Casa Samba was founded in 1987 by Mestre Curtis Pierre, Bill Lennon, Chuk and Carolyn Barber. On July 21, 1993, Mayor Sidney Bartholomew proclaimed Casa Samba as the first samba school in New Orleans, one the premier cities of Carnival in the world. The group is directed by Mestre Curtis Pierre, and Brasilian master drummer, Jorge "Alabe" Bezerra.
Casa Samba's performances combine traditional music, vocals, theater, dance and drumming to capture the spirit of Carnival in Brasil, Afro- Brasilian traditions and history. We showcase our performances at major hotels, festivals, conventions and special events and through our annual participation in several Mardi Gras parades and coronations (such as Endymion and Zulu balls) and at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. Appropriately enough, Casa Samba first emerged in 1986 during Mardi Gras.
Our Mission - Our mission is to present audiences with an authentic Brasilian Carnival and folk arts experience. Casa Samba does this through weekly open rehearsals and frequent school and university workshops.
Additionally, we maintain a center that works to educate the New Orleans community and the Gulf South region of the rich cultural traditions of Brasil and the similarities which bridge Carnival in Brasil with Mardi Gras in New Orleans emphasizing that importance of their African tradition and influences.
Vision - Casa Samba's vision is to train children and adults in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf South into aspiring practitioners of Brasilian traditional music, dance and cultural arts. Mestre Curtis Pierre, has studied over the past 30 years, to gain the knowledge and expertise on Brasilian music and dance. Now with the aid of Casa Samba, he would like to give back to the community through offering classes and workshops on the Brasilian music, dance and culture. For the past 32 years he has with hands on work within his community with hundreds children. Not only as a performer but, he is roll model, mentor, big brother and as a farther figure to many of his neighborhood children. Casa Samba and Medtre Curtis has performed for over 1,00,000 children the metropolitan New Orleans school systems and surrounding parish schools, exposing children to Brasilian culture, music and traditions.
Being a native of New Orleans and knowing the problems that kids face today, Mestre Curtis has adopted the same philosophy of the samba schools in Brasil in taking a social responsibility for safeguarding our children and providing them with creative and challenging opportunities and experiences other than what is found in the streets. It is our desire to provide a venue for getting the community, specifically children and young adults interested in music and dance and providing them with a place to participate in supervised and structured activities like Residences, after school, and during the summer months.
Mestre Curtis Pierre founder and director of Casa Samba established in 1987.He has studied exclusively with master Brasilian folkloric and percussionist, Mestre Jorge Alabe from Rio de Janeiro in self supported residency endeavor for over 15 years. In the past five years, he has also studied with master percussionist Marcio Peters from the world famous Brasilian Samba School, Ile Aye in Salvador Bahia.view profile
founder and Director of Casa Samba
Master drummer Jorge Alabê grew up in Rio de Janeiro immersed in the rich musical culture of Brazil, becoming a master in samba percussion as well as in the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of candomblé. He is an “Alabê” connected with the oldest candomblé house established in Brazil, Casa Branca; the title of “Alabê” means that he has obtained the highest level in drumming and leading of rituals in the candomblé religion and signifies deep experience and authorityview profile
Master Brazilian drummer jorge alabe
Afro Brazilian folkloric director and cultural advisor
Carol has been the Afro Brasilian Dance instructor for Casa Samba for over 23 years and has hosted many workshops at all the major universities located in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. She is currently an adjunct instructor of Brasilian Dance at Tulane University as a credited course now in her 11th year .
co-founding of Casa Samba&
He has been leading samba drum class since he was 9 years old. Currently, Junior at Southern University and alumni of the war in Eastern high school band. He has been a personal student of Jorge Alabe from the age 4 till now and Marcio Peeter of ILE IAYE for the past 7 years. He has performed both in New Orleans and Brazil with the group Ile Aiye in Bahia and participated in the rehearsals at the samba schools Beja-Flor and Salgueiro in Rio de Janeiro.view profile
director of percussion(Bateria)&