Percussion in the sociocultural context of Brazilian music


During my academic studies I specialised in Brazilian rhythms for the drum set and wrote a degree dissertation entitled ‘The drum set in the context of Brazilian music’. I now want to continue this work, incorporating field research begun in Brazil in 2009 as part of an exchange program at my University. I will present the final results in a thesis with the title 'Percussion in the sociocultural context of Brazilian music', which I am completing for the University of Dresden in the Department of Musicology. (

The motivation for this project came from my experiences in Brazil, where I was confronted with social problems and poverty on the one hand and a rich musical culture on the other. The prognoses saying that Brazil will rise up economically to be among the five most powerful nations in the world poses the following question: What will happen to Brazil’s folkloristic musical culture during the country’s development into a western-oriented industrial nation?

Economic mechanisms also interfere with creative musical and social processes in Germany. As a musician and pedagogue, I feel a kind of responsibility to communicate and publicise these interferences which sometimes give rise to injustice. Against this background, I will apply my scientific findings in social projects and publications that are not only of interest to musicians and scientists.

Here are some Videos from my fieldresearch in Brazil: