After 10 years of playing Brasillian carnival music to the lovely people of Hertfordshire, we are finally taking a small band of drummers to Rio de Janeiro! We will be there from the 8th until the 20th January, and we have a few gigs lined up including performances at Circo Voador and Fundicao Progresso which are two of the best known venues for Rio’s famous blocos to perform at.
With the World Cup and the Olympics making their way to Rio over the next few years, this is a great time for us to stengthen our links with Brasil and help with our standing in the global Batucada community as a legitimate source of Brazilian carnival music.
Are you are up for wearing a fun costume, getting into a character and parading with Toque Tambor on 7th July in Hitchin? We will be teaming up with the brilliant Mandinga Arts who are an award winning carnival company who have toured all over the world. (more…)
If you would like to learn about Brazillian carnival music and how to play as part of a bloco, then why not join our drumming classes? The course starts on 4th September and runs for 16 weeks.
The price of the course is £100, payable by cheque or PayPal (coming soon). Enroll and pay in full before 21st August to enjoy a super early-bird discount of 10%, or pay before 4th September for a 5% discount.
If you would like a taster before you decide, then we have two free classes on 24th July and 14th August. (more…)
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We will be holding 1 hour drumming and dance classes as part of our annual trip to Ardee in Ireland. These workshops are for all ability levels.
These one hour drumming and dance sessions will take you on a whistle stop tour of the rhythms and moves which make Rio de Janeiro the worlds capital of carnival.
Willow Foundation Fun Run
The Willow Foundation is the only national charity that provides psychological and emotional support for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds. You can’t run with a drum, but the annual 10k charity fun run benefitted from some additional swing this year. The rhythms of Toque Tambor could be heard round the entire course. Noisy instruments are usually banned from the park. We can’t think why.
Yes! You can actually take part in the world of Brazilian Carnival music. This autumn’s new intake of batuquera have started on their path to enlightenment. Most haven’t played an instrument before, but that’s OK, that is what we teach! Look out for their first parade at the Ware Dickensian festival on 2nd of December.
Not one, but two parades for North Herts Homes who provided 2 picnic parties for residents in Hitchin and Letchworth over successive weekends, and on Sunday 20th, half of the band joined with the best of the South Eastern samba community to form a supergroup representing UK Carnival Arts for the Southend Parade. We only set off 2 car alarms!
Here are some videos of our performance at Luton Encontro 2011. We brought some Brazilian weather with us too! (more…)
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If you are interested in percussion and carnival music and want to learn more, or are a musician wishing to improve your rhythmical skills, this is for you!
Our new 15 week Brazilian carnival drumming course starts on 6th September 2011 and will introduce you to our rhythms and music and could offer you the opportunity of joining Toque Tambor for the 2012 season!
Come along and enjoy a FREE Brazilian carnival drumming taster session on 16th August 2011 and experience the energy and excitement of modern carnival rhythms in a fun and friendly atmosphere. (more…)
We played at Saracens Rugby Club last Sunday. The club were very happy and encouraging about our performance and the atmosphere it created. They admitted they were sceptical in advance about the level of sound we could create without amps but we proved them wrong on this count! They said they would definitely consider booking the band again next season.