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FUNK IT UP

  • Wed 23rd June 2010

FUNK IT UP

A short course in Pan- Brazilian percussion and dance leaning towards the world of Funk Grooves and fat beats. This course will lead to final performance and great day out at the Chorley festival of Afro-Brazilian Drumming and dance – Big Drum Day!

“GET ON THE GOOD FOOT”
In this course Adriana Rosso will take you on a journey of Brazilian dance styles fusing several different traditions in a melting pot of samba, funk, hip-hop, Reggae, folkloric and Contemporary Brazilian dance styles.

“FUNK INJECTED SAMBA GROOVES”
For percussionists Leon Patel is scheming up some cheeky and flavoursome grooves and breaks for the Bateria that will require a serious respect for all things funky. The arrangements will draw upon influences from Brazilian Folkloric styles, West African percussion, Samba, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, drum and bass and Jungle.

About this course:

In this course we will study several different percussion and dance arrangements rooted in West-African traditions and follow the development of these styles over to Brazil and finally landing in the world of Funk. We will discover how African rooted traditions have influenced the development of modern funky Brazilian grooves and bring everything together for a one of performance at the Chorley Festival of Afro-Brazilian Drumming and Dance or “Big Drum Day!”.

This course was put together to respond to the overwhelming interest in funk and reggae courses from the samba community. So here it is! Now it’s here – Do You Dare to FUNK?

Dates times and fees:

Workshops: June 23rd & 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th 7.00pm-9.15pm

Rehearsal and Performance: Sunday 1st August 10am – 1pm (Big Drum Day 11am-5pm)

Full course fee £55
Pay per class fee £10

Venues

Workshops: The Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester, M45JZ

Rehearsal and Performance: Astley Hall Gardens, Astley Park, Chorley, PR7 1XA

Level – This course is suitable for beginners with some experience to advanced percussionists and dancers.

Instruments used: Timbau (or tightly strung djembe’s), Surdo, Snare (Caixa), Repinique & Tamborim (Advanced Only)
ABOUT BIG DRUM DAY

Big drum day is in its second year and will showcase some of the very best percussion and dance groups in the Northwest as well as a massive mass performance involving all of the groups performing throughout the day and much more! More about big day coming soon. Final Schedule still to be announced. Click here for more info.
About the Tutors

Adriana Rosso – São Paulo, Brazil

Adriana has studied and danced with Meninos do Morumbi and Gaviões Da Fiel Samba School in São Paulo where she was twice Princesa da Bateria in 1997/ 98 . She soon became a lead dancer and teacher at Meninos do Morumbi and in 2005 she came to the UK to work with Bangdrum Workshops and Meninos Oldham. Adriana is an exceptional performer and choreographer with a vast experience in many international dance styles teaching and performing regularly internationally. Adriana has played a key role in the development of Global Grooves programme from the beginning and it is our pleasure to announce her first Global Grooves course this year.

Leon Patel – Manchester, UK

Leon is an experienced workshop leader in many styles of international percussion including Brazilian, West African, South Asian and Cuban percussion. Leon specialises in Afro-Brazilian Bloco and Candomblé studying extensively in the UK, Brazil and Africa and possessing over 10 years experience in facilitating workshops, master-classes and performances. Leon is also the Artistic Director of Global Grooves and has put together the entire programme of activity from scratch dedicating his time and skills voluntarily with his ongoing commitment to the development of international music and dance. His other cultural performance and workshop projects include The Midnight Confessions and Bangdrum Workshops.

This course is brought to you by Global Grooves in partnership with Band on the Wall, Big Drum Day and Sambafriq.

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