Hearing Amazônia–The Responsibility of Existence 

Vines twist around each other in a dense rainforest.

Saturday, March 11, 2023 / 8:00pm
Kresge Auditorium, MIT Building W16
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA


MIT Wind Ensemble
Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director
Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor
MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble
Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director & Project Creator/Leader

MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Laura Grill Jaye, Director

Clarice Assad, composer, voice, piano, and sun-drum
CAST Visiting Artist

Natalie Lin Douglas, violin

Evan Ziporyn, composer, bass clarinet

Marcus Santos, percussion


Solo Explorations

Clarice Assad, piano & voice

Clarice Assad (b. 1978)

A cappella Explorations

MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Laura Grill Jaye, Director
Clarice Assad, voice

Amazônia Sem Lei 
(“Lawless Amazon”)

I. Introduction
II. Seres
III. Sun-Drum
IV. Improvisation

MIT Wind Ensemble
Natalie Lin Douglas, violin
Clarice Assad, voice, piano, sun-drum

World Premiere

Clarice Assad


Evan Ziporyn, bass clarinet

Evan Ziporyn (b. 1959)

Corta Jaca

MIT Wind Ensemble Clarinets
MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble rhythm section
Evan Ziporyn, bass clarinet
Nicholas Ortiz, clarinet ‘23 IL
Marcus Santos, percussion

Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847-1935)
arr. Evan Ziporyn


MIT Wind Ensemble
MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble
MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Talia Khan, voice
Marcus Santos, percussion

Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)
arr. Guillermo Klein

Hermanos Latinos

MIT Wind Ensemble
MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble
MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Evan Ziporyn, bass clarinet
Marcus Santos, percussion
Clarice Assad & Talia Khan, vocals

Hermeto Pascoal (b. 1936)
arr. Guillermo Klein

About Hearing Amazônia–The Responsibility of Existence

A sonic awakening to the plight of the natural world and our individual urgent responsibility to preserve it

The impact of ecological devastation in the Amazon is representative of the climate crisis worldwide. Inspired by the research and activism of Talia Khan, MIT SB ’20, and building upon experiences with 2020-21 CAST Virtual Visiting Artists Luciana Souza and Anat Cohen, Hearing AmazôniaThe Responsibility of Existence was created by MIT Sounding Co-Director Frederick Harris Jr.

The project was launched with a consciousness-raising concert at MIT in November 2021 featuring Brazilian and Amazonian music influenced by the rhythms of the natural world. The performance was part eulogy and part praise song; a way of bearing witness to loss, while celebrating the living and evolving cultural heritage of Amazônia. Portugal-born vocalist-composer Sara Serpa, clarinetist-composer Anat Cohen, and MIT Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music Evan Ziporyn, joined an array of MIT musicians (MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Wind Ensemble, and MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble) in a unique program of Brazilian music, including virtual performances by indigenous Amazonian musicians. The event included short talks by Maritta R. von Bieberstein Koch-Weser, founder and President, Earth3000, Brazilian music scholar Genevieve Dempsey, and Talia Khan, who spoke of her research on natural botanical resins and traditional carimbó music in Santarém, Pará, Brazil.

Listen to voices, connecting to make a difference

The next step for Hearing Amazônia will be to take the participants to the Brazilian Amazon itself—focusing on music’s storytelling power to shine a light on cultural and environmental sustainability.

During the Institute’s spring break in March 2023, nearly 80 musicians will become only the second segment of MIT students to ever travel to the Brazilian Amazon. They will be based in Manaus, located in the center of the world’s largest rainforest and home to the National Institute of Amazonian Research, the most important center for scientific studies in the Amazon region for international sustainability issues.

Activities will include cultural/scientific exchanges with indigenous Amazonians through Nobre Academia de Robotica and the São Sebastião community on the Tarumã River, the National Institute of Amazonian Research, the Cultural Center of the Peoples of the Amazon, and Fundação Amazônia Sustentável. Musically, students are connecting with local indigenous instrument builders, the Amazonas State Jazz Orchestra, and vocalist-composer Djuena Tikuna. 

