Polyrhythm as a Bridge for Group Improvisation in Brazilian Jazz: An Analysis of the Performance of Trio Corrente



Non-Verbal Interaction, Polyrhythm, Brazilian Jazz, Trio Corrente


This research aims to analyze the establishment of a communicational basis from polyrhythmic occurrences in the performance of Trio Corrente, a Brazilian jazz group from São Paulo. The analysis presents re-readings of songs already known in Brazilian popular music, restructured and shaped through the incorporation of polyrhythmic elements. Research was carried out in three stages: (1) selection and transcription of excerpts from live and studio performances of the trio; (2) musical analysis of the transcribed works, in order to explore aspects related to the non-verbal interaction presented in the performances (3) structural analysis of language proposed by Jakobson (1960) and adapted by Vuust, Ostergaard and Roepstorff (2006) to analyze communication through the rhythm. It was found that polyrhythm plays a central role in the non-verbal interactions of the group. This research is expected to contribute to the development of rhythmic teaching and non-verbal interaction among musicians. KEYWORDS:

Author Biographies

Thiago Azevedo Duarte, Universidade Federal do Paraná

Department of Arts

Danilo Ramos, Universidade Federal do Paraná Curitiba - Brazil IASPM-AL (Latino-america)

Department of Arts


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