Emilia BiancardiCT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) brings internationally-known ethnomusicologist Emilia Biancardi from Salvador, Bahia to New Haven on Monday, 7 November to share with students from CELC, Coop High School, and Yale College her knowledge of the music of Brazil in an interactive way.

Emilia Biancardi is known as one of the foremost authorities on the folkloric music and culture of Brazil.  She pioneered the recognition of this music as an art form, performing it on stages all over the world.  Her long awaited book The Musical Roots of Bahia was published in 2000.  Emilia has been musical director for many folkloric programs in the Pelhourino district of Salvador. Her collection of traditional musical instruments from around the world is on permanent exhibition in Salvador, under the direction of the Museums of Bahia.  She is also co-founder, along with Gerilyn Greco, of “Iabas” – an all-women’s Brazilian folkloric band based in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York.Emilia Biancardi

At this workshop, Emilia will discuss the history of the music of Bahia, demonstrate a variety of traditional musical instruments, and lead the group in “Samba de Cozinha “ (Kitchen Samba).  This is the earliest form of Samba, which uses body percussion and ordinary household objects as musical instruments.  Bring your metal plates, utensils,  pots and pans!

From learning about the origins of berimbau from Angola to playing surdo drums, this experience is sure to be unique and full of discovery and learning.