Carnival Rehearsal with the Children of Projeto Tô Ligado and Cordão de Boitatá

One of the largest of the street bands (known as “blocos”) that plays in Rio city centre during carnival season is called Cordão de Boitatá. This band comprises around 50 of the city’s best wind instrument players and percussionists and attracts huge crowds at their parade on the Sunday before Carnival. The band traditionally holdsContinue reading “Carnival Rehearsal with the Children of Projeto Tô Ligado and Cordão de Boitatá”

Bloco Tô Ligado Party: November

This year I have been providing brass and percussion instrumental music lessons to children from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas in partnership of a local social project called Projeto Tô Ligado. The aim is to put together a “bloco” (street band) with the children to participate in Rio Carnival in March 2014. Every month we throwContinue reading “Bloco Tô Ligado Party: November”

Bloco Tô Ligado: October Party

On Sunday there was a party at Projeto Tô Ligado. The children’s carnival band, Bloco Tô Ligado, played, followed by samba band Samba de Lei. Here are the videos: And here are the photos (click the image to see the whole album): project. The children’s carnival band, Bloco Tô Ligado, played, followed by samba bandContinue reading “Bloco Tô Ligado: October Party”