not that difficult, the swing, feeling and energy of this groove is great!

Improve your groove! | Meiko Meissner | Intermediate & advanced level | SOLD OUT
This workshop is suitable for players of any (percussion)instrument.
This will be de dullest percussion lesson you have ever had, and will ever have! No spectacular rhythms, no awesome breaks and not even one single fantastic move. Just two hours of hard work to get that stick on the drum on that particular beat. Just two hours of blood, sweat & tears on how to do it better.  At the end of this lesson you will be tired and you will have problems concentrating for the rest of the week. You will have nothing to show off to your peers. You will hate the teacher and even the whole concept of playing any percussion instrument. You might even hate music in general.
So why on earth would anyone attend this lesson? The answer is: because we will explore and demystify musical secrets and - in doing so - unleash the better percussionist within you who has a deep understanding for the language called “rhythm” and how to beautifully execute what maybe has been difficult in the past. This workshop is not for short-lived fun, but it will improve your future abilities as a well functioning player. This workshop is about learning rhythm, understanding the melody within & using your playing technique to make your playing sound great. This is the workshop that will make you say “ooooowwww…that’s how it is done…!” This. Is. The. Workshop. That. Your. Bandleader. Wants. You. To. Go. To. Please bring your instrument and - even if you are not a caixa player - a pair of caixa sticks. It is advisory also, to bring paper towels to rub off your blood, sweat & tears! :-P

ROUND 2 (13.30 - 14.30)

Caixa & Repique | Willem de Gooyert | Beginner & intermediate level
Caixa:
In this workshop we will be looking at the basic technique for playing the Caixa. Stick technique is a big part of getting the groove, so we will focus on this.
Repique:
Repique is often seen as a difficult instrument to get into. However, this does not need to be the case. Working on the basic groove can help strengthen the sound of the bateria, and help greatly when working on any further development on the instrument. We'll be looking at working with 1 wooden stick and 1 hand, using the bounce of the stick and different options for your technique

Tamborim | Chris Quade Couto | Beginner & intermediate level | Almost sold out, less than 10 tickets available! 
Basic “carreteiro” (turning technique) in old (3por1) and new (2por1) style

Timba | Michael de Miranda | All levels
Since the nineties the timba got really popular in Bahia. This instrument brings a African flavour to Brasilian music. In this workshop we will play different rhythms like afro samba, merengue and samba-reggae. Technique and timing will have a big role in this workshop.

Surdo set-up "Rio Style" | Meiko Meissner | All Levels | SOLD OUT
This workshop is suitable for players of any (percussion)instrument
Playing 3 surdos simultaneously is not only very spectacular but also comes in very handy when there are not enough players available (or if the object is to start a batucada with with a minimal amount of people!). This workshop will provide you with the basics, some variations and give you a good insight on how to dissect and better understand what is happening rhythmically between the 3 surdo-voices. It will help you play all of them simultaneously with ease. Please bring 2 surdosticks. If you happen to have a surdostand at your disposal, please bring it.

ROUND 3 (14.40 - 15.40)

Caixa & Repique | Willem de Gooyert | Advanced level
In this workshop we will take a more in-depth look into grooves for the Caixa and the Repique. We will look at how you can make variations to your groove without disturbing the overall sound, and even contribute to the sound of your group. We will mainly look at techniques and grooves that can be used in Samba, but we can also look at different styles.

Tamborim | Chris Quade Couto | Advanced level
- Variations inside “carreteiro”
- Timeshift exercises
- Explaination of the new “carreteiro” technique (2por2)
Requirements advanced level:
- Save “carreteiro” groove
- For some variations 3por1 might be necessary

Agogô | Michael de Miranda | All Levels
The agogo travelled a long way from Africa to get to Brazil. At first the agogo was only used in traditional rhythms like Ijexá, but when samba was created, the agogo found its way and freedom in this great rhythm. In this workshop Michael will explain the rhythms of Ijexá and Samba. There are different basic patterns that are used in Samba and we will play some of them. The big advantage of the agogo is that it has a lot of freedom. We are going to explore this freedom: How can you start making variations in the samba style, and how can you get back into the basic rhythms.

Surdo set-up "Reggae Style" | Meiko Meissner | All Levels | SOLD OUT
This workshop is suitable for players of any (percussion)instrument
This workshop is identical to the workshop “Surdo set-up Rio-style” (please see description above), but will focus on the music found in and around Salvador da Bahia (Samba Reggae / Samba Afro). Please bring 2 surdosticks. If you happen to have a surdostand at your disposal, please bring it.

ROUND 4 (16.30 - 18.00)

Samba Funk | Willem de Gooyert | All levels
Agogô | Caixa | Chocalho | Ganzá | Repique | Surdo (1a, 2a, 3a) | Tamborim
Some music styles lend themselves great to be combined. Samba and funk are two of those (luckily for us).
During this workshop we'll be creating and exploring a great samba funk rhythm which can challenge beginners and intermediate players alike.

Roda de Samba | Chris Quade Couto | All levels | SOLD OUT
Agogô | Congas | Pandeiro | Reco-Reco | Repique de Anel | Repique de Mão | Surdo | Tamborim | Tantan
The beautiful and seductive rhythms from the sound of Rio's bars and botecos. Participants will learn techniques and the classic arrangement of playing in a roda de samba. Please bring your instruments and join this party!

Special: Surprise Workshop | Meiko Meissner | All levels | SOLD OUT
For this workshop you don’t have to bring any instrument.
If you want to play Brazilian percussion in a whole new way: come to the surprise workshop! We don’t tell you what to expect, just be ready for a great percussion experience. This workshop is limited to a very small amount of participants, so if you hesitate you are probably too late. 

Afro Samba | Michael de Miranda | Advanced level | Almost sold out, less than 10 tickets available! 
Agogô | Caixa | Dobra | Repique | Surdo (1a, 2a) | Tamborim | Timba
When Afro Samba was created in the seventies, they took many influences from the sambaschools of Rio de Janeiro. They slowed down the fast samba tempo, but they used instruments like, agogô, tamborim, repique, caixa, surdo 1 and 2, dobra (third surdo). Later they involved the Timba in Afro Samba.
During this workshop we will make a small arrangement with some more complicated breaks and intros.