Moacyr Marchini, a native of Brazil, learned traditional samba music when he was growing up in Sao Paulo. Batucadas (percussion ensembles) and pagodes (a style of vocal music with a samba rhythm) could be heard on the streets corners, in open bars, on the beaches, in parks, and on soccer fields throughout the year. By the age of 10 he performed his first recital. During his teenage years, he played in a Samba School (neighborhood association).
After moving to the United States in l985, Mr. Marchini continued to be very involved with Samba music, founding the Chicago Samba in Chicago-IL and Brasil Fest Chicago; in St. Louis where he moved in 1993, started the Brazilian music group Samba Bom and Choro Guys . He also teaches and perform the Sounds of
Brazil program at schools for a not-for-profit organization named Spring-Board STL. Works a DJ and the name Mo Samba. and created a Brazilian street festival called Brasil Day STL .
Moacyr leads percussion workshops in the Midwest-USA, Europe, and Brazil. He returns often to his country, where he studies with Samba masters, visit music circles.. He also collects Brazilian music recordings and instruments.
Chef Moacyr learned traditional Brazilian/Italian cooking with his mother’s recipes influenced by the Spanish and Italian grandparents. He worked in restaurants in Chicago such as Alfo’s and Carlos & Carlos, continued to be involved in the food
business and became a chef via years of experience. Currently, he provides catering services under the name Samba Inc.