Brazilian Music Intensive with Vitor Goncalvez and Vanderlei Pereira, Get hip to the sound and rhythms of Brazil. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of Brazilians styles, such as Bossa Nova, Samba, Partido Alto, Choro, Baião, Xote, Frevo, Maracatu and Ijexá.
About the Brazilian Music Summer Intensive
Musicians will have a chance to develop their skills on playing these styles, accompanying, improvising, and phrasing using the appropriate patterns, accents and articulations within each style. The repertoire will include pieces by composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Pixinguinha, Dominguinhos, Johnny Alf and other Brazilian master composers. This workshop is an intermediate level but can accommodate many musicians with varying background.
– Repertoire approaching a variety of styles of Brazilian music
– Samba / Bossa-Nova / Choro / Baião / Frevo / Maxixe / Maracatu
– Understanding the role of each rhythmic section instrument
– Different rhythmic patterns for comping
– Understanding how the rhythmic patterns relate to the harmonic sequence, Brazilian “clave”?, 1-bar patterns, 2-bars patterns
– Phrasing and articulations appropriate for each style
– Improvisation: melodic and rhythmic ideas characteristic of the styles
– Understanding and feeling the Brazilian “swing”, uneven 16th-notes
Dates: July 26 – 27 – 28 – 29
All sessions will be held from 11am to 5pm at our main space in New York City around the corner from Times Square. More detailed outline and information on the schedule will follow.
-At least 18 years of age
-A willingness to learn
-Instructors may ask for a recorded sample before admission
-Some of our intensives are better suited to intermediate and advanced musicians with a minimum of a few years on their instrument; other summer intensives, such as the beginner vocal and choir, are open to everyone. More details can be discussed during registration.
About the Faculty
Vitor Gonçalves is a pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After an illustrious career as an in demand musician in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg, and many others, he made the move to New York City, where he currently resides. Since arriving here in 2012, he has garnered much acclaim and built a star lighted resume, including features in NPR’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride, The New York Times, and Fox News. A frequent resident on the stages of Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, and the Jazz Gallery, he both leads his own projects, and collaborates with figures in the New York scene such as Anat Cohen, Vinícius Cantuária, Anthony Wilson, Cyro Baptista, and others. He also has played in Jazz Festivals and venues around the world, such as Newport Jazz, Jazz à Vienne, Umbria Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Coliseum in Lisbon, Portugal. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Vitor was infused with the rich traditions and colorful history of Brazilian music, taking up the guitar as his first instrument at age 10. As he dug deeper into his studies, he developed a taste for the music of the Brazilian songbook, particularly of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the Bossa Nova and Post-Bossa generation. During this time, his father bought a keyboard for his sister, and while she never played it, Vitor stole into her room and took it over, and thus became a pianist.
Drummer, Percussionist, Composer and Educator VANDERLEI PEREIRA is one of the most sought-after musicians on the contemporary Brazilian jazz scene. Combining a prodigious knowledge of Brazilian rhythms with dazzling technique and a distinctive touch, Vanderlei has captivated audiences with his unique and electrifying performances. He has appeared and recorded with numerous outstanding artists, including Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Rosa Passos, Leny Andrade, Tito Puente, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, Bebel Gilberto, Leila Pinheiro, Emílio Santiago, Sivuca, Nelson Faria, Luis Carlos Vinhas, Rildo Hora, Quarteto em Cy, Johnny Alf, Manfredo Fest, Hendrik Meurkens, Helio Alves, Dom Salvador, Weber Iago, Santi Debriano, Margareth Menezes, Beth Carvalho, Nei Lopes, Geraldo Azevedo, Amelinha, and Jamelão.
Tuition and Registration
$595 Early bird special for registrations received by April 30th
-Participants registering before April 30th will also receive a free ticket to a show at Club Bonafide or free admission on a Harlem Jazz Tour!
$645 for registrations received after May 1st
To sign up for this Summer Intensive, fill out this brief registration form.
For more info regarding our summer program, housing, travel, and more, visit our Summer Workshop General Information page. For a more in-depth experience, inquire about adding a private lesson with someone from the NYJW Faculty during your visit. Learn more about how you can combine Summer Intensives to create a customized Summer Jazz Packages. Feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] with any additional questions.
What to expect:
When you join us for one or more of our intensives, you can expect to become a member of our tightly knit community. There will be musicians from all over the world looking to learn, explore and make connections. You will be making connections that last a lifetime. A typical day will be as follows:
11:00am – 1:00pm: Morning Sessions
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Afternoon Sessions
Student will normally organize small groups or go check out some concerts. See “Fun Evening Activities” in the General Information page for more details. There will be opportunities for every student to perform outside of the school, more details coming up soon.
The New York Jazz Workshop Summer Series is held in our space at Michiko Studios in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks from Times Square.
New York Jazz Workshop at Michiko Studios
149 West 46 street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10036
between 6th and 7th avenue.