5/6/7 APRIL
5/6/7 APRIL


Ivana Brasil

Ivana Brasil

Afro dance · Baiano Swing

Born in Salvador-Bahia, Brazil, choreographer and dancer certified by great Mestres of dance such as "Mestre King" (in memory), Elísio Pitta, Roquedélia or Denny Neves.

She studied singing in the choir of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and currently combines her performances as a percussionist, dancer and also a singer.

Ivana was part of Ilê Aiyê, the oldest Afro bloco in Salvador, for 4 years she was part of its Dance Wing, there she learned everything related to the teachings and creations of Ilê Aiyê, among which Ivana stands out as well as through percussion and dance, is the making of turbans, an unmistakable symbol of blackness and an indispensable garment within the carnival fantasies of the bloco.

Ivana has been residing in Spanish territory for more than 15 years, working with both dance and percussion, in the latter and currently directing her percussion band (Batucada) known as IABÁS MULHERES DE AXÉ.

You can see this great woman performing with samba groups in Valencia, singing and playing surdo, drumim and pandeiro or with Banda Baketà Reggae Fusión, from Albaida, which has an extensive repertoire of Brazilian pop music.

Without a doubt, Ivana is a fundamental pillar within our staff, always advising and maintaining the essence of Afro-Brazilian culture. In this second edition we are delighted to be able to have this piece of workshop, in which you will feel that sweet sweat that invades, Swing Baiano!!

Crá Rosa

Crá Rosa

Workshop Grupal · Timbau Advanced · Roda

Cláudio Ramos Rosa, percussionist known in the world of music as Crá Rosa, was born in the city of Salvador de Bahia (Brazil).

With a long career in the world of music, he has had the opportunity to play and share the stage with great musicians from the Brazilian and European scene such as: Hindi Zahra, Macaco, Mariene de Castro, Munir Hossn, Ellen Oléria, Margareth Menezes, Roberto Mendes, Sara Pi, Paul Beaubrun, Mario Canonge, Jurandir Santana, Paulinho Lêmos, Mû Mbana, Mario Rossi, David Pastor, Nacho Mañó, Stay Homas among others.

From the age of 15 he went through various groups of varied styles until arriving at Arrastao da Timbalada (a project created by Carlinhos Brown). There he expanded his musical knowledge, having the opportunity to participate in this project for two years and participate in the recording of the film Rhythms of the World by the American group Stomp with this same project.

Before arriving in Europe he studied at the UFBA percussion school in Salvador de Bahia. Creator of the Baiana Tribal Percussion style. He has given workshops in many countries around the world, teaching his methodology and rhythms.

He recently collaborated in the recording of the album Made in Nordeste, a project of the musician Munir Hossn, in the latest album by Macaco (Civilized as the Animals), he has produced and recorded the song “No bico de um Anum” by the Brazilian singer Chico César and the musician from Guinea Bissau Mû Mbana and has recorded the song “Tudo bem” from the album “Agua” by Stay Homas.

And in this edition of the Arerê we will be able to enjoy its excellence and musicality on several occasions, the first will be on Friday the 5th in the group workshop, (schedule to be confirmed), the next day, Saturday the 6th, it will offer an advanced Timbau workshop and it will also be one of the drivers of the "Roda do Arerê".

Felipe Cisternas

Felipe Cisternas

Initiation to Pandeiro

Felipe Cisternas began his percussion studies in 1998 at the Samba School of Valparaíso (Chile). During his first trip to Brazil in 2006, he studied and joined the O-Carioca modern music school (Rio de Janeiro) and the Afro-Bahia percussion school Swing Do Pelo (Salvador de Bahía), where after 3 months of studies and experiences , begins to see the social and musical significance of the entire movement generated by the drum in Brazil.

He is currently in charge of several musical projects related to the drum, among them a project called “Cordestinos” stands out in which the pandeiro is the protagonist accompanying violin and cello through a wide repertoire of Brazilian popular music. He has also been an active part since the beginning of the Afro-Brazilian percussion group “TrokoBloco” (2008) from which a percussion school was born that tries to be as faithful as possible to the way of teaching and methodologies applied in Salvador de Bahía. In this edition Felipe comes to tell us and experience rhythms, techniques and patterns on this exciting and versatile instrument such as the Brazilian Tambourine. Bring your pandeiro and let the party begin!!

