Thanks for a great 2015 EEDS Carnaval!


Another Carnaval for the record books! We hope you had as much fun as we did.  Thanks to all of our wonderful performers who helped make the night so special!

  • Mestre Jorge Alabê – thank you for sharing your time and talent
  • International Capoeira Angola Foundation
  • Contemporary Music Project
  • Dill Costa and passistas:  Trish Carolan, Uyshica Brown, Erica Johnson, Tania Daley, and Jean Fitzgerald
  • Dance lessons and performances by Ariel Barbick, Etienne Montanez and Cristina Grieco
  • American Association of Brazilian Candomblé and Culture
  • Bateria Quilombola
  • EEDS Bateria
  • Bloco Maximo
  • Oloboom

We also wanted to thank our wonderful sponsors, who generously donated their goods and services to EEDS:

We were also lucky enough to have delicious Brazilian food sold by Taste of Brasil and beer from Sketchbook Brewing Company. A big thanks also goes out to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly, as well as the tireless efforts of the EEDS leadership and board. We hope this Carnaval event becomes a part of your yearly tradition. We had a great time singing, dancing and celebrating with you all. See you all soon!


Carnaval Percussion Workshops with Mestre Jorge Alabê

As a special treat this Carnaval season we have a very special guest – master Brazilian percussionist Jorge Alabê! Not only will he be making an appearance at our main Carnaval event on Saturday March 28th – he will be holding two percussion workshops with EEDS the week before Carnaval: Wednesday the 25th and Friday the 27th! This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best Brazilian percussionists in the US. You don’t have to be an EEDS member or student to attend class, and you don’t need to attend both classes. Instruments will be provided, and all levels are welcome, though the lesson will be geared to those with at least some experience.


EEDS Jorge Alabê Carnaval Workshops:

Wednesday March 25th and
Friday, March 27th
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. 4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL
Both classes 7-9 pm
$20 for each class ($40 for both) – cash or check accepted

More Jorge Alabê Workshops!
Be sure to check out Jorge Alabê’s workshops earlier in the week:  “Drums of The Orixa” (dance, song and drumming workshop)

When: Mon, March 23, 6:30pm – Tue, March 24, 8:00pm
Where: Dance Center of Colombia College 1306 South Michigan Avenue. (map)
Description Platform for the exposure and exploration of authentic Candomblé w/with mestre drummer Jorge Alabe do Xango.
Advance tickets: $40 for both days Or $25 per day. Please note: Participants must bring their own conga and drum sticks to class. To register please call 312-545-5034.