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.