Samba Fest Returns to Trinity College Campus May 6 for Eleventh Annual Event

Trinity Students to Join Brazilian and Connecticut Artists

​Hartford, Connecticut, April 19, 2017 – Samba Fest will return to the Trinity College campus on Saturday, May 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at 240 New Britain Avenue in Hartford. Samba Fest is a free, rain-or-shine event that is open to the public.

​Latin Grammy-award-winning artists Gilvan de Oliveira, right, and Ivan Correa da Costa will perform at Samba Fest 2017 on May 6.
Samba Fest will feature Latin Grammy-award-winning artists Gilvan de Oliveira (guitar), Ivan Correa da Costa (bass), and Sergio Antonio Silva (percussion), all professors of music at the Universidade de Música Bituca, a free school founded in Minas Gerais, Brazil, by internationally famous singer-composer Milton Nascimento.

Other performers include the Trinity Samba Ensemble with special guest José Paulo, directed by Eric Galm; Trinity Steel, directed by Curtis Greenidge; Ginga Brasileira, directed by Efraim Silva; The Hartford Hot Several; The Bossa Nova Project; Honduran vocalist Karlibeth Ortega; West Hartford's Hall High School choirs, directed by Lorri Cetto, and more.

All performances will be aired live by WRTC 89.3 FM Radio (

“Similar to previous Samba Fests, we’re anticipating an amazing celebration of Brazilian culture through its music and wide-ranging rhythms,” said Eric Galm, associate professor of music and ethnomusicology and chair of the Music Department at Trinity College. “There will be everything,” he said, “from the refined strains of contemporary jazz-influenced melodies and harmonies to large drumming groups and exciting dance workshops.”

​Eric Galm, who conceived and produces Samba Fest, directs the Trinity Samba Ensemble.
The Trinity Samba Ensemble is a group formed in an academic course that teaches Brazilian culture through its music and rhythms. The Samba Ensemble’s repertory derives from the batucada, a drumming group that plays samba music during Brazil’s carnival celebrations, and the group performs participatory call-and-response songs in Portuguese and English. Trinity Steel is a group, also formed in an academic course, that performs reggae, Motown, and other popular global styles filtered through a calypso rhythm. Ginga Brasileira is an Afro-Brazilian dance group that specializes in capoeira, a dance incorporating martial arts that was  developed in Brazil by descendants of enslaved Africans. The group also features maculelê, a stick dance developed in the fields of northeastern Brazilian sugarcane plantations, and maracatu, a congado dance that served as a coronation ceremony for the “king of the Congo,” where the leader of this group served as an intermediary between the enslaved population and the plantation owner.

Galm, who conceived and produces Samba Fest, has been a member of the Trinity College faculty since 1999 and is the coordinator for the music track of the Trinity in Trinidad global learning site. From 2006 to 2010, he served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Northeast Chapter. He has lived, studied, and traveled extensively throughout Brazil, and has conducted research in Cuba and Trinidad. Galm holds degrees in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan and Tufts Universities and in percussion performance from the University of Michigan, as well as performance certificates from the Escola Brasileira de Música and the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Produced by Trinity College, Samba Fest is an institutional collaboration with the Consulate General of Brazil in Hartford. The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts and by Trinity College (Austin Arts Center Guest Artist Series, Department of Music, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Urban and Global Studies Arts Initiative, and Trinfo.Café).

For directions and parking information, visit For general information, call (860) 297-2199. For more information, vendor, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eric Galm at or 860-297-4201.