Updated Repertoire and NEWS!

HELLO REALLY COOL PEOPLE!!!

here are some things to check out!

EEDS Check list: Updated 1.20.16

  1. e-mail me!  reedflygt@gmail.com
  2. if needed 608.434.3173
  3. Carnaval is April 2nd.
  4. Jorge Alabe is coming Mar. 30th 7-9 pm and April 1st 7-9 pm.  $25 per class
  5. if you want transcriptions let me know specifically

REPERTOIRE: RIO STYLE Group Material

  • Call and Response 
  • Breaks 1,2,3 and modified 3,5 and 6.
  • Shoulder Tap with extended surdo variation
  •  “O” aka Pirate, Jorge Alabe Breaks: “Thumb,” “T,” “Butterfly,” “Temple” 
  • Jorge Alabe Long Paradinha
  • Harlem Samba Big O Break and Surdo #4 Variation
  • Vou Festejar and Mocidade opening sequence

REPERTOIRE: Dudu Fuentes Material

  • Ijexa
  • Gerais Deja Gerais (?)
  • Baiana

Enredos: 

  • Group Material: O Amanha, Vou Festejar, Explode Coracao, and Mocidade 2016
  • Bloco Maximo: Salgueiro 2014, Beija Flor 2015, E Hoje

You can check out recordings of some of these breaks on our Soundcloud page. We will be updating these recordings as the weeks progress.

Enredos:

-O Amanha w/ appropriate breaks (Monobloco version)

-Vou Festejar w/ appropriate breaks

-Mocidade 2016 w/ appropriate breaks (1 Break and Ending)

-Peguei Um Ita No Norte (AKA “Explode Coracao”) Salgueiro 1993

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FREE Class in January at EEDS

Winter is finally here, which means it’s the perfect time to warm up by hitting the drums with EEDS!

Throughout the month of January we are offering FREE classes as part of our preparations for Carnaval 2016. Carnaval is always our biggest event of the year and we want to get as many people as we can playing, dancing, and singing along!

During this special session we If you are new to EEDS this is the perfect opportunity to get started. You will learn to play the fundamentals of Samba. We will also be learning a samba-enredo (the school’s song for the year) that we will be featured at our Carnaval celebration later this spring.

No Commitment—Drop-in once, or every week—Admission is free

Class is every Wednesday (Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27) from 7-8:30pm
We rehearse at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage in Chicago)

Our first class is TONIGHT (6 Jan) so forget those humpday blues and make your way over to SRBCC and help us keep the tasty beats going!

Please visit the Facebook page for the event for updates, pics, videos, and much more!

Samba on!

#GivingTuesday

On this #GivingTuesday please consider donating to Evanston Escola de Samba. EEDS is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to teach, perform, and promote Brazilian music and dance as a vehicle for arts education and community engagement in Chicagoland.

Your donation will help EEDS fulfill its mission by ensuring that we have the funds to continue teaching classes and performing at Brazilian and other cultural events throughout Chicago.

As a non-profit every dollar goes right back into our operating costs and every little bit helps. In addition to paying for rehearsal and storage space, instrument upkeep, costumes, and performance costs, we are committed to providing financial assistance for Chicagoland high school students who want to play music with us. 30% of our students are on full scholarships due to need, and we strive to make Samba available to all. Over the years, we have worked in collaboration with organizations such as the Music Institute of Chicago, Youth Organizations Umbrella, and the Levy Center. 

These outreach activities have been central to the mission of EEDS since we were founded in 2003 but we can only continue to do this with your support.

So please, take a moment to visit our donation page and help us commit to many more years of building bridges across ethnic, generational, and social groups through Samba.

Muito Obrigado!

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Fall 2015 at EEDS

We have a lot of exciting things going on with EEDS this fall after a fantastic spring and summer! We’ve been working hard, playing hard and making some great music, and our September schedule is shaping up with new classes, performances and collaborations.
To paraphrase Reed, does this look like a great fall schedule… or the GREATEST fall schedule?!?!?!

Fall Percussion Classes—We are excited to announce our next session of percussion classes. The 12-week session will begin Wednesday Sep. 2, 7-830pm at SRBCC.

Fall BEGINNER Percussion Classes— UPDATE: We have changed the details for our beginner’s class. Please see the announcement here.

Evanston Streets Alive!—After a great time last year at this festival that promotes culture, community and sustainable living, we are going back to play more sweet samba beats! So come out and enjoy the beginning of Fall with a great festival and some great music.

Workshop with Bateria Quilombola and Dudu Fuentes—Join Bateria Quilombola and Dudu Fuentes at their headquarters for an exciting Brazilian music workshop! All levels welcome. Friday Sep. 18, 7-9pm, $25.
Dudu Fuentes is the founder and driving force of the new “blocos” style of Rio de Janeiro: Monobloco, Bangalafumenga, and most recently Batucalacatuca. 

Willy Street Parade with the Handphibians—We will be playing in the Willy Street Parade in beautiful Madison, WI with the Handphibians. The parade starts at 1030 so if you are in Madison come out and get some northern Samba exposure!

