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Are you ready to take your musical talents to the next level? Have you ever wanted to spend a week with some of the country’s most talented musicians to perfect your musical skills? Now is your chance.


Carnival Caravan Music Retreat is a vibrant intercultural collaboration between Brazil and New Orleans.  Directed by master drummer/percussionist Scott Kettner, CCMR offers a unique and intimate program where you will have the opportunity to learn many of the rhythms and instruments of New Orleans and Brazil with some of the most talented and innovative artists of these traditions.   Whether you’re an instrumentalists seeking to improve your understanding of harmony, a drummer looking to expand your rhythmic vocabulary or a seasoned percussionist eager to improve your skills, CCMR will offer a unique musical experience unlike any other. 

Each year, we feature special guests who are steeped in the traditions of music from Brazil and New Orleans. Our week long camp culminates with an electrifying concert featuring faculty and students.

Imagine this: In the remote mountains of upstate New York, you turn off your cellphone and spend a week with us doing nothing but playing music for 15 hours a day!


Background

This summer marks our inaugural year of what has been a long time coming.  Author of Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion Scott Kettner, has been conducting masterclasses and workshops around the world since 2002.  Scott has led cultural exchange programs and groups of students to Brazil’s Carnival and New Orleans’ Mardi Gras.  He has conducted many cultural exchange programs in the United States where he partnered with Lincoln Center Out of Doors and received a grant from the NEA to bring Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante to tour the US in collaboration with his group Nation Beat (A Tale of Two Nations).  This was the first time in history that a traditional maracatu group from Brazil had ever performed in the US.  Scott’s passion for Brazilian and New Orleans music led to the creation of his band Nation Beat (2002), who recently recorded a critically acclaimed album called Carnival Caravan in collaboration with Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa.  Scott’s devotion to teaching and performing together with his love of music and culture from Brazil and NOLA have naturally culminated into Carnival Caravan Music Retreat, a week-long music camp for Brazilian and New Orleans music enthusiasts.

Drummers, percussionists and instrumentalists are invited to attend a week long retreat in the mountains of upstate New York packed full of ensemble classes, workshops and cultural activities designed to bring your playing and knowledge of this music to the next level.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and get the early bird discount.

 

WHEN:

June 12-16,2017

WHERE:

Full Moon Resort
1 Valley View Road
Big Indian, NY 12410

CONTACT:

music@fullmoonresort.com

(845) 254-8009

 

Sponsors:

SCHEDULE

MONDAY:
3:00-5:00pm: Check in and Registration at Full Moon Resort
5:00pm: Meet and Greet
6:00pm: Dinner
8:00-11:00pm: Jam Sessions and Camp Fire

TUESDAY:
7:30-9:00am: Breakfast
9:00-10:30am:

  • Drumset Masterclass with Scott
  • Forro for Instrumentalists with Rob Curto

10:45am-12:15pm: Beginner Maracatu Group Percussion Workshop with Scott
12:15-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-3:00pm:

  • Instrumental Portugese- Learn the Vocabulary and cultural background of popular Brazilian songs with Michele
  • Pandeiro Workshop with Scott

3:15-4:45pm:

  • Spyboy Honey MG Indian Tambourine
  • Forro Ensemble with Rob Curto

5:00-6:30pm: Advanced maracatu Group Percussion Workshop with Scott
6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
7:45-9:00pm: Songs, Chants and Musical Traditions of New Orleans
9:15pm: EVENTS: Lectures on culture and lifestyle, Movie, Campfire, Jam Session, etc.

WEDNESDAY:

7:30-9:00am: Breakfast
9:00am-10:30am:

  • Spyboy Honey MG Indian Bass Drum Workshop
  • Forro for Instrumentalists with Rob Curto

10:45am-12:15pm: Applying maracatu and MG Indian rhythms to the drum set with Scott
12:15-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30-3:00pm:

  • Instrumental Portugese- Learn the vocabulary and cultural background of popular Brazilian songs with Michele
  • Pandeiro Workshop with Scott

3:15-4:45pm:

  • Songs, Chants and Musical Traditions of New Orleans
  • Forro Ensemble with Rob Curto

5:00-6:30pm: Advanced Maracatu group percussion workshop with Scott
6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
7:45-9:00pm: Carnival Caravan Ensemble with Scott, Spyboy Honey & Rob - Morphing Brazil and NOLA
9:15pm: EVENTS: Lectures on culture and lifestyle, Movie, Campfire, Jam Session, etc.

