Marcus Santos in Chicago this weekend

The Friday workshop will be at Quilombo and will cost $25 – there will also be a party on Saturday, December 6th at 8:30 PM at the same location (1757 N. Kimball) featuring Marcus Santos, Renato Anesi and more! You can find more info on the Facebook Event Page.


hey!  you are welcome to come check out this guy!  public workshop friday (dec. 5th) from 7-9 pm @ 1757 n. kimball ave.  let me know if you are interested.  $25.  concert and show saturday night at the same place starting at 8

percussion!  get the money in!!

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September Events Recap

September has been a busy month for EEDS, this week we hosted a special teacher, Derek Wright from Los Angeles. Derek taught the bateria some Maracatu, from the Northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, and an Afoxé rhythm (secular music based on sacred Candomblé rhythms from northeastern Brazil). It was a lot of fun – and big thanks to Derek for helping add some new patterns and styles to our repertoire!
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 Earlier in the month, we performed an outdoor samba concert and parade at Evanston Streets Alive, an outdoor block party that took over Main street. It was a lot of fun to parade for a crowd, and we think the crowd enjoyed themselves, too. We have some more notable events on the horizon including a percussion workshop with Jimmy Biala on Wednesday, October 1st. You can find more information on our Facebook event page – look forward to seeing you there.

EEDS 2014 Enredo: “The World Comes to Brazil, and Brazil Comes to Evanston”


The world comes to Brazil…

The eyes of the world are on Brazil. As Brazil hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we hope that teams, fans, and viewers from around the globe will discover that Brazil’s cultural riches, its history, and its music are deserving of all the world’s attention and celebration. For the Evanston Escola de Samba’s 2014 enredo, we join with our Brazilian friends in celebration of their accomplishment of hosting the 2014 World Cup, and in encouraging global unity and Brazilian national pride.

At the same time, the world comes to Brazil during a time of unprecedented economic growth and cultural change. The national protests in Brazil over the summer of 2013 showed how, for many Brazilians, the World Cup brings both deepened concern for the legacies of the past and renewed hope for the future as Brazil charges into the 21st century.

At this time of celebration and hope, there is no music more appropriate to permeate packed soccer stadiums and botecos than samba. Born from social inequality, samba came to Brazil from around the world. “The voice of the hill,” as Zé Keti called it, samba was born in Rio de Janeiro’s hillside communities as a response to social inequality and cultural marginalization. Samba borrowed from the world’s musical styles, infusing European elements on an African core, and created a culture all its own. And today, on the eve of the World Cup, this music of celebration and social change returns to the global stage that gave birth to it.

And Brazil comes to Evanston…

As the world comes to Brazil for the World Cup, the Evanston Escola de Samba celebrates how Brazil and samba already permeate Chicagoland. In an urban region with a vibrant and enthusiastic Brazilian community, the performance of Brazilian music and dance continues to enrich our civic and cultural life. In partnership with our Brazilian brothers and sisters at home and abroad, the Evanston Escola de Samba showcases samba as a vehicle for community engagement, social awareness, and arts education.

Through samba, we celebrate the unity of humanity as we seek renewed courage to face our world’s problems with focus and vigor, in pursuit of a better planet. We believe samba, the music that survived so much history and now enriches our lives, is the soundtrack of this pursuit. And so, as the world comes to Brazil, the Evanston Escola de Samba celebrates Brazil coming into our lives and our communities.

Our 2014 samba-enredo will be sung to the União da Ilha classic, “O amanhã,” as featured in the above arrangement by Monobloco. But the lyrics are fresh and new, reflecting our love of Brazilian history, the World Cup, and our hope for futbol and samba as unifying forces in our city and the world. Please join us on Central Street in Evanston on July 4th to sing along!

União da Ilha                                             Evanston Escola de Samba (2014)

A cigana leu o meu destino                        Samba kings have taken to the field
Eu sonhei!                                                  Evanston!
Bola de cristal                                             O jogo bonito
Jogo de búzios, cartomante                       Malandragem, canarinho
E eu sempre perguntei                               But still we have to know?

O que será o amanhã?                               Which side will score, and claim the crown?
Como vai ser o meu destino?                    Maracanã, a soccer samba?
Já desfolhei o mal-me-quer                        The stars and stripes? A seleção?
Primeiro amor de um menino                    Neymar’s 10, the magic number?

E vai chegando o amanhecer                    Now hear the music from the hill
Leio a mensagem zodiacal                        Rhythm of the drums is in the air
E o realejo diz                                             When the game is done
Que eu serei feliz, sempre feliz                  A win for everyone (for everyone)

Como será amanhã?                                  Brazil takes a bow center stage
Responda quem puder                               The world has come to play
O que irá me acontecer?                            Evanston Escola de Samba
O meu destino sera                                    Brings Brazil here for us
Como Deus quiser                                      on Independence Day
Como sera?                                                 Força da luz!

