Favela Brass + Junta Local

On Saturday our brass band, comprising 9 of our most advanced students, played at craft food market Junta Local, held this time in an abandoned old chocolate factory in the city centre. Our performances went down really well with the public (those following the project closely may notice from the video that the kids have taken quite a leap forward over the last couple of months), we sold lots of T-shirts, the kids enjoyed themselves, and although we didn’t manage to sell them on the organic falafel or shitake mushroom and gruyere wraps, they weren’t above a good old fashioned bratwurst or two!

The show came out of a conversation with Tom Le Mesurier, author of food blog Eat Rio (highly recommended to anyone visiting Rio or living here). I only so much as mentioned that craft food markets might be a good little niche for us, and within a few days I received an e-mail from Thiago Gomide Nasser, who organizes Junta Local, inviting us to play at their next edition. So big thanks due to Tom and Thiago for giving our kids a chance to show off their talents in what turned out to be a pretty much ideal environment.

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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.