Jane has performed with Paraiso School of Samba at Notting Hill Carnival - Paraiso have been described as ‘the best samba school in the world outside Brazil’ (Time Out)
She has also performed at Notting Hill with Estrela do Norte, and has played for a number of years with the Republic of Swing Bateria, and Juba do Leao, both based in the North West.
Jane runs a young children’s music group in Lymm which allows her to place samba drums in the hands of potential players as young as 3 to 7 years old (for the Choco Bloco parade) – possibly the youngest bloco in the North West!
Having visited Rio, Salvador, Recife and Olinda over the last few years, Jane is currently forging links with other samba organisations. Jane has a specific interest in Choro, a musical style that originated in the early 19th century in Rio de Janeiro, mixing European musical styles with the African rhythm lundu, that was already present in Brazilian culture at the time. Choro has a very strong aural tradition, with the music being passed on from one musician to another (not written). A typical formation recognised in Choro groups: 7 string guitar, 6 string guitar, cavaquinho, pandeiro, mandolin, flute, clarinet and saxophone.