Only 1 week to go on Kickstarter!

We are getting down to the wire on our Kickstarter – only one week left. However we still have to meet over 1/2 of our goal! If you are considering donating, now is the time!

Thank you to all those who donated in the third week of our campaign, we really appreciate your support:
Seiti & Sanko Sacay
Carolina Sacay
Ines Sacay
Lucas Sacay
Marcos Sacay
Márcia Sacay
Fran Gilbert
Jeremy S. Miller
Leslie Riley


First week update: Thank you to our supporters – we’re 25% there!

Our bateria thanks you!
Our bateria thanks you!

We are extremely grateful to the 10 generous contributors who have helped us reach 25% of our goal! Thank you to new donors:

  • Marion
  • Philip Galinsky
  • Kristin and Marc Winter

The amount pledged so far covers our scholarships, shirts/hats and costume expenses. Though we are making progress, we still have a way to go before reaching our ultimate parade fundraising goal. Even if you can’t contribute, please help us by sharing our Kickstarter link and our Kickstarter event on Facebook. The Kickstarter closes at 10 AM on Saturday June 7th! If we do not raise enough funds by that date, we don’t receive any money, so every dollar really helps us towards our goal! Muito Obrigado!

Philip Galinsky visits EEDS

On Wednesday, for the second time in as many years, EEDS was thrilled to host master sambista and ethnomusicologist Philip Galinsky for an intense three-hour samba percussion workshop. The founder and director of Samba New York, Galinsky is one of the foremost educators of, and authorities on, Brazilian music in the United States.
IMG_20140416_202319An exacting teacher, Galinsky spent time with each and every bateria member to refine their technique, and provide some great pointers. Our bateria definitely improved from his careful attention and energetic teaching. We were thrilled to have him, and we hope he comes back soon!

Philip Galinsky in Chicago!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Philip Galinsky is in the area again!  He will be hosting two open workshops:

  • Monday (14th) night 7-9 pm at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 w. Armitage ave in Chicago, IL.
  • Wednesday (16th) night 6-8:45 pm at McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove street in Evanston, IL.
  • follow the signs to the appropriate room!
  • each class will cover samba batucada fundamentals and breaks!

each workshop is $20.00.  cash please.  bring an instrument if you have one.

e-mail or call Reed for any questions.  (, c-608.434.3173)

cannot wait!

November Update!

Hey!  Let’s catch up with some current events!

Over halloween some members of Bloco Maximo and EEDS headed to NYC to play with Samba New York! for their Halloween Parade.  It was a blast!  Here are some pictures and videos.

NYC 2013

Other Information

  • Yesterday was another great rehearsal at Quilombo Cultural Center.  Almost too much fun!  (More on that later).
  • Check out this recording for reference of current EEDS material: 

Upcoming Events

  • This Friday (Nov. 22nd) Pagode Maximo will be playing in Chicago at Borelli’s Pizza 6:30 – 8 pm. (2124 W. Lawrence).
  • This weekend there is a pretty awesome event, the Zumbi Celebration, organized by Gingarte Capoeira at the University of Chicago: check out: for more information.

Zumbi Celebration Schedule

Friday, November 22nd
Location: Gingarte Academy 1501 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago IL
6:30-7:00pm registration
7:00-9:00pm warm up and opening capoeira Roda

Saturday, November 23rd
Location: Ida Noyes Hall 1212 E. 59th St. Chicago IL 60637
10:30-11:00am registration
11:00-12:30pm capoeira workshop
12:30-1:30pm roda
1:30-2:30 Lunch break
2:30-3:45 dance workshop

Performance and Film Screening Saturday evening
Location: International House 1414 E. 59th St. Chicago IL 60615
5:30-6:00 doors open
6:00-7:00pm Show
7:15-10:00pm Palestra/documentary/dinner

Sunday November 24th
Location: Ida Noyes Hall
10:30-10:45am registration
10:45-12:00pm Dancas do Quilombo wokshop
12:00-1:15pm Capoeira workshop
1:15- 2:00pm break/food
2:00-4:00pm closing roda

-keep swinging hard

Fall Class Schedule is Up!

Though we’re still in the midst of summer – it’s time to start looking ahead to Fall! Our Fall EEDS class schedule has been released, and we’re excited to welcome back both new and returning students, beginning Wednesday, September 12th. Check out more information about classes and how to sign up on our classes page.