Workshop: Rhythmic Innovations in the Pagode Samba Movement of Rio de Janeiro with Philip Galinsky
The original meaning of the word pagode in the samba scene of Rio de Janeiro is a communal gathering of musicians to play, sing, and dance this most typical of Brazilian genres. Percussionist-ethnomusicologist, Philip Galinsky, Ph.D. (founder and director of Samba New York!) is the first scholar to have published an in-depth study in academia in English on the so-called pagode samba movement. This spontaneous initiative spawned a resurgence of these gatherings in Rio and throughout Brazil, featuring a recovery of certain “roots” elements and several important innovations in the music in the 1970s and 1980s, leading to a renewed space in the media for the samba.
In this online workshop, based on his master’s research on the pagode in the 1990s and more than 25 years of experience teaching samba percussion, Dr. Galinsky will trace the early history of this movement. He will also highlight some of the new instruments created and introduced into the samba by members of Grupo Fundo de Quintal (The Backyard Group), the pioneering band of the movement and one of the most influential ensembles in the history of the genre.
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