Visit from Annaelis De Jong and Codarts Students

Yesterday we received a visit from Annaelis De Jong, head of the Latin Music Department at Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) along with students Diogo Carvalho, Mose Franssen, Klara Gallardo, Fernando Camas and Pablo Rodriguez. As well as helping with the lessons, the group brought with them 6 melodicas and a set of drum sticks, bought with money donated by the teachers at Codarts. Both drum sticks and melodicas are essential items for our children to have at home to practice on, so this will mean even more music learning going on outside of lessons.

We are very grateful to Annaelis and all who gave the money to make this donation possible and really appreciate the group coming to get to know our project. Favela Brass already has a strong connection with Codarts because two of our volunteer teachers studied there – trombone player and violinist Sigrún K. Jónsdóttir gave lessons here for 3 months earlier in the year and percussionist Roman Sielert is giving lessons here at the moment. It was really great to deepen that connection with this visit.

Thanks guys!

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Bindu Mathur

Bindu Mathur was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and worked for 10 years in London as a TV producer/director, making science and history documentaries for the BBC, Discovery and Channel 4. She also made videos for international NGOs and has filmed in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Resident in Rio de Janeiro since 2007 she is the owner of the award-winning Casa Beleza B&B in Santa Teresa, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is a long-time collaborator with Favela Brass including making films for the project. Her children also studied at the project.

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