The Brazilian Music Experience 2023

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Morningside Music Tours
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9 reviews
Aug 19 - 26, 2023
Group size: 10 - 30
The Brazilian Music Experience 2023
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Morningside Music Tours
  • Facebook verified
9 reviews

$NaN
Aug 19 - 26, 2023
Group size: 10 - 30

About this trip

The music of Brazil is one of the most important expressions of Brazilian culture. Brazilian Rhythms like Samba and Bossa Nova were eternalized by international artists such as Frank Sinatra, Black Eyed Peas, Amy Winehouse, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock among many others.


The Brazilian Music Experience is an opportunity to explore the City of Rio de Janeiro and to interactively learn authentic Brazilian music from some of Rio's top musicians. This will be an unforgettable, weeklong, cultural trip and learning tour with lessons, percussion classes, workshops, and night entertainment highlighting the best of Brazilian music. Included also is an educational city tour, visiting stunning attractions such as Corcovado, Sugar Loaf.


If you love Brazilian music and culture and are a music student, professional musician, or hobbyist, this trip is for you.  Non-musicians, spouses and friends are welcome to come along!


Our Brazilian partners are: percussionist Mila Schiavo, who manages the music school at Cidade das Artes and has toured the world performing with many acclaimed acts and Guilherme Gonçalves, Conservatory percussion professor and samba expert.


Come to Rio de Janeiro and have fun learning what makes Brazilian Music so enchanting!


Part of the money raised from this trip goes to a Non-Profit organization that helps children from Rio with free music lessons and art activities.

If you need further information please do not hesitate to ask.



The Windsor Excelsior hotel is a two-minute walk to Copacabana beach!


Ground Transportation will be in a van with air conditioning.


*Itineraries and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond The Brazilian Music Experience / Morningside Music Tours control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued.


- You need a valid passport to travel but Citizens of the United States do not require a visa to travel to Brazil for tourism or certain business-related activities


Your Hosts

Percussionist Mila Schiavo believes that when you love a music style you have to experience the culture where the rhythm came from. That’s why she developed “The Brazilian Music Experience”, so that people can learn and listen to the music where it started in Brazil. Mila manages "Musica para Crescer" (Music to Growth) a nonprofit music project that teaches kids and teenagers in Rio de Janeiro, and has toured the world performing with many acclaimed acts. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has a MBA from PUC - Rio de Janeiro. 


Percussionist Guilherme Gonçalves also studied at Berklee College of Music and upon returning to Brazil, performed with some of the top artists and taught at a number of different music schools including the Brazilian Popular Music Conservatory. He also has authored books on samba drumming.


Dan Fox, the owner of Morningside Tours, plays trombone, bass, and percussion and will be along on this fantastic trip to help coordinate and also continue to learn about the vast world of Brazilian music.

Entertainment Venues Included


Renascença Club - Very Traditional Roda de Samba in Rio - @renascencaclub 


Bar da Alcione (@bardaalcione) or Rio Scenarium (@rioscenarium) 


Casa do Choro @casadochoro


Visit a Samba School Rehearsal



Corcovado 

  • http://visit.rio/que_fazer/cristoredentor/

Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf)

  • https://www.bondinho.com.br

Classes and Lessons

Included for students + Companions:

- Accommodation: 4-star Windsor Excelsior Hotel on Copacabana Beach with breakfast included

- Transfers Airport/Hotel/Airport

- Five Transfers Hotel/Studio_Classes/Hotel

- Five Transfers Hotel/Show Venue/Hotel (8 pm/11 pm)

- One City Tour: Corcovado and Pão de Açúcar with lunch (drinks not included) 

- One Welcome Dinner (drinks not included) 

Classes - Included 

- 8 hours of group classes 

- 1 hour of a private class 

Evening Entertainment 

  • Tickets to four shows 

 Jam Session with fellow students and professional Brazilian Musicians



Not included 

  • Lunch (unless the ones on the description) 
  • Dinner ((unless the ones on description) 
  • Airline ticket 
  • Travel insurance
  • Instruments Accepted
    Voice,  Bass, Drums, Percussion, Keyboard/Piano, Guitar (electric and acoustic),  Sax (Alto, Tenor & Soprano), Trumpet, Trombone, and flute.
    if you don't see your instrument on this list but want to join, no problem! Just ask.

