Best of Brazil - So you need to hear the real deal Brazilian music --in context-- in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia, but can’t speak a lick of Portuguese, know absolutely nobody there, and are maybe even a bit concerned about security after hearing that things could be almost as crazy as American cities? Then you could probably use a guide, and this where Chaz Chambers and MusicalGetaways.com, with his cadre of english speaking Brazilian guides, come in. Within one week you can go to Little Africa in Rio and enjoy an incredible samba circle at Pedro do Sal, experience the famous Viradouro Samba School with a hundred drummers and as many singers and dancers doing their insanely beautiful routines, go to a Candomble ceremony out in the favelas of Salvador—-overwhelming experiences— and then go to clubs in the Lapa district of Rio, and the Rio Vermelho neighborhood of Salvador, hearing all manner of samba, choro, and other authentic Brazilian sounds. Need to just enjoy a lazy afternoon at the beautiful beaches of Rio and Salvador? It’s there. Maybe get in a visit to a few touristic wonders like the world heritage site Cristo Redentor, Escalaria Salaron, and Casa de Yemanja? Done. One week. Imagine what could be possible in two... Side trip to Iguazu? Amazon excursion from Manaus? Live Maracatu in Recife? Knock back a couple caparinhas and dream...
Havana Music Tours - Jazz Festival, 2022 - I had just returned from Cuba and the Havana Jazz Festival when the snows began. What better opportunity to reflect on a truly fabulous trip. Not only did Chaz and Jami select an intriguing and diverse range of performances for us to attend, but we luxuriated in our classy casa particular and indulged in excellent meals in unique paladars, rooftops and restaurants. In between we were treated to numerous instances of Cuban positivity, resilience and creativity. Consider the mosaic wonder that is Fusterlandia; an exposition of Afro Cuban religions at the Callejón de Hamel; agriturismo at an ecological farm; and of course, wandering Vieja Habana and ducking waves on the Malecón. Perhaps, the highest peaks of these mountain top experiences, though, were the amazing, private concert by the HS jazz band of Conservatorio Amedeo Roldan and the morning spent in a recording studio with another group of musicians. Wow! No detail was left to chance, not transportation, umbrellas, nor even the red tape of travel in time of Covid. I cannot imagine a better way to travel. Pack now.
Cuban jazz, a joyful experience - Thanks to Chaz and his terrific team, the Havana Jazz Festival was a wonderful experience. The music happens in theaters and clubs all over the city, and having attended 5 years ago on our own, we know how hard it is to navigate the experience. Havana Music Tours makes it easy. They know the music and the musicians, and we enjoyed great music everyday without any hassle. The accommodations were 1st class and the food was amazing. My wife and I could not have been happier with every aspect of the trip.
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