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.