Olinda and the Music of Northeastern Brazil
In 2005, Emerson visited the northeastern city of Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first designated 'Capital of Brazilian Culture.' She returned in 2008, and again in 2011, spending a total of one year immersing herself in the music and culture of that community. She studied guitar and percussion, played in a carnival 'bloco', performed with local musicians, learned to sing and dance coco, and became an 'Olindensa' (citizen of Olinda) to her friends and neighbors.
From that experience she brought back to Seattle a rich collection of recordings and great enthusiasm for contemporary northeastern Brazilian music. She teaches workshops in 'coco' - a popular style combining rhythm, song ,and dance dating back to the 17th century. She formed the group, Dominio Publico, a voice and percussion ensemble that plays roots-oriented northeastern music, with most of its material coming from songs in the public domain. For further info see dompublico.com.