Amazônica, an ethnomusicological research and composition / performance project by Miguel Kertsman, and artistic forces including conservatory ensembles, choirs, folklore and street musicians in Brazil!
The project depicts “Brazil’s birth through music” where musical manifestations spanning centuries from the Middle Ages through the 19thCentury emanating from the Iberian Peninsula, the Middle East, Africa and South America converged to form the musical persona of a culture, a people in Brazil!
The album includes original ancient works, reconstructed scores, and compositions by Miguel Kertsman inspired by the “sounds and temporal environment of Brazil in its birth.” Some of the pieces are scored for … recorders, baroque winds or strings, organ, choir…with three berimbaus, and an assortment of African-Brazilian, and Amerindian-Brazilian instruments.
Amazônica has been utilized by university scholars and for their papers and theses, researching topics ranging from Renaissance Iberian Music to South American “Early Music”, or transcontinental musical synergies found in Northeastern Brazilian Music. Academic usage of Amazônica include:
- Deutsch-brasilianische Kulturbeziehungen: Bestandsaufnahme, Herausforderungen, Perspektiven Wolfgang Bader, Band 133 von Bibliotheca Ibero-Americana Vervuert, 2010 , Pg. 139
- Musica Nordestina e Musica Medieval – Um Encontro Pos-Moderno, Luiz Pinto Façanha Júnior Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) \, Campus de São Paulo, Brasil , Pp. 2, 12,13,14,18
- UCLA, History 8A Colonial Latin America, Fall 2012, 2013, Course Presentation: Contact – Miguel Kertsman “Caramuru”
- Diplomarbeit, Universität Wien. Philologisch Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Ratzinger,Carolin (2013) Miguel Kertsman, BetreuerIn: Allgayer-Kaufmann, Regine
- In addition to usage by Harvard University, Indiana University students and college radio Amazônica was utilized as soundtrack to the Brazilian Pavilion at the World Expo 2000 in Lisbon
The Making of Amazonica
The Dutch Radio “Concertzender” broadcast a feature in 2012. Listen to this!