Bateria (Drumming) Teachers
A performer in bands since 1980, he found LSS via Batucada Mandela in 1990. He has been an active member of the gigging bateria since 1991, and has performed over 20 times at Notting Hill Carnival. He began teaching at LSS workshops in 1995.
As well as being a member of the various committees that run LSS for many years, he was also responsible for delivering the LSS Outreach drum workshops in schools between 2000-2010 and was Outreach Director 2007-2010. He has taught samba in both primary and secondary schools in 22 London boroughs and has helped set up numerous samba groups in schools across London. Currently he works as a music teacher with various music services in London, and is Musical Director of Bloco Maluco, a group the LSS became Madrinha (Godmother) to in 2014. He has played with a samba school at the carnival in Rio, and various blocos in Salvador.
Greg Cowan – Songwriting Workshops
‘Greguinho Caroço’ aka Greg has performed with London School of Samba since 2005. His musical background in Perth Australia is with Sambanistas, and as a teenage rock guitarist with The Bullies, c.1980. He joined Rhythms of Resistance (London) after arriving in the UK in 2003, before hearing and seeing LSS perform at Coburg Samba Festival in 2004. Studying cavaquinho and samba de raiz since 2011 with Paul Rumbol and Lili Nascimento, and choro since 2014, he has entered LSS Songwriting competitions since 2014, and he has organised annual LSS songwriting workshop courses since 2015. Forming samba groups Ohmagodgy and Alfavaca, he is currently also performing with Casa da Cachaça (London). He has been a bateria guest of GRES Papagaio (Helsinki) and has toured extensively with LSS in the UK, to Coburg, Sibiu (Romania), and to Hong Kong SAR to play for the Chinese New Year Parade.