Explore Your Passion for Samba
Since 2003, Samba New York! has served as New York City's premier training ground for samba drummers. Our academy has regularly formed in-house players for our professional Show Group and student-based Bateria, while also graduating numerous other percussionists, some of whom have become leaders of their own organizations that have enriched the local Brazilian music scene over the years.
In 2020, Samba New York! emerged as a leader yet again with the launch of its innovative online project dedicated to the study, practice, and appreciation of samba percussion called "Learn To Play Samba." This cutting-edge program allows Director, Philip Galinsky, Ph.D. to share his passion for samba and over 25 years experience as a percussionist and ethnomusicologist specializing in Brazilian music with even more learners all over the world.
In 2020 and early 2021, the project offered three different intensive certificate courses on the pandeiro, repinique, and 3rd surdo, respectively. And starting in July 2021, we'll be offering our first-ever Samba Challenge Workshop Series (see below). The Learn To Play Samba project also features its own YouTube channel, which we invite you to subscribe to and check regularly for inspiring content related to samba percussion!
Samba Challenge Workshop Series 2021
Participants are invited to attend any one or more of the following workshops, which will take place on the following dates (all Mondays) from 7:00 - 9:00 PM EST via Zoom:
July 19: Tamborim
August 16: Caixa
September 20: Agogô
October 18: Surdo
November 15: Repinique
December 13: Pandeiro
At each workshop, Instructor, Philip Galinsky, Ph.D. will provide some foundational techniques, basic patterns, and variations for the given instrument. Each workshop includes a pdf of notated rhythms and will culminate in a "challenge" that participants will be invited to play and send back in a video immediately following the workshop. All participants in the challenge will be eligible to win an instrument or practice pad donated by Contemporânea, which will supply a jury of samba percussionists from Brazil to elect the "winner." This is not a competition but rather a fun way for workshop participants to engage more with the wider samba community and apply some of what they've learned.
US$35 for any individual workshop
US$180 for all 6 workshops
To register for any of the above workshops, send an email to Info@SambaNewYork.com and include your full name and the specific dates you wish to attend. Registration closes for each workshop the day before that workshop. The full package may be purchased at any time before December 13th, 2021. Payments may be made via Venmo (@Philip-Galinsky-1) or PayPal (Philip Galinsky; Info@SambaNewYork.com). If using PayPal, please select "Friends & Family."
Learners of all levels and musical backgrounds are welcome. No prior experience is required. Participants may use a practice pad or any workable replacement as a substitute for any of the instruments. Access to Zoom and a reliable Internet connection are required to participate. No refunds or credits will be granted for missed workshops or any other reason.
We look forward to sharing our passion for samba with you!