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SOUNDS OF BRAZIL
Sharing their knowledge of local folk music and storytelling, the artists lead an exploration of the ceremonial origins of Maracatu, a musical tradition brought from Africa with the slaves. Through songs, percussion, and movement, students are soon singing, clapping rhythms, and dancing to the irresistible sounds of Brazil.
Scott Kettner is a percussionist, bandleader, producer, and songwriter who started Nation Beat, a cross-cultural ensemble which blends the rhythms of Brazil with New Orleans styles of music. A graduate of the New School, Scott spent a year living in Brazil where he studied Maracatu, an obscure Afro-Brazilian rhythm. Scott Kettner has performed and recorded with Willie Nelson, the Klezmatics, Frank London, and many others.
Uri Sharlin, accordionist, pianist and arranger was born in Israel, moved to New York and received a BFA degree with honors in Music Performance from the City College of New York. Over years of traveling and studying with World Music masters, Uri has been strongly influenced by different musical genres. In his albums, Uri’s jazz and classical background fuses with Balkan rhythms, Arabic modes and Brazilian harmonies, and he combines carefully-structured compositions with loose and experimental improvisations.
Hasan Bakr is a percussionist, singer and composer, who found his first musical expressions in the tonal arts of the drum and percussion. He has studied masters with discipline for most of his adult life with such notables as Chief Bey (shekere and bell), Babafeami (Conga), Nana Vasconcelos (berimbau and caxixi), Little Ray Romero (timbales), and Mbemba Bangoura.(Djembe). Hasan molded a unique vocal ability that landed a position as lead singer in the legendary Spirit Ensemble and Heritage OP, both New York based percussion ensembles.
Sanga of the Valley
Sanga of the Valley is a Trinidadian master percussionist who has been a part of Symphony Space’s Global Arts programs since 1989- taking part in the Africa and Latin America curriculums. Sanga specializes in djembe drumming and has taught in classrooms, workshop settings, assemblies and after-school programs in public schools all over New York City. Sanga has studied with some of the world’s greatest drummers from West Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States; including Babatunde Olatunji. He has performed throughout the world with artists such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, and Gabriella Roth.