A major concert in the famed 19th century opera house, Teatro Amazonas, will conclude the trip on March 31. The event will feature the MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, vocalist-composer Luciana Souza, clarinetist-composer Anat Cohen, clarinetist-composer and MIT professor Evan Ziporyn, local musicians from Manuas, and a special large-scale collaborative performance with Djuena Tikuna, the first Brazilian Amazonian musician to perform in the Teatro Amazonas (her debut there was in 2015).

The trip and concert are organized and executed by Iaí Promoções, a local production company in Manaus with vast experience organizing cultural events and excursions throughout the region, led by Inês Daou.

Program Notes

Amazônia Sem Lei, “Lawless Amazon,” is a well-known Brazilian term used when corporate institutions are not held accountable for their ruthless greed and actions against nature and people who live off the land. The expression is also the name of an incredible podcast of the same title. For a year, it was my go-to place to obtain information about the daily atrocities and crimes committed against the Amazon. Consequently, it influenced my writing. I wished to convey the power of informative journalism with pure music and emotion without being too specific. 

Musically speaking, the piece draws influence from what I believe are the three most prominent musicians who have always advocated for nature in their works: Composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, singer-songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim, and composer, singer, and musicologist Marlui Miranda. Each, in their way, brought the sounds of the forest into our collective consciousness. The closest to the sounds of the Amazon we can get is through the music of Marlui Miranda. She lived among the Indigenous people of the Amazon for decades, earned their trust, and collected their music and stories.

— Clarice Assad

The concerto form springs from romanticism: its default metaphor is that of the heroic individual, emerging from and exalted by his fellow man. This is not really my thing, but I do have a strong desire to make music with my wind brethren, to do things on our instruments together. Having taught for over three decades, I am also conscious of the complex ways in which teachers and students relate, and this piece reflects this, at least in my mind. In war movies and sitcoms, it’s always struck me that the drill sergeant works at least as hard as the recruits, running alongside, exhorting, and cajoling to be sure, but never really asking them to do things he himself couldn’t or wouldn’t do. Not that that necessarily has anything to do with the title of this piece, I just thought I’d mention it. Drill was written for and commissioned by Frederick Harris Jr. and the MIT Wind Ensemble. It was premiered in 2002.

— Evan Ziporyn

About the Performers and Contributors

Clarice Assad

A powerful communicator renowned for her musical scope and versatility, Brazilian-American Clarice Assad is a significant artistic voice in the classical, world music, pop, and jazz genres and is acclaimed for her evocative colors, rich textures, and diverse stylistic range. A prolific Grammy Award–nominated composer with more than 70 works to her credit, she has been commissioned by internationally renowned organizations, festivals, and artists and is published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Brazil (Criadores do Brasil), and the U.S. (Virtual Artists Collective Publishing). An in-demand performer, she is a celebrated pianist and inventive vocalist who inspires and encourages audiences’ imaginations to break free of often self-imposed constraints. Assad has released seven solo albums and appeared on or had her works performed on another 34. Her music is represented on Cedille Records, SONY Masterworks, Nonesuch, Adventure Music, Edge, Telarc, NSS Music, GHA, and CHANDOS. Her innovative, accessible, and award-winning VOXploration series on music education, creation, songwriting, and improvisation has been presented throughout the world. Sought-after by artists and organizations worldwide, the multi-talented musician continues to attract new audiences both onstage and off.

For more information, visit: clariceassad.com

Natalie Lin Douglas

Assistant professor in the Music and Theater Arts program at MIT, Dr. Natalie Lin Douglas is a New Zealand-born violinist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. She is the founder and artistic director of Kinetic, the Houston-based conductorless ensemble committed to amplifying diverse, under-represented, and newly composed classical music. An avid chamber musician, Douglas teaches Chamber Music and Advanced Music Performance at MIT. She has toured throughout New Zealand in concerts presented by Chamber Music New Zealand and in the UK with the Scottish Ensemble.

