Monday, 23 February 2015

Favela Brass in Brazilian Newspaper O Dia

Yesterday Favela Brass made a modest appearance in Rio newspaper O Dia.

"The trumpet player Tom Ashe saw in the Pereira da Silva favela an opportunity to disseminate his knowledge. Resident of Rio for 7-years, he's responsible for the Favela Brass project which offers free music lessons for children between 4 and 14 years of age who live in the favela. The instruments are all donated."

Friday, 20 February 2015

Pereira da Silva Carnival Parade 2015

Rio Carnival is finally drawing to a close and on Wednesday we did a parade through our favela, Pereira da Silva. A carnival parade inside a favela is not the norm - carnival generally happens in the city streets or in the "Sambadrome", a specially built street with banked seating on either side in the city centre where the samba schools do their parades. As it turned out we got plenty of support from the families of the children and the locals, and we ended up with a really nice parade which also gave us an opportunity to show off our new t-shirts!

Big thanks to everyone who made the parade possible, and especially to restaurant ABCD for feeding us all at the end!

(Click image below to see all 138 fotos!)

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Favela Brass on TV Brasil (Brazilian national TV)

On Monday Brazilian national TV channel TV Brasil did a short piece about our project, with the children demonstrating how to play the different instruments and afterwards playing Carnaval tune "Mulata Yê-Yê-Yê" all together.

The kids played great and handled the pressure of playing for, and talking to, the camera really well:

Saturday, 14 February 2015

The Favela Brass T-Shirts are here!

Yesterday we took delivery of 44 of our new Favela Brass T-Shirts, just in time for our Carnival parade on Wednesday. Many thanks again to Finnish band Maria Gasolina for the donation of R$1,000 that financed the T-shirts, the girls at cultural space Rosa Vento for designing the super-cool logo, to João Marcelo Vieira Heinz for printing the shirts, and to Sami Kontola for making the whole thing happen!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Full Group Brass

Up until now we've generally tried to do our brass teaching in small groups to provide more personalised attention. However in the last few lessons we've been experimenting with teaching children brass all together and it seems to be working quite well so far...