The Bassonovas are a Community Samba Percussion Group based in the suburb of Bassendean, just 10 kms East of Perth City.
They first began in Feb 2007 and today, continue to party in WA, with their own funky compositions and rhythms from Brazil!
They were initially established by the Town of Bassendean council, who still play a huge role in their ongoing success, thanks to the original founders Richy Glasgow, Jacqui Otago and current Musical Director Maria Daniels (MD - Pardon the pun!)
Maria started directing the group just 6 weeks after they first started 14 years ago, and since then, they have played a huge part in the Perth Samba Scene! These photo's say it all! :)
HOW THEY OPERATE:
The Bassonovas think themselves as very different to most other Community groups! This is because their drumming classes operate partly under the wing of the Town of Bassendeans RElax Classes (R E stands for Recreation and Engagement.)
So what is a RElax Class? Each Term, the Town of Bassendean offers a series of courses to the general Community.
Musical Director/Instructor Maria Daniels is contracted by the Town to teach a weekly 1 hour Samba Percussion class via their RElax Program. However, the Bassonovas themselves are a separate entity as an Incorporated Association.
It is a pre-requisite for Bassonovas INC Members to enrol for the RElax classes as well, to support the Town of Bassendean and visa versa.
This way, participants and members can learn together and create a bateria (large drumming group) so that it is a win/win situation for all!
For more information on the RELax Classes and Bassonovas Membership Rehearsals, please click on the links above.
Gigs only apply to the Bassonovas Membership and the requirement age for joining is between 13-80.
Gigs include many community, corporate, private and charity functions and the band dress in loud, colorful, carnival costumes!
Their rhythms are very infectious and MD Maria, tends to focus a lot on Reggae beats and grooves.
Occasionally, their music is themed! Once they performed a whole Michael Jackson Medley of percussion for the Fremantle Festival! It was such a blast!
They also have an APRA License, along with Public Liability Insurance, they have it all covered!
Gigs can vary from 30 mins or less (Static or Roaming) to a 1 hour (Parade.)
Each gig would need to be discussed, arranged and quoted prior to confirmation of booking. Clients can also have their choice of costumes!
The Bassonovas also sub contract Samba dancers for certain performances. This adds that extra spice and pizzazz to the show!
The dancers are from 'RIO VIDA BRAZILIAN SAMBA DANCERS' who are of high quality and look spectacular!
Please see the pics on this Website or check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riovidaperth/
Percussion workshops are also available for high schools, community, corporate and charity organisations, from the ages of 13 - 80. Workshops can last from 45 to 90 minutes, for a capacity of 10-30 people, with the help of 3 or 4 Bassonovas. This encourages social team building, in a fun and unique way, with absolutely no experience required and all instruments will be provided.
Sessions are simple and easy to follow! After a short time, participants will be playing an orchestra of fantastic, funky rhythms and beats!
For RElax class enrolments, please call the Town of Bassendean on 08 9377 8000 or go to the Town's website on: https://www.bassendean.wa.gov.au/ Just click on 'Community' and then 'RElax Program.'
From there, you can download the RElax Program Booklet and the Enrolment form.
For more info, please visit the RElax CLASSES page (link above.)
BASSONOVAS MUSICAL DIRECTOR:
Meet the Bassonovas Musical Director and Course Instructor - Maria Daniels!
Maria is originally from London and has 20 years experience in Samba percussion and 15 years of teaching.
She also has 23 years experience in Band Management and Bookings and has been a Musician - playing guitar and bass since the age of 12.
Recently, she has taken a keen interest in the RAV Vast and Handpan drums, teaching the basic fundamentals of these unique instruments!
If Maria was to describe herself in a few words, she often says "I come from a musical family! My parents were from Burma and Madras. I was born in London and emigrated to Australia. I play bass, guitar and I teach Brazilian Percussion!" Well that certainly is a lot to digest! :)
The Bassonovas absolutely love her as their Musical Director and her moto is - Quote: 'If you nurture your people well, your returns will be plentiful!' Well that really is the case with the Bassonovas and this is what makes her very proud! :)