For more information, visit mta.mit.edu/person/natalie-lin-douglas

Evan Ziporyn

Evan Ziporyn (b. 1959, Chicago) makes music at the crossroads between genres and cultures, east and west. He studied at Eastman, Yale & UC Berkeley with Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, and Gerard Grisey. He first traveled to Bali in 1981, studying with Madé Lebah, Colin McPhee’s 1930s musical informant and returned on a Fulbright in 1987. He is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT the Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Art Science and Technology.

For more information, visit arts.mit.edu/evan-ziporyn

Marcus Santos

A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus Santos, is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching, and performance of his hometown’s Afro-Brazilian music and heritage.

Santos performed with several world renown artists such as the Gypsy Kings (Spain), Daniela Mercury (Brazil), and the Brand New Heavies (England). He has also performed for the president of Brazil, TEDx, and with the “One World Band” produced by MTV. Santos played in the Sony Pictures Oscar nominated movie Rachel’s Getting Married with Anne Hathaway. He has been honored with the 2013 KOSA Recognition award, Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008), as well as Outstanding Percussionist Award by Berklee College of Music in 2004.

Marcus Santos currently teaches in the Boston area at New England Conservatory, Middlesex Community College, and Somerville High School. He is the author of the DVD Modern Approach to Pandeiro and performed in the music education DVD Musically Speaking II by BOSE. Santos has led workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in festivals, universities, and conventions around the world such as Fiesta Del Tambor (Cuba), Carnegie Hall (NYC), PASIC (USA), and Harvard University. He is currently the artist director of the Grooversity global drumming network project that includes twenty four drumming groups from the US, Canada, Germany, Mexico, and France.

For more information, visit marcussantos.com

Laura Grill Jaye

Born and raised outside of Chicago, Laura Grill Jaye grew up with an appetite for picking up instruments… and the inability to put them down. In seemingly no time this translated to a personal investment in the study and creation of new music. Laura traded the heartland for the coast and moved to Boston in 2008. In the company of Crooked Still, Joy Kills Sorrow and Sarah Jarosz, Grill found her voice at the New England Conservatory. Amongst the crowd of conservatory musicians, Laura assembled her eclectic band of Tucker Antell (Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone), Matt Consul (Viola, Violin, Mandolin) and Brad Barrett (Bass, Cello). Although clearly infused with Jazz and Classical sensibilities the Laura Grill Band sound is undeniably folk. Reflective lyrics are combined with tastes of chamber music, improvisation, and four-part harmonies to create a sound that is uncatalogued. “Never Before,” the debut album from the Laura Grill Band, was released to much acclaim. The collection of intimate songs was recorded one-hundred percent live in a picturesque snowy cabin in New Hampshire.

For more information, visit mta.mit.edu/person/laura-grill-jaye www.lauragrilljaye.com

Frederick Harris, Jr.

Frederick Harris, Jr. is the Director of Wind and Jazz Ensembles at MIT, where he serves as Music Director of the MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Coordinator, overseeing jazz chamber music programs including three combos, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the Emerson Jazz Scholars Program. Harris is also the creator and director of It Must Be Now!, a project creating music and visual art on themes of racial justice.

For more information, visit mta.mit.edu/person/fred-harris

MIT Wind Ensemble

Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director
Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor

Phoebe Lin ‘24 CA
Charlotte Wickert ’23 CO

Irene Huang ’24 CA
Phoebe Lin ’24 CA
Vincent Lin ’24 NE
Sara Simpson (G) CA
Hailey Quinn ’24 NJ
Charlotte Wickert ’23 CO

Michelle Kornberg ’20 MA
Kathryn Kummel ’25 CO

Eb Clarinet
Teddy Warner (G) NM

Rebecca Chang ’26 CA
Kylee Cogdill ’26 IA
Andy Huang ’13 CA
Ola Kaminska ’26 IL
Katherine Kitzinger ’24 MD
Teo Lara ’26 GA
Jenny Li ’24 VA
Kayla O’Donnell ’25 MI
Nicholas Ortiz ’23 IL
Andi Qu ’25 South Africa
Iris Shi ’25 CT
Lawrence Shi ’25 VA
Teddy Warner (G) NM
Jason Zhang ’25 KY

