Brazil Carnival Ooah! is paying our respect to Austin Samba-School in Texas. We sure the samba and the Brazilian Carnaval culture is expanding its horizons, delivering joyfulness and positive energies to merry makers all over the United States. We believe this kind of vibration is much needed in today´s erratic society. Congratulations for Tio Jacaré for all the effort he has put into this great project. Below we reproduced Academicos da Opera´s samba profile.
Acadêmicos da Ópera, the Austin Samba School, began as a class in Brazilian percussion in 2001. Having gone to Brazil for the first time in 1995, the founder of the school, Robert Patterson, (Tio Jacaré), returned to Austin, Texas determined to start a samba school in the style of the community schools of Rio de Janeiro. Years of challenges followed. Ultimately, one telephone call to the Armstrong School of Music at the Austin Lyric Opera changed everything.
Below, Austin Samba-School in full Carnival action!
Photo Credit: Academicos da Opera
The "school" started as a class with three students and few instruments. From that point the school has grown into a vibrant community cultural organization which routinely has over 100 participants during the Carnaval season.
In homage to it's beginnings at the Austin Lyric Opera, the school adopted the name, "Acadêmicos da Ópera" and has a tradition of choosing an opera as it's theme for each Carnaval.
Acadêmicos da Ópera Samba-school was created and is led by Robert Patterson (Tio Jacaré). A perennial Brazilian music student, Jacaré has spent countless hours studying and playing with many Brazilian musicians, and travels yearly to Brazil in order to stay on top of all things samba (you can read archives from his travel blog here). He also makes a yearly pilgrimage to the annual California Brazil Camp as part of the camp's faculty.
Above, Tio Jaceré as Mestre de Bateria, conducting the great Austin Samba School drum section!
Acadêmicos da Ópera also has its own group of dancers who rehearse alongside the bateria (same time and place). Academicos da Ópera just like Brazilans samba-schools have their Flag, and represent which much elegance, poetry and passion, the samba and carnival community in the United States.
Acadêmicos da Ópera performs in Austin and throughout Texas on a regular basis. By far, the samba school's biggest and best performance has been Carnaval Brasileiro in Austin, Texas. Billed as possibly the largest Brazilian Carnaval party in the United States, nearly 6,000 partygoers in costume dance the night away at the Palmer Events Center in Austin every February.
Academicos da Opera, just like any samba-school in Brazil, also has a Flag to represent the institution!
The Samba School is also a regular at the Ruta Maya World Carnaval in Austin and the Fiesta Flambeau parade in San Antonio, Texas.
Academicos da Ópera Samba-School is an excellent opportunity for samba lovers and and music lovers in general to get acquainted with the Brazilian Carnival. They rehearse every Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm. The Samba School owns all the Brazilian percussion instruments needed to supply a 40+ member bateria (drum section), so all you have to do is show up. Most veteran members have bought their own instrument (which makes practicing at home much easier).
Parabéns Acadêmicos da Ópera for helping to spread the Carnival culture and samba in Texas! Viva o Samba!