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Aché Brasil
An Explosion of Colour, Energy and Music!
"The warmth and enthusiastic rapport with the audience, combined with the infectious rhythms and dazzling dance created and evening of unsurpassed enjoyment!"
-- Francis Xavier, Artistic Director, Mission Folk Festival

We have a show for everyone! Aché Brasil performs for many venues and creates a show custom suited to every event: festivals, theatres, concerts, special events, conventions, Brazilian Mardi-Gras, Carnaval parades, batucadas, international children's festivals and school shows.

Aché Brasil's colorful blend of music and dance features the famous Brazilian Capoeira, a sinuous combination of dance, martial arts, astonishing acrobatics and breathtaking kicks; the resplendent costumes and pulse of the Samba; the spectacular machete wielding Maculele, the frenetic rhythms and dances of Frevo, etc. All members of Aché Brasil are Brazilian, making them the only authentic music and dance company from Brazil living in BC.

Aché means "all things positive" and Aché Brasil is positively entertaining! Experienced and professional, Ache Brasil is committed to best embody Brazil's rich cultural heritage through high quality performances.

Our bigger shows include a full band, but we also have a smaller group, which incorporates drums and traditional Brazilian percussion in accompaniment to dances from Brasil with beautiful costumes. Our children's show is educational, entertaining and humorous, involving the children- very popular at International Children's festivals and school shows.

Aché Brasil fuses Brazilian music, dance, martial arts and acrobatics into a dynamic, high energy performance that is exciting to watch and makes it hard to stand still. The group's musical repertoire includes Aché Brasil's original songs combining infectious Brazilian rhythms such as Samba, Coco de Roda, Maracatu, Samba Raggae, etc. The dancers and musicians of Aché Brasil exhibit a rare combination of authenticity and excellence in their work, which is unmatched in North America. Experienced and professional, Aché Brasil is committed to presenting high quality performances which best exemplify Brazil's rich cultural heritage.

Aché Brasil represents the culture, the traditions, the beliefs, the music and the movement of the people of Brazil. Equal parts music, dance, and spectacle, Aché Brasil has played to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim all over North America, receiving a recent nomination for "Live Performers of the Year" at the West Coast Music Awards. Through music and dance, this high energy group educates and entertains audiences of all ages about Brazil's cultural diversity.

Aché Brasil is dedicated to promoting Brazilian culture throughout Canada and abroad and seeks to achieve a wider public while teaching the art of Capoeira to the community. Aché Brasil performing group and Capoeira Aché Brasil academies, both strives to bring the beauty of Brazilian cultural art forms to the world through the teaching of capoeira and performances of traditional and popular music and dances from Brazil.

"Thank you for making this year's West Coast Music Awards a huge success. Aché Brasil's performance was spectacular... the highlights of the evening!"
--Moira Rodger, Executive Producer, West Coast Music Awards


Artist Bios:

Mestre Eclilson de Jesus - Artistic Director, Master of Capoeira, Choreographer, Percussionist
Originally from Recife, Brazil, Mestre Eclilson was influenced at an early age by the folkloric musical atmosphere of Recife. Known for his sinuous agility and breathtaking acrobatics, he was invited to perform for the Children's festivals throughout North America in 1990 and decided to make Vancouver his new home.

As a founding member, Mestre Eclilson has brought his infectious, high energy to Aché Brasil which has gone on to become one of the most popular touring music and dance groups in Canada. He also works as a stuntman, and has appeared in several films.

Sam Smith - Vocalist, Percussionist, Acrobat, Capoeirista, Dancer
A dynamic performer, he started performing with Aché Brasil in 2000. Known as Camara, he has studied capoeira with Mestre Eclilson de Jesus since 1997, receiving his Formado belt in 2005 and Monitor in 2008. He is known for being multi-talented with outstanding acrobatic skills and a strong singing voice. Camara has trained as a dancer, actor and musician.

Ronald Diaz (Oio de Fogo) - Capoeirista, Percussionist, Dancer
Ronald began as a student of Capoeira at the Capoeira Aché Brasil Academy in 1997. After a few years of training, Ronald exceeded the expectations of the academy and was invited to be a performer for Aché Brasil. He has been touring and performing since then becoming an important member of the group. He continued his training by traveling to Brazil where he practiced Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian dances and Brazilian percussion.

Vanessa de Jesus - Vocalist, Percussionist, Capoeirista, Acrobat, Dancer
Daughter of Mestre Eclilson, Vanessa grew up in a musical environment, which allowed her to become a skilled multi-disciplined performing artist. Her musical career began at the age of 5 with her first show at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. As she grew up she played an active role in Aché Brasil performing Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian dances and Brazilian percussion. At the age of seventeen she was invited to be the female lead vocalist for the group, allowing her to develop her talent as a vocalist.

Fernando de Jesus - Vocalist, Composer, Percussionist
Born in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil, Fernando studied for several years at the University of FUNESE. As a writer and composer much of his lyrics deal with the history and heritage of the Afro-Brazilian culture. He has recently composed several songs, which will be in Aché Brasil's new CD release. He resides in Vancouver, Canada and works exclusively with Aché Brasil.

Andrea Monteiro - Choreographer, Dancer
Andrea is a dancer and choreographer from Brazil. She discovered her passion for dancing at an early age, starting ballet at the age of 5 in Sao Paulo. She went on study acting, voice, and circus performance with Cia Litero Dramatica Martins Pena. Andrea has gone on to perform with a variety of groups and as a solo performer in Brazil, China, Tibet, and Canada. Her high energy, love of dance, and strong audience connection make her a sought after performer of dances such as Samba, Salsa, Forro, as well as modern dance Hip Hop, Electronic, and Gypsy styles.

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