An Exploration of Brazilian Jazz Improvisation & Composition

An Exploration of Brazilian Jazz Improvisation & Composition


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This is a creative project with many elements. All of my work in the subject of Brazilian Jazz this year culminates in my reflective paper, transcriptions, and a small collection of my compositions and recordings. The initial focus is on Brazilian Jazz woodwind playing during the 20th century. Through the process of listening and transcribing 7 songs, I have become more fluent in the language of Brazilian music. In the second phase, I composed 4 songs a Samba, a Bossa Nova, a Choro, and a Lambada. The main feature of this project came from the final phase. In collaboration with more than a dozen Berklee student musicians and five audio engineers, we recorded 5 songs over the span of 6 months at the state of the art Berklee Valencia Scoring stage. We recorded Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Chega de Saudade and 4 of my original compositions. These 5 songs have been mixed, once mastered they will be part of my debut EP “A Taste of Brazil.” My plan is to release these songs in the coming months.

Publication Date



Valencia (Spain) Campus


Brazil; Woodwind; Improvisation; Composition; Transcription; Recording


Project Components: paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), audio files (ZIP file containing 5 .wav files), chord charts (ZIP file containing 4 .pdf documents).

An Exploration of Brazilian Jazz Improvisation & Composition