As opposed to a show, the “Samba Party” is more of a communal gathering, where Brazilian music enthusiasts share their love of samba drumming, dance, and culture — a kind of NYC take on the mega samba school rehearsals that precede Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.
The first Samba Party of 2018 — our Carnaval edition — will be held in tribute to Doug Moreira, a dear friend and musician in the NYC samba community who sadly left us in February. There will be a «roda de samba» featuring Ana Fernandez on vocals and Alex Souza on cavaquinho, in honor of Doug. The evening will also feature a samba lesson with Brazilian dance master Danielle Lima; live powerhouse batucada by the Samba New York! Drum Section under the direction of Dr. Samba; and the festive Brazilian beats of DJ Anderson Trindade. Only $15 at the door for so much samba fun!
Founded and directed by percussionist/ethnomusicologist, Philip Galinsky (aka Dr. Samba), Samba New York! is a world-renowned samba performance company dedicated to entertaining, educating, and uplifting people of all backgrounds with the exhilarating music and dance of Brazil. Having grown up immersed in Rio’s samba world, Danielle Lima is one of NYC’s foremost samba dancers, teachers, and choreographers and founder of the Brasileirando Dance Group. Anderson Trindade is a leading DJ on the local Brazilian scene, supplying the soundtrack to some of the City's hottest events. Ana Fernandez is an acclaimed samba singer based in the NYC area. Alex Souza is one of the area's top specialists on the cavaquinho (typical small Brazilian guitar).