About the 2014 Music Education Mission & Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) Tour

WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra 2014

Western Illinois University (WIU) 2014 Music Education Mission & Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) Tour
Bahia, Brazil

“Exploring the Roots of Jazz”
“Explorando as Raízes do Jazz”

Thursday, March 13 to Saturday, March 22, 2014
http://www.orsbrasil.com

 

Overview and JSO Tour Summary

Note: HD videos with legenda / subtitles in Portuguese, which provide an overview of WIU’s 2010 visit to Bahia as well as information on Music Education & Cultural Exchange Programs Focused on Bahia, Brazil, are available for viewing at: http://vimeo.com/62703139; http://vimeo.com/64511322; and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBkIsJIOcaI

The Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO), representing the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at Western Illinois University (WIU), Macomb, Illinois, USA, travels to Bahia, Brazil in March 2014 to join in collaborative performances and donate musical instruments to aspiring musicians who don’t have the means to purchase instruments. The WIU 2014 JSO Tour “Exploring the Roots of Jazz” (www.orsbrasil.com) runs from Thursday, March 13 to Saturday, March 22 in conjunction with WIU’s 2014 Music Education Mission in Bahia. The Grammy-nominated WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra, comprised of 17 musicians including students and professors, performs annually with national and international jazz artists in the United States and has also toured in Europe.

Building on the success of the WIU Wind Ensemble’s visit to Brazil in 2010, the 2014 Music Education Mission and JSO Tour is the latest in a series of cross-cultural engagements coordinated by WIU Director of Bands Dr. Mike Fansler and 1976 WIU alumnus Doug Adair, who lives in Salvador, Bahia, where he is Director of ORS Multimídia Interativa Ltda. As with the previous trip in 2010, WIU’s 2014 Music Education Mission and JSO Tour is designed to create collaborative opportunities for WIU students and Brazilians interested in learning about American band music, while connecting WIU with schools and communities where instrument donations can create transformational experiences for Brazilian students. The WIU Bands program is currently collecting used instruments that are being repaired and shipped to Brazil for donation.

While in Bahia, WIU JSO is scheduled to tour the region and learn about local and regional culture while performing for a wide range of audiences. The idea is to share American music with Brazilians, some of whom may be hearing this style of music for the first time. Trips like WIU’s 2014 Music Education Mission and JSO Tour are also intended to create interest by Brazilian students to attend WIU and increase cultural and academic exchanges between WIU and Bahia.

The WIU 2014 Music Education Mission and JSO Tour is part of a larger effort undertaken by WIU in conjunction with ORS Multimídia Interativa LTDA and major universities in the State of Bahia, Brazil, including the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and its School of Music, the State University of Bahia (UNEB), and Universidade Católica de Salvador (UCSAL), to develop and implement innovative, inter-related programs which promote and expand music education and cultural exchanges across the State of Bahia. WIU has already established MOU’s with the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and the State University of Bahia (UNEB) which are specifically designed to facilitate faculty and student exchanges.

There is strong interest in expanding music education programs in elementary and secondary schools across the state of Bahia, much like the approach used in the United States. Dr. Mike Fansler, WIU Director of Bands, is scheduled to meet with leaders from major universities in Bahia and Secretaries of Culture at the local and state level during the group’s visit to Bahia with an eye toward providing technical assistance for new and innovative music education programs funded by local, state and federal agencies in Brazil as well as international multilateral institutions and foundations.

Schedule and Overview of WIU JSO Concert Performances and Special Events

Thursday, March 13 – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm “Welcome Event” – Featuring Márcio Pereira and Sarava Jazz Band and the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra
Free and Open to the Public
Catussaba Resort Grand Lobby – Stella Maris Neighborhood near Salvador’s International Airport

Upon arrival in Bahia on Thursday, March 13 at 8:00 pm, plans call for members of the WIU 2014 JSO Tour “Exploring the Roots of Jazz” to be greeted at a “Welcome Event” at the Catussaba Resort. The “Welcome Event”, which is free and open to the public, includes special performances by noted musicians and groups from Bahia. Márcio Pereira and his Sarava Jazz Band are the night’s featured performers. Márcio Pereira is a native of Bahia who has a Graduate Degree in Music from the University of New Orleans. Sarava mixes Afro-Brazilian beats with New Orleans jazz and is expected to be joined by other guest musicians from Bahia. The evening also includes a brief performance by WIU JSO to ensure that all equipment is in good working order. The “Welcome Event” is scheduled to conclude with a Jam Session if time allows. Support for the event is being provided by Doug Adair and Isaias Rabelo of ORS Multimídia Interativa LTDA in Salvador, Laurent Rivemales of Bahia Piano and the Catussaba Resort.

