Batuque Carioca, Brazilian percussion lab

Batuque Carioca is a Brazilian percussion ensemble inspired by the Samba schools of Rio Carnival, curated by Stefano Vestrini.

Starting April 2018, divided into two levels.

Batuque Carioca I level

In the Level I workshop you will listen to and learn to recognize and apply the main styles of Brazilian music, playing all instruments, singing and moving to the beat. The goal of the workshop is to improve the rhythmic awareness of musicians of all instruments and levels, promote communication and interaction in musical performance, and convey all the energy inherent in this music and Brazilian percussion. The stage presence, movement and energy of the music will be key parts of the final performance.

Class schedule: 10 weekly meetings, Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m., April 30 to July 2.

Batuque Carioca II level

In-depth study of the technical part of each instrument. The most famous batucada arrangements are studied, in an engaging and vibrant journey into the heart of rhythm among the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro. Aimed at batuqueiros who have already taken the first level in a.y. 2017/2018 and/or already have experience in the Brazilian context.

Class schedule: 10 weekly meetings, Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., from May 8 to June 19.

Stefano Vestrini Bio

From 2016 to February 2018 he lived in Brazil, learning directly from the source about the diverse world of Brazilian music. He has studied drums with samba guru Kiko Freitas, pandeiro with Clarice Magalhães, repique and batucada orchestration with Wagner Pereira (waguinho do repique), Timbal and Alfaia with Alexandre Garnizé, Candomblé and Afro-Brazilian religion rhythms with Douglas de Logun Edé, and many others. He paraded at the Rio de Janeiro carnival with the Inocentes de Belford Roxo school, where he received a grade of 10/10 in the percussion section.

With the percussive group Tambores de Olokun, he has played at the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, UFRJ University and shared the stage with the historic Bahia group Ilé Aiyé, as well as played in the favela Maré (nova holanda) as a social initiative for the redevelopment of favelas. He was part of the historic samba school Cacique de Ramos with whom he played for two carnival editions (2017 and 2018) and at the school’s 57th year celebration concert.

Back in Italy in 2017, he participated as a drummer with the group Fragment at the Montelago Celtic Festival in Marche, the Brintaal folk music festival in Veneto and the Veneto leg of Folkest, recording the upcoming CD “Second Awakening.” In the folk field, as a percussionist, he began a stable collaboration with the Irish music group Fairy Ale.