Samba in the Twin Cities

October 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Last week, Arts Midwest welcomed brazilian musicians Paulo Padilha and Group to the Twin Cities for their Arts Midwest World Fest tour. Arts Midwest World Fest brings high-caliber, accessible global artists to small- and mid-sized Midwest communities to provide a multifaceted experience to community residents.

Paulo and his bandmates practically samba'd (is that a word?) off the plane to their first workshop at North High School in St. Paul. Friday was homecoming day and the students were already pretty psyched when they filed into the auditorium for the hour-long concert. As they took their seats, the world percussion class opened for Paulo sporting flashy garb.

Percussion studentsPercussion students

In between songs, Paulo took care to explain the lyrics, samba rhythms, and give students the opportunity to play and dance with the music.

Students onstage with Paulo PadilhaDistributing Instruments

The next day, Paulo and crew played a phenomenal 90 minute set at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis complete with a surprise cover of Prince's Kiss! Class act.

Band playing onstageSamba jam!

Read more about their tour and these first two events on the Arts Midwest World Fest blog: http://www.artsmidwestworldfest.org/blog/2014-10-01/paulo-padilha-and-group-twin-cities

Check out more of my photos from these events and follow their tour of the Midwest on the Arts Midwest Flickr account.


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