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UMass music professor Felipe Salles releases CD — ‘Departure’

  • Felipe Salles' CD, "Departure"

    Felipe Salles' CD, "Departure"

  • Christopher Krueger's CD, "The Telemann Album"

    Christopher Krueger's CD, "The Telemann Album"

  • Jeffrey W. Holmes' CD "Of One's Own"

    Jeffrey W. Holmes' CD "Of One's Own"

  • Felipe Salles' CD, "Departure"
  • Christopher Krueger's CD, "The Telemann Album"
  • Jeffrey W. Holmes' CD "Of One's Own"

Felipe Salles, who moved to the United States from Brazil in 1995, received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston and a doctorate from the Manhattan School in New York. After graduation, Salles stayed in New York until joining the faculty at UMass in 2010.

His arrangements and compositions have been performed by The Metropole Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Viola Ensemble, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra, New England Conservatory Jazz Band, Five Towns College Jazz Orchestra and Five Towns College Concert Band.

In October, Salles released his fifth CD, “Departure.” All of the tracks, which blend elements of Brazilian music, jazz and pop, are composed by Salles.

“I’ve been working a lot over the years to try to incorporate a lot of Brazilian tradition, which comes across in the rhythms, and then harmonically and melodically speaking, more of a 20th-century classical influence,” Salles said.

— LAUREN ROBISON JONES

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