Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sep 1 2008: Samba rhythm workshop with Paul Bray

The Open Air Orchestra Society is proud to offer yet another free workshop with yet another terrific musician. Paul Bray will be leading a samba percussion workshop from 7:30 - 10pm on Monday, September 1st in the common room of the Grace MacInnis Housing Co-op, 825 Salsbury Drive.

Paul Bray is a dynamic and charismatic percussionist working as a music educator and performer in Vancouver. First schooled in classical styles, Paul has focused his attention to African influenced styles, specializing in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian folkloric styles.

Paul has studied extensively in Cuba and has collaborated with Vancouver's Afro-Bahia Dance Productions and Yasse Afro-Arts. He also works as a studio musician and directs Sambata, Vancouver's 20-piece Escola de Samba.

Currently, Paul is the percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach – an Arts Umbrella youth program, and is guest instructor with the Britannia World Rhythms Ensemble. In the performing arena Paul is a member of Tambor Iroko, led by Jack Duncan, Candela, and a regular club percussionist, collaborating with local DJ’s in Vancouver.

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