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G.R.E.S. Estácio de SáCarlos Ferreira comes from Vila Isabel, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) which is to samba what old New Orleans is to jazz. He is (as they say in Rio) a "Carioca da Gema" - a genuine Carioca.. (Only people born in Vila Isabel are considered to be "Carioca da Gema").

Carlos is self-taught and started playing the "drums" (old tins he and his childhood friends used to collect from the streets of Vila Isabel and Grajau in the 50's) at the age of six. Later he developed his style playing samba drums in some of Rio's most important Samba Schools.

His great passions are his beloved
G.R.E.S. Estácio de Sá and G.R.E.S. Estação Primeira de Mangueira. Carlos is a "ritmista" (drummer) with G.R.E.S. Estácio de Sá (RJ) - O Berço do Samba - Brazil's first Samba School (and very proud to be part of this fantastic family). He travels constantly to Rio to rehearse and parades at Sambodrome during the Carnival season.

Carlos is a staunch fan of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Brazil's most passionate football club with over 30 million supporters nationwide). From 1965, he started playing
percussion with major Flamengo's "torcidas" (cheer squad) in Maracana stadium in Rio). In 1969 he started playing with Torcida Flamante.
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Since arriving in Australia in 1985, Carlos has been a keen promoter of Brazilian music (especially Samba Jazz & Traditional Samba). His bands have included Brazjaz Ensemble (Samba Jazz), Suingue Brazuca, Carioca da Gema and MelSamba . Most of Brazjaz's repertoire has been composed by himself . In 1988, Carlos founded Australia's oldest Samba School: The Melbourne Samba School aka MelSamba (G.R.E.S. Unidos de Melbourne), an exciting samba percussion ensemble which is based on genuine Rio's street carnival music while creating its own rhythm patterns.
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He has performed with his bands in many festivals around Australia and all major jazz venues in Melbourne including the Melbourne International Festival, Melbourne Spoleto Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Montsalvat International Jazz Festival, St. Kilda Festival, Brunswick St. Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Stir Fry Jazz Festival (Hobart), All Ears World Music Festival (Hobart), Melbourne Concert Hall, Limerick Arms Hotel, OZCAT, Dr. Jazz, Victorian Arts Centre, Miettas (Creative Music Series - recorded by ABC radio), Paris Cat Jazz Club, The Malthouse, Jazz Lane, The Ritz, Vineyard, Dizzy's and Bennetts Lane, Jambalaya Festival New Zealand), The Cave 2 (Edinburgh), The Rag Jazz Club (Kyoto, Japan), Papa Blues (Bonn, Germany), Munich Town Hall (Germany), Tsuen Wan Town Hall (Hong Kong), Yuen Long Theatre (Hong Kong), Guanabara (London) and Wellington International Jazz Festival (New Zealand) just to name a few.

Carlos
has established Australia's first smoke-free jazz club (OZCAT - April 1999). His initiative was very successful and as a consequence, other jazz clubs in Melbourne adopted the same healthy policy. His push for smoke-free clubs was backed by Vic Health and QUIT.

He
has been producing Brazilian events in Australia and overseas for over 20 years., including the Rio, Red & Black Carnival Party, an annual Brazilian club carnival party he started in 1993 and which attracts hundreds of guests every year since then (See video clip below).

