Participate in an energetic Brazilian Percussion Ensemble Workshop with Zabumba Asheville Samba, Asheville's premiere samba music and dance ensemble, facilitated by Anthony Neal, Diana Loomer and Agustin Frederic. The group has been performing for over a dozen years and is often featured in parades and festivals. See their performance at last year's Asheville Percussion Festival on YouTube. If you were at their sold-out workshop last summer, this is a great opportunity to review the material, learn a different part, and build on that repertoire with more samba-style rhythms. If you missed that workshop, now is your chance! Learn to play different types of Samba percussion instruments in layered arrangements, along with a series of breaks and calls to move as a group through different grooves. Explore both traditional and contemporary samba beats. Instruments will be provided if requested in advance. Bring your own Brazilian style drums if you have them. Zabumba Asheville Samba ‘s founder, Anthony Neal, has led West African drum and dance classes and ensembles, spearheaded an mbira group, and studied and played numerous styles of percussion throughout his life. His passion for Samba was sparked by Grooversity founder, Marcus Santos. Dr. Diana Loomer is an active percussionist and music educator. She graduated with a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a M.M. from Indiana University and a B.M. in Percussion Performance from Appalachian State University where she directs the "Steely Pan Steel Band". Diana teaches privately and at Western Carolina University. Agustin Frederic is a national and international musician born in Costa Rica. His degree in Music and Social Behavioral Sciences from the University of Central Florida includes Jazz Studies from Florida State University. As a drummer and percussionist, he performs, tours, and records with his bands – The Dirty Badgers, David Earl Tomlinson, Riyen Roots (HBC residency), CRF&TSF, and Zabumba: Brazilian drum and dance troupe. When: 11am-4 pm, lunch break1-2 (bring your own)Where: Asheville Rhythm studio: Odyssey School, 90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801. Studio is on the lower level. Please enter the door below the sign for Odyssey High School, across from the pool and tennis courts.