Folklore | Brazilian Peformance & Culture
F638 | 29597 | C. Haas

Fulfills: Area

Where is the role of body movement in musical experience? What is
the relationship between sound and social function? Is carnival a
spectacle, a ritual, a form of protest, or cultural forum and how do
these perspectives change the style of performance? This course
introduces students to a selection of Brazilian musical genres and
percussion instruments from folkloric, religious and carnival
contexts, as well as the ways in which cultural values have
contributed to the aesthetic and communicative aspects of these
performance based expressions. With an emphasis towards hands-on
experience playing and singing Brazilian music, students will also
learn about the social, historical and cultural terms in which to
interpret the various musical sounds. These topics will be addressed
through readings as well as audio and video examples, and followed
by group discussion and/or short response papers.  Students will be
evaluated on how actively they are involved in their own
understanding of musical and cultural processes, and how they apply
that knowledge to new situations.  Both students and instructor will
attend to the ongoing evaluation of their individual and group
performance by discussing musical criteria and social function as
prescribed by bearers of the culture. Students will have a chance to
demonstrate their understanding of the material through a
culminating public presentation.  Special emphasis will be given to
the northeast region of Brazil and Afro-Brazilian genres. Musical
styles include: samba, samba da roda, candomblé and capoeira
repertoire, as well as frevo, forró, maracatu, afoxé, samba afro and
samba-reggae. Highly recommended for those who need to fulfill a
practicum requirement and/or who are interested in teaching “world
music” ensembles. Previous musical experience is welcome, but is not
required.  All musical material will be taught orally and through