The popular songs of Brazil have had an ongoing conversation with American jazz for over 60 years. This is due in part to the incredible harmonic sophistication of this vast body of music. From the golden age of samba, through bossa nova, to the creative explosion of 1960's-1990's MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), Brazilian popular song has been an astonishingly rich source of harmonic innovation. In this workshop we will listen to representative songs from all three eras. Using detailed and accurate lead sheets as a guide, the instructor will analyze the tunes harmonically and melodically, revealing a throughline of increasing harmonic depth and formal innovation that is unsurpassed by any other popular music tradition. Improvising musicians, jazz composers, and songwriters will all find inspiration and new material in this survey/analysis. Like jazz, much of the best Brazilian music has gradually evolved from dance music to art song, becoming more complex but losing none of the directness or melodic lyricism that is at its root. Whether you are steeped in Brazilian music or a newcomer, there will be lots to discover and hear in this exciting presentation. Sunday May 12, 2 - 4 pm $30 advance purchase/$45 day of the workshop Joe Mulholland Joe Mulholland is an Associate Professor of Harmony and Interim Chair of the Harmony Department at Berklee College of Music. Before coming to Berklee, Joe taught piano and ensemble at Brown University and Boston area music schools, as well as serving as music director for Didi Stewart and Friends, an award-winning ensemble devoted to presenting full-length tributes to composers and performers in the American Songbook and classic r'n'b styles. An accomplished pianist, recording artist, composer, and teacher, he has released three CDs of original music written for his sextet and has composed numerous electronic scores for Boston-area dance companies, including a Tango Suite commissioned by the Northeast Youth Ballet that received performances in Boston and New Jersey. Joe performs with his trio one hundred nights a year at the Top of the Hub, an upscale jazz venue in Boston, in addition to appearing as a sideman and vocal accompanist in numerous other concert and club settings. In his capacity as music director for the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, he has composed and recorded sound design and songs for original productions of Peer Gynt and Dogtown Common. He also wrote eleven songs and three dance numbers for the original musical Battle for Pigeon Cove Harbor, which received a three-week run in theaters on the North Shore of Boston.
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