Brazilian Music Ensemble

Michael Silvers, Conductor
MUS 252 S1 | MUS 450 S1
R 5:30-7:30 PM
0359 Music Building

The University of Illinois Brazilian Music Ensemble is designed to study the nature of Brazilian music through exploration of its unique characteristics and styles. The group primarily performs music of Brazil's Northeast, focusing on the region's traditional instruments, such as rabecas and zabumbas, and regional genres, dance rhythms, and vocal practices including, but not limited to, maracatu, coco, baião, xote, carimbó, and incelenças and benditos, as well as music from the Movimento Armorial. In addition to learning to perform the music, students also gain insight into local performance contexts and cultural significance. Students in the course learn most of the music by ear. 

This is a relatively new ensemble in the University of Illinois School of Music.  

If you are interested in joining, or have questions about participating, please contact Michael Silvers.