Paulo Padilha and Group in DeKalb, IL

By Beto González

Nearly all of Paulo’s residency weeks have included workshops for large audiences and also opportunities to meet with people more personally. It’s really nice when this happens because the musicians get to enjoy the energy of the large audiences, but also really meet people in the smaller workshop groups.

DeKalb is a wonderful example of this and Paulo Padilha and Group really enjoyed the week.

Steve Lundin, Music Director at DeKalb High School, gets a cuíca lesson from Samba Sam as students look on. Steve has done a really nice job helping World Fest groups like Paulo Padilha and Group connect with his students.

Paulo enjoys working with student musicians when there is an opportunity to do so. Here he works with accomplished brass players from DeKalb High School who then joined the ensemble at the Thursday night public concert. Paulo was thrilled to have such fine musicians join the group for a song and hopes these student musicians enjoyed it too.

Packed workshops at Clinton Rosette and Huntley Middle Schools respectively.

The end of the week took Paulo to Northern Illinois University and specifically to the College of Visual & Performing Arts. The day included Paulo and the guys playing for students, but student there turned the tables on Paulo and played for the group as well. It was lots of fun. Here everyone gathers for a photo.

Professor Greg Beyer and students demonstrate complex compositions playing Greg’s custom berimbaus.

And Samba Sam and André eagerly took a turn.

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