Rhythms from Cuba and Brazil, social action writing are among classes offered

CSU Summer Arts returns to the Monterey Bay campus with a lineup of 16 classes, including two coordinated by CSUMB faculty members.

Drum Talk posterCourses are two weeks long; some start on June 27, others begin on July 14. Students study with well-known master teachers in dance, creative writing, filmmaking and videography, music, new media, theater and visual arts.

Classes are open to community members as well as college students, who earn three to six credits. Scholarships are available.

Professor Umi Vaughan will coordinate “Drum Talk: Rhythms from Cuba and Brazil.” The course will run from June 30 to July 13. Applications will be accepted through late June.

Students will:

• Learn from and play with Grammy Award-nominated percussionist and bandleader John Santos, and Mario Pam, musical director of the famous percussion group Ilê Aiyê, direct from Salvador, Brazil.

• Join the “reunion” and conversation between the African-derived music traditions of Cuba and Brazil, and explore various traditional Cuban and Brazilian genres as well as fusions of these distinct but related rhythms.

• Learn and perform a range of music styles from Cuba and Brazil, including sacred rhythms of Candomblé and Santería, samba, baião, maracatú, bembé, rumba and comparsa.

• Develop familiarity with a variety of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian percussion instruments and understand the role of each instrument within the music as a whole.

• Understand the socio-historical contexts in which the rhythms were born, the current environments that sustain them, and the intimate connections between these two great traditions.

The course will culminate in a public performance by the participants.

Aimee Suzara, a lecturer in the Division of Humanities and Communication, will coordinate “Social Action Writing: Personal to Political, Words to Work.” The course will run from July 14-27. Application deadline is late June.

Students will:

• Be mentored by award-winning writers Kwame Dawes, Luis Rodriguez, Evelina Galang and Sharon Bridgforth, whose bodies of work span poetry, nonfiction, fiction and theater.

• Learn basic craft elements of poetry and prose.

• Generate new writing and revise work for performance.

• Examine how writing, as social action, can break silences, bear witness and make change.

• Shape language into story, revelation, weapon, healing.

• Gain insight on how to get work published, seen and heard in the world – from schools to prisons, from publication to touring.

The course will culminate in a public reading of student work.

CSU Summer Arts is dedicated to transforming artists’ lives by broadening their creative skills, subject matter knowledge and ability to represent their work in public performance or exhibition. Because it is similar to an artistic retreat and apprenticeship program, it also helps students build bridges to future employment.

Have an interest in traveling to Italy? "Drawing and Painting in Florence" is another Summer Arts option. See a list of all classes.

To apply, click here.