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7 pm
Explore singing in a community sing-along!


February 2024

February 9, 16, 23, 2024

Workshop Lead: Aline Morales

Immerse yourself in the joy of communal singing during this workshop! Participants will explore fundamental warm-up vocal exercises, embrace singing in another language, and enjoy the experience of singing within a large group. Together, we'll craft harmonies and discover the art of being soloist singers. Instead of delving into the technical aspects of singing, our focus will be on the delight that songs and the act of using our voices bring. The repertoire will showcase traditional Forró songs, culminating in a live performance with a band at the February 24th Saturday Gathering!

Photos by Mariana Hernandez

Aline Morales Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Aline Morales began her performing career as a child training in capoeira. By the time she reached her early twenties, she had performed in a number of traditional and contemporary bands including Brazil’s most well-known maracatu group, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife, then led by her mentor Mestre Walter de Franca. Since her arrival in Toronto in 2003, she has been a tireless promoter of the traditional rhythms of northeastern Brazil, continuing to perform with her percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, at countless festivals and events.

Now drawing upon a wider range of influences, Morales finds herself in a stage of musical exploration. Gone is the heavy wall of percussion, replaced instead by lush, eclectic arrangements, seamlessly blending traditional and modern instruments. At home in her new role as a solo artist, Morales “shines with mature confidence amid [producer] David Arcus’ outstanding orchestrations.” (David Dacks, the Grid). Her debut solo album ‘Flores, Tambores e Amores’ was nominated for a Juno Award, and her highly anticipated sophomore record is slated for release in spring of 2020.

In addition to her solo accomplishments, Morales was selected as part of Canada’s Global Orchestra, Kuné, in 2016, and continues to perform and record with the ensemble as vocalist and percussionist.

Photo by Nicola Betts

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