Friday, March 14 – 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra plus Special Invited Guests
Free and Open to the Public
Imbassai Public Plaza

On the evening of Friday, March 14 at 8:30 pm, the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) will present a concert in Imbassai, one of Bahia’s most scenic tourist villages which is located on Bahia’s Northeast (or Coconut) Coast, one hour north of Salvador’s international airport. The event is free and open to the public. Support for the event is being provided by the Prefeitura of Mata de São João and André Gustavo de Moura, owner of Jerimum Café – Nega Fulô Pizzaria in Imbassai.

Saturday, March 15 – 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra plus Special Invited Guests
Free and Open to the Public
Arembepe Public Plaza

On the evening of Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 pm, the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra will perform in Arembepe, located 30 minutes north of Salvador’s international airport. Arembepe fronts the Atlantic Ocean and features a thriving year-round residential community in addition to a variety of tourist accommodations and outstanding seafood restaurants. Arembepe is famous for having been a “hippie village” frequented by international music stars such as Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones during the 1960s. Support for the event is being provided by the Prefeitura of Camaçari and citizens of Arembepe.

Sunday, March 16 – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra plus Special Invited Guests Aderbal Duarte, André Becker, Joatan Nascimento, Alexandre Vieira, Raquel Vieira, Uirã (or Careca of Sarava), and Isaias Rabelo
Free and Open to the Public
Teatro Cidade do Saber – Camaçari

Monday, March 17 – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra plus Special Invited Guests
Free and Open to the Public
Teatro Cidade do Saber – Camaçari

Concerts on the evening of Sunday, March 16 at 5:00 pm and the afternoon of Monday, March 17 at 3:00 pm in the city of Camaçari’s Teatro Cidade do Saber feature concert performances by the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra along with commentary and testimonials on the importance of universal music education (music education for all). Aderbal Duarte of Bahia is the featured guest artist on Sunday, March 16. Aderbal Duarte is a bossa nova guitarist and music educator with a strong national and international reputation. Additional invited guest artists include André Becker, Joatan Nascimento, Alexandre Vieira, Raquel Vieira, Uirã (or Careca of Sarava), and Isaias Rabelo. The concert on Monday, March 17 is especially for music education students from public schools, non-profit organizations and youth-oriented music education programs in Camaçari. Support for the performances is being provided by Cidade do Saber, the Prefeitura of Camaçari and the citizens of Camaçari.

In the days that follow, the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra is scheduled to make additional performances. They also plan to conduct workshops and exchanges which feature strong interaction with local student musicians and community members. The idea is to begin a relationship-building process which leads to long-term collaboration and cultural exchanges between WIU and local communities and schools, colleges, universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations in Bahia.

Wednesday, March 19 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra Practice Session with Students from UFBA School of Music
UFBA School of Music – Canela

Thursday, March 20 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra Performance with Students from UFBA School of Music
Free and Open to the Public
UFBA Campus – Ondina

The WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra is scheduled to make a joint rehearsal with students from UFBA’s School of Music at 10:00 am on the morning of Wednesday, March 19 in preparation for a combined, outdoor concert on UFBA’s Ondina campus on Thursday, March 20 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Support for the events is being provided by UFBA’s School of Music and Dr. Heinz Schwebel.

Wednesday, March 19 – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra plus Special Invited Guests Isaias Rabelo, pianist; Doug Adair, singer-songwriter and WIU alumnus; and the Harmonica Zone Trio (Zona Harmônica)
Free and Open to the Public
Teatro at the State University of Bahia (UNEB) – Cabula Campus in Salvador

On the evening of Wednesday night, March 19 at 8:00 pm, the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra will perform in the Teatro at the State University of Bahia (UNEB) campus in Salvador’s Cabula neighborhood. Isaias Rabelo, pianist; Doug Adair, singer-songwriter and WIU alumnus; and the Harmonica Zone Trio (Zona Harmônica) comprised of Breno Pádua, harmonica player and UNEB PhD student who has also studied at WIU Quad Cities; Luiz Rocha, harmonica player; e Ramon El-Bachá, bass harmonica player are invited guest artists. Support for the event is being provided by UNEB.

