Northeast by Southeast Brazilian Regional Music Residency at Illinois

Don Pandeiro and Di Freitas are performers, artisans, and instrument builders who represent two different Brazilian contexts and musical styles: urban and rural, Southeast and Northeast, and samba and música nordestina. This event will showcase the unique combination of musical talent and instrument-making abilities of these two Musicians in Residence.


Tuesday, Oct 04

6:30 PM – String, flute and percussion workshop @ Allen Hall

8 PM – Concert (with workshop participants) and Q&A @ Allen Hall

Wednesday, Oct 05

3:30-4:00 PM – WEFT Studio Performance (stream @

Thursday, Oct 06

7:00 PM – Northeast by Southeast: a Night of Brazilian Regional Music. Concert @ Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium

Saturday, Oct 08

11:00-2:00 PM – Instrument-building workshop @ Allen Hall

2:00 PM – String, flute and percussion workshop @ Allen Hall


Percussionist Don Pandeiro is a local musical and artistic icon in São Paulo, where he has spent most of his adult life, playing small shows, fabricating samba instruments out of innovative material, and building public art fixtures, such as a massive peace monument constructed entirely from match sticks.

Francisco Ferreira de Freitas Filho, known by his stage name Di Freitas, is a rabequeiro (fiddler), guitarist, luthier, and music educator based in Juazeiro do Norte, a city in the hinterlands of the Brazilian Northeast. Di Freitas performs on and builds his own string instruments from calabash and other found materials, and he teaches youth in his hometown to build and play their own homemade fiddles in an “orchestra” he directs.

Cosponsored by

Center for Advanced Study

The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Department of History • Division of Musicology

Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

School of Music • Unit One/Allen Hall

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