The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2015

Farra Fanfarra concert

April 29th 2015, between 12:00 and 1:00 pm
In front of the Campus Center, UMass Dartmouth

Free admission and open to the public.

Farra Fanfarra
Farra Fanfarra, a hip Portuguese brass band

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives invites you to celebrate the warmer weather and 41st anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution with a free outdoor concert by Farra Fanfarra, a hip Portuguese brass band.

The concert will take place in front of the Campus Center between 12:00 and 1:00 pm on April 29th and is open to the public.

Emerging from Portugal’s filarmónica tradition, Farra Fanfarra was founded in the spirit of a Portuguese walking band, which aside from filarmónicas, has also included marchas populares, carnival performances, cavalinhos, and other brass band arrangements.  Composed of about 15-20 performing musicians who come from filarmónica bands, music conservatories and orchestras from all over Portugal, Farra Fanfarra was founded in 2008.  Since then, it has become a mainstay of Portugal’s village festas and the urban club/dance hall circuit, performing in cities and towns throughout Portugal as well as at international musical festivals all over Europe.

Known for a creative set list and animated performances, Farra Fanfarra’s unique repertory features elaborate choreographies and palhaçaria (street animations) along with hard and heavy brass dancing music and rhythms.  Influenced by Portugal’s shared cultural histories and contemporary contacts with parts of Africa, South America, Asia and the EU, along with music from Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries, Farra Fanfarra also delivers global horn sounds, such as Balkan brass, Indian wedding music, Bourbon Street style blues, jazz, funk, and soul classics, as well as renditions of fanfare music from classical music scores and cartoons performed in an animated Lisbon’s Circo Novo style.

Historically, the term fanfarra referred to the brass bands of volunteer fire associations in Portugal, and the word appears on Portuguese sheet music to announce the entrance of the brass. In Portugal today, fanfarra has come to describe large and exuberant street brass bands, while farra means having a good time.  So, join us on Wednesday, April 29, at noon, for a great time celebrating Portuguese democracy to the eclectic, euphoric sounds of Farra Fanfarra!

For more information, please contact Sonia Pacheco at 508 999-8695.