THURSDAY:

7:30-9:00am: Breakfast
9:00am-10:30am:

  • Spyboy Honey MG Indian Bass Drum Workshop
  • Forro for Instrumentalists with Rob Curto

10:45am-12:15pm: Applying maracatu and MG Indian rhythms to the drum set with Scott
12:15-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30-3:00pm:

  • Instrumental Portugese- Learn the vocabulary and cultural background of popular Brazilian songs with Michele
  • Pandeiro Workshop with Scott

3:15-4:45pm:

  • Spyboy Honey Tambourine Workshop
  • Forro Ensemble with Rob Curto

5:00-6:30pm: Advanced Maracatu group percussion workshop with Scott
6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
7:45-8:45pm: Break
9:15pm: Faculty and Student Concert followed by Farewell party
 

FRIDAY:

8:30-10:00am: Breakfast
11:00am: Check Out

 

 

Special Notes:

Drummers/Percussionists, we will be providing 3 full drumsets with cymbals etc.  We will also provide a handful of pandeiros and maracatu instruments, however we can’t guarantee that there will be enough of a specific instrument to go around for everyone.  If there’s a specific instrument that you want to play/learn (like an alfaia) please bring your own to guarantee you get to play the instrument of your choice.

Guitarists:  We will provide up to 4 guitar amps.  Please bring your own cables.

Pianists:  We will provide 4-5 electric keyboards with stands. 

Singers:  We will have a PA and some vocal mics for you.  If you have your own mic please bring it.

Brass and Reed instruments, bring your chops!

 

FACULTY

 

SCOTT KETTNER

Drumset, Pandeiro, Maracatu and Carnival Caravan Ensemble

My drumset workshops explore concepts and ideas for orchestrating maracatu and forró rhythms onto the drumset.  We will also study methods for morphing them with New Orleans second line and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms.  Pandeiro classes will start with basic technique exercises and build into traditional and contemporary grooves.  We will discuss looping methods and practice techniques in this class as well.  The maracatu percussion class will cover traditional and contemporary songs and breaks.  I really look forward to directing the Carnival Caravan Ensemble where we will take everything we’ve learned about Brazilian and NOLA music and morph it together to create the ultimate party music!

BIO: When Scott Kettner looks at a map, he sees a direct line that connects the rivers of northeastern Brazil to the parishes of New Orleans and the streets of Brooklyn. A master percussionist, bandleader, producer and songwriter, Kettner is the guiding force behind Nation Beat, a band whose teeming, vibrant rhythms find common ground in the primal maracatu rhythm of Brazil’s northeastern region, the Big Easy’s funky, hypnotic second-line and strolling Mardi Gras Indians, and the unfettered freedom of big-city downtown jazz.

ROB CURTO

Forro for Instrumentalists and Forro Ensemble
*Class descriptions coming soon!

BIO: Rob Curto (Accordion/Piano/Composer) is widely regarded as the foremost ambassador of Brazilian Forró, in the United States. An early devotee of American swing music, jazz piano, rock and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of the Brazilian counterparts forró, choro and samba to produce stunning new results. He has performed extensively in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions. From 2004 to 2011, Rob toured extensively with Grammy Award winning Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, and brilliant Klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, and other world music luminaries. Rob’s band Matuto has been selected as Cultural Ambassadors by the US State Department for tours in China, Thailand, Cambodia and Azerbaijan. He is also a teacher for Carnegie Hall's outreach programs Musical Connections and the Lullaby Project.

SPYBOY HONEY BANISTER

Tambourine, Bass Drum Grooves, Songs, Chants and Musical Traditions of New Orleans

There are many different styles of playing the tambourine in the United States.  We will cover a few of the styles that are used by the Mardi Gras Indian tribes in New Orleans.  The bass drum workshop will cover different sticking patterns and grooves used by the tribes.  Chants and Musical Traditions of New Orleans will explore many of the Mardi Gras Indian chants and their meanings.  We will also discuss the history and culture of Mardi Gras Indians and contemporary music of New Orleans. 

