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“In Clave - Composing in odd meters from a clave perspective” documents my compositional process during the last six months of the Berklee Global Jazz Master’s Program. I studied the function of “clave” within Cuban music as a backbone of the rhythmic and orchestral organization and then applied similar relationships using odd meters. As result, I wrote four compositions featuring this kind of behaviors: “Sonera” (in 7/4); “Zapateo en 15” (in 15/8 and 5/4); “Buleria de Noviembre” (in 11/4); and “Canción de cuna para despertar a un negrito” (in 13/4 and 12/8). This creative research served me to reflect on my music identity while finding new strategies for future academic applications on this interesting topic.

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Boston Campus


Project Components: paper (.pdf), presentation video (.mp4), audio files (ZIP file containing 4 .wav files), scores (ZIP file containing 4 .pdf documents).

In Clave: Composing in odd meters from a clave perspective