Sunderland teenager joins Brazilian jam at The Sage

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A SUNDERLAND teenager had Latin fever when he joined a group of Brazilian musicians for a jam.

Bradley Johnston, 19, was at the Sage in Gateshead with other youngsters and members of the venue’s youth ensembles Jambone and Folkestra to offer tuition from the exciting instrumental ‘Choro’ music of Brazil, involving an unusual mix of instruments.

The 10 Brazilian musicians and educators from Santa Marcelina Cultura (SMC) have returned to the region, a year after their first visit, to take part in a 10-day programme to share music ideas and experiences with their opposite numbers at Sage Gateshead.

The exchange programme was created after Katherine Zeserson, Sage Gateshead’s director of learning and participation,.

She said: “We are thrilled to welcome our Brazilian colleagues to Sage Gateshead for their second of three annual visits. They bring us fresh energy and ideas and I know that they find our programme inspiring and stimulating in equal measure.

“We can learn a great deal from each other in support of our common purpose – harnessing the great power of music to bring about positive transformations in young people’s lives.”