Sorry for the hiatus, everyone! I tried to semi-warn you with my batizado post, i.e. that I’d be away at the batizado all this weekend and so might not have internet access, if even time to post anything! But the batizado was awesome (or is; there’s still the wrap-up party to go!), everyone was really nice and the workshops were great! Shayna, I didn’t have time to respond to your comment yet but I was going to say your solution for mixed rodas was so simple I couldn’t believe it didn’t occur to me, and so brilliant I can’t believe no one’s done it! BUT that’s what they did at this batizado! Eight-person, mixed-level, free-for-all rodas, and they were so good: totally the best of both worlds. You could move between rodas as well, for even more flexibility regarding who you wanted to play—including mestres/contra-mestres! We also had a 1-hr professional pandeiros workshop, and I definitely won’t think about passing it over so easily anymore for the berimbau or atabaque!
If any of you recognize what I’m talking about, by the way, and happen to read this before the boat party, look for me there!