Larry Crook, co-founder of the Center for World Arts, founded Jacaré Brazil in 1990. Jacaré Brazil is a UF School of Music ensemble devoted to Brazil’s rich musical heritage. With the addition of Welson Tremura as co-director in 2002, the group became the premiere ensemble of its kind in the United States. Renowned Brazilian guitarist and Bacardi Fellow Ulisses Rocha has furthered the success of Jacaré Brazil. Consisting of singers, percussionists, guitarists and other instrumentalists, Jacaré Brazil often collaborates with visiting Latin American musicians and gives numerous performances in the surrounding community and beyond exploring both popular music from all parts of Brazil.
By audition, ensemble membership is open to University of Florida students, Santa Fe College students, and members of the community. No previous experience with Brazilian music is necessary but general musicianship is helpful. Those wishing to participate should register for the Jacaré Brazil section of MUN 2491 through the School of Music.
Jacaré Brazil provides priceless hands-on experience for UF students, yet Jacaré is not isolated within the university. The ensemble regularly attends community-based festivals and special events and provides programs for local public schools in an effort to reach out to young people who otherwise may never encounter Brazilian and Latin-American music and culture.
Thanks to partners such the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for World Arts, among others, Jacaré Brazil works in conjunction with Artists-in-Residence to bring masters of the performing arts into local classrooms, furthering links between local and global communities.