El Museo del Barrio is going to the Bronx Zoo! In partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society join us at the Bronx Zoo for their six-week long summer program Passport to the World. Every weekend, we’re highlighting the storytelling, food, music, and dance from a different country of Central and South America at Astor Court. For tickets and information, click here.
On Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th, ‘Passport to the World’ will feature BRAZIL. Swing those hips and move those feet to an amazing samba workshop by Ms. Danielle Lima, followed by New York’s own Samba New York and ending off with a fusion of Brazilian sounds and North American Funk with Nation Beat!
Carnival Masks | 11:00am – 3:30pm
Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil – the country unifies completely for almost a week! The most significant element of the Rio Carnival is without doubt the elaborate costumes. Today we will make carnival masks!
Samba Dance with Danielle Lima | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Guests and their families will learn samba in this fun and energetic movement workshop! Come and get you samba on at the Bronx Zoo!
Samba New York | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Brazil comes to life with the samba by New York’s own Samba New York! Samba New York’s “Carnaval Experience” will take us to an all-original drum-and-dance samba show called Super Samba Sensation! This 15-minute showcase for Brazil’s most famous genre comprises choreographed, improvised, and interactive sections, featuring various styles of samba — from samba-reggae, to samba-funk, to Carnaval samba. With the audience warmed up, our head Dancer then treats the community to a 10-minute lesson with live drum accompaniment, teaching the basic samba step mixed with other typical moves. Next up is a rousing finale highlighting some of Brazil’s most popular songs, featuring our Singer and the 4-string Cavaquinho. Now ready to immerse themselves in the revelry, the public is invited to join Samba New York! as we transform the Zoo into an exhilarating Carnaval Party!
Nation Beat | 3:00 – 4:00pm
Spread the beat one person and take a trip with Nation Beat through the music and culture of Brazil and North America. Learn about the hybrid rhythms and sounds in this all ages show that is bound to get you on your feet. Join us as we close out the Passports to the World Series with Nation Beat.
ABOUT SAMBA NEW YORK
Samba New York! is a family-run company led by a husband-and-wife team committed to cultural, artistic, and business integrity and to providing extraordinary service to its clients and students. Percussionist and ethnomusicologist Philip Galinsky, Ph.D. founded the New-York-City-based organization in 2003 as a professional performance company inspired by the famous “samba schools” of the Rio Carnaval. As Director, he began teaching samba percussion classes to the general public in April 2003, leading to the formation of our “Bateria” — a student-based ensemble of up to 40 or more percussionists that performs in numerous parades and large-scale events throughout the City. At the same time, he began training a select troupe of drummers for professional engagements that had its debut performance at the Live Lunch series at The Grace Plaza in Manhattan on July 17, 2003. Now comprising NYC’s largest, most talented, and highly trained team of samba musicians, dancers, and Capoeira artists, our “Show Group” has performed for some of the world’s most prestigious companies, venues, and mass media. An internationally recognized samba institution, Samba New York! has helped to change the culture in New York City and beyond with highly-acclaimed classes, workshops, and shows that educate, inspire, and uplift countless people of all backgrounds with the joyful music and dance of Brazil. Our motto is “Live the Rhythm,” because we go beyond ordinary performance and instruction. Instead, we invite people to make samba culture a transformational and fully integrated part of their lives, whether for one moment or a lifetime.
ABOUT NATION BEAT
Nation Beat’s live shows have taken on an almost mythological aura for their ability to lift the souls, and the feet, of their growing cross-cultural audience. Band leader, drummer/percussionist Scott Kettner has long been at the forefront of merging different musical elements together, from the earliest days of Nation Beat’s Brazil meets North American music. In 2017, Scott connected with arranger Paul Carlon (tenor sax) and the band entered a new phase in their cross-cultural explorations and experimentations where brass band and percussion explode in a jazz-infused, funkified New Orleans-meets-Brazil carnival sound. “Past albums have leaned heavily on Brazilian music,” Kettner says. “While that is ever present in Nation Beat’s sound, our latest groove is jazz-tinged. We are bringing dance back to jazz. This is a beat that moves your feet!”