upcoming events:

Nova musica with O Som Do Jazz
Saturday, August 11 at 8 PM

Supported by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz gives a free concert of original new works by composer David Manson. O Som Do Jazz is a 6-piece music group featuring Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson. The group recently performed on the Miami International Jazz Fest. Admission is free. ARTS 46/4 is located at 460 46th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.

Magnetic Fields: Sonic Abstraction with Pamela Z, Renée Baker & Elizabeth Baker
Friday, July 28 at 2 - 7 PM
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

In complement to Magnetic Fields: Expanding Abstraction 1960s to Today, which focuses on African American women’s approaches to abstract painting and sculpture, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is thrilled to be working with composer Elizabeth A. Baker to present an afternoon of abstract sonic experiences by African American women musicians and performers. In addition to Baker, we will host Chicago-based Renée Baker, and San Francisco-based Pamela Z. Each composer will perform at the MFA, and will participate in a panel discussion.

Taken together, this will be an important celebration of abstraction in multiple forms, and will allow for a multi-generational discussion between African American women practicing in avant-garde composition. EMIT is a supporting sponsor of the performance of the ensemble work by Renée Baker, which is performed from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. For more info, see http://mfastpete.org/event/magnetic-fields-sonic-abstraction/

past events:

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Feb. 21 - 25
see www.stpetejazzfest.com




O Som Do Jazz at the Firehouse Cultural Center
Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 PM

See: http://firehouseculturalcenter.org/events/o-som-do-jazz/

Firehouse Cultural Center
101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570

Badi Assad
Tuesday, January 2 at 7:30 PM

“Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance!" - L.A. Times

Brazil’s Badi Assad is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented artists of all times. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization

Enjoy a solo performance with Badi Assad in the intimate setting of Studio@620!   Admission is $20, only available at the door on January 2nd. The Studio@620 is located at 620 First Ave. South in St. Petersburg, Florida.

O Som Do Jazz
Oct. 28 & 29 at 3:30 PM
SPIFFS Folk Fair at Vinoy Park

Brazilian jazz group O Som Do Jazz is performing on the SPIFFS
43rd festival. EMIT is cosponsoring this performance.
For more info, see http://www.spiffs.org/2017-fair.html

Dance & Drums of Bahia, Brasil!
Thursday, September 7
3 PM drum workshop
4:30 PM dance workshop
SS building at St. Petersburg College

Attend free workshops with Brazilian dancer/choreographer Nildinha Fonsêca and master drummer Zé Ricardo, presented by EMIT and Student Life at St. Petersburg College!

Nildinha Fonsêca began dancing at age 16 with Mestre King, who was the pioneer in Afro-Brazilian dance in Bahia, Brazil. In 1988 she joined the Folkloric Ballet of Bahia. A professor at Federal University of Bahia and Bahia Cultural Foundation, Nildinha has toured and given Afro-contemporary and religious dance workshops in Brazil, Europe, North America and Australia. Nildinha is an educator, dancer and choreographer and she has worked with artists such as Daniela Mercury and Carlinhos Brown. She has collaborated on a number of educational dance projects in Salvador and works with children, youth and low-income adults through dance. Daughter of Oba, Orixá that is the Queen of the Warriors, Fonsêca has an important role in the local community as a black movement activist, African-feminist and artist.

José Zé Ricardo Sousa is one of Bahia's most sought after instructors of traditional Afro-Brazilian music and dance. He is the musical director, composer, musician, and instructor of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and music for Bahia’s celebrated company, the Balé Folclórico da Bahia. José Ricardo initiated his arts career in percussion and dance under the tutelage of Mestre King at the Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC) School of the Arts in 1985. He has toured and taught in Brazil, Europe, and in more than 120 cities in the United States, Australia, Malaysia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Togo and Benin. Since 1997, José Ricardo has conducted percussion and dance workshops with Viver Brasil’s Dancing the Source cultural immersion travel program, and in 2007, he toured nationally as the group’s guest musical director. He also returns to the group regularly to compose for and perform with them. José Ricardo was a guest instructor at the California Brazil Camp in the summer of 2012 and 2015, and he is a 2009 recipient of the prestigious Lester Horton award for excellence in music for dance.

Bring your hand drums and dress to move for these two workshops. The drum workshop is from 3 - 4:30 PM and then they provide rhythms for the dance workshop participants at 4:30 PM.  The SS building is located on the east side of St. Petersburg College, located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.


The RAP (Recording Arts Program) at the Royal Theater in Midtown was active this summer. For 10 weeks, Boy & Girls Club students ages 10-15 have Avid Pro Tools recording workshops instructed by MIRA technician Jason Cleary. This program is sponsored by EMIT and the Pinellas Community Foundation.