Brazilian Ensemble
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Department: Performance
Course Number: JPER 4512
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Jazz
An authentic repertoire ensemble covering, samba, choro, bossa nova, MPB, baião, frevo, marcha rancho, maracatú and other Brazilian genres in their organic fusion with jazz, popular and classical traditions. Master composers include Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto, Guinga, Itiberê Zwarg, Toninho Horta, Jobim, Pixinguinha, Radamés Gnattali, and other contemporary composers not known outside of Brazil. Learn rhythm section roles/interaction adapted from percussion sources, idiomatic melodic phrasing and improvisational concepts for Brazilian grooves. Some semesters this ensemble focuses exclusively on choro music, covering its entire history stretching back into the 19th century.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
By audition, at the instructor's discretion.


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to Jazz students.


Open to Undergraduate students.