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Love drumming? Love Samba? You’ll love Batukada Academy!
Led by internationally renowned percussionists Eraldo de Sa Marques and Luiz Fernando Domingos, Batukada Academy will help you to take your drumming skills and understanding of Samba to the next level.
With a focus on fun, swing, technique and arrangements this weekly class is suitable for all experience levels at any stage of your drumming journey.
Eraldo and Luiz will bring together their 30 years experience of playing and performing with championship Brazilian Samba Schools and share their infectious love for and commitment to all things Samba.
What will you learn?
We want to offer an opportunity for all to be able to explore their drumming skills, beat their Bateria instruments and understand the essence of Brazilian percussion, particularly Samba. The sessions will help you to become multi-instrumentalists and experienced ‘Sambistas’ with a deeper knowledge of the subject and improved musicianship.
The weekly classes will offer a fun, structured, progressive programme covering things like
Multi instrumental exploration; Learn the function, rhythms, character and phrases of all the instruments within the Bateria.
Sambistas tips and tricks: Without the foundations of technique and musicianship, many Brazilian percussion arrangements and instruments will be simply out of reach. These sessions will allow you to explore hands on technique, tips and tricks to help make you a better drummer and excel on your Samba journey.
Arrangements, breaks and swing; Explore the many forms of Samba and arrangements with a focus on understanding the form and function of pieces and different ‘swing’, feel, breaks and more.
Performance skills: Although this course is centered around building skills and not on developing a performance group, performing will be encouraged and outings and events organized throughout the year back up with performance techniques and movement for the Bateria.
What’s the commitment?
The more you put in, the more you will get out! We know life is busy and understand it can be difficult to commit to weekly sessions and especially practicing!
But if you really want to improve your percussion skills and musicianship it’s the only way. We would encourage participants to attend as many sessions as possible and whenever possible practice! This could be on your steering wheel in a traffic jam, on a CD case watching TV, organizing a study group sessions with your Batukada Academy buddies or of course entertaining your neighbours while blasting your snare in your front room.
When? Every Thursday, 7pm – 10pm
7pm – 8pm – First time attenders and beginners
8pm – 10pm – Regular attendeees
Where? Siam Audio Rehearsal Rooms, Wellington House, Pollard Street East, Manchester, M40 7FS
How Much? £8 per session, £35 for 5 sessions in advance, £60 for 10 sessions in advance. Concession ticket price £5 per session or £20 for 5 sessions in advance.
Free Parking is available at the Venue or on the road right in front of the venue. You are welcome to bring drinks with you.
For more information about Batukada Academy contact Eraldo on 07775754953 / [email protected] or Mikiba on 07802443434