donderdag 12 december 2013

Brazil music trip.

Well, hi there,
In my last post I explained a little bit about the plans that Matthias and I have. Next year in october and november we are going to travel to Brazil to film and record rhythms and techniques from Brasil.
Our focus will be on the rhythms from Bahia and the beautiful pandeiro.
In the past weeks we have practiced our camera work and working together. So we filmed a choroconcert in Rotterdam, which was fun to do! The purpose is working as a team and learning how our camera's work. So when we arrive in Brazil we are not only good percussion players, but also a good filmteam!
Working together with camera's is completely different then in music. Music for Matthias and me comes naturally. We found out that camerawork takes a lot of preparation. To get the same colors, volumes and shots is difficult. I think we made many mistakes, but it is good to see those silly mistakes.... We still have a lot to learn.

We are also trying to do some crowd funding and this is new for us too. Okay, it is important for our project to succeed and here we have to learn too. Let me explain what we are going to do with all the information we get in Brazil.
Matthias and me are both teachers. Matthias teaches on EPM Holanda and I have a percussion school: Sambalanço. We both give workshops on schools and to groups (amateur and professional).
We are going to make 2 different e-books with music, audio, film and music notations. The good thing about e-books is that it is easy to download and to spread all over the world. We will write it in different languages, so it becomes easy to understand.
There will be coming a book about the pandeiro. There are many styles of playing like samba, coco, forro ect. All are with different techniques! So we will travel from Pernambuco to South Brasil to visit the masters on pandeiro with their rhythms and styles.
The other book will be about the Bloco's Afro. The rhythms that are played by: Ilê Aiye, Olodum, Timbalada, Malê Debalê ect.
In both books we will put background information about the history and the development.
Of course Youtube will also be important to share our information and to let people all over the world know what beautiful music is made in Brazil!

We are happy with all the help we can get. If you want to support us you can donate on my website: If you note that it is for the Brasil music trip, it will be fine.

We will keep you informed about our developments! Thanks!
Michael de Miranda.