Class Themes

Monday: Theme Brazilin Music Introduction 

Morning: 11 am to 1 pm - Brazilian Percussion Workshop 

Afternoon: 2 pm to 4 pm Fundamental Concepts in Understanding the Brazilian Feel 

Night: Renascença Club - Very Traditional Roda de Samba in Rio - @renascencaclub 

Tuesday:  Roda de Samba 

Morning - 11 am to 1 pm - Brazilian Percussion Workshop 

Afternoon - 2 pm to 4 pm - Ensemble 

Night - Bar da Alcione (@bardaalcione) or Rio Scenarium (@rioscenarium) 

Wednesday: Choro

Morning - 11 am to 1 pm - Brazilian Percussion Workshop 

Afternoon - 2 pm to 4 pm - Ensemble 

Night: Casa do Choro @casadochoro

Thursday: Bossa Nova and Samba Jazz  

Morning - 11 am to 1 pm - Brazilian Percussion Workshop 

Afternoon - 2 pm to 4 pm - Ensemble 

Night: Jam Session 

Friday: Samba School  

Morning - 11 am to 1 pm - Brazilian Percussion Workshop 

Afternoon - 2 pm to 4 pm - Ensemble 

What’s included

  • 7 nights - 4 star Hotel
    Breakfast Included
  • Welcome Dinner
    first night at hotel
  • 5 Days Music Classes
    8 hours of class total
  • Night Entertainment
    4 nights
  • Lunch
    one day only (city tour)
  • Rio City Tour
    Corcovado, Sugar loaf, downtown Rio
  • Ground Transportation
    Including pickup from airport - 5 Transfers Hotel/Studio_Classes/Hotel - 5 Transfers Hotel/Show Venue/Hotel (8 pm/11 pm)
  • Jam Session
    with fellow students and pro musicians
  • One hour private lesson
    on instrument of your choice with the best Brazilian pro musicians
  • Airfare
  • Drinks / Beverages
  • Dinner
    Unless specified
  • Lunch
    Unless specified
  • travel insurance
  • International Health Ins

Available Packages

Student Single Occupancy
Available until June 15, 2023

Classes + Hotel + Ground Transportation + City Tour + Evening Event Tickets

$3,245
Deposit: $1,298
Student Double Occupancy
Available until May 15, 2023
$2,585
Deposit: $1,034
Non-musicians Single Occupancy
Available until May 15, 2023

Hotel + Transfer + City Tour + Night Tickets 

$2,585
Deposit: $1,034
Non-Musicians Double Occupancy
Available until May 15, 2023
$1,925
Deposit: $770


Itinerary

Saturday (August 19)
Get Settled
  • Arrive in Rio 
  • Hotel check-in - 2 PM
  • Welcome Dinner (drinks not included) 

Your Organizer


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Morningside Music Tours
9 reviews
Multi-instrumentalist Dan Fox started Morningside Music Studio in 2007 in Arlington, MA as a music school specializing in ensembles for adults. After bringing groups of students to summer workshops abroad in Genoa, Italy and Mallorca, Spain, it was clear that the combination of an immersive musical environment plus signature destinations made for a rich and fruitful creative experience! Morningside Music Tours provides the opportunity for musicians to learn new skills, perform in an exciting environment, and learn from the best.

