Get into the Carnaval spirit with a special program celebrating samba at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2.
We will have music, dancing and the history of Samba with Samba New York! Carnaval is the most important holiday in Brazil and like Mardi Gras in the United States is held before Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of Lent.
The director of Samba New York!, Dr. Philip Galinsky, a percussionist and ethnomusicologist specializing in Brazilian music, will talk about the background of Carnaval and the very important role that Samba plays. He will also perform as one of the percussionists. Dancers and musicians from Samba New York! will perform authentic dances and music.
Dr. Galinsky has been lauded as one of the foremost educators of Brazilian percussion in the United States. Since 1994, he has taught hundreds of samba students, including the leaders of such groups as Phillybloco, Bloco Maximo, Harlem Samba, Mais Um, and Batala NYC. Since 2003, he has emerged as a leading samba teacher in New York City, conducting regular courses for students of all levels through Samba New York!
Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726. For more information, please call the library at 732-431-7220 X7222,