Brazil’s music and myths explored

Photo of Juan Carlos Galeano speaking

Photo of Dale Olsen and Carlos Odria
Retired Florida State professor, Dr. Dale Olsen, plays a specially outfitted flute while Carlos Odria plays his guitar.

The music and myths of Brazil were explored during Bainbridge State College’s International Education Week.

On Wednesday, a movie co-written by Florida State University professor Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano illustrating some of the myths held by residents of the Peruvian region of the Amazon Basin was shown to Bainbridge State students.

The movie delved into the Chullachaqui, a mythical figure who some residents in that region believe disguises itself and demands permission from the region’s residents to take resources out of the Amazon forests.

Bainbridge State student Zane Wise of Bainbridge said he enjoyed the movie and thought it was interesting how different cultures explain mysteries. Moreover, as Galeano said, “These myths are trying to give an answer to the unknown.”

The Colombian-born professor also explained how residents of the Amazon cherish that region’s natural resources, and the Chullachaqui is an explanation of if humans hurt the landscape that they may in turn be hurt back.

On Thursday, a trio from Tallahassee, Fla., performed Brazilian music, from Choro to Bossa Nova.

Dr. Dale A. Olsen, distinguished research professor emeritus of Ethnomusicology and founder of the Ethnomusicology/World Music Program at Florida State University, was emcee and played the flute. Carlos Odria, played guitar, is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at Florida State. He directs the Latin American Music Ensemble in the College of Music, and performs with several professional ensembles in Tallahassee, including the well-known Carlos y Carlos guitar duo. Cameron R. Siegal is a jazz and world percussionist, and he is a graduate student and teaching assistant at Florida State.

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