Reviews

All in all this was a great trip and an outstanding opportunity to learn Afro-Cuban songs and rhythms. I really enjoyed traveling with and playing music with the people on the trip, and our Cuban instructors and tour guides were incredible. In the evening we saw some wonderful music at jazz clubs, restaurants, and at the Havana Jazz Festival. It seemed like everywhere we went, in restaurants and on the street, there was music playing, and it was a blast being able to get up and play along with them, The afternoon activities were great also, including the trip to Vinales, the tour of Old Havana, and car ride in the antique cars. And I can't say enough good things about the food. On this trip we stayed with Cuban families. I enjoyed talking with our hosts and learning about their lives. I would also say that I really enjoyed the city of Havana.
By Eric S for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 29 Jan, 2020
Thanks for the review and I'm glad you were satisfied with the trip, Eric. It was great to have you along and get to know you better.
By Morningside Music Tours on 29 Jan, 2020
MM
This was the emotional high point of any trip I’ve ever taken ~ built around music, with such warm, expressive, bright Cuban musicians leading our every move, and touring us around fabulous Cuba, dining on exquisite cuisine in lush, beautiful settings. I could never have imagined how fabulous Cuba could be, its beautiful, colorful architecture, magnificent flora everywhere, and so hope to return soon, especially with Dan, who has perfected this trip after five years of honing its details, and so well knowing how to handle the people aspects of a group traveling together. Our Casa particulares was lovely, my suite mates on the trip ideal and caring, and the women who cooked our breakfast and brought us every convenience ~ so thoughtful and responsive. Here’s to next year!
By Elsa S for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 27 Jan, 2020
Thank you Elsa, it was so great to meet you! You had such a positive attitude and you made sure you appreciated every moment. Thanks for the kind words and I hope you can make it next time as well.
By Morningside Music Tours on 27 Jan, 2020
MM
This was the musical trip of a lifetime! Always wanted to travel to Cuba to soak in the music and the culture first-hand --and this was the way to do it. The planning, accommodations, meals, lessons and special events were handled extremely well. The highlight for me was getting the chance to hang out with Cuban people, whether making music together or simply riding in one of those cool taxi cabs. I'd make this trip again in a heartbeat!
By Rebecca C for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 27 Jan, 2020
It was great to meet you, Rebecca, and hear your wonderful flute playing! Thanks for the kind words and let's keep in touch for sure.
By Morningside Music Tours on 27 Jan, 2020
MM
Highly recommend! We had an awesome time. Just the music lessons alone would have made the trip worth it -- getting to learn from and play with Cuban percussionists was out of this world! Throw in great company, beautiful weather, amazing food, live music everywhere and jazz shows every night ... could you ask for anything more? If you are thinking about going on this trip, you should stop thinking, and just go! I guarantee your future self will thank you.
By Alice L for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 26 Jan, 2020
Thanks for the kind words, Alice. It was great to meet’ Ziba and get to know you better. I look forward to hearing some of this new knowledge coming out in your drum set playing!
By Morningside Music Tours on 26 Jan, 2020
MM
The Morningside trip to Cuba was a life-changing experience! Words to describe will simply not do it justice- the experience in itself was priceless! Met wonderful people all around- our fellow traveling companions and all our Cuban friends who were our guides, music instructors, and casa particulares hosts. We all felt right at home and well-fed. Wished we did a bit more walking to burn off the food! The trip was well-organized and exciting every day- immersed in crash courses of music lessons and Latin ensembles to captivating live music performances every evening! Should I mention the flan and mojitos were out of this world? Oh, and there were trips to experience the beautiful Cuban architecture and landscape from Havana to the Vinales Valley. Not often do you get to ride in colorful vintage cars daily! To sum it up- returned from Cuba with a burst of energy that will be surrounding me - the people, the music, and the scenery in vivid memory. The organizing team was brilliant and considerate to everyone's needs. Sign me up again, please!
By Padma N for Havana Jazz Festival for Musicians and Music Lovers on 25 Jan, 2020
Thanks and It was wonderful to have you along, Padma! I'm glad it lived up to your expectations and you will be the first to know about future trips!
By Morningside Music Tours on 25 Jan, 2020
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