Tuesday, May 31, 2016



From: solaxetucson@gmail.com
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016 10:44 PM
Subject: CARLOS VALDEZ Teaching Drumming - DANCE WORKSHOP June 5th


BRASILIAN and CUBAN ORIXA INSPIRED MOVEMENT: A Dance Workshop with Esteban Sanchez

4:00 -6:00 PM
Rhythm Industry Performance Factory
1013 S. Tyndall Ave
$10/ $5 students with ID

Live Drumming with Sol Axe and guest drummer CARLOS VALDEZ!

Join Esteban for this workshop to explore the differences between Brasilian and Cuban Orixa/Orisha Inspired Movement. This workshop will explore the movement and focus on the finer details of the expression, as well as learning short choreography to explore the movement. We will also:

  • Learning a series of movement, then elaborate on the full and fine details of the specific body movement and the feeling it should produce. This will be at a slower pace.
  • Movement across the floor, where possible split in 2 parts, Brasilian & Cuban
  • Short choreography mainly consisting of moves taken across the floor

This workshop is strongly influenced by the format of Silvestre Technique classes, with the study and exploration of what is possible with the body through expressive movement.

Esteban Sanchez is the Dance Director and Choreographer for Sol Axe, and has been dancing and performing in the Tucson Community for over 12 years. He has studied, danced, and performed the music and dance of the Latin American and African Diaspora cultures with many groups and artists, including Sol Axe, many West African performance groups, Richard Noel and Sticks and Fingers, Rosangela Silvestre, and more. In 2015 he traveled to Salvador, Brazil to study with Rosangela Silvestre for her Silvestre Training, and has attended California Brazil Camp for several years, studying with many, many master teachers from Brazil.

In addition to his incredibly passionate movement expression, and his gift of choreography, Esteban is an accomplished musician and singer.




CARLOS VALDEZ is here! He is visitng from BARD COLLEGE in NEW YORK, where he is adjunct professor of percussion and heads up the school's bateria BARD SAMBISTAS!

Carlos has an extensive resume including composing the music for the Broadway production of "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" and George Wolfe's production of "The Tempest." Collaborations include: Garth Fagan (choreographer of the Lion King), Rosie Perez, Ann Pollack and Magica on their recent CD, "Worlds Collide", Mambo Macoco, Jellybean Benitez and many more.

He'll be sharing some variations Samba Reggae, Maractu, and more. He'll also be available for private lessons, and seciotnals/semi private groups - not only is Brazilian percussion, folkloric, but also Cuban.

Workshop is held during Sol Axe rehearsal at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave.


Don't miss it, Carlos is a blast!




Our Mission Statement:

Sol Axé (pronounced, Sol – ah –SHAY) a project under Many Mouths One Stomach, is a nonprofit drum and dance community in Tucson, Arizona. Inspired by the music of Brazil, Sol Axe features the music of many traditions from Brazil, the African Diaspora, and the World. Our intention is to inspire creativity, inclusiveness, community solidarity, and collective JOY, through lessons and classes, outreach programs, workshops, and high energy performances. We collaborate with individuals and groups in Tucson, the nation, and around the globe, bringing the opportunity for artistic expression to all..




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