Jovino Santos Neto
Catching the Lizard by the Tail

A composition workshop based on Brazilian Music
This 2-hour workshop aims at developing intuition and reflex as tools for composition of pieces based on Brazilian styles such as samba, baião, choro and marcha. For intermediate to advanced skill levels. Participants will learn about simple tools designed to draw inspiration from many situations, and how to develop their reflexes as composers, catching ideas intuitively as they first appear. They will also learn about the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic characteristics of the major Brazilian musical styles and their application in different contexts. Jovino will demonstrate how the creative process occurs, using examples by some of the greatest Brazilian composers, and often composing new music on the spot.
Jovino Santos Neto is a 3-time Latin Grammy nominee who collaborated as a pianist, flutist and producer with the legendary Hermeto Pascoal in his native Brazil for 15 years. Since moving to Seattle in 1993, he has released several recordings as a composer and leader of his Quinteto and also in collaboration with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Gretchen Parlato, Paquito d’Rivera and many others. A worldwide performer and lecturer, he has received many commissions and awards for his work. Jovino’s music blends contemporary harmonies with a rich variety of Brazilian rhythmic languages.. He’s a Professor of Composition at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Jovino’s web site is at and his Facebook page is at
Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 3-5 PM
Topics covered:

Presentation of 4 Brazilian styles: samba, baião, choro and marcha with their melodic, rhythmic and harmonic characteristics.
Tools for thematic development.
The Arboreal Concept for connecting harmonic and melodic layers.
Structural tools.
Creating improvisational environments.

Participants are welcome to bring their own instruments. Manuscript paper, pencil and eraser are recommended. The workshop venue will have a piano, a bass amp and a drum set.

Total workshop duration is 2 hours with a 15-minute break.

Brazilian-born Jovino Santos Neto is a pianist, composer and a disciple of the legendary Hermeto Pascoal. He is a 3-time Latin Grammy nominee and a Professor of Composition at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He has received numerous commissions for his compositions, as he continues to perform and teach worldwide.