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Carlos has given Brazilian Percussion Workshops at a range of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions at both national and international levels. 
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Carlos specializes in training large Samba School "baterias" in creative arrangements with the authentic Rio de Janeiro feel. In 2004 he conducted several "baterias" around the world, including 400 UK percussionists in Cornwall, England, 100-plus percussionists at the Cuba Street Festival Grand Finale in Wellington, New Zealand, 150-plus UK percussionists at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Carlos has extensively travelled overseas where he both performed and organised workshops. Countries visited include Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, England, Scotland, Sweden, Slovenia, Iceland, Japan, USA, Germany and Switzerland.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR MAIN MAIN WORKSHOPS! - London School of Samba Workshop - UK
- Sambanistas, Bloco do Norte & Bassonovas - Perth, Australia
- Manchester School of Samba Workshop - UK
- Querschlaeger Workshop - Paderborn, Germany
- Maravilha do Samba - Uppsala, Sweden
- Sao Miguel - Uppsala, Sweden
- St Stephen's School, Carramar (WA)
- Wellington Batucada Workshops, Wellington, New Zealand
- St Stephen's School, Carramar (WA)
- London School of Samba Workshop - UK
- Manchester School of Samba Workshop - UK
- Unidos Workshop - Isle of Wight, UK
- Querschlaeger Workshop - Paderborn, Germany
- Bloco Tortura Workshop - Paderborn, Germany
- St Stephen's School, Carramar (WA)
- New Zealand Tour & Cuba Street Festival (Sponsored by the Brazilian Embassy in New Zealand)
- Wellington Batucada Workshops, Wellington, New Zealand
- AK Samba Workshops, Auckland, New Zealand
- Rotorua Samba Workshops, Rotorua, New Zealand
- Tauranga Samba Workshops, Tauranga, New Zealand
- Wanaka Samba Workshops, Wanaka, New Zealand
- Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand v - Caulfield Grammar School Workshops and Performance - Concert Hall, Melbourne
- Darebin Music Feast
- St Stephen's School, Carramar (WA) v - Samba Workshops for Beleza (Fremantle)
- Samba Workshops for Brisamba (Brisbane)
- St Stephen's School, Carramar (WA)
- Hong Kong Tour ...Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts
...Workshop for 1000 Primary & Secondary students - Tsuen Wan Town Hall - Hong Kong
...Workshops for 1000 Primary & Secondary students - Ko Shan Theatre - Hong Kong
...Kids Workshop at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre
...Masterclass - Hong Kong Culural Centre
- Devonport Jazz Festival
- Monash University Multicultural Week
- Edinburgh Samba School (Scotland)
- Isle of Wight (England)
- Monash University Multicultural Week
- Birmingham Music Conservatoire (England)
- Carnival Encounter (Brighton, England)
- Braincroft Lodge Workshops (Scotland)
- Bristol Samba School (England)
- Sol Samba (Oxford, England)
- Isle of Wight (England)
- Uniao do Samba (Stockholm - Sweden)
- Training/Directing 180 plus UK percusionists at Edinburgh Festival (Music Director for the Edinburgh Samba School Cavalcade)
- Directing 400-plus percussionists for the Guinness Book Of Records, Encontro Atlantico - St. Ives, Cornwall, England
- NMIT Collingwood - Music Department
- Jambalaya Festival (New Zealand )
- Wellington International Jazz Festival
- Caulfield Grammar School - Percussion & Voice Workshop for 400 students - Junior Assembly
- National Conference Of Kodaly Musical Education Institute Of Australia
- School of Creative and Performing Arts (University of Auckland.

BRAZIL AUSTRALIA GERMANY SCOTLAND SWEDEN HONG KONG NEW ZEALAND ENGLAND ICELAND



ONE MAN BATERIA
SBS RADIO
SBS RADIO INTERVIEW
VIVA BRAZIL 2005 - FEDERATION SQUARE - MELBOURNE
Carlos plays all the Brazilian percussion on this track. Recorded and mixed by Carlos Ferreira at his home studio. "Carlos Ferreira lives in Melbourne for 20 years now. Samba and Batucada are part of his life. In this interview ( conducted in Portuguese) Carlos Ferreira (photo) talks about his work, his music and his love".
By Maria-Gabriela on 14 April 2005
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CARLOS FERREIRA QUARTET
"Canto de Ossanha"
CARLOS FERREIRA QUARTET
"Travessia"
CARLOS FERREIRA'S SWEET BASIL
"Maiden Voyage"
CARLOS FERREIRA TRIO
"Sunny"
PEGADA DE LEAO (Trailer)
A Short Documentary About A Great Samba School:
G.R.E.S Estacio de Sa - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
(In Portuguese)
Watch the full 60-min video at our Dailymotion Channel
Watch MelSamba's BATERIA SUPERNATURAL at
Rio, Red & Black Carnival Party 2009
BRAZJAZ LIVE AT DR JAZZ in 1991- Melbourne, Australia
NIGHT IN TUNISIA (Dizzy Gillespie)
ARRANGEMENT BY CARLOS FERREIRA
MelSamba's BATERIA SUPERNATURAL at
Rio, Red & Black Carnival Party 2007
MelSamba's BATERIA SUPERNATURAL at
Rio, Red & Black Carnival Party 2007
"Eu só quero é ser feliz"
MelSamba BATERIA SUPERNATURAL at AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT
MelSamba BATERIA SUPERNATURAL at RIO, RED & BLACK CARNIVAL PARTY 2009
"Os Sete Pecados Capitais" (GRES Viradouro 2001)
SUINGUE BRAZUCA - Live at Transit Lounge Roda de Samba em Melbourne

SUINGUE BRAZUCA - Neurotico - Click here to watch video! SUINGUE BRAZUCA - E Com Esse Que Eu Vou - Click here to watch video! SUINGUE BRAZUCA - Live at Kulcha - Reza - Click here to watch video! SUINGUE BRAZUCA - Live at East Side Cafe - É Com Esse Que Eu Vou - Click here to watch video! CARLOS FERREIRA QUARTET - Live at Dizzys Jazz Club - Click here to watch video!
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Article on Carlos Ferreira- REVISTA DE DOMINGO
Jornal do Brasil - Rio de Janeiro - 22 February 2009
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Carlos Ferreira is available for private drumkit & Brazilian Percussion tuition. He is also available for group Brazilian Percussion workshops . Click here to contact us!
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