Rumbarroco is proud to present our project Afro-Baroque Music where we illustrate Africa’s lasting musical legacy in Ibero-American music. We’ll explore the intersection of early European music with the unspoken African traditions, and current Latin American sounds as well as the fusion of “learned” music with folk and popular forms.
Our project will included instrumental music from Portugal and Brazil in
the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, as well as Early vocal music from Spain Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. In particular texts that acknowledge the presence of African descendants.
Music by Gaspar Fernandes (1566 – 1629), Villancicos from the Liturgy of Santa Cruz De Coimbra, 17th century, Spanish Cancioneros, and more.
To unite diverse communities by highlighting the fusion and confluence of the cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Americas through musical performances and educational outreach.
RUMBARROCO’s Mission We show the European influence on Afro-American and indigenous music in Latin America, as well as how the fusion of those types of music with European classical music produced new musical genres. We recreate, preserve, and popularize the diverse multicultural aspects of the rhythmic patterns that have been passed down from the Middle Ages to today. And for this purpose we have formed a Latin-Baroque Fusion ensemble of musicians using period, folk, and contemporary popular instruments. Rumbarroco also aims to promote awareness and enjoyment of the musical and cultural similarities and distinctions between Orient and Occident, and among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as experienced through Latin-American music. We seek to unite today’s diverse communities through the powerful transformative passion of the music we play. Finally, we employ music as a tool for cultural integration, especially for the empowerment of youth in their personal growth.