Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Studies Kickoff at Metairie Park Country Day School

November 20th, 2009

Metairie Park Country Day School recently kicked off their Latin American Studies program with a performance by Brazilian musician Gereba. This performance came to the school from Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and launched this year’s Latin American Studies class at Country Day, made possible by a grant from The Stone Center.

In keeping with the day’s musical theme, dining services’ menu featured additional entrees, including Brazilian Feijoada, a black bean and sausage entrée served with braised kale and long grain rice. Also served were corn tamales hand-made by the middle school students who are taking the extended day culinary arts class.

Gereba’s Biography:
Born in the town of Monte Santo in the state of Bahia, Gereba has appeared on countless recordings, both under his own name as well as supporting some of Brazil’s finest musicians, including Tom Zé, Cássia Eller, and Na Ozzetti among others. His compositions have been performed by the likes of Elizeth Cardoso and Beth Carvalho, and he has arranged music on more than 40 albums by artists including Caetano Veloso and Moraes Moreira. In 1997, he released the album Canudos, which paid tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the War of Canudos. His 2002 release entitled “Sertão”, which included fellow musician Dominguinhos and the Orquestra Sinfônica de Natal, was a tribute to the 100-year anniversary of Os Sertões a classic of Brazilian literature by author Euclides da Cunha.

Gereba has also worked in theatre for decades, where highlights include his score for the Jorge Amado play “Quincas Berro D’água” with lyricist Patinhas and the score to the children’s shows “A Lenda do Quebra Nozes” and “Don Quixote”. The baiano composer is currently at work on a new project, Dom Quixote Xote Xote, in partnership with revered poet-lyricists Abel Silva and Capinan that will include performances by actor-director Paulo Betti and the children of Projeto Guri. This piece follows the magical adventures of Cervantes’ classic character, relocating “The Man from LaMancha” from Spain to a musical journey in the Sertão, bathing the audience in Brazilian culture as the hero travels through Raso da Catarina and the sand dunes of Natal.

See the article on Metairie Park Country Day’s website.