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Marcelo Boccato


Jazz Pianist, Scholar, and Educator

 

 

 

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Marcelo Boccato


Jazz Pianist, Scholar, and Educator

 

 

 

Photo: Kelly Fleming

Marcelo Boccato Kuyumjian is a pianist, scholar and educator. Originally from Campinas, Brazil, he is currently a DMA candidate in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 2018-19 Graduate Fellow at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities for his dissertation “Performing Samba: Aesthetics, Transnational Modernisms, and Race”.

His research focuses on transnational practices of black music between Brazil and the United States while exploring the connections between artistic performance and scholarly work. He has presented his research at conferences such as Latin American Studies Association, International Association of Popular Music Studies and Jazz Education Network. He is also an active educator, developing teaching pedagogies in the intersection of jazz and other genres of popular music, including the creation of the Illinois Music Residency Program in a collaboration with the School of Music, the Department of History, and local high schools. 

Marcelo holds a bachelor’s degree in Popular Music at UNICAMP and a Master’s of Music degree from the University of Iowa. At Illinois, he has twice received the Lemann Graduate Fellowship for Brazilian Studies and served as Teaching Assistant for the School of Music, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 

His most recent artistic projects include collaborations with the Chicago trumpet player Tito Carrillo, appearing at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in 2014, his quintet with Dana Hall, Clark Sommers, Geof Bradfield, and Tito Carrillo, and leading a Brazilian quartet with Diego Garbin, Bruno Migotto and Cleber Almeida. In addition, Marcelo Boccato has also performed with the University of Iowa’s Johnson County Landmark and the University of Illinois’ Concert Jazz Band, as well as artist such as Jimmy Greene, Jim Pugh, Chip McNeill, Larry Grey, Joel Spencer, and Rodrigo Ursaia.

 

 

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Video


Video


Marcelo Boccato Quintet

Iron Post  |  Urbana, IL - April 2016

TITO CARILLO trumpet  |  GEOF BRADFIELD tenor sax
CLARK SOMMERS bass  |  DANA HALL drums

 
 
 

Marcelo Boccato Quartet

Almanaque Café - August 2014

DIEGO GARBIN  trumpet  |  BRUNO MIGOTTO  bass  |  CLÉBER ALMEIDA drums 

 

Solo Piano

 
 
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Music


Music


Marcelo Boccato Quintet @ Cafe Vivaldi NYC - November 2015

MARCELO BOCCATO piano
CAROLINE DAVIS alto sax
GIANNI GAGLIARDI tenor sax
MAT MUNTZ bass
JAY SAWYER drums

 

The Servant - Marcelo Boccato

Performed by the University of Illinois' Concert Jazz Band, dir. Prof. Chip McNeil
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - May, 2013