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Samba Meets Jazz Summer Music Camp, Bar Harbor, Leading Artists Up Close


Looking for Summer Music Camps? Jazz Camps? The third annual Samba Meets Jazz Workshops ( is a summer music camp that will come to life July 24 through 30, and July 31 through August 6 at College of the Atlantic in picturesque Bar Harbor, Maine, near Acadia National Park, led by Artistic Directors Roni Ben-Hur ( ), a world-class guitarist / educator, and virtuoso Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta (, along with a faculty of internationally renowned jazz artists.

Designed for music makers of all ages, on all levels, the summer music camp, Samba Meets Jazz ( attendees get to experience personalized instruction from internationally-renowned artists on a daily basis. Small group sizes facilitate attentive coaching and guidance during classes, rehearsals and evening jam sessions. In addition to intimate master classes and clinics, the diverse group of participants, from across the United States and beyond, experience the added benefit of networking and making connections. The student body includes adult hobbyists, college students, instrumentalists / vocalists seeking to explore new genres, as well as educators and jazz artists seeking to hone their craft. High school students are encouraged to attend as well, if chaperoned. Significant others are welcome to attend.

In addition to Roni Ben Hur and Nilson Matta, this year’s Samba Meets Jazz summer music camp educators include pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill; multi-instrument reed player Steve Wilson (saxophone, flute, clarinet); vocalist and co-founder of the New School’s Vocal Jazz program, Amy London; percussionist Gilad, recognized by Jazziz as “one of the world’s great percussionists,” and drummer Zack O’Farrill, recently lauded by All About Jazz as “one of the youngest Latin jazz lions to roar onto the scene in quite some time.”

“Being involved with music in this spectacular setting provides people with an opportunity to regenerate their batteries ... and reconnect with their creativity in a nurturing and supportive environment,” comments Ben-Hur.

The curriculum for Samba Meets Jazz summer music camp is comprised of a healthy balance of activities designed to help students develop jazz improvisation skills, expand their repertoire by working with Standards, Hard Bop, Latin Jazz and in Brazilian Ensembles, and integrating vocalists and instrumentalists into performing groups to bolster the development of accompaniment skills. There are also Big Band Sessions, instruction in arranging, percussion for vocalists and more at this summer music camp.

The setting for Samba Meets Jazz in Bar Harbor, Maine - which was recently named by Trip Advisor as one of the top 25 vacation spots in the United States - is designed for optimum “leisure-learning,” just steps away from Acadia National Park.

Samba Meets Jazz ( is a summer music camp that evolved from Guitar Intensives, which Executive Director Alice Schiller founded in 2002 to focus solely on jazz guitar. “Our personalized approach, along with our small size, is what sets Samba Meets Jazz Workshops apart from most other programs,” explained Schiller.

Registrants can take advantage of a $100 discount prior to May 24. There are also student discounts and musician discounts.
For more information or to register, visit Phone: 1-888-435-4003.


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