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 and educator, 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.


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.