Alaor Soares playing with Rio's Samba school Estácio de Sá
In 2014 the Rio de Janeiro's Carnival will happen on March 2nd and 3rd - at the Sambadrome. The Cariocas want to show their best Carnival ever to the rest of the world. Every detail of the show will be rehearsed so that everything will be as expected at the final moment . One of the most important sectors of the samba schools is the "bateria" (percussion players) which is the heart of the samba school. It works as a symphony orchestra, even with a conductor, and consists of over three hundred musicians! Each instrument has its own function. The instruments that are part of this orchestra are: apito, surdos, caixas, repique, chocalho, tamborim, agogo, cuíca, reco-reco, pandeiro and prato (cymbal). In our workshops we use some of these instruments in order to get an idea of this "universe" of sounds.