Contemporânea’s history began with the vision and attitude of a man who always trod the paths of a pioneer: Miguel Fasanelli – a former counter salesman in a traditional musical instrument store in São Paulo.
In 1946, Mr. Miguel, as he was known, decided to transform his life and bought a stake in a small 150 m2-workshop that refurbished wind instruments.
Just two years after the workshop opened, musicians already respected it deeply. At the same time, São Paulo was the stage for a major movement towards popularizing samba. Still somewhat clandestinely, the first encounters between Carnival street groups (“blocos,” or “blocks, in English”) in the city began to take place.
With the increase in interest in samba and by rendering excellent services to his customer, Mr. Miguel won the preference and friendship of the members, directors and presidents of the city's Carnival blocks. At the time, there were no specific instruments used to play samba-style music. But with the help of musicians and friends, Mr. Miguel began to change the measurements of different instruments to adjust them to the characteristics of this very Brazilian beat. It was particularly the case of different types of rhythm section drums. Traditional bass drums (“bombos”) became “surdos,” strapped to the waist of a marching player. Snare drums morphed into “repiniques” (a slightly longer, high-pitched drum with no snare/strings). The 14” drums became “Malacachetas,” another type of small drum for percussion sections
Contemporânea’s history has always been marked by friendship, respect, seriousness and dedication, just as Mr. Miguel proposed back in 1946.
Yet, there's still a long road ahead. The search for challenges and quality always will be a commitment. It is a philosophy that made it possible for Contemporânea to receive three years in a row the highest awards in today's musical market as the best manufacturer of Brazilian percussion instruments.
Today, we are certain that this story will continue for many years to come.