Thursday, March 20 – 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra “Invitational Play-Off” to select and honor “Talented Music Students of Jazz” (all contestants must be music students).
Restaurante Amado – Salvador’s Avenida Lafayete Coutinho, 660 in the Lower City

The featured event on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 pm at Restaurante Amado is an “Invitational Play-Off” to select and honor “Talented Music Students of Jazz” (all contestants must be music students) in the categories of Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and Percussion. This special, friendly competition among selected (invited) student musicians from WIU and music education programs in Bahia is designed to showcase the important role music education plays in developing young people’s lives and is expected to be one of the highlights of the WIU 2014 Music Education Mission & JSO Tour. Support for the event is being provided by Chef Edinho Engel and Restaurante Amado, one of Bahia’s top restaurants. Restaurante Amado is located on the Bay of All Saints (Baia de Todos os Santos) at Av. Lafayete Coutinho, 660 (also known as the Contorno) in Salvador’s scenic and historic Lower City.

About the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra

The Western Illinois University (WIU) Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) is the top performing large jazz ensemble at the university. WIU JSO performs contemporary music from jazz composers such as Jim McNeely, Chuck Owen, Maria Schneider, Mike Crotty and other well-known composers including WIU JSO Director and Conductor and jazz faculty composer John Cooper. WIU JSO performs annually with national jazz artists and has toured Europe. Among its many awards is a Grammy nomination for “Jazz at the Cross Roads” as well as four-star recognition from Downbeat magazine for its CD release “The Third Degree”. WIU JSO has performed at Fitzgerald’s, The Green Mill, and The Jazz Showcase and was featured with Italian jazz composer Marco Renzi and clarinetist Bepi D’Amato at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

Dr. John Cooper, Director and Conductor of WIU JSO, is a jazz artist and composer who makes his home in Macomb, Illinois, USA. He is Director of Jazz Studies at Western Illinois University. Originally from the State of Ohio, Dr. John Cooper moved to New York City to study with jazz artist and composer Jim McNeely at New York University, where he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Composition in 1996. While in New York, Dr. John Cooper was a member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop and graduated to the Master Composer’s group.

Dr. John Cooper is an active composer/arranger and a published reviewer of new music for the International Association of Jazz Educators. His first solo release, “Watching for Watchung Plaza” has received critical acclaim from Detroit Free Press music critic, Mark Stryker. The recording is available online at Watching for Watchung Plaza and “The Baecker Jazz Worship Service” featuring the John Cooper Jazz Orchestra. Dr. John Cooper’s newest recording is a Four Other Brothers release entitled “With Respect to our Fathers.”

About Music Education & Cultural Exchange Programs Focused on Bahia, Brazil

Note: HD videos with legenda / subtitles in Portuguese, which provide an overview of WIU’s 2010 visit to Bahia as well as information on Music Education & Cultural Exchange Programs Focused on Bahia, Brazil, are available for viewing at: http://vimeo.com/62703139; http://vimeo.com/64511322; and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBkIsJIOcaI

ORS Multimídia Interativa Ltda, Salvador, Bahia, is working in conjunction with Western Illinois University (WIU) and major universities in the State of Bahia, Brazil including the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) School of Music, Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB), Universidade Católica de Salvador (UCSAL) and others to develop plans for innovative, inter-related programs designed to promote and expand music education and cultural exchanges between the US and Brazil, especially the State of Bahia. The overarching objectives of these programs are to: 1) enhance mutual understanding among people in the US and Brazil, especially the State of Bahia; 2) increase exchanges related to education, social and economic development; culture; tourism; lifestyle and innovation; 3) help preserve and support ongoing development of cultural and educational traditions, especially Philharmonics (community bands) and the important role they play in providing music education in their communities, in Bahia and other regions of Brazil; 5) promote international trade and technology transfer; and 6) strengthen relations between the two countries.

The eyes of the world are on Brazil due to the upcoming World Cup in 2014, the Olympics in 2016, and the overall upward growth trend in Brazil’s social and economic development, particularly the opportunities presented by the rapidly rising middle class in Brazil. These days, there’s both a strong interest and need to develop cultural and educational “legacy” programs specifically related the World Cup which promote social and economic development, create greater interest in Brazilian destinations such as Bahia, and increase international trade.

