Chris Lewis-Jones, founder of Sambawamba (carnival arts company), former Mestre of Nottingham School of Samba and currently Director of Zaboombanova Bateria, has been commissioned by Transported to run regular percussion classes at Sam Newsom Centre in Boston to create a new community Bateria, or drumming group.
The bateria participants have been exploring samba-reggae, afoxé, maracatu and batucada samba rhythms, which they showed off for the first time at the Illuminate festival in Boston.
The instruments used (so far) are all Brazilian. The heart beat of the bateria is the bass drum known as the surdo, which marks the on-beats. The off beats are played on a snare drum known as the caixa. Other instruments include, tambourims, timblas, repiniques, a variety of shakers, agogo and cowbells. Chris hopes that by the end of the project Boston will possess a cracking bateria that will be self-sustaining and will enhance arts festivals and community events across the region well into the future.
The group meets at Sam Newsom Centre in Boston ( PE21 6HT) from 6pm to 8pm every Tuesday. All welcome (no experience needed)!
To express your interest or for more information, contact Nick Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org.