Strings of Bahia: Workshop with Jurandir Santana

Wednesday / October 19, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Guitarist, arranger, and musical producer Jurandir Santana presents a workshop about the most important music styles and rhythms of Bahia. The state of Bahia, located in the northeast of Brazil, features some of the most rhyhmically interesting music of Brazil with African, Portuguese, and native Brazilian influences.

Santana, a 30-year veteran in the Brazilian music scene, grew up in Salvador, Nahia and has shared the stage with Hermeto Pascoal, Gal Costa, and Rosa Passos, among many others. His unique polyrhythmic approach on guitar infuses the complex elements of the Bahia rhythm section and extended jazz harmonies. This material is the result of his lengthy research about the music from Bahia applied to the guitar: traditional and contemporary Afro-Brazilian percussion music, including influences from the Recôncavo area.

Through videos, recordings, transcriptions, analysis, and live performance, Santana will demonstrate music styles from Bahia and northeastern Brazil, including chula, samba de roda, ijexá, baião, and galope. He will also demonstrate how he applies his right-hand style and technique to both traditional Brazilian music and jazz standards in a polyrhythmic context.