PHOENIX (March 9, 2012) Vibrant costumes, energetic drumming, acrobatic capoeira demonstrations, and authentic Brazilian cuisine await guests of the Musical Instrument Museum on Saturday, March 24. The one-day “Experience Brazil” event will feature multiple activities, performances, and presentations designed to fully immerse the community in Brazilian culture and heritage.
Get in the spirit with live music in MIM’s Main Courtyard. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Grupo Liberdade will perform with the SambAZ dancers. Specializing in the batucada rhythm, including the Afro-Brazilian styles of samba, samba-reggae, côcos, and maracatu, Grupo Liberdade strives to share the infectious sounds of Brazil with Arizona. The group will share the stage with the SambAZ dancers, an ensemble that radiates energy and passion, incorporating the beauty, grace, and spirit of authentic Brazilian carnival culture. Guests will also dance, sing, and groove with Radio Brazil Band from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. This five-piece band takes listeners on a musical journey that encompasses the influences of Afro-Brazilian roots; the beautiful sounds of bossa nova, samba-reggae, and Música Popular Brasileira (MPB); and the pounding drumbeat of carnival-style celebrations.
Drum classes hosted by Axé Capoeira at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. are sure to be popular with guests who want to learn how to play the rhythms of capoeira, samba, and maculele on a variety of drums, including the atabaque, pandeiro, djembe, and conga. Progressive artist Banding Hendrix will also do live painting and display original works in MIM’s Main Courtyard.
On mini-tours of the Brazil exhibit at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 3 p.m., MIM guests will learn about instruments such as the bandolim, a stringed instrument used in jam sessions for samba or a jazz-influenced music called choro. Another instrument featured in the exhibit, the berimbau is one of the most unusual-sounding instruments from Brazil and it makes a “wow-wow” sound. Also on display are percussion instruments such as the pandeirão and the matracas, used in performances of bumba-meu-boi, a traditional Afro-Brazilian drama.
MIM curator Daniel Piper will be on hand for a presentation at 2 p.m., offering a multimedia musical tour of Brazil that includes audiovisual recordings and photography from various regions of the country. In “Sounds of Brazil,” Piper will discuss and demonstrate samba, forró, and bumba-meu-boi.
“MIM is thrilled to highlight Brazil through music, dance, educational workshops, and more,” said Courtney Tjaden, events manager at MIM. “This family-friendly celebration is the perfect opportunity for the community to experience the beauty and sounds of Brazilian culture, with dynamic performances by some of Arizona’s finest artists.”
The Café at MIM will feature a variety of Brazilian entrées and beverages available for purchase. The menu will include Brazilian shrimp soup with okra, feijoada (Brazilian black beans with smoked meats), and cuca de banana (Brazilian banana cake with mango sauce). The caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink, will also be available for purchase.
The community is invited to attend the festivities at MIM. Entrance to all “Experience Brazil” events is included in general museum admission. Visit theMIM.org for the full schedule and to purchase tickets. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, but walk-up tickets will also be available.
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). Please visit theMIM.org or call 480.478.6000 for more information.
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MIM enriches the world community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible high-quality musical instruments, images, and music from every country in the world. We celebrate our world’s diverse musical cultures and foster global understanding by offering our guests an incomparable interactive experience, a welcome and fun environment, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances.
Erin Kozak, Media Relations Specialist