The Felipe Salles Group

Event Schedule

Jan 1, 1970
12:00 AM

Ticket Info

8pm Performance
$20 in Advance, $25 Day of
Members: $14/$17.50

Come early and warm up with a bowl of chili from our concessionaire. 

Stick around after the concert for a post-show talk with Felipe Salles! 

Felipe Salles, saxes and flute
Kevin Sun, saxes
Damascus Kafumbe, traditional Ugandan instruments
Rogerio Boccato, Brazilian percussion
Nando Michelin, piano
Keala Kaumeheiwa, bass
Bertram Lehmann, drums


Felipe Salles’ Ugandan Suite is a unique experience for music students and music lovers alike. In the words of Damascus Kafumbe, Ph.D., “it is the first major jazz music composition to use Ugandan musical idioms, which he intelligently integrates with Western musical forms.”

Dr. Felipe Salles conceptualized this project in 2011, when he traveled to Uganda. The experience of working with local artists, and visits to the music departments of Makerere University, Kyambogo University, gave him the opportunity to collect the musical material he documented and analyzed after this trip, which was the inspiration for the Ugandan Suite. Dr. Kafumbe ads: “Through this work, Felipe presents a fresh interpretation of the country’s regional ethnic soundscapes, which have received minimal attention from composers as a primary source of inspiration.”

The Ugandan Suite is also thematically inspired by Africa’s legendary “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), and Uganda’s wildlife. Each piece attempts to portray the character of the animal from which it takes its name. The Felipe Salles Group, originally a quartet, comes to this project in the form of a septet: two woodwind players, two percussionists (Brazilian and African), piano, bass, and drum set.

Ugandan Suite is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Ford Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.

There will be workshops the afternoon of the concert hosted at Settlement Music School. VISIT HERE for more information and to register.

Saturday, October 8
1 to 3:30 PM
Settlement Music School
Mary Louise Curtis Branch
Presser Recital Hall

1 PM:

An overview of the Brazilian sound and musical language through a hands-on exploration of the percussion instruments used in various rhythms and styles in the Brazilian music world. We will work on the various patterns that compose key rhythms of some of the most important, and some not-so-well-known, Brazilian grooves, playing together as a percussion section.

2:15 PM:

Dr. Damascus Kafumbe will lead a workshop that will introduce participants to various musical Africanism through interactive performances of Ugandan musics. Surveyed musical Africanisms will include complex polyphony, musicalconversation, structured improvisation, recurrent patterns, layered ostinati, timbral variety, and tonal variations.

Register for workshops HERE.