Motivated by this scenario, the proposed programs comprise a set of strategies focused on promoting cultural and educational exchanges as a means of strengthening existing traditions and creating new legacies. While each of the programs has its own specific short-term goals and objectives, each program is designed to interact with the other programs to create a “cascade” effect that stimulates cultural and educational development throughout Bahia and other regions of Brazil.

Bahia is a state which is proud of and works to promote its strong musical and cultural traditions nationally and internationally. It is sad when one considers the high number of talented people across Bahia who lack of opportunities to develop their musical abilities because they do not have access to music education.

The development and success of music education and cultural development programs like the ones at Cidade do Saber in Camaçari and NEOJIBA, FUNCEB (the Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia), UFBA (the Federal University of Bahia) and UCSAL (the Catholic University) in Salvador are doing much to increase interest and demand for an even broader expansion of music education and cultural programs to include post-secondary programs at universities. Beyond students who choose to make careers in music or culture, studies have demonstrated that students who learn music improve their results in math and other subjects. The experience people gain by playing in a band helps them develop basic works skills such as self-discipline; collaboration / teamwork; problem-solving / troubleshooting; conflict resolution; decision-making; interpersonal communication; planning; listening / observation; and leadership which are often cited by employers as being deficient among numerous job candidates.

Many businesses in Bahia, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), have difficulty finding capable front-line employees with the necessary basic work skills in spite of the high levels of unemployment in Bahia. Many employers, especially SMEs, are not prepared or do not have the capacity to provide extensive training for front-line workers. And yet, it is the front-line workers who interact most frequently with customers and who play a significant role in determining customer satisfaction. There’s a strong need for innovative, new approaches to education and training which lead to self-sustainability through employment or entrepreneurship for all people.

About Western Illinois University (WIU)

Located in Macomb and Moline, Illinois, Western Illinois University (WIU) is recognized as a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked top tier “Best Regional University” by U.S. News and World Report. Western Illinois University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois. Established in 1899, WIU offers 65 undergraduates programs, 37 graduate programs, 10 pre-professional degree programs, 19 post-baccalaureate certificate programs, two post-master’s certificates and one doctoral program to students from 93 counties in Illinois, 38 states and 57 countries.

Western’s campuses are dedicated to providing an accessible and affordable education. The WIU-Macomb and Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. The four core values at the heart of WIU are academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth and social responsibility. WIU’s “Cost Guarantee” program ensures that students pay a fixed rate for tuition, fees, plus room and board. WIU remains the only university in Illinois to guarantee the cost for tuition, fees and room and board over a four-year period at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Because of Western Illinois University’s commitment to community engagement and service learning, Western has been selected for The Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. The University, which is one of three Illinois public universities to receive the distinction, joins 310 other institutions across the U.S. achieving the Community Engagement Classification since its 2006 debut.

Western Illinois University’s faculty and staff are dedicated to preparing students to be productive citizens, diverse thinkers, and engaged community members through excellence in teaching and learning. Students are also provided with numerous activities and programs to enhance Western’s academic mission and provide opportunities for student development and learning. Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports, and is also the cultural center of the region, with major theatrical and dance productions, concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, films and dance attractions.

For more information about the WIU 2014 Music Education Mission and JSO Tour:
www.orsbrasil.com or www.wiu.edu/bands

For more information about WIU:
Western Illinois University (WIU)
Sherman Hall / 1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455 USA
(309) 298-1414
info@wiu.edu
www.wiu.edu

For more information on the program and instrument donations, contact:
Dr. Mike Fansler
Director of Bands, College of Fine Arts & Communications
Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455 USA
Tel: +1 (309) 298-1505
E-mail: MJ-Fansler@wiu.edu
Skype: hapnindob
Web WIU Bands: http://www.wiu.edu/cofac/bands
Facebook WIU Bands: https://www.facebook.com/WIUBands

Doug Adair
Diretor
ORS Multimídia Interativa Ltda.
Rua Direita de Santo Antônio, 244
Santo Antônio
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil 40.301-280
Tel: +55 (71) 3451-5791
Tel: +55 (71) 9941-9412
E-mail: DougAdair@orsinteractive.com
Skype: douglaseadair
Web: http://www.orsbrasil.com/
Web: http://www.WWPFBrazil.com