Reed Flygt is the Head Percussion Instructor at the Evanston Escola de Samba. Originally from Baraboo, Wisconsin, Reed is now enjoying life even more. He is in his seventh year of teaching in Chicago Public Schools where he serves as a music instructor at Lane Tech College Prep High School. Reed attended the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where he studied Instrumental Music Education and Percussion Performance with Dane Maxim Richeson. His further experience in African and Brazilian percussion comes from study with Nani Agbeli at the Dagbe Cultural Institute in Kopeyia, Ghana, (2008, 2010, 2012); ethnomusicologist Philip Galinsky in Rio de Janeiro (2010); and attendance at California Brazil Camp (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). In addition to teaching Brazilian percussion at EEDS, Reed’s current music projects include playing drums with the bands Fatbook, Ragged Claws, and leading the Chicago-based professional samba group Bloco Maximo. He would like to personally acknowledge all of his teachers. More specifically Dr. Philip Galinsky and Samba New York, Dane Richeson, and Jorge Alabe. Also Marcus Santos, Ailton Nunes, Jimmy Biala, Dudu Fuentes and many of the Chicago area musicians such as John Beard, Marcos Oliveira, Dill Costa, Heitor Garcia, Geraldo de Oliveira, Dedé Sampaio, Felipe Fraga, Will From Brazil, and Moacyr Marchini.
Peter Korajczyk is a Percussion Instructor at the Evanston Escola de Samba and also Bateria Quilombola. He is a native of neighboring Skokie, and attended Niles West High School. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2012 with a degree in Biology. While there he played percussion in the University of Chicago Jazz X-tet, under the direction of the AACM’s Mwata Bowden, performing with such influential Chicago improvisers and composers as Ari Brown and Ed Wilkerson. In 2011 Peter joined the samba bateria Bloco Maximo. Craving more Brazilian music, he has since joined the Evanston Escola de Samba bateria and Bateria Quilombola, as well as playing the softer side of samba in John Beard’s Pagode Maximo. Hope to see you at the next rehearsal! YOU BETTER SHOW UP!
Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Dill Costa (pronounced ‘Jill’) is an expert in samba dance and performance. As a regular dancer in some of Brazil’s best known Escolas de Samba (Samba ‘Schools’) — groups of hundreds of musicians and dancers in one of the greatest festivals on Earth — Dill represents the authentic Carnaval music that is part of Brazil’s rich musical legacy. She has held many titles in samba schools including ‘Queen of the Percussion Section’.
Dill, for 32 years, has participated in various parades in different Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro, such as: GRES Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, GRES Uniao Da Ilha do Governador, GRES. Unidos da Tijuca, GRES. Estacio de Sa. GRES. Unidos do Viradouro, GRES. Beija Flor de Nilopolis, GRES. Unidos de Padre Miguel, GRES. Porto Da Pedra, GRES. Unidos de Vila Isabel, GRES. Paraiso Do Tuiuti, GRES. Resancer de Jacarepagua, GRES. Sao Clemente, among others.
Besides samba, Dill is an expert in jazz, tap, modern, and folk dance of Brazil. She was an instructor of Brazilian regional dance forms for many years.
Ariel Barbick, a Brazilian at heart, is happy to have found a piece of Brazil in her hometown Evanston within the Evanston Escola de Samba. Though she was raised in the Chicago area she was born in Panama and believes those initial tropical roots must be the cause of her love for all Latin music and dance especially Brazilian. With inherited dancing feet from her late Grandmother Zelda, a Chicago ballroom dancer, she is thrilled to have discovered not only a strong passion for Brazilian dancing but also the joy of sharing that passion with others. She received her more formal dance training from her friend and mentor, dancing phenomena and most big hearted person, Edilson Lima, as well as the amazing Dil Costa and Shirley Vieira and informal training from over ten years of late night dancing with local Brazilians to the live music of Chicago Samba, Bossa Tres and other local Brazilian bands. She began performing with Chicago Samba in 2002 and stopped in 2006 when motherhood became her next big passion. Now a mother of two, late night dancing is not as frequent, but teaching and performing have been a very happy replacement. Some of the venues and events where she has had the opportunity to perform include: the Note, the Hot House, the Green Dolphin, Andersonville Mid- Sommar Festival, Retro on Roscoe Festival, Venetian Night (dancing on a boat), the Chicago African Festival of the Arts, the Bud Billiken Parade, the Chicago Pride Parade, Indiana University-South Bend’s Carnival, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago’s Northside Summer Fest, many of Chicago Samba’s Brazilian Independence Day and Carnaval shows, Millennium Park and more…. She was also one of the dancers in Edilson Lima’s samba dance workout dvd “Sambody.” In addition to dance, Ariel is a certified Spanish language teacher who has taught grades k-12 throughout the Chicago area as well as out West for over fifteen years and most recently taught and was tenured at Francis W. Parker School in Lincoln Park. She always included dance in her teaching and created extracurricular dance clubs where she taught her students Brazilian and other styles of Latin dance which often resulted in in-school performances. She is happy and grateful to have the opportunity to teach the students of as well as perform with EEDS.
Andrew Green is a percussion instructor at the Evanston Escola de Samba. A native of Washington, DC, Andrew Green is a musician and teacher in the Chicago area. A recent Chicago transplant, he is excited to be pursuing his music career in such an exciting city! In high school, he studied percussion at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, and after high school, he attended Interlochen Arts Academy for a year. He graduated from Lawrence University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music and while at Lawrence, he studied percussion with Dane Richeson and jazz with Fred Sturm and Mark Urness. He first discovered his love for world music in Lawrence’s percussion ensemble, LUPÉ, which included Ghanaian, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban groups in addition to the classical ensemble. In 2010, he had the opportunity to study Ghanaian music at the Dagbe Cultural Institute in the village of Kopeyia, in Ghana, West Africa and subsequently led the Ghanaian and Brazilian groups for his final year at Lawrence. Andrew currently plays in the 12-piece samba bateria, Bloco Maximo, as well as various jazz groups and freelance opportunities. In addition to music, Andrew enjoys playing tennis and ultimate Frisbee every chance he gets!