Samba Fest returns – live and in person – to the Trinity College campus on April 23

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The 14th annual Samba Fest will welcome community members from near and far as one of Hartford’s iconic events returns – live and in person – to the Trinity College campus on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located on the Jacobs Life Sciences Center Quad at Trinity, 240 New Britain Avenue in Hartford, Samba Fest is a free, rain or shine event open to the public.

Guitarist and composer Yamandu Costa.

Among this year’s headliners from Brazil to perform at Samba Fest is the multi-Latin Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter. Yamandou Costa (with special guest Richard Scofano on bandoneon) as well as the innovative percussionist Serginho Silva and his Ensemble.

During the week leading up to Samba Fest, Silva will also be offering a free drumming workshop, open to everyone, at Park Street Library @ the Lyric (603 Park Street, Hartford) on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. registration is mandatory.

“This year’s Samba Fest will feature musicians who will make you think in a whole different way about how people approach a musical instrument,” said Eric Galm, music teacher, head of the music department and co-director of the Center for Music. Caribbean Studies from Trinity College.

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Percussionist Serginho Silva. Photo by Paulo Setubal.

Says Galm, “Yamandu Costa is widely regarded as one of the great guitarists in the world today; he plays both seven- and six-string guitars, interweaving searing melodies with an accompaniment of dancing chords. And Serginho Silva is incredibly talented, approaching Brazilian jazz like a percussionist, drawing complex sounds from a single pandeiro (tambourine) or berimbau (single string musical bow), until assumed to be a complete drum set – but listeners should be very careful, for although Silva produces the sound spectrum of a drum set, not all sounds are produced only with his hands, instead of using his hands and feet.

Other artists at Samba Fest will include the Trinity Samba Ensemble with special guest José Paulo, conducted by Galm; Trinity Steel, directed by Curtis Greenidge; and African-inspired drumming and dancing with Friendz World Music.

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A performance from Samba Fest 2017. Photo by John Marinelli.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in music and dance by taking dance workshops with Capoeira Esperança, led by Mestre Efraim Silva with teachers Robozinho and Fominha or by joining a community drumming meeting “Big Bang”, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. with an open rehearsal, which will lead into the big drum party from noon to 12:30 p.m. Said Galm, “Buckets and sticks will be available, but those who can bring their own are encouraged to do so.” Community drumming presentations will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., featuring Proud Drill Drum & Dance Corp from Hartford, Wilby High School in Waterbury, led by Eric Brummitt, and others.

An array of family activities, crafts and games will be available at Samba Fest, as well as food trucks will be on site with a variety of menus.

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Eric Galm conducts the Trinity Samba Ensemble. Photo by Johnathon Henninger.

Says Galm, “Samba Fest is a way to pay homage to the many communities represented in Greater Hartford, celebrating Hartford as a vibrant Caribbean-influenced city. I’m also trying to integrate some of my academic courses into the festival, and the students of the ‘Music and Human Rights’ course are developing an interactive activity to invite people to rethink the links between national anthems and human rights. of man. »

The Trinity Samba Ensemble is a group formed in an academic curriculum that teaches Brazilian culture through its music and rhythms. The Samba Ensemble’s repertoire derives from the batucada, a drumming group that performs samba during Brazilian Carnival celebrations, and the group performs participatory call-and-response songs in Portuguese and English. Trinity Steel is a band, also formed in an academic background, which performs reggae, Motown and other popular world styles filtered through a calypso rhythm. Capoeira Esperança is an Afro-Brazilian dance group specializing in capoeira, a dance incorporating martial arts that was developed in Brazil by descendants of enslaved Africans. The group will also lead a dance workshop smudgeda stick dance developed in the fields of the sugar cane plantations of northeast Brazil.

samba partyGalm, who conceived and produced Samba Fest, has been on the faculty of Trinity College since 2004. From 2006 to 2010 he served as president of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. He lived, studied and traveled extensively throughout Brazil and conducted research in Cuba and Trinidad. Galm holds degrees in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan and Tufts universities and in percussion performance from the University of Michigan, as well as performance certificates from Escola Brasileira de Música and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Produced by Trinity College, Samba Fest is sponsored in part with support from the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development, Bureau of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Support for Trinity College is provided by the Office of the President, the Austin Arts Center Visiting Artist Series, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Department of Music, the Office of multicultural affairs and Trinfo.Café.

Trinity College’s radio station, WRTC 89.3 FM, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, will broadcast live from Samba Fest. Internet listeners can stream live from anywhere via www.wrtcfm.com.

For directions and parking information, visit sambafest.com. In the event of inclement weather moving Samba Fest to an indoor venue, please see sambafest.com for full details, including COVID-19 safety information for indoor events. For general information, call Trinity’s Austin Arts Center at 860-297-2199. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Eric Galm at [email protected] or 860-297-4201.

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