Japa System

Japa System

Hybrid Concept of Percussion

The percussionist Japa System, born in São Paulo, arrives in Feira de Santana, Bahia, at the age of 8. At the age of 12 he found himself on the path of music and the following year he was already participating in the musical circles of his neighborhood. While still a teenager, music became his profession.

In 2001, he joined the Brazilian Cultural Group called “BahiaBrasil”, participating in a year-long tour of Japan, with performances throughout the Japanese country, hence the nickname that led to his stage name, Japa. In 2008 he participated in the “Summer Festival” in Salvador sharing the stage with renowned artists, such as Mausiki Scales or the British singer Julie Dexter, in addition to joining the bands Terra Samba, Timbalada, McDaGAnja, ArmandinhoDodô and Osmar and Arrastão da Timbalada.

In 2013, he was part of the Banda S.O.J.A. show, and from then on he also became part of the band Baina System with which he participated in very important festivals such as: Lollapalooza or Rock in Rio Brazil, and internationally in countries like Japan, England or the United States. Baiana system won the 28th Brazilian Music Award and the Latin Grammy, in 2017 and 2019, respectively. In parallel projects, he began his experiments as the creator of a system that allowed new forms of expression. The “Nave system” emerged, a concept that is based on a musical montage whose objective is to use electronic and organic instruments to create the possibilities of mastering percussion, performing different rhythms that would only be possible through a wide number of instruments, facilitating the needs of production, execution and development.

Without a doubt Japa is one of the most versatile percussionists on the current scene and we are extremely lucky to once again have his know-how, good vibes and enjoy his great personality, both musical and personal, in this second edition of Arerê. And now... Dance!!

Albertito Romero

Albertito Romero

Intermediate Timbau

Born in Valencia in 1988, he spent his childhood listening to his father play and sing "velhas sambas" and from the age of 9 he entered the world of Capoeira through various groups where he trained and studied the most traditional percussive rhythms of the culture. Afro-Brazilian.

In 2004 he was one of the founders of the Pan de Azúcar project in Alicante, there he expanded his musical knowledge having the opportunity to share learning and teachings with Chrispin Junior (Timbalada) for two years. He travels year after year to Salvador de Bahía to continue his training and at the same time transmit it through his work as director of Pan de Azúcar Percusión (Alicante), one of the most reference groups of its genre.

Albertito Romero has given workshops and workshops on different styles and instruments throughout Spain, also having the opportunity to train and play with great percussionists from the Brazilian and European scene such as: Jair Rezende (Timbalada/Groovelândia), Elton Jackson (Timbalada/Banda DD), Crá Rosa (Timbalada/Tribal), Japa System (Timbalada/Baiana System), Cara de Cobra, Elber Mário (Ivette Sangalo), Mario Pam, Vinicius Silva, Márcio Santos, Patinho, Marivaldo Paim ( Ilê Aiyê), César Veloso (Malê Debalê), Gordo (Cortejo Afro), Pacote do Pelô and Junior Souza (Olodum/Tambores e Cores), Lili Nascimento (Mocidade Alegre), Adriana Portela, Viviam Caroline, Sandra Ribeiro, Meire Brêu ( Banda Didá/Yaya Muxima), Memeu, Gilmario, Andreia Reis (Olodum), Gabi Guedes, Totó (Candomblé) Yoel Paez (Latin Perc./Drums), Pakito Baeza (Latin Perc.), Antonio China (World Perc.) , Ramón Porrina or Israel Suárez “Piraña” (Cajón) among others.

Leading Pan de Azúcar, he manages to win first prize at the "Percumon" International Percussion Festival. 2019, or participate in the recording and development of the documentary "Diáspora da Cultura Percusiva da Bahía" produced and directed by percussionist and friend Albert LLobell. (2019/2020).

In the cultural scene around Afro-Brazilian culture, he participates in important events of great relevance, such as the percussion festival "Primitivo the awakening of the drums", "Percumon international percussion festival", "Requebrasil Brazilian percussion festival", or in “Arerê, International Afro Brazilian Culture Fest”, or also being part of great bands and references of Brazilian music in Spain, such as "Baketà Reggae Fusion", "Leco Bahía" or "Orquestra de Atabaque y Berimbau", in addition to the Brazilian percussion, from a young age he became interested in Latin percussion thanks to Cuban and flamenco music. After years of studying the flamenco/Peruvian cajon and Latin percussion, he has collaborated in bands such as "El Marino Riff", "Comarana", “Awimauê”, “Maranako” or “Malle”, with the latter winning the band contest of the Iboga Fest (2017).