BIO: Spyboy Honey Banister will be visiting us direct from New Orleans.  Honey has been masking as a Mardi Gras Indian for his entire life and is Chief of the Creole Wild West tribe.  He began his musical career under the tutelage of his father Irving Banister, an R&B guitar hero who played with Danny White, Sugarboy Crawford, and Eddie Bo.  Honey quickly took up the drums and became a student of the music and culture of the Crescent city where he graduated college with a music degree.  Honey has dedicated his entire life and career to the Mardi Gras Indian music and culture of New Orleans.

 

 

 

MICHELE NASCIMENTO-KETTNER

Instrumental Portugese and Curator of Cultural Programs

Dr. Michele Nascimento-Kettner is a researcher of the literature and culture of Latin America and, first and foremost, a literary scholar who believes in interdisciplinary dialogues.  Her Ph.d dissertation delved into the topic of The Transnational Regionalism and Globalization in Latin America exploring the literatures of Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa and Brazilian author Milton Hatoum. Dr. Nascimento-Kettner worked on the co-authorship of the book Maracatu de Baque Virado with Scott Kettner, published in 2013. She is currently the coordinator of the Portuguese Studies Program at Department of Spanish and Italian at Montclair State University.

During the Carnival Caravan week, Dr. Nascimento-Kettner will be teaching the classes of Portuguese focusing on basic conversational topics as well as the grammatical and cultural content of the lyrics introduced during the workshops. Dr. Nascimento-Kettner will also curate cultural events throughout the Carnival Caravan week.

REGISTRATION & PRICING

Packages include all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, use of the grounds and your choice of accommodations. All activities will be held at Full Moon Resort which features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn style accommodations including simple B&B style guest rooms with shared hallway baths as well as private guest rooms with private baths. All accommodations are just steps away from the daily activities. The grounds offer a spring-fed swimming pool and one hundred acres of meadows, forests and streams. In addition, guests are welcome to explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails.

Cable television and complimentary phone service are available at the Inn (please bring a phone card for international calls) and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the facility. Please Note: There is no cell phone reception in this area of the forest preserve and guest rooms do not have telephones, televisions, air conditioning or daily housekeeping services.

Your decision to register constitutes your acknowledgement of and consent to all of the registration, payment and cancellation terms and conditions listed below:

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENTS:

  • Rates increase by $100 on February 1, 2017
  • All rates are per-person
  • Shared Room Packages require you to share your room
  • You may request a roommate on your registration form (roommates must purchase the same package type)
  • All rates are subject to Tax and the Service & Processing Fee
  • All registrations and payments are 100% non-refundable

CANCELLATION: All payments and deposits are non-refundable.
Due to the nature of our events and strict cancellation policies, Creative Environments, LLC DBA Full Moon Resort strongly suggests purchasing travel insurance.
 

GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE:

By registering, you hereby release Full Moon Resort, its employees, and all associated entities, from all claims, liabilities, loss to property, damages, injuries, etc. arising out of or in connection with your participation in any aspect Rhythm, Sound and Magic at Full Moon Resort.

PHOTO RELEASE:

Full Moon Resort and Music Masters Camps reserves the right to take photos and/or video during.Rhythm, Sound and Magic and to use such photos and/or video for advertising and marketing purposes. By registering for Rhythm, Sound and Magic, you agree to release your photograph to Full Moon Resort. Music Masters Camps without compensation and understand that Full Moon Resort Music Masters Camps reserves all rights in regard to reproduction of said photograph.

MINOR POLICY:

Music Masters Camps are designed for Adults and the majority of participants are adults. 
16 and 17 year olds are permitted with consent forms. Participants under 16 are permitted if accompanied by legal guardian/chaperone.

 

Contact Us

Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. The team at Music Masters Camps is happy to help in any way they can!

Office Hours; Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm EST

 

Full Moon Resort, 1 Valley View Road, Big Indian, New York 12410

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