Favela Brass provides systematic, long-term, instrumental music tuition for children at our permanent home in the Pereira da Silva community in Rio de Janeiro and in 4 nearby local state schools.
Children in Rio's low-income neighbourhoods rarely have the opportunity to learn to play brass instruments. Favela Brass, founded in 2014 by British trumpet player Tom Ashe, provides around 120 youngsters, aged 6-18, with free music lessons three times a week and an instrument to practice on.
The long-term aim of the program is to inspire a new generation of brass and percussion players in Rio. Our students learn to play traditional Brazilian music, New Orleans jazz and second line music and a wide variety of other musical styles from all over the world, and we hope that this mixture will provide the conditions for them to create interesting musical syntheses and innovations in the future.
During the 2016 Rio Olympics, the children were featured on the BBC's coverage of the opening night of the games, and subsequently on BBC news:
And in 2018, our work was recognized by the United Nations in Brazil:
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