ArtChangeUS@PAʻI in collaboration with the Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust presents


Bloco Afro: Rhythm as Community Building

This workshop will introduce fundamental elements of community-based Afro-Brazilian drumming traditions that inherently value cultural legacies of innovation and revitalization. Through the embodiment of rhythm, pulse, and sound, participants will collectively form a drumming ensemble that fosters both creative expression and community building. Alex is part of a team of 8 artists, from Hawaiʻi and the continental U.S., who are working with students in the LT ‘Ōlino Performing Arts Camp. The event is intended to connect artists across disciplines and geographies.

Alex Shaw is a curator, percussionist, vocalist, composer, and arts educator specializing in Brazilian music traditions. Alex directs an 11-piece Brazilian ensemble, Alô Brasil, and is a member of Philadelphia’s award-winning Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra. He has accompanied professional and collegiate dance companies including University of the Arts, Temple University, Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Muhlenberg College, and Eastern University; and has taught, collaborated, and performed at hundreds of schools, organizations, and institutions throughout the mid-Atlantic region collaborating with artists from various disciplines. He has developed interactive educational performances for thousands of youth, and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities with LiveConnections. Currently the Curator for Intercultural Journeys in Philadelphia, PA, he promotes intercultural and interfaith peace and social consciousness through artistic performances, community engagement activities, and youth arts education. Alex holds an MFA from the World Percussion program at the California Institute of the Arts.

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