Every week, the Schulich School of Music sees musicians from all over Montreal come together to learn about the music of Brazil. In a ten-week free workshop directed by guitarist Rodrigo Simões (through support of Schulich's Jazz Performance and Music Education areas), a group of over 20 participants has the chance to learn the ins-and-outs of samba, Baiaõ and maxixe on their main instruments, as well as perform supporting roles on a variety of percussion instruments.
The diverse group of attendees includes both students and faculty members from McGill University, Université de Montréal, Concordia University, Vanier College, CEGEP St. Laurent, la Conservatoire de Montréal and local high schools. The workshop is taught in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and also acts as a place where Brazilians can proudly share their culture as they meet and interact with Canadian musicians.
Montreal audiences can hear this group in action in a public concert in April (further information to follow).