Penn Samba, an ensemble open to the entire community at Penn and comprising some 100 members, performs a wide variety of rhythms from many different regions of Brazil. Instruments, used in the ensemble include the surdo, caixa, repinique, tamborim, gaiza, and agogo, among others. No prior musical, sight-reading, or percussion experience is necessary, and all instruments are provided. Penn Samba is currently divided into three sections according to skill level: a select advanced section of seasoned members, an intermediate section for those with significant experience, and an introductory section for those new to Brazilian percussion. In addition to weekly rehearsals, Penn Samba organizes performances throughout the course of the semester.
Monday evenings; time TBD; Amado Recital Hall
Michael Stevens has been studying, performing, and teaching Brazilian percussion since 1999 and directing Penn Samba since 2008. During his frequent trips to Brazil he has had the good fortune to both perform and record with some of the top bands in Rio de Janeiro. He currently is the co-musical director of the Brazilian band, Alo Brasil. He is also the founder and musical director of the Brazilian band, PhillyBloco, and the samba school, Unidos da Filadelfia.