Percussionist and ethnomusicologist Philip Galinsky, Ph.D., is the founder and Director of Samba New York!
As a scholar, he has been conducting music research in Brazil since 1993, having published pioneering work on both the pagode samba and mangue beat movements. His doctoral dissertation from Wesleyan University, "Maracatu Atômico," was selected for publication in Routledge’s Outstanding Dissertations series. He has held teaching positions at Wesleyan University, UC Davis, and Hampshire College.
As a percussionist, has studied with numerous master Brazilian drummers, including Jorge Alabê, Jonas de Oliveira, Odilon Costa, and Miguel do Repinique, among many others.
Since 1999, he has performed as a percussionist in the Rio Carnaval in the official parades of some of Brazil's most renowned samba schools, including Mocidade, Salgueiro, Imperatriz, and Cubango.
Praised by the Estado de São Paulo newspaper as the "most famous and active 'school of samba' in New York City," his group, Samba New York! brings the exhilarating energy of Brazil's most celebrated music and dance to audiences throughout the US and the world. Samba New York! has been featured on national television in both the US and Brazil, including the CBS Early Show, the Doctor Oz Show (Fox), and TV Globo’s Jornal Nacional, Brazil’s most widely-viewed nightly news program. Samba New York! has opened up for Skank, one of the most popular Brazilian bands, at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square; has twice been the front band at the NYC Greenwich Village Halloween Parade; and has performed at some of the New York area's most prestigious venues, including The Brooklyn Museum, Sounds of Brazil, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Copacabana, and a sold out show at the acclaimed Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.