Forró, a popular musical genre from Brazil’s Northeast that is typically associated with traditional life in the countryside and harvest festivals, represents a sertanejo or cowboy culture worlds away from Americans’ stereotypical perceptions of Brazil as a land of soccer, beaches, and samba. Yet today forró has been re-embraced by urban Brazilians, with the result that this intriguing genre is undergoing significant changes. We propose to celebrate that evolution, in light of its longer tradition, with an academic conference, dance and instrumental tutorials, and a culminating concert by Matuto Forró Band at 7PM in Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall. This event is sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York and Queens College Latin American and Latino Studies and the Year of Brazil Initiative.
1:00 to 3:00 PM – Academic panel on the music of Brazil’s Northeast, Room 264, School of Music (Choral Rehearsal Room)
3:30 to 5:00 PM – Instrumental workshop with members of Matuto, Room 264, School of Music (Choral Rehearsal Room)
5:15 to 6:30 PM – Dance workshop with Irenio dos Santos of Salvador, Bahia, in Drama, Theatre & Dance Department Studios, Rathaus Hall
7:00 PM – Performance by Matuto Forró Band in LeFrak Concert Hall