Brazilian Music Workshop

 

For decades, Jazz musicians from around the world have studied and incorporated Brazilian rhythms into their music.  Whether it's Jazz, R&B, Funk, Latin or Hip-Hop, you often find Brazilian influences.

Artists like Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen Mcrae, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Chick Korea, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend,  and many others have fell in love with its richness and diversity.

 

Like Brazil itself, samba is the result of the interaction of many different influences and mixtures

Originated by African and other Brazilian rythms, samba is the most tradiotional rythms of Brazil.

Later on, the style incorporated european and american music, specially jazz to create other styles, like Bossa Nova.

 

Brazilian music became an essencial source of study for any musician and keeps inspiring and influencing more and more musicians each day.

 

We created a workshop open to all instrumentalists and singers. It focuses deeply on harmony and rythm and it puts

into a diferent perspective the basic harmonic theory that one already knows, be it classical or jazz. It's using what students usually already know to give them a jump start in Brazilian music ensemble playing.  

A Capella Singing

Brazilian Groove Lesson

 

Veronica Nunes

Critically acclaimed Brazilian singer and cavaquinho player Veronica Nunes is being considered as one of the most original up and coming artists from Brazil in recent years.  She has already caught the attention of American star Paul Simon, former Brazilian minister of culture Gilberto Gil, as well as Seu Jorge, who highly praised her music and artistry.

Born in a musical family, Veronica is the daughter of a classical pianist, who inspired her to follow a musical career from an early age.  She started at fifteen years old as background vocalist for the reggae band Monte Zion.  

Veronica studied music at Escola Portátil in her hometown of Rio de Janeiro, where she had the opportunity of learning music from some of Brazil’s most respected Choro and Samba musicians.

In 2009, she moved to New York City where she joined the famous 11-piece Brazilian band Brazooka, under the direction of trombonist and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Darci, a former member of the legendary Brazilian funk band, Banda Black Rio, as well as Vitória Régia, the band that backed Tim Maia, one of the most famous Brazilian singers in the history of Brazilian popular music.

At Brazooka band, she met the Grammy® winning guitarist Ricardo Vogt.  Veronica and Ricardo left the band to begin their own project, recording their first CD entitled Pra Fugir da Saudade, which led them to tour the world presenting this much celebrated project, which features 3 other Grammy® winning musicians: drummer Rafael Barata; trombonist Alan Ferber; and bassist Arthur Maia.  

Veronica is also featured as an endorsing artist for Godin Guitars, who designed their first cavaquinho especially for Veronica, and the instrument is now distributed worldwide.

Ricardo Vogt

 

With a Brazilian groove that will catch anyone’s attention, Ricardo Vogt is grabbing everyone’s ears. Born in Santa Cruz do Sul, RS – Brazil, started his studies in jazz guitar performance at Berklee College of Music in 2004. While at Berklee, Grammy® winning jazz pianist Eliane Elias heard him and hired him on the spot. Ricardo graduated and began touring the world performing at many prestigious jazz festivals as a member of her quartet. Soon after he was invited by Esperanza Spalding to join her band, which led to several worldwide tours as well as numerous television appearances. Among the performances stand out the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony awarded for president Barack Obama; Rock in Rio, as well as opening shows for Prince, Carlos Santana and George Benson.

As a studio musician Ricardo has worked extensively recording on several albums in many different genres, including Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society, which awarded her the Grammy® for Best New Artist and features Ricardo Vogt alongside Milton Nascimento, and Radio Music Society, winner of 2 Grammys® where Ricardo plays with Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Leo Genovese

Ricardo is fully endorsed by Godin Guitars since 2006. Recently Godin developed a special guitar for Ricardo which has a bass string and an alternate tuning. The guitar is a signature series called ‘Multiac Ambiance tuned for Ricardo Vogt’ and is featured on his project with Brazilian musician Veronica Nunes

Ricardo is also a distinguished singer/songwriter. One of his compositions is featured on Sergio Mendes latest album called Magic. He also has written several songs in partnership with Milton Nascimento and Pedro Bernardo. Their songs are being released in an album produced by Ricardo that also features American jazz star Esperanza Spalding on bass.

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Veronica Nunes and Ricardo Vogt are distinguished music educators, who have presented workshops and residencies at the following music institutions: Berklee College of Music, University of Wisconsin, Sand Diego State University, New England Conservatory, The Collective Music School in NY, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and Global Music Institute in India.