Workshops at Funkadelic
February 24, 2019 from 2:30-4:30pm
Batalá New York, the premiere all-women percussion group, will demonstrate an array of Afro-Brazilian music styles and teach about its global influence. Attendees will have a chance to learn foundational rhythms, explore musical techniques and learn to play Samba Reggae. The workshop will culminate with students playing an original Batalá song alongside members of the ensemble. This workshop is best for beginner and intermediate students, and is especially suited for dancers who are curious about drumming. People of all ages, genders, and musical abilities are welcome to attend!!
Batalá New York is an all-female percussion ensemble that specializes in Afro-Brazilian music, primarily Samba Reggae — a genre originating in the state of Bahia in northeast Brazil. As its name suggests, Samba Reggae is world music that incorporates Brazilian Samba and Caribbean Reggae. Like Samba Afro and Axe, Samba Reggae incorporates African rhythms preserved and honored through Afro-Brazilian religions such as Candomblé. All three genres have influenced Batalá’s repertoire. During Carnaval every year, Samba Reggae is performed in the streets of Salvador, the capital of Bahia, by musical blocos with percussion sections with hundreds of drummers. In homage to that tradition, Batalá New York’s performances are percussive, energetic and highly dynamic with colorful costumes and lively choreography. Learn more at www.batalanewyork.love.
December 8th, 2018 – 11am-5pm
Whether you’re a songwriter, a musician or an aspiring artist, having the skills to express your own creative ideas in an mp3 is essential to you owning your creative work. It could be a demo of an original song including a melody and accompaniment, lyrics to a fresh beat, a fresh beat of your own or simply a musical idea you'd like to develop further. It could be just a slice of creativity you’d like to flesh out and share with a collaborator, or it could even be a full-fledged song. Whatever your creative idea is, by the end of this 5-hour workshop, you will be equipped with the skills to bring it to life.
Divinity Roxx is an American recording artist, composer, and musician, with three solo albums (Ain’t No Other Way – 2003, The Roxx Boxx Experience – 2012, ImPossible – 2016). In addition to her own work, she is well known for touring and performing with Beyoncé Knowles (2006–2011) as her bassist and Musical Director on "The Beyoncé Experience" and as co-composer on the "I Am... World Tour". She’s also performed at the White House and worked with various artists and producers such as Will.i.am, Victor Wooten, 2NE1, B.o.B., and K. Michelle.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS
Laptop Computer with Logic Pro X Installed
Audio Interface (optional)
Midi keyboard (optional)