Performance, Flute Traditions: Cuban Charanga and Brazilian Choro (NAMPC 2021)
Ceylon Mitchell, M3 Mitchell Media & Marketing, LLC
About this Session
Flutist Ceylon Mitchell and friends present works honoring the musical heritage of Cuba and Brazil. Brazilian choro is a musical genre with roots in African syncopated rhythms and European dance forms, including the lundú, the polka, and the habanera, creating a very unique style. The improvisatory nature of choro mirrors that of North American jazz and virtuosity is a hallmark of the style. The Cuban flute tradition represents dance music at the heart of Cuban national and cultural identity with flute, piano, strings, and Cuban percussion as the core ensemble. Starting with the danzón and extending to other genres like the cha cha cha, mambo, and salsa, its elements include centuries-old European court dances, rhythmic complexity based on the clave pattern from the African Congo Basin, and a flute ornamentation style similar to the late-Baroque and early-Classical flute traditions.
Founder & Co-Owner
M3 Mitchell Media & Marketing, LLC
Ceylon Mitchell II is a contemporary classical flutist, educator, and entrepreneur on a mission to celebrate Black and Latinx voices in classical music. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, he now resides in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Ceylon is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) student at the University of Maryland in Flute Performance where he also received a Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Journalism. Recent achievements include the Strathmore Artist in Residence Class of 2021, a Prince George’s County Forty UNDER 40 Award in Arts & Humanities, and a 2021 Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Artist Fellowship Grant.
Ceylon supports performing artists, arts organizations, and beyond with personalized multimedia production and digital marketing consulting as the founder and co-owner of M3 | Mitchell Media & Marketing, LLC. Tailored services include photography, videography, and digital media marketing. M3 has served dozens of individuals, 10+ arts ensembles, and 20+ organizations of all sizes including local arts agencies, arts advocacies groups, universities, and more. Together with his wife and business partner, Ceylon seeks to equip and empower his fellow performing artists for artistic and marketing success in a 21st-century landscape. He is also an active arts advocate in the D.C. area, serving as a National Flute Association Career and Artistic Development Committee member, a Umoja Flute Institute marketing committee member, a Washington Performing Arts junior board member, a Recording Academy Washington D.C. Chapter Professional Member, and Arts Advocates Network of Maryland (AAMN) member with Maryland Citizens for the Arts. Ceylon currently resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland with his wife and two sons.
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