Bass Clarinet
Richard Chen ’25 MA

Zoe Beck MA
Miranda Macias TX

Soprano Saxophone
Kyle DeBry (G) OH

Alto Saxophone
Kyle DeBry (G) OH
Daniel Gliksberg ’26 MA

Tenor Saxophone
Rachel Morgan (G) MD

Baritone Saxophone
Nick Cerone ’26 PA

Daniel Brown ’25 SC
Alejandro Gonzalez-Ayala ’25 TX
Cameron Holt ‘26 HI
Haeri Kim ’24 HI
Armando Moncada ’24 IL
Daina Neithardt ’25 PA
Andrew Woo ’25 KOR

French Horn
Madison Bronnimann ’24 IL
Logan Fischer FL
Samantha Rencher ’24 AZ
Willow Otten OH
Scott Stransky ’05/’07 CT

Aaron Buede, KY
Evan Harrison ’26 MD
Dylan Rodriguez Barrera ’26 OR
Laura Koemmpel ’19 CA

Bass Trombone
Eric Lee (G) Canada
Chris Urffer MA

John San Soucie (G) TX
Linnaea Uliassi ’24 AK
Hannah Waltz ’26 NH

Frederick Ajisafe ’23 FL
Pranav Krishna ’23 NJ
Tyler Matsuzaki ’26 HI

String Bass
Brian Choy

Electric Bass
Evan Boothe ’25 OK

Lisa Blomberg ’23 OR
Isabella Butler, NC 
Rila Shishido ’23 Japan
Daniel Villagran ’24 TX
Frank Wang ’24 NJ

Claire Southard ’25 MO

Founded by Music Director Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. in the fall of 1999, the MIT Wind Ensemble (MITWE) is one of the most innovative ensembles of its kind. Comprised primarily of outstanding MIT undergraduates and graduate students studying a wide range of disciplines within science, engineering, and the humanities. Repertoire includes outstanding traditional works and new music for full wind ensemble, chamber winds, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, and woodwind ensembles. MITWE has commissioned 45 original works from many prominent composers. MIT Affiliated Artist, renowned composer, and tuba player of the Empire Brass, Kenneth Amis, is the Assistant Conductor of MITWE.

MITWE has been featured on NPR and was the subject of the 2014 Emmy-winning documentary Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring Through Music, aired on PBS. MITWE is also featured in the 2019 Emmy-nominated documentary The Great Clarinet Summit, and Call and Response: Creativity at MIT.  MITWE’s joint recording with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Infinite Winds, received a five-star review from DownBeat and was chosen by the magazine as one of its “Best Albums of 2015 Five-Star Masterpieces” — the first such recognition of its kind for a collegiate wind ensemble. The Boston Globe called the recording “one of the most compelling of 2015.”

Throughout its 21-year history, MITWE has collaborated with elementary, middle and high school students throughout Massachusetts. In March of 2019, MITWE embarked on its first tour, spending a week in the Dominican Republic, presenting four concerts, many STEAM presentations for middle, high school and college students, and premiering the eco-music piece In Praise Of The Humpback.

In May of 2020, MITWE had the honor of opening MIT’s virtual Commencement with To The Light, To The Flame. MITWE also participated in MIT’s 2021 virtual Commencement, performing Diary Of A Pandemic Year.

