Experiencing the Music and Culture of Brazil


February 15, 2014 from 3-6 p.m.Brazilian Flag
Community Music School of Webster University, 535 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Immerse your family in the music and culture of Brazil led by Brazilian musician, Moacyr Marchini. The afternoon will include a music demonstration, "jam session", Brazilian drum circle, crafts, parade, and authentic Brazilian cuisine. Participants are invited to join in by wearing the colors of Brazil: bright yellow, green and blue. 

Moacyr MarchiniMoacyr Marchini, is a native of Brazil and has been a professional musician for 30 years. Moacyr specializes in playing the cavaquinho, a Brazilian guitar, and other traditional Brazilian hand percussion instruments. He is the founder and director of the Chicago Samba School, a non-profit organization promoting Brazilian culture, and Samba Bom in St. Louis. For several years, Moacyr has taught percussion classes and workshops for elementary, secondary schools, universities and community groups in the Midwest. He frequently performs in festivals, night clubs, private functions, and returns often to Brazil, where he studies with samba masters and collects Brazilian recordings and instruments.

Timeline of Events
3-4 p.m.: Introduction to Brazil & Brazilian Music
The event will begin with a video introduction to Brazil followed a demonstration of "Chorinho," the most traditional style of Brazilian music, led by Mr. Marchini and members of Samba Bom. After the demonstration, participants will be invited to join in a Brazilian "jam session." The "jam session" is appropriate for intermediate level music students of all instruments that are able to read music. Music will be available in advance.
Participants must RSVP. Everyone is welcome to observe.

4:15-5:15 p.m.: Carnaval Crafts, Brazilian Drum Circle & Batucada
Participants of all ages are invited to make simple of Carnaval costumes pieces (masks, head pieces, anklets, bracelets), learn to play variety of Brazilian percussion instruments, and be part of a samba jam session known as Batucada. The celebration will culminate with a Carnaval style parade showcasing newly made costumes and music!
Participants must RSVP. All are welcome to observe.

Brazil Express

3-6 p.m.: Brazil Express Food Truck
Authentic Brazilian cuisine will be available for purchase from the Brazil Express by Yemanja Brasil Restaurante. The food truck will be parked outside the CMS Garden Ave. entrance from 3-6 p.m. Yemanja Brasil Restaurante is one of St. Louis' premier Brazilian restaurants. For more information about the Brazil Express and Yemanja Brasil Restaurante visit: www.brazildining.com.

Admission:  FREE and open for all to observe. RSVP required to participate in music and craft sessions. To RSVP call (314) 968-5939 or email cms@webster.edu.  Note name, age, instrument and session.  

EXPLORE MUSIC! Experiencing the Music and Culture of Brazil is presented as part of the Community Music School’s global music program, which was established to develop increased exposure to and experience with music of all cultures. With the belief that all musical styles are equally valid, the CMS endeavors, through the global music program, to foster social harmony, trust, understanding, and appreciation of all cultures.  Students, teachers, and those with a general interest in music and exposure to diverse cultural music practices are invited to participate and observe.