The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Brazilian Jazz Ensemble

An authentic repertoire ensemble covering bossa nova, MPB, samba, choro, baião, frevo, maracatu, and other Brazilian genres in their organic fusion with jazz, popular, and classical traditions. Master composers include Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto, Jobim, Pixinguinha, Gnattali, Guinga, Edu Lobo, Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, and composers from the thriving São Paulo scene. Students learn rhythm section roles/interaction adapted from percussion sources, idiomatic melodic phrasing, and improvisation concepts for Brazilian grooves. The ensemble requires strong readers, saxophonists with flute double, and one vocalist with instrumental scatting ability (familiarity with Portuguese is helpful). Final enrollment is at the discretion of the instructor. 2 credits

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