ENTERTAIN * EDUCATE * INSPIRE your school with New Orleans own Samba Man
"THE SAMBA MAN"
Samba and Brasilian Percussion with Curtis Pierre
Curtis Pierre “The Samba
Man” of New Orleans
lively and interactive program starts with the relationship of Brasil and Africa by introducing
the colorful and exciting world of samba and Brasilian percussion in Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and
other parts of Brasil. Being a native of New Orleans, Curtis Pierre is well qualified to educate
the audience about the kinship of Brasilian Carnaval and New Orleans Mardi Gras. He has a keen
and clear explanation of the similarities and the differences in the two Carnaval
Travel from Africa to Brasil
through the universal language of rhythm and
movement! During a 1-hour performance, as many as 75
students will be able to join me onstage at different times to play Brasilian drums and dance
the Samba, while interacting with the entire audience.
This is not your typical “sit and watch” type of assembly
My programs are uplifting, energetic, and
appropriate for every age group and fully customizable. Best for school assembly groups
Pre-K through 8th grade.
Being a native of New Orleans and
knowing the problems that our kids face today, Curtis has adopted the same philosophy of the samba
schools in Brasil in taking a social responsibility for safeguarding our children and providing
them with creative and challenging opportunities and experiences other than what is found in the
streets. It is our desire to provide a venue for getting the community, specifically children and
young adults interested in music and dance. It is important to provide them with a safe place to
participate in supervised and structured activities like after school, weekends and during the summer months.
"THE SAMBA MAN" "
Samba and Brasilian Percussion Program Description
This program includes a demonstration/performance of percussion instruments, interacting
and being involved with the audience. With the presentation of each instrument comes a piece of
history about Brasil and or the origin of the instrument and its relationship to Africa. People
from the audience are randomly selected to participate in these introductions. Throughout the
program the audience is always engaged in the performance. After the introduction of several
percussion instruments then comes the Pandeiro (tambourine) Show, the most captivating and exciting
part of the performance.
Curtis Pierre performs the intricate playing techniques of the Pandeiro in a memorable and stunning
display of rhythm and acrobatics. With his spectacular Pandeiro Acrobatics show,
spinning 3-5 Pandeiros (tambourines) executing a mixture of various skillful balancing and
joggling routines integrating cartwheels, tumbles and lightning fast twists, turns, and flipping
movements with the pandeiro. This is one of the most original arts forms indigenous of samba
schools of Brasil), Curtis Pierre is ranked nationally as one of the top 3 Malabarismo “Pandeiro
(tambourine) juggler” in America.
After the Pandeiro Show, Curtis will
randomly select 10-20 participants chosen from the audience to perform of stage. The
participants will learn the basic samba rhythm, a simple percussion arrangement and some samba
dance movements. Depending on the amount of time there can be a selection of several different
groups of 10-20 all ending in a culminating parade with students wear parts of costumes to get
the real feel of Carnaval.
program fully customizable to your request as far as integrations with classroom activities,
slide show presentation on Brasil and or Carnaval, birthday parties, special events,
conventions, special workshops and more.
Also“Making Math with Drums” is another
item that can be customized for this program for class room use only.