Afro Cuban, Brazilian, Latin Jazz
Live April 21

Concert: 6:30 PM CST
Afro-Cuban

Afro-Cuban

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This ensemble introduces students to the techniques and rhythms of Afro-Cuban folkloric and popular music. This music, born of African slaves transplanted to Cuba in the 17th and 18th centuries, is rich in West African history and culture. The rumba family of folkloric styles includes yambu, rumba Columbia, and guaguanco and can be traced directly to the Yoruba people in Nigeria. These traditional styles, in addition to the popular cha-cha-cha, mambo, and the mozambique are performed by the ensemble.

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Jose Aponte

Director, Afro-Cuban
Senior Lecturer of Drum Set and Latin Percussion

José is a senior lecturer at the University of North Texas in the Percussion and Jazz Studies departments, where he teaches drumset and Latin percussion. In addition to his private lesson studio work, José is the director of UNT’s Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble, and Latin Jazz Lab Band.

Brazilian Ensemble

Brazilian Ensemble

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Escolas de Samba, or “Samba Schools,” are part of the tradition of the Brazilian Carnival street parades. Every year, these ensembles, which number in the thousands, are formed from various members of different communities and take to the streets during the Carnival celebration. One ensemble alone can have as many as 600 percussionists and up to 4000 dancers. The style of Samba that these ensembles perform is called Batacuda. The Batacuda ensemble consists of a variety of percussion instruments such as the Caixa, the Pandiero, the Tambourim, the Frigidera, the Agogo Bells, the Reco-Reco, the Ganza and Chocalho, the Repinique, and Surdos.

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Jose Aponte

Director, Brazilian Ensemble
Senior Lecturer of Drum Set and Latin Percussion

José is a senior lecturer at the University of North Texas in the Percussion and Jazz Studies departments, where he teaches drumset and Latin percussion. In addition to his private lesson studio work, José is the director of UNT’s Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble, and Latin Jazz Lab Band.

Latin Jazz

Latin Jazz

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This ensemble ventures into the musical fusion between the Latin American rhythmic expressions and the American Jazz compositional/improvisational forms. The members of the ensemble are students from the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program. The students perform multiple concerts every fall and spring semesters and have featured recognized guest artists such as Michael Spiro and others. The group has just released their first CD production entitled “En Clave” which is available for purchase at UNT’s Jazz Studies Division office. The UNT Latin Jazz Ensemble has also performed at renowned cultural and music festivals here in Texas such as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, The Alma y Fuego Latino Festival, Denton’s Hispanic Heritage Festival and the Dallas International Festival. The group is led and directed by UNT percussion/Jazz studies faculty member José M. Aponte.

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Jose Aponte

Director, Latin Jazz
Senior Lecturer of Drum Set and Latin Percussion

José is a senior lecturer at the University of North Texas in the Percussion and Jazz Studies departments, where he teaches drumset and Latin percussion. In addition to his private lesson studio work, José is the director of UNT’s Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble, and Latin Jazz Lab Band.

About Percussion at UNT

Includes traditional percussion, African, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, drumlines, Contemporary, Gamelan, South Indian, and Steel Bands. The University of North Texas Percussion area is a diverse and innovative program that has set high standards in percussion education and performance for decades. In addition to outstanding classical percussion offerings, the program boasts one of the finest jazz drum set programs in the country.

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Percussion Ensembles

Percussion

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Percussion Players

Percussion Players

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Percussion Group

Percussion Group

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Afro-Cuban

Afro-Cuban

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Brazilian Ensemble

Brazilian Ensemble

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Steel Bands

Steel Bands

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African Ensemble

African Ensemble

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The Bridge

The Bridge

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Gamelan
Voertman Concert Hall

Renovated in 2010, Voertman Hall seats 380. Formerly known as the Concert Hall, the new performance space includes an upgraded mechanical system to reduce noise, multi-layered walls for sound isolation, a control booth, a ticket booth, a Green Room and updated lighting and audio systems.

Get Tickets for Winspear Hall and Lyric Theater events. Many Voertman Hall concerts are free, though check the calendar for details.

The Live Streaming Project

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The UNT College of Music began live streaming ensemble performances in 2009 for parents, potential students, and distant colleagues while showing the world-renowned music programs at UNT.

Recordings are available to UNT students and faculty for educational use only. Some concerts are available on youtube.

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About the UNT College of Music

The UNT College of Music is one of the world's largest and most respected comprehensive music schools. The college offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor's to doctoral levels and are home to the world's first jazz studies program.

Faculty includes internationally-acclaimed artists and scholars in performance, composition, conducting, music theory, music history, ethnomusicology and music education.

The College of Music is one of the nation’s largest and most respected comprehensive music schools. It offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor to doctoral levels and is home to the world’s first jazz studies degree program. Faculty include internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, music entrepreneurship, music history, music theory and performance. The college presents more than 1,100 concerts and recitals annually. UNT music alumni can be found around the globe in impressive, award-winning careers across a wide-range of music professions. music.unt.edu

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