Thanks to this course, you will experience an immersion in Latin culture. First, the students will be invited to play various percussion instruments in order to know the rhythmic language specific to the different Latin styles. After this initial experiment, participants will be invited to transpose these rhythms to their instrument. Before playing a few pieces, the students will have already had a good time learning and inspiring in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, notions of history will be addressed to better understand the social context of the styles taught and thus allow a more authentic interpretation. Participants will be encouraged to play and improvise on different pieces from the repertoire. A concert will be presented at the end of the session.
Required level and sample repertoire
Latin ensemble I - beginner / intermediate level (bossa / bolero / baião / xote / chachacha / guajira)
Example pieces: Quizas Quizas, Samba Saravah, Blue Bossa, Guantanamera, Oye como va, O ovo, Assum Preto, Asa Branca, Xote das meninas.
Latin ensemble II - intermediate / advanced level (samba / tango / son / choro / salsa / chamamé)
Examples of pieces: Mas que nada, Mercedita, La cumparcita, Tico tico, Lágrimas Negras, Girl from Ipanema, Chan chan, El cuarto de Tula, El manicero, Son de la Loma.
Read music and know the major and minor scales. Knowing how to improvise is an asset but is not compulsory. Being able to sing in Spanish / Portuguese is an asset but is not required to take the course.
Equipment required for the student
Staff sheet and pencils.