Percussion Professor Named as Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Gregory Beyer, Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies, has been selected for a Fulbright award to Brazil. Beginning in August 2015, he has been invited to spend four months at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte as a Visiting Scholar. During his stay, Beyer will offer a symposium on contemporary performance practice of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau, a musical instrument associated with the Afro-Brazilian martial art known as Capoeira Angola. Beyer’s additional planned activities include: a collaboration with Sergio Freire, UFMG Professor of Composition and Chair of the Graduate Program in the School of Music, to create a new piece of music for solo berimbau and interactive electronics; training of Capoeira Angola with Mestre Juandir Nascimento at the International Foundation of Capoeira Angola (FICA) in Belo Horizonte; and a concert presentation of original compositions in conjunction with students from Belo Horizonte and students from NIU.
In July 2015, prior to the start of his Fulbright work, Beyer and his ensemble, Projeto Arcomusical, have received an invitation to perform at the Ciclo de Música Contemprorânea, a festival of contemporary music at the contemporary art museum, Instituto Inhotim. Projeto Arcomusical features NIU students Alexis Lamb, Christopher Mrofcza, Abby Rehard, and Kyle Flens. The ensemble has also been invited to participate and perform at a FICA organized International Capoeira Angola Conference to be held later that same month in Bahia, Brazil. Projeto Arcomusical was recently featured in performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, November 2014.