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Feb. 4 Conference to Focus on Music of Brazil

Annual UCR event Feb. 4 will explore the role of race and ethnicity in Brazilian music.

(January 26, 2010)

Leandro Joaquim. Vista da Lagoa do Boqueirao e do Aqueduto de Santa Teresa. Oil on canvas, c1790. Rio de Janeiro, Museu Historico Nacional.<br />

Leandro Joaquim. Vista da Lagoa do Boqueirao e do Aqueduto de Santa Teresa. Oil on canvas, c1790. Rio de Janeiro, Museu Historico Nacional.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Scholars from Brazil and the United States will explore the role of race and ethnicity in Brazilian music from colonial times to the 21st century, both classical and popular, at the Encontro Brasileiro Conference at the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, Feb. 4.

The one-day conference, “Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Brazilian Music: 1600-Present,” is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Building South, Symposium Room 1113. At 8 p.m. Walter Clark, professor of music and director of UCR’s Center for Iberian and Latin American Music, will discuss “Vulgar Negroid Sambas: Issues of National Identity, Race and Gender in ‘That Night in Rio,’ With Carmen Miranda,” followed by a screening of the 1941 film at 8:20 p.m. The talk and film screening will be in Interdisciplinary Screening Room 1128. All events are free and open to the public. Parking for the day costs $6.

Conference coordinator Rogerio Budasz, associate professor of music, said musicologists, ethnomusicologists, historians and anthropologists were invited to discuss how race and ethnicity play a crucial role in the history and development of Brazilian music, culture, society and identity. Among the presenters are Budasz and Clark, founder of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music, which organizes the annual Encuentros/Encounters celebrations of Iberian or Latin American music and academic research.

Future Encuentros/Encounters will explore the music of tango and flamenco. After the conference, papers will be published in Diagonal, the online journal of the Center for Iberian and American Music. Previous conferences coordinated by Clark have dealt with Spanish music in the time of Goya, the Mexican song, music and politics in the Andes, Hispanic music of the Philippines, and Music in the California Missions.

The UCR Center for Iberian and Latin American Music was established in 2004 to foster research and performance in an interdisciplinary spirit, embracing the entire musical heritage of Iberia and Latin America.

Encuentros/Encounters 2010 is made possible with financial support from the UCR Center for Ideas and Society, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Department of Music.

For more information contact Kathleen DeAtley, program promotions manager, at (951) 827-3245, or View the conference schedule at

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