Bang a Drum! Play Samba in Troy…

January 21st, 2011, 2:25 pm by Greg
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius

Pianist, composer and world music enthusiast Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, and her ensemble Heard recently released their new CD, “Karibu,” and it’s garnering rave reviews. Now she’s all revved up about a new musical project:

Hi, Music Lovers!

I’m trying to get the word out about something exciting whose time has come – the formation of a samba drum group in Troy! To be led by Jim Weber of Great Barrington, founder of the Berkshire Bateria, a group which I’ve been a member of for many years.

Jim is a great bandleader with loads of enthusiasm and great energy, and he has built his group up in the Berkshires to be a high-quality, authentic, Rio-style “escula de samba” that performs all over New England and the Northeast. He has studied in Brazil, (moved his family down to Bahia for a number of months) and visits there yearly; builds a lot of his own instruments (surdos, etc.); and runs this whole operation out of a great space in downtown Barrington affectionately called Sambaland. Read more about Jim in the bio below…

Upon receiving my very own surdo (a big bad *@! Brazilian bass drum) for Christmas, before I knew it, Jim and I were talking about getting things going in Troy.

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