"Hermeto Pascoal: Jazz and Universal Music in Brazil" with Ethno-musicologist Andrew Connell

On March 14, 2011, a large group of members and friends were dazzled and delighted by Ethno-musicololgist Andrew Connell who shared both the stories and the amazing sounds of Hermeto Pascoal, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who combines jazz, northeastern folk music, avant-garde, and found sounds to produce some of the most exciting and provocative Brazilian music of the last five decades. Andy discussed Hermeto's compositional and aesthetic concepts and explored the ways in which his work both defies and subverts ideas surrounding genre & national identity. A few in the audience also recalled their own memories of attending some of Hermeto's stunning performances both here and in Brazil.  


Dr. Andrew Connell is an ethnomusicologist and a Professor of Music at James Madison University. His primary research is in Brazilian popular instrumental music, focusing on issues of identity and musical globalization. He has recent articles published in Music Cultures of Latin America: Global Effects, Past and Present (UCLA Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology) and Women and Music in America Since 1900 (Greenwood Press) and has given presentations at various national and international conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council of Traditional Music. His current scholarly activities include completing a book on Brazilian jazz. Dr. Connell holds a B.M. from San Jose State University; a M.M. & M.A. from the University of Michigan; and a Ph.D from the University of California, Los Angeles.

As a performer, Dr. Connell plays saxophone and clarinet in ensembles ranging from jazz to classical chamber music to Brazilian chorinho. He studied jazz improvisation and arranging with Ray Brown, clarinet with Rosario Mazzeo, Janet Averett, and Fred Ormand, and saxophone with Don Sinta. He has played with the Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Toledo (Ohio) Symphonies, and has appeared at the Monterey, Montreux-Detroit, and San Francisco jazz festivals, and the Spoleto Festival USA. In addition, Dr. Connell has performed with a wide range artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Dave Leibman, Lou Rawls, Mike Marshall, and Hermeto Pascoal, and has recorded for the Musical Heritage Society, Intrada, Adventure Music, Earthbeat! Traveler, and Acoustic Levitation labels. At James Madison University, Dr. Connell teaches courses in American music, the history of jazz, world music, and coaches small jazz ensembles. Ethno-musicologist Andrew Connell, JMU Music Faculty

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Comment by Megan Clark on May 26, 2011 at 6:35pm
My Mom saw Hermeto in concert, a long time ago and mentioned how creative he was with composing music !


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