For more information, visit mta.mit.edu/music/performance/mit-wind-ensemble

MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble

Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director

Sara Simpson (G) CA

Nicholas Ortiz ’23 IL

Alto Saxophone
Ezekiel Daye ’25 CT
Andrew Li ’25 NE

Tenor Saxophone
Isaac Taylor ’25 DC
Brian Xiao ’23 PA

Baritone Saxophone
Nick Cerone ’26 PA

Daniel Brown ’25 SC
Emeka Echezona ’24 NJ
Miles Kaming-Thanassi ’23 NY
Ben Lammers ’26 MI
Andrew Lee ’26 MA

Jeremy Duke AL
Evan Harrison ’26 MD
Ethan LaBelle ’23 AZ
Dylan Rodriguez Barrera ’26 OR

Nathan Walemba ’23 England
Mike Jiang (G) Switzerland

Emily Albornoz ’26 CA
Richard Oates ’18 MA

Evan Boothe ’25 OK
Daniel Hurtado, Visiting Professor, Chile

Diego Barros ’25 FL

*Guilhem Fourty

Axel Vera Sanchez (G) Puerto Rico
*Marcus Santos, Brazil

*Guest Musician

The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (MIT FJE) was founded in 1963 by Boston jazz icon Herb Pomeroy and led since 1999 by Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. This advanced 18 to 20-member big band/jazz ensemble is comprised of outstanding MIT undergraduate and graduate students studying a wide range of disciplines. An advanced combo is formed from the membership of the MIT FJE. MIT FJE performs traditional and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, including student compositions and new works written for the MIT FJE by major jazz composers. Improvisation is a prominent part of the MIT FJE experience. MIT FJE has released five professional recordings including its major jazz label debut on Sunnyside in 2015, Infinite Winds, which received a five-star review from DownBeat and was chosen by the magazine as one of its “Best Albums of 2015 Five-Star Masterpieces.”

The FJE has a long history of performing original music by MIT students and composers from around the world. Since 2001, it has presented over 50 world premieres. Among others, Mark Harvey, Herb Pomeroy, Jamshied Sharifi, Ran Blake, John Harbison, Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Gunther and George Schuller, Kenny Werner, Don Byron, Steve Turre, Magali Souriau, Guillermo Klein, Chris Cheek, Miguel Zenón, Dominique Eade, and Luciana Souza have collaborated with the MIT FJE. In January of 2019 the FJE participated in a highly successful cultural exchange, touring Puerto Rico with Miguel Zenón, presenting concerts in various venues and also STEM workshops in middle and high schools.

Learn about the MIT FJE’s collaboration with Grammy-winner Jacob Collier in this Emmy-winning documentary. Watch the Emmy-nominated documentary The Great Clarinet Summit, featuring MIT FJE. See an overview of MIT FJE’s recent tour of Puerto Rico. Watch MIT FJE and Sean Jones perform an original composition by MIT student Alan Osmundson and Warren Wolf perform Heal! by MIT pianist-composer Peter Godart. MIT FJE participated in MIT’s 2021 virtual Commencement, performing Diary of a Pandemic Year.

For more information, visit mta.mit.edu/music/performance/festival-jazz-ensemble

MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Laura Grill Jaye, Director

Adanna Abraham-Igwe ’24 CA
Alex Boccon-Gibod (G) CA
Julia Cha ’18 NY
Autumn Geil ’21 CA
Gabe Kane ’21 VA
Talia Khan (G) AZ
Raima Mahmud ’23 NJ
Ari Pero IL
Michael Peters IL
Brindha Rathinasabapathi ’24 FL
Tiandra Ray (G ) NY
Jorge Sandoval (G) Costa Rica
Claire Walsh, Econ. Dept. CO

The MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble (MITVJE) was founded by Institute Professor John Harbison in the spring of 2011 as the first and only vocal jazz performance group at the Institute. Boston-based vocalist-arranger-composer Laura Grill Jaye is the current director and coach of VJE, which has quickly risen to high recognition not only on campus but throughout Boston. Performance opportunities have included a professional recording with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble of the MIT school song and “A Rhumba for Rafael Reif,” as well as an appearance with the Boston Pops at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Professor Harbison has arranged many pieces for VJE over the years.

VJE’s debut recording Vocal Jazz at MIT: Store-Bought Hair, was released in 2015. Past collaborations have included performances with Jacob Collier, Dominique Eade, and Luciana Souza. Under the direction of Laura Grill Jaye, VJE has participated and earned high praise in a special residency with Audra McDonald, and has collaborated and recorded with The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble.

