The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Non-GC Events

03-14 Ethnomusicological Roundtable, Dance Workshop and Brazilian Forró Concert by Matuto


Friday, March 14th 2014

1:00 to 7:00pm

Queens College, CUNY

Free and Open to the Public


This all-day event is centered on a super fun, very popular, and historically fascinating Brazilian musical genre called forró. (The name is a transnational creation that comes from the English “for all”; it started near US military bases in the Brazilian northeast in the post-WW II period but grew out of folk traditions centuries old.) The event will feature the mixture of serious academic engagement and sheer enjoyment for a general public that is the best thing about being at CUNY. We are thrilled to announce that we have gotten three world-renouned music scholars to present contextual papers on an academic roundtable that will kick off the event. We are then going to have interactive workshops that introduce the public to the accordion and its history (one of the key instruments in forró music) and a dance lesson/ workshop. At 7pm, Matuto, a well-known forró band will play a mixture of traditional forró and the fusion style for which they have gathered an international following.

If you have kids, the event will be super kid friendly, and they will LOVE the music!

Please, if you know if anyone who is interested in music, Brazilian culture, or related things please spread the word!


1:00 to 3:00 PM

Academic panel on music of Brazil’s Northeast, Room 264, Queens College School of Music (Choral Rehearsal Room)

Opening remarks: Amy Chazkel and John Collins, Queens College/CUNY
Presenters: Megwen Loveless (Princeton), Daniel Sharp (Tulane), and Frederick Moehn (Kings College, London)

3:00 to 3:30PM

Refreshments and Break

3:30 to 5:00 PM

Instrumental workshop with members of Matuto, Room 264, QC School of Music (Choral Rehearsal Room)

5:15 to 6:30 PM

Dance workshop with Irenio dos Santos of Salvador, Bahia in QC Drama, Theatre & Dance Department Studios, Rathaus Hall

7:00 PM

Performance by Matuto Forró Band in LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College/CUNY, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11367

Roots Revival: Performing and Exploring the Music of Northeastern Brazil 

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