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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.
Liliana Araújo Griffith Griffith
Liliana Araújo Griffith is a singer, songwriter, actress and arts educator, born in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará in the northeast of Brazil. She was a member of Soul Nêgo (researchers of Afro-Brazilian traditions in percussion), Grupo Raizes (African dance), Dionysius Theater Company of the Federal Technical School of Ceará, also the Moon Theater Company and Gualharufas Theater Company, all in Fortaleza. She studied vocal performance at the Alberto Nepomuceno Conservatory and UECE (State University of Ceará).
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 drummer and djembe player, born in Trinidad and Tobago. He has worked and performed with a number of artists, including Nina Simone, Carlos Santana, and the Grateful Dead. He has been performing in New York City for over 40 years, and has worked with Mickey Hart on the album Planet Drum, which won the first Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 1991.