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UT Martin percussion took trip to Brazil

UT Martin percussion took trip to Brazil

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 6:03 pm

The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Studio with director Dr. Julie Hill traveled to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, May 15-22. The students took capoeira lessons (an Afro-Brazilian style of martial arts disguised as a dance and practiced clandestinely by slaves until 1888 as a means of staying fit) from Mestre Moraes and percussion lessons from Mestre Mario Pam (the percussion leader of the first Bloco Afro Ilê Aiyê). Students also attended performances of many other percussion groups including the all female Bloco Afro Escola Didá. The UTM studio also participated in additional percussion lessons, cultural exchange sessions, and clinics with the percussion studio at Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador under the direction of Jorge Sacramento. The culmination of this exchange was a collective concert featuring both studios at the UFBA School of Music. The finale of this concert was a premiere written by Hill for the event entitled, “Lembranças” in which both studios performed together.
The percussion studio offered special thanks to Barclaycard A Division of Barclays for matching funds of $1100 that enabled students to make this dream a reality.The ensemble also wished to thank the UT Martin SGA, Dr. Lynn Alexander and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Dr. Margaret Toston and Student Affairs, the UT Martin music department, and all the faculty, staff and community members that helped support the percussion studio in this endeavor. According to Hill, the students were absolutely wonderful in their openness to diversity and experiences in a new and diverse culture in Salvador, Brazil. They were great ambassadors of UT Martin and the USA at large. The percussion studio is so grateful to everyone that helped them with a truly life changing experience that the students and Hill will ever forget.
“New hearts and minds, both in Brazil and within our UTM students, are open as a result of this exchange and the world has become just a little smaller place for us,” Hill said.

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