Often, when I give you a post about a performance, I’ll include a photo for you. Especially during Cazenovia Counterpoint. But not today. I was far too busy up on stage with my fellow musicians!
Samba Laranja is the Brazilian Ensemble at Syracuse University, and during the school year we have anywhere from 35 to nearly 50 participants. Over the summer, though, our performances are given by a small but mighty crew of long-term members. Last night it was myself, Brian Ludwig, Rosie Rion, and Josh and Elisa Dekaney, who lead the ensemble.
We had a perfect night for music! A gentle breeze blew in off of Cazenovia Lake as an enthusiastic crowd gathered on the lawn. Everyone was settled in, ready to sit back and let the music wash over them. Then we started in with the Samba Reggae, and sitting quietly was out of the question! Everyone started smiling, clapping, and getting up to dance. (Check out the music on the Samba Laranja MySpace page – you’ll have a hard time sitting still!) And the dancing hardly stopped all night. We had couples dancing salsa and samba, kids dancing in groups (with one enthusiastic group joining us on stage for a number), and tons of folks clapping and chair dancing. By the final Samba Funk, we had a line of 25 or 30 folks dancing all over the park.
Also included on the program were some indigenous songs, some Brazilian pop music, and my original choro. I don’t know that I’ve seen so many people up and dancing at one of these concerts before. If you were there, I thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and support. And if not, keep an eye on this website for upcoming performances from both Samba Laranja and Josh Dekaney. You won’t regret it.
Edit: My friend Steve took some great pics! Here are a few for you to enjoy: