Percussionist Mariana 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.
Mari’s Workshop at Bliss
Connecting through Drumming: Come Feel the Power of the Drum
Baque de Bamba workshops involve team work, communication, musical dynamics/rhythmic explorations. Using a relaxed approach, we look to help participants feel comfortable with the instruments and get quickly acquainted with the Maracatu basics. We choose to take a more hands-on approach as opposed to lecture style because of the nature and culture of Maracatu. It is learned through the body by listening and connecting with each other, and by feeling the base drums in contrast with the higher pitched shakers, bells and singing. 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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