Posts Tagged ‘ cultural exchange

Making Waves in Brazil

I’ve been unbelievably fortunate to get to travel the world with the Clinton Curtis Band, from Santo Domingo to Turkmenistan. This month, we returned from a 3-week romp through Brazil in the midst of World Cup fever, organized by the US Embassy and consulates. The guys at b2 Filmes did a fantastic job with this clip, detailing 4 days in the state of Pernambuco, engaging in concerts and workshops with Brazilian artists such as Maestro Forró in Recife and Projeto Batuque in Garanhuns.

The problem with Brazil, though, is that the more time you spend there, the more time you want to spend…

Congó drummer Sagrilo in Vitória, Brazil

American Music Abroad Tour: Merengue in Santo Domingo

This month I’m on tour in Central and South America with the Clinton Curtis Band, through a very special program called American Music Abroad. Organized by American Voices and the U.S. embassies in each country, they send numerous American musical groups around the world to perform and engage in cultural exchanges.

Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo

We just finished a week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic filled with several concerts for absolutely outstanding audiences. We also had the chance to give several master classes for Dominican students, which has been one of the most rewarding parts of our tour so far. It’s as if we have the opportunity to rectify every sub-par educational experience we had in childhood, and the responsibility to pass on every positive educational experience from which we benefited to the next generation.

Moreover, we’ve met tons of incredibly talented kids who are eager to share their own talents and cultural background with us. Yesterday after our master class at UASD in Santo Domingo, music students showed us some traditional merengue rhythms.