The project “Eu sou o samba” (I’m the samba)

This is already a long time that this project was at heart of Mildred Aubry, wanting to show people here that samba is not only that many people think you know, this is not just a music that accompanies the tanks and the festivities of Carnival. For her and for many Brazilians, the samba is also a component of the rich culture of his native country to the same title that bossa nova, jazz, swing for example.

“Eu sou o samba” was presented in the form of a musical show commented and sung by Mildred Aubry who told a little of the history of samba. This presentation was beautiful music an unforgettable sambistas (musician) from different eras like Noel Rosa, Cartola, Adoniran Barbosa, Nelson Cavaquinho, Dorival Caymmi, Paulinho da Viola, Chico Buarque, among others.

The repertoire included 20 songs that bring joy to millions of Brazilians and foreigners also. Everyone appreciates the samba!

Singer Mildred Aubry, accompanied by Floriano Inácio and Ademir Candido, guitar and cavaquinho, tonic da Silva and François Server, percussion, interpreted famous songs like “Aquarela do Brasil” by Ary Barroso, “Não deixe o samba morrer” Edson and Aluisio, ‘Eu sou o samba’ of Zé Keti, “Saudades da Amelia” Ataulfo Alves including.

“Whence the samba?

Samba was born in the slums of Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of the 20th century. Indeed, at the end of the 19th century, with the abolition of slavery, many blacks headed to this great city to work in the docks, as sellers of street or as domestic servants. They brought with them their dances and their African percussion.

The first sambas were very influenced by other rhythms of the time, like maxixe (very rapidly) and the marcha (a simple, binary and perennial rhythm).

Talented artists such as Pixinguinha, Donga, Heitor dos Prazeres and mark gradually invented the basics of samba: a 2/4 or 4/4 music whose rhythmic structure can be reduced to 2/4, the highlight being on the second time, with rich melodic lines syncopated accompaniment. The pace is essentially given by percussion instruments, guitar and the cavaquinho.

The Musiciens

Floriano Inacio Jr.

Born in São Paulo, Floriano learned to play pandeiro and cavaquinho at the age of 6. At 12 was already performing with brazilian singers.

Currently piano and cavaquinho are the favorite instruments of this artist, who lives in Switzerland since 1999.  He attended  renowned music schools in Lucern and Geneva. In Brazil, performed in many states. In Switzerland plays with musicians and singers like Ademir Candido, Rodrigo Potter-Maio, Diana Miranda, Rubens Jacob, Rafael Lima, trio Kajapó, Anne Florence Schneider, Mildred.  Also performed in famous festivals as Montreux, Bellinzone, Asconne, Fribourg, Flims, Verone, Barcelona, and was awarded the encouragement prize by the JazzKultur association in Olten.

Tonico da Silva

Born in Salvador (Bahia), tonic da Silva will live in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 8 years. Very young, he started to practice capoeira then will play the berimbau and the pandeiro. Residing near a samba school, he would listen to rehearsals every week and little by little, he began to taste in percussion instruments. Its sensitivity and musicality make Marvel and it will quickly become a talented percussionist. Rio, tonic has created the “Remelexo” group, specialized in the samba, Bossa Nova and the chorinho.

He has worked with major artists in Brazil, such as Beth Carvalho and he recorded with Jorginho do Império, among others. He participated in the “Roda de samba Cacique of Ramos’. In Switzerland since 1991, tonic accompanied Ricky Martin, Phil Collins, Tania Maria, Diana Miranda, Rafael Lima, Rodrigo Botter-Maio, Ademir Candido. He also participates in festivals of Montreux, Bellinzona, Verona, Barcelona and others still.

Ademir Candido

Ademir was born in Porto Alegre, in the State of the Rio Grande South, in the Brazil. He began his professional career playing drums. A little later, it focus its attention on the guitar and it’s instrument it will now play as well as the cavaquinho. It will give concerts in the Brazil and Argentina, with many bands and famous singers and singers, such as Fafa de Belem.

In the mid-1980s, he discovered the Switzerland, countries where he lives for many years. He founded groups and will play with Herbie Kopf, Diana Miranda at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Its tours lead in Germany, as in Finland, the Luxembourg or Italy and Austria.

François Sever

François Sever was born in Brazil, South of the capital of São Paulo. His first contact with music dates back to 1990, with his neighborhood friends. After some time, he fully devoted himself to percussion. “cuica Osvaldinho” was his first musical reference and he will teach him various instruments and Brazilian rhythms, including samba. After a few years of study and research, François will develop his own techniques.

In Geneva since 2005, he has had the privilege to accompany several singers and singers in different styles of music, in France, Germany, Italy, London, Portugal and Spain. He has participated in important events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Brazil, Paléo Festival in 2008 (World Village), 2006/2007 Music Festival, the feast Geneva, the french festival (music of the world), the Carnival at the Palladium.

São Paulo (Brazil), he played in the band of Douglas Sampa, Royce do cavaco and Thomas & Thiago. As a freelance musician, he has participated in several opening-night performances: Dudu Nobre, Negritude Junior, Arlindo Cruz and Sombrinha, Leci Brandão, Club do Balanço, Exalta Samba, Bruno e Marrone, Beth Carvalho and Jorge Aragão. François Sever has made several recordings with samba groups, chorinho, pagode, bossa nova, sertanejo, pop-rock and modern jazz.

Instruments: cuica/surdo/tamborim/pandeiro, etc.