Marcelo is a journalist and musician who was born in Porto Alegre, South of Brazil in 1981. Music and football always have played a big role in his life, especially when they got together at the matches of his home town and beloved team S.C. Internacional.
In order to support the players during the games, the fans of Inter organize themselves in what they call “charanga” which is a band with percussion and wind instruments created in order to support the players during the games. Being part of those fans rose his love and interesting for percussion so years later he started to learn it.
In 1998, with 18 years old, he joined the Order of Musicians of Brazil (OMB) to keep going with his first musical project - a samba band formed with his old school mates. Since that he never stops it and music always has been part of his life.
In 2006, Marcelo moved to New Zealand, where he lived for teen years and took part in many groups of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) as Forró and Samba and also worked as a freelancer percussionist for different musicians of different styles.
In Freiburg, his relationship with music started three years ago, drumming at the parks around the city with his friends. Months later, he and his best friend Fabio Köhler finally found other musicians who helped to create the Sambadisch. Through the music of Sambadisch he found the best way to express himself as a musician, because of the variety of instruments, rhythms and genders that the band perform on stage.
Pedro Manuel Bortoluzzi, guitar, voice and clarinet. Born in Venice (Italy) from a brazilian mother and an italian father. He begins studying music at the age of 10.
Son of a guitarist and raised in a family where Brazilian music played a fundamental role, Pedro begins very young to get in touch with this music, along with classical, progressive rock, and jazz music. With the guitar he then begins to play progressive rock, reggae and songwriter music. He is a passionate researcher of Frank Zappa's work and between the ages of 16 and 22 he is also a producer of techno music. Soon, however, Brazilian music, particularly bossa nova, turns out to be his greatest passion.
Inspired by several readings in high school, he becomes increasingly passionate about the study of philosophy, which leads him to his current doctoral research at the University of Freiburg. He has been
living permanently in Freiburg since 2019 where, in addition to his research activities, he continues to play solo and together with other musicians and singers in the city. In 2019 he founds Sambadisch together with friends, determined to realize his dream of communicating around the world the beauty andrichness of Brazilian music.
Fabio Köhler, visual artist and percussionist, was born in Heidelberg, Germany, but grew up in Rio de Janeiro where he graduated in Scenic Arts at UNIRIO. During college he took three years of live-modeling classes with painter Lydio Bandeira de Mello. He got his first pandeiro when he was eight years old, at the time he was practicing capoeira. At the age of 15, specifically at Martins de Sá beach, he learned the straight samba touch at a luau. In the last year of high school a classmate took a pandeiro course with Marcos Suzano and this way Fabio learned through his classmate the Funk Suzano beat. During college he did two semesters at the Escola Portátil de choro where he had the great honor of passing through the grandfather, son and grandson of pandeiro players: Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celso Silva and Eduardo Silva. He spent three years in India working for an NGO as a landscaper and currently resides in Freiburg, where he teaches drawing and percussion at a popular school, is doing a bachelor's degree in China Studies (which includes learning the language). Besides the pandeiro he plays zabumba, caixa, atabaque, darbuka, berimbau de boca and at this moment is resuming his trumpet studies to insert some phrasing into the band, as he had lessons in the past with trumpet player Paulo Mendonça in Rio de Janeiro. He has also just published his first illustrated book called "Alma" (Soul) written by Rodrigo Alvarez and published by Agir publishing house of the Ediouro group.
Afonso Argolo, carioca, married, father of a beautiful baby, engineer by profession and musician by passion. He started playing in church choirs, where he played guitar and sang for more than 10 years, moving on to samba and pagode, where he participated in a band for 3 years. Arriving in Germany, he was part of a forró group. With musical influences from Jazz to Funk Carioca, he is passionate about music and makes it part of his life. He plays cavaco, guitar, percussion and sings.
Italo De Almeida, 26 years old, born in São Paulo Brazil, Capoeira master and percussionist, traveled more than 15 countries teaching capoeira, percussion and dance. He lives in Germany since 2019 where he has an association that teaches children and adults and also teaches Brazilian culture to students from many different countries. He has been doing capoeira for more than 12 years and grew up listening to samba, forró and all brazilian music. He has done several shows with capoeira in Brazil, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and other countries. All his brothers also work with capoeira and percussion and travel around the world giving workshops. Italo began his study of Ausbildung as a social educator where he also works with capoeira, percussion and teaching methods for children and adolescents.
Flutist, saxophonist and singer, Carolin Fressle, who grew up near Freiburg im Breisgau, began her musical education as a child, first on the recorder and the flute.
After graduating from high school, she studied music to become a teacher at the State University of Music and Geography at the University of Karlsruhe. Carolin worked as a teacher at various schools, including teaching at the German School in Rio de Janeiro for six years. There she discovered her love for Brazilian music and culture, as well as Brazilian Portuguese.
Currently, Carolin Freßle is training to become a speech therapist and continues to work as a music educator and as the director of a youth orchestra.