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WELCOME  TO  THE
BRAZILIAN RHYTHM WORKSHOP

An educational project created by Samuel Martinelli, that provides a clear, organiz​ed, and gradual path for you to express yourself creatively, authentically, and freely within Brazil's rich and vibrant musical language.
 



 

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Brazilian Rhythm Workshop  is a project created to help you in the path of learning how to play Brazilian music. The goal is to provide you pratical instructions, concepts, and ideas that will improve your playing and understanding of Brazil's different music genres.

Samuel Martinelli, creator of this platform, is a drummer based in NYC with a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies by City University of New York - Queens College. He has shared the stage and studio with great names in Brazilian music and jazz, names like Claudio RoditiAlcione, Hendrik Meurkens, Marcus McLaurine, Ken Peplowski, Russell Malone, Kenia, Itaiguara Brandão, Helio Alves, to name a few.

No matter if you are just starting or have been playing Brazilian music for some time, here you will find all the material and support to learn how to play freely and authentically  - and it all starts with the rhythm.



learn more about Samuel Martinelli

​​​​​​​​" Samuel Martinelli is one of the most talented musicians to come out of Brazil in recent times. His taste playing drums is impeccable, either playing Brazilian music or American jazz."

Claudio Roditi (Multi Grammy-nominated / Dizzy Gillespie / Paquito D'Rivera / McCoy Tyner)

"... a master drummer and an extraordinary musician."​​​
 

Dennis Mackrel ( Count Basie / Village Vanguard Orchestra / Hank Jones / Queens College Faculty)

"Samuel is one of the up and coming young musicians/composers on the New York scene ... he has a very bright future ahead.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"​​

Marcus McLaurine (Clark Terry / Count Basie Big Band / William Paterson University Faculty)

Latest Lesson

#3 - The birth of bossa nova: 

Play the first bossa nova composition and learn about his author - the father of bossa nova

In this video I talk about the song ‘Rapaz De Bem’ composed in 1952-53, a compositions that shows characteristics in harmony, melody, and instrumentation, that would be come 5-6 years later main aspects of the famous music movement from Brazil - the Bossa Nova.

The composer of this song, the pianist and singer Johnny Alf, a great Brazilian musician who was connecting samba and jazz in the beginning of 1950’s, who used to perform in Rio where names such Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Joao Donato, and many others, would go listen to.

 

On the Play-along Series I record Brazilian music classics performed by world renowned musicians, so you have the best reference for you to enjoy listening and learn. For this song, I have Helio Alves on piano (Yo Yo Ma, Airto Moreira, Duduka da Fonseca, Paquito D’Rivera), Itaiguara Brandão on bass (Diane Reeves, Romero Lubambo, Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle), and Marcio Philomena on guitar (Nilson Matta, Montreux competition finalist).

I hope you enjoy it!

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