Northeast Brazil Forró Ensemble,
Jamie Maschler,
Wednesday, 8:00-9:30pm

Class ID: EBFJXM018

This ensemble will work with music from Northeast Brazil. Traditional instrumentation includes accordion, zabumba (drum), triangle, and voice but in a more modern tradition has several instrumental variations.
We will play works by Luiz Gonzaga, Gilberto Gil, Sivuca, Hermeto Pascoal, Marcelo Caldi, Toninho Ferragutti and more. Learn from charts as well as by ear, focusing on how to comp, solo, and play specific to the genre.
Forró is influenced from Afro-Brazilian, German, and Portuguese genres. Similar to tango, forró describes the dance, music, and event. Forró is still as popular today as when it first started. Dance halls in Rio de Janeiro, Saõ Paulo, Bahia, and anywhere else you might find yourself in Brazil are filled with sound of this evolving traditional and world pop music.
Open to students LVL 2 and above (beginners by audition).
  • Guided rehearsals with individual attention
  • Acoustic piano, drumset and amp provided
  • Play in final performance

Student Requirements

Punctual attendance and desire to learn to play jazz/desire to improve.

Students supply their instrument.


Homework is comprised of playing assignments based on the ensemble music and individual needs.

Ensemble meets 1.5 hours weekly.

Registration and Payments

Registration for a small ensemble requires payment in full by the first meeting of a session (unless special arrangements have been made). Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.

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