VJE sings ensemble and solo jazz music. It performs with jazz instrumentalists on and off campus, including a concert in Killian Hall at the end of each semester. The ensemble also offers members opportunities for arranging and songwriting. The MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble is coordinated and overseen by Dr. Fred Harris.

For more information, visit mta.mit.edu/music/performance/mit-vocal-jazz-ensemble

About the Presenting Organizations

MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

CAST creates new opportunities for art, science, and technology to thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge, and discovery. CAST’s multidisciplinary platform presents performing and visual arts programs, supports research projects for artists working with science and engineering labs, and sponsors symposia, classes, workshops, design studios, lectures, and publications. The Center is funded in part by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information, please contact cast@mit.edu or visit arts.mit.edu/cast

MIT Music and Theater Arts (MTA)

The Music and Theater Arts Section of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences annually affords 1,500 students per year the opportunity to experience the unique language and process of the performing arts. Faculty and teaching staff, informed by their ongoing professional activities, help students understand art’s demand for rigor and discipline and its non-quantitative standards of excellence and beauty.

For more information, please contact mta@mit.edu or visit mta.mit.edu


The MIT-Brazil Program is one of the 25+ country, regional, or thematic programs that are part of MIT’s International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). The MISTI programs work across departments, centers, and labs throughout the Institute to enable immersive, impactful learning experiences and research opportunities for students and faculty alike. Whether it’s creating one-of-a-kind student programs, fueling partnerships between researchers, or serving as an enabling partner for exciting programs across the Institute, MISTI delivers the training, resources, insights, and expertise that make it possible for MIT students and faculty to learn from the world and with it. In 12 years the MIT-Brazil Program has facilitated more than 420 placements of MIT students in Brazil in teaching, research, and industry projects, and funded 80 grants fostering collaborations between MIT faculty and Brazilian researchers.

For more information, visit misti.mit.edu/mit-brazil

Special thanks to Clarice Assad, Natalie Lin Douglas, Evan Ziporyn, Laura Grill Jaye, Kenneth Amis, the staff of MTA (Jacob Means, Luis Cuco Daglio, Michelle Carmichael, Lauren Dickel, Andy Wilds), CAST and Arts at MIT (Lydia Brosnahan, Rayna Yun Chou, Heidi Erickson, Leah Talatinian, Katherine Higgins, Tim Lemp, Susan Wilson, Directors Leila Kinney and Evan Ziporyn), Cuco Daglio and his team, MIT Video Productions, Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar and Marco de Paula from MISTI MIT-Brazil, Anthony DiBartolo, and all of the students and student leaders of MITWE, MIT FJE, and MIT VJE.

Up Next

Visit arts.mit.edu and mta.mit.edu for more information about upcoming performances, including:

Hearing Amazônia: Arte é Resistência
Performance at Teatro Amazonas Opera House
Friday, March 31, 2023
Manaus, Brazil

MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Djuena Tikuna, vocalist-composer
Luciana Souza, vocalist-composer
Anat Cohen, clarinetist-composer
Evan Ziporyn, clarinetist-composer
Edu Ribeiro, drummer
José Neto, activist

Frederick Harris, Jr., music director
Laura Grill Jaye, director, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble

To cap off their week-long cultural and scientific tour of Manaus, Brazil, MIT music students and guest artists will present at the Teatro Amazonas a concert celebrating Brazilian and indigenous Amazonian music and American jazz.

The program includes the world premiere of We Are The Forest, a large-scale collaborative performance on themes of cultural and environmental sustainability featuring vocalist-composer Djuena Tikuna, who in 2015 debuted as the first Brazilian Amazonian musician to perform in the Teatro Amazonas.

The event will feature the MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, vocalist-composer Luciana Souza, clarinetist-composer Anat Cohen, clarinetist-composer and MIT professor Evan Ziporyn, local musicians from Manaus, and music by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, and Chiquinha Gonzaga. Indigenous peoples and climate activist José Neto, part of the Kaeté people from the Tupinambá nation, will be a guest speaker.