So that’s just the beginning of our fall schedule and there will be much more to come! So keep checking back for updates!

Class with Jimmy Biala and Final Day for Kickstarter

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This Wednesday EEDS has a special opportunity! Friend of EEDS and master percussionist Jimmy Biala will be leading a special percussion class. Jimmy joined us for our 4th of July parade in past years and are happy to have him in town again. We are going to learn some new rhythms and will also be perfecting our bateria techniques. Instruments will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own as well. All are welcome. Invite your friends!

When: Wednesday, June 17, 7-9pm, Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page!
Where: SRBCC (4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL)
Cost: $15 for the public, $10 for EEDS members
Ages: 16+

Today is also the final day to support our Kickstarter – help us make a final push!

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.

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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.

EEDS Carnaval Percussion Classes start February 4 in CHICAGO!

Samba fans, EEDS is coming to Chicago! Join us for our next class session, beginning Wednesday, February 4th, as we begin our new residency partnership with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. In this intensive 8-week session, students will learn Rio-style percussion techniques and patterns in preparation for our major Carnaval show on March 28th, which will feature Master Drummer and Percussionist Jorge Alabê.

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CARNAVAL PERCUSSION (8 weeks)

Dates: Wednesdays February 4th to March 25th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W Armitage, Chicago
Instructor: Reed Flygt
If you have any questions about these classes contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com).
Registration Fees:
$85 for 8 weeks (payable by check or cash on the first day of the session), or pay-as-you-go for $12 per class. Pay by credit card on our Paypal Donation Page.

EEDS Fall 2014 (Session 2) Percussion Class Schedule

Hey EEDS friends and family – our second session of Fall 2014 percussion classes is up: Register here ! We have percussion classes for both beginners and more advanced students. You can sign up for an entire session, or just drop in for a class or two. All instruments provided!

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BEGINNER BATERIA (8 weeks) [Register here]

Dates: Wednesdays October 22nd to December 17th
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: This class introduces to Brazilian percussion styles through focused lessons on the tamborim and the surdo. It is appropriate for students just beginning with Brazilian percussion, as well as advanced students wanting to refine their skills on certain instruments.

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE BATERIA (8 weeks) [Register here]

Dates: Wednesdays, October 22nd to December 17th
Time: 7:00 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: (Ages 16+) This class brings together all the instruments in a full Brazilian bateria, with a focus on advanced playing techniques, new rhythms, and refining the coordination between all of the instruments. Previous experience with Brazilian percussion is required, and this class is open to students who have already completed the “Beginner Bateria” class, or have participated in EEDS Performance Bateria previously.
If you have any questions about these classes contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com).
Registration Fees:
$85 for 8 Weeks
or $12 per class (includes BOTH intro and advanced classes)**PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASS on Wed. November 26th**

Dance Classes
Fall session dance classes will be announced soon!

Register now for EEDS Percussion – Fall Classes start September 3!

july4.2 (2 of 2)Fall is almost here and Evanston Escola de Samba is ready to welcome in the new season! Why don’t you join us for some percussion classes?

BEGINNER BATERIA (5 weeks) [register here]

Dates: Wednesdays, September 3 to October 1
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: This class introduces to Brazilian percussion styles through focused lessons on the tamborim and the surdo. It is appropriate for students just beginning with Brazilian percussion, as well as advanced students wanting to refine their skills on certain instruments.

 ADVANCED PERFORMANCE BATERIA (5 weeks) [register here]

Dates: Wednesdays, September 3 to October 1
Time: 7:00 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: This class brings together all the instruments in a full Brazilian bateria, with a focus on advanced playing techniques, new rhythms, and refining the coordination between all of the instruments. Previous experience with Brazilian percussion is required, and this class is open to students who have already completed the “Beginner Bateria” class, or have participated in EEDS Performance Bateria previously.
COST:
$50 for 5 Weeks
or $12 per class (includes both intro and advanced classes)

Please help with our survey – EEDS Classes Start September 3!

EEDS is currently considering altering its membership and payment structure for our next set of classes, beginning Wednesday, September 3. Help us make our classes the best they can be by filling out this membership and class survey. It is totally anonymous, and will take less than five minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PP5B395
We will use the results of this survey to provide the best possible value and structure for class payments for all our members. Your help is appreciated! And of course, mark your calendars for our next set of classes, listed below.

BEGINNER BATERIA (5 weeks)

Dates: Wednesdays, September 3 to October 1
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Cost: TBD
Description: This class introduces to Brazilian percussion styles through focused lessons on the tamborim and the surdo. It is appropriate for students just beginning with Brazilian percussion, as well as advanced students wanting to refine their skills on certain instruments.

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE BATERIA (5 weeks)

Dates: Wednesdays, September 3 to October 1
Time: 7:00 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Cost: TBD
Description: This class brings together all the instruments in a full Brazilian bateria, with a focus on advanced playing techniques, new rhythms, and refining the coordination between all of the instruments. Previous experience with Brazilian percussion is required, and this class is open to students who have already completed the “Beginner Bateria” class, or have participated in EEDS Performance Bateria previously.