Nicola Conraths-Lange
January 13, 2015

During the Inter*mester, Joe Murfin led Interlochen students in an exciting class on Brazilian samba. Students learned to play traditional Brazilian drums such as the pandeiro, the rebolo, and the tamborim, while studying the instrumental rhythms associated with samba music. Students also took Portuguese lessons with Dan Reckard and learned how to sing and play a variety of traditional Brazilian samba songs. In addition, Dr. Jennifer Trowbridge lent her expertise in guitar by working with the ensemble's guitarists and playing the cavaquinho, a small ukelele-type instrument used in samba. The students brought a tremendous amount of energy and excitement to class each day and by the end of the two weeks, the group had already performed three samba shows in various venues on the Interlochen campus.