A Little Taste of Coffee and Brazil
Directed by: Paula Roberts
Guest Host: Donovan Workun
Let EKOSingers transport you to a celebration of flavorful music reminiscent of the famous Copacabana nightclub. You're guaranteed a large helping of Brazilian - Brasil '66, that is - a mixture of warm weather classics from entertainers like SInatra, Three Dog Night, Lionel Richie and Barry Manilow, along with an assortment of smooth African and jazz infused samba. With a little help from jazz master Charlie Austin and a hot quartet of musicians, you'll be dancin' in your seats!
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to play exciting Brazilian rhythms but don’t have an instrument? That was no problem for EKOS choir members at our workshop this year. Acclaimed Edmonton drummer and hand percussionist, Dwayne Hrynkiw taught us the rhythms and we played them on plastic wine cup agogos, ribbed drink can guiros and pop can shakers.
We also got a lesson in Brazilian cultural history from Reni and Amanda Ferreira and a chance to sing, play djembes and learn some samba dance moves. Reni and Amanda are affiliated with the Capoeira Academy. Reni, who is from Brazil, taught us a song that his grandmother had taught to him. We also learned that Capoeira was a fusion of martial arts and dance created by the African slaves in Brazil over 500 years ago. Reni played a steel-stringed bow called a berimbau that sets the rhythm and speed of the dance moves. We couldn’t help but feel “good vibrations” and we’re looking forward to sharing these wonderful rhythms with our spring concert audience.
St. John's Newfoundland
July 3-10, 2013
EKOS is looking forward with excitement to participating in Festival 500 in July!