About

Bloco Maximo began as a group of percussionists who together studied World Music under Dane Maxim Richeson at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After reconnecting in Chicago, the group expanded to include, in no particular order, the following members of Bloco Maximo:

  • John Beard was born and raised outside of Manchester, United Kingdom, where he spent his childhood dabbling in several instruments including violin, trumpet, bass and guitar.  A vacation to Brazil in 2004 proved to be life changing when, after seeing the Mangueira Samba School and spending his evenings in the music clubs of the Lapa district, John decided to focus his musical energy into samba and pagode. John plays cavaquinho, guitar, pandeiro, and percussion in Barioca. 
  • Rudy Loo started playing samba with Jimmy Biala’s Sambasia from San Francisco. He moved to Chicago 7 years ago and found Reed and John and became an active participant in the Brazilian music scene. Rudy has been studying conga and bata with Contemporary Music Project in Oak Park, IL and has gone to Cuba to take his Afro and popular Cuban music studies further. Additionally, has studied Japanese taiko and shamisen. He has traveled to more than 20 countries and over 20 US States, developing a deep interest in cultural music.  
  • Kyle Dallman, originally from Tamuning, Guam, studied English and Music Performance at Lawrence University. Kyle is a percussionist in Chicago and plays repinique.  Currently in graduate school and dominating fantasy football. 
  • Caitlin Andrew studied Music Performance at Lawrence University and specializes in the cello.  As of July 2015 she became a full-time resident of Salt Lake City and provides long distance consultation regarding swing feel and surdo licks.  She is a dynamic member of Samba Fogo and great friends with Mason.   
  • Matt Korajczyk studied Music Performance at Lawrence University and is a percussionist in Chicago, Illinois.  He also can be seen killing double bass drum with his Metal Band Air Raid.  Matt regularly leads productive rehearsals and plays lead repique.
  • Peter Korajczyk is a Percussion Instructor at the Evanston Escola de Samba and Bateria Quilombola. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2012 with a degree in Biology.  While there he played percussion in the University of Chicago Jazz X-tet, under the direction of the AACM’s Mwata Bowden, performing with such influential Chicago improvisers and composers as Ari Brown and Ed Wilkerson.  While leading Bateria Quilombola he has performed with master percussionists such as Dudu Fuentes and Marcus Santos.  
  • Evan Jacobson is a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music as well as a music educator in Oak Park, Illinois. Evan studied education and trombone performance at Lawrence University and plays trombone, guitar, and drum set.  Currently is not a full-time member of the band but provides mental support when needed.
  • Harjinder Singh graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in Music Education. He also taught in CPS,  the Old Town School of Folk Music and held the position of Music/Dance Instructor at Chiarvalle Montessori School.  Fall 2014 called Harjinder to Boston, MA, where he began his graduate degree in ethnomusicology at Tufts University.  Since studying at Tufts he has continued his studies abroad in Jamaica.  Like Evan, he is not a current member but does provide mental support.  
  • Zachary Himelhoch is a world-percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education. Zachary owns and operates ZJH Percussion, a company providing instructional programs, presentations, and private tutoring in world percussion throughout Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Parks District.
  • Andrew Green is a Chicago musician and percussion instructor at Evanston Escola de Samba. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy for a year.  He graduated from Lawrence University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music and while at Lawrence, he studied percussion with Dane Richeson and jazz with Fred Sturm and Mark Urness.  In 2010, he had the opportunity to study Ghanaian music at the Dagbe Cultural Institute in the village of Kopeyia, in Ghana, West Africa and subsequently led the Ghanaian and Brazilian groups for his final year at Lawrence

 


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