Mari Palhares

Percussionist Mari Palhares moved to Toronto from Sao Paulo, Brazil at the age of 19. Her interest in percussion led her to Maracatu (Afro-Brazilian percussion) at 17 years old. In 2007, when she moved to Toronto, she immediately joined Maracatu Baque de Bamba, founded by Aline Morales (lead singer/director of the drumming troupe). Mari has since become co-leader, teacher and producer of Baque de Bamba, as well as a well known artist within and beyond the Brazilian community in Toronto.

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Workshop Presentation:
Maracatu : Introduction to the Afro Brazilian rhythm and cultural manifestation (Replacing ‘Drumming for Joy!’)
Baque de Bamba workshops involve team work, communication, musical dynamics/rhythmic explorations. In a relaxed and more impromptu approach, we look to help participants easily feel comfortable with the instruments and quickly acquainted with the Maracatu basics. We choose to take a more hands-on approach a opposed to lecture style because of the nature and culture of Maracatu, it is learned through the body, listening, connecting with each other, feeling the base drums in contrast with the higher pitched shakers and bells and singing. Nonetheless it is important to take time to explain basic technique and rhythmic patterns. Starting with warm- up exercises, basic stretching and rhythm games, the whole group works together and gets acquainted as one following the leader of the troupe. Drumming brings us together, connects us with our ancestors and empowers and enriches our spirits.
*Note: Please bring drums or shakers or other percussion instruments if you have them.

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