Rodos Panayiotou - Afro-Brazilian Percussion
Rodos Panayiotou - Afro-Brazilian Percussion  
27 July - 1 August | Kato Drys, Cyprus

In this percussion workshop students will have the opportunity to learn and familiarise themselves with a handful of genuine percussion instruments such as the surdo, ganza, caixa, tamborim, agogo bells, repinique, cuica and pandeiro. During the lessons the rhythmology, technique and phrasing of each instrument will be taught separately for each instrument. A lot of emphasis will be given to Afro-Brazilian musical genres such as Samba Batucada and Samba Reggae. The workshop aims, besides the student’s personal musical experience, to encourage team communication and creativity as well as to show students the musical strengths and benefits of performing in a group. This will be a unique and fun experience for students as they will be able to perform what they have been taught in front of an audience at the end of the week.

The workshop welcomes anyone who is interested in this music genre and enjoys the sound of percussion. No previous musical education or experience is required.

Rodos Panayiotou - Bio

Rodos Panayiotou is a professional percussionist, who holds a diploma from Ellinikon Odeon (1998), and a degree from the Rotterdam Conservatorium in Latin-Jazz and World Music (2005). From 2007 until present he has been teaching drums and percussion at European University Cyprus, as well as at the University of Nicosia. He is also a member of various local ensembles and performs all over Cyprus and abroad. He has performed with artists such as Giorgos Ntalaras, Marios Frangoulis, Pantelis Thalassinos, Vasilis Lekas, Dimitris Mpasis, Kostas Hadjis, Glykeria, Miltiadis Paschalides and many others. From 2006 until today he has been collaborating and performing in concerts with the composer Andreas Georgiou, both in Cyprus and abroad. In 2009 he formed Batukinio, a percussion group which is nowadays comprised by 35 members. Their first performance was at the opening ceremony of Games of the Small States of Europe which took place in Cyprus that same month. Since then, they have performed in various cultural events all over Cyprus.