The influence of Brazilian styles in his way of interpreting music is easily visible, his knowledge of Latin percussion and world music makes him fuse traditional, more organic percussion with more contemporary aspects, always with a warm and balanced touch.

In this edition of the Arerê fest. He will teach an intermediate Timbau workshop for all those who are on the path and want to follow the hands and heart of this great musician.

Alan Sousa

Alan Sousa

Surdo Virado

Alan Sousa, percussionist and producer, originally from Salvador, knowledgeable about Afro-Brazilian rhythms and sharing them with many groups, musicians and bands during the 19 years he has lived between Brazil and Europe.

He has held countless percussion workshops all over the world, taking the surdo virado to another level, performing in a modern, unique way and with a range of his own creations and Grooves, using the surdo virado as a drum set or battery, where in every corner of This instrument mixes melodies forming Groove for any musical genre. Alan Sousa brings us the fundamentals, Groove and infinite possibilities in this workshop that promises to be magical.

Albert Llobell

Albert Llobell

Bilaterality and Independence

Professional percussionist with more than 30 years of experience, graduate in Jazz and modern music, Master in Teacher Training, with extensive experience in dissemination and research on Afro-Brazilian culture and percussion, director and creator of the documentary “Diáspora, da percussive culture of Bahia”. Endorsement of the Brazilian instrument brand "Timbra top percussion" which he has represented internationally since 2018 and director of the Arerê fest.

In addition to his role as an educator in charge of educational projects through percussion, currently and from the early age of 14 he develops his activity as a professional musician active in different musical groups and as a session musician, founder of the “Ondarattack” bloco of the who has been a director since 2010 in Ondara, Alicante.

After the great reception of the technique and independence workshop of the previous edition of Arerê, this year the proposal continues with the intention of navigating through musical and rhythmic mathematics, exercises and games with which to develop mental ability and improvisation , discover new ways of studying and observe in a natural way everything that we already play on our instrument. Always from the premise that: If you can't sing it, you can't play it.

Antonio Monedero

Antonio Monedero

Fundamentals and rhythmic bases of the Blocos Afro

Born in Madrid 1980. Drummer, percussionist and producer. He has worked with nationally renowned artists and groups and with tours throughout Spain and abroad: Huecco, Alcohol jazz, Lazurda, Desechos, Mr Kilombo, Amasumbu, Dremen, Raza Guaya, The Refrescos, LCD Funk Collective, Laimposible, Niño Velcro, Mad Division, Ogun Afrobeat, Blueskank, Potato Omelette Band or Ara Musa, participating in the recording of albums with many of these groups.

He began studying at the age of 14 in Hardrum (Madrid) and throughout his life he has studied at Drummers Collective (New York) and with many percussion and drum teachers: Miguel Ferreira, Juanma Barroso, Salvador Niebla, Pedro Pablo (Cuba) , Fernando Marconi(Brazil), Pau Martinez, Aboubakar Syla(GuineaConakry), Tatita Marquez(Uruguay), Frank (Yoruba Andabo-Cuba) and many others.

Traveling to Havana (Cuba) in 2016 to study with Changuinto (Los Van Van), Yaroldi Abreu (Chucho Valdés), Lucumi (Rumberos de Cuba) and Leo Moore (Pello el Afrokán).

Also traveling to Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) since 2018 to study and delve into the style of Samba Reggae and Ax music with artists and musicians such as: Tiago, Memeu and Gilmario de Olodum. Patinho and Mario Pam from Ilê Aiyê. Japa System, Elton Jackson, Capacete, Careca and Crá Rosa from Timbalada. Jaime Nascimento from Orkesta Rumpilezz, Dede Reis (Carlinhos Brown), Cuca (Banda Eva), Cara de Cobra and Marcio Brasil (Ivete Sangalo).

He became interested in the world of batucadas when he was 17 years old when he was part of the group Bloco Dumdum and is currently musical director of the batucada group Zumbalé and his school.

Toño is already indispensable in our festival for his great work, his musicality and knowledge of the fundamentals and rhythmic bases of the Blocos Afro of Salvador, and in this edition he will offer us a workshop based on these, directing and accompanied by the Bloco de Teachers of this edition, without a doubt one of the workshops that you should not miss.


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