The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is pleased to announce free Saturday workshops with our community samba group Bloco Gavião, developed in collaboration with Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande-Illinois. Open to campus and community members, these workshops introduce Afro-Brazilian drumming traditions including samba-reggae and maracatu. The workshops are led by Mark Becker, a Capoeira Angola student of Contra-Mestre Denis Chiaramonte and a musician experienced with samba “blocos” in both Brazil and the United States.
Instruments will be provided. Bringing a related ensemble instrument is welcome.
2pm-2:50pm—Introduction to basics (open to the public)
3pm-3:50pm—Bloco Gavião practice session
Please Note: The workshop on April 23 featuring special guest Dendê Macêdo will begin at 11am and will take place in the Opera Rehearsal Room.
Workshop participants must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the workshop. At this time, face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. Face coverings must be worn throughout any event or performance. For more information, please see our COVID-19 Safety Protocols page.