Master Drummer and Dancer Zé Ricardo of the Balé Folclorico da Bahia is here in Los Angeles! Viver Brasil Institute and Founding VB Directors, Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró are thrilled to host master dancer and percussionist, José Ricardo Sousa and offer you SEVERAL opportunities to experience his magic. Aproveite!

 

Tuesday, September 8
Dances of the Orixas
Live drumming
8:00-8:30pm
Dance Arts Academy
731 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036
$15 + drum donation 

Wednesday, September 9
Drum Rhythms of the Orixas
Batala LA
Motherland Music
601 N Eucalyptus Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
$15. 
By reservation only, contact: batalalosangeles@gmail.com
8:30-9:30pm

Saturday, September 12
Viver Brasil FORD JAM
Orixa dance movement and Samba Reggae
Downtown Pomona Art Walk
http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/915
6:30-8pm  
Free to the public

Sunday, September 13
Dances of the Orixas
Live drumming
Swing Brazil Tribe
10:30-12noon
Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave.
Venice, CA
$15 + drum donation

Drum Rhythms of the Orixas
12:15-1:30pm
Kahlil Cummings drumming class
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center
11928 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Dances of the Orixas
Live drumming
Rachel Hernandez’s Afro-Brazilian dance class
3:00-4:30pm
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center
11928 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
$15 + drum donation

 

About Zé:

José Ricardo Sousa is one of Bahia's most sought after instructors of traditional Afro-Brazilian music and dance. He is the musical director, composer, musician, and instructor of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and music for Bahia’s celebrated company, the Balé Folclórico da Bahia. José Ricardo initiated his arts career in percussion and dance under the tutelage of Mestre King at the SESC School of the Arts in 1985. José Ricardo has toured and taught in Brazil, Europe, and in more than 120 cities in the United States, Australia, Malaysia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Togo and Benin. In 2007, he toured nationally as Viver Brasil’s guest musical director and returns regularly to compose and to perform with Viver Brasil.  José Ricardo received the prestigious Lester Horton award for excellence in music for dance in 2009 with Luiz Badaró and Mario Pallais.  José Ricardo has conducted percussion and dance workshops with Viver Brasil’s Dancing the Source cultural immersion travel program since 1997. In the summer of 2012 and 2015, he was a guest instructor at California Brazil Camp. 

Our Collaborators

Viver Brasil would like to acknowledge CALIFORNIA BRAZIL CAMP for hosting Jose Ricardo Sousa’s US visit and to our collaborators Mario Pallais of Batala LA, Vida and Dani Lunn of Swing Brazil Tribe, and VB members, Kahlil Cummings and Rachel Hernandez.