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Welson Tremura - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Welson Tremura Welson Tremura

Professor of Music and Latin American Studies | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Welson Tremura specializes in ethnomusicology (folk religion, technology, and interdisciplinary projects) and world music.


Specializing in ethnomusicology (folk religion, technology, and interdisciplinary projects) and world music, Welson Tremura has created new media and used the Internet and technology to promote performance connecting distant people through music. Dr. Tremura's publication "Brazilian Folia de Reis: With An Open Heart: A Spiritual Journey Through Song" is available in paperback throughout several publishing sites. Tremura, who holds a Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology, also maintains an active performance schedule and has been involved in performances and interdisciplinary projects in Brazil, the United States, Europe, New Zealand, and China.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (7)

Music and Religion (Folk Catholicism), Samba, and Bossa-Nova

Portuguese Language (Culture, Politics, and Identity)


Latin American Studies

Business in Latin America (Management, Law, and International Consulting)


Technology and Intercultural Global Learning

Media Appearances (5)

UF grad student pioneers his own style of music

The Independent Florida Alligator  online


“He is a very creative and engaging performer,” said UF Professor Welson Tremura, a teacher in the School of Music and the Center for Latin American Studies. As director of Jacaré Brazil, Tremura said he has noted White’s electric guitar playing with the group and hopes White explores more classical guitar.

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Final "Free Friday" of concerts at Bo Diddley Plaza

WCJB  online


Friday is the last chance to take advantage of the "Free Fridays" concerts at the Bo Diddley Plaza. At 8 P.M., students and faculty musicians and dancers will be featured from UF's College of the Arts.

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Guitar exhibit rocks into the Appleton on Saturday

Ocala  online


At 5:30 p.m. on May 26, Welson Tremura will speak on the history of the guitar and perform. Tremura is associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Guitar at the Center for Latin American Studies and School of Music at the University of Florida.

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UF and the New World School of the Arts present the 18th Annual Brazilian Music Institute

Miami's Community Newspapers  online


Founded and organized by UF professor Welson Tremura in 2001, BMI is a training ground for Brazilian music. Through daily rehearsals and group lessons in Brazilian music with guest artists, BMI offers a challenging and exciting atmosphere in addition to an aesthetically and socially rewarding activity for all participants. The Brazilian Music Institute is a genuine Brazilian musical experience in the United States.

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Seen: Splendor Hollywood

Gainesville Sun  online


Welson Tremura, Lucinda Lavelli, and Jerry Dickey at Splendor: Hollywood, a benefit for the UF School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance at the Nadine McGuire Pavilion at the University of Florida on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Gainesville, Fl.

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Articles (4)

Reflections on Bossa Nova, An Ageless Musical Style


Brazil has had a distinctive history of miscegenation, which has led the Brazilian people on an unceasing journey in search of a common cultural and musical identity. This is a process where cultural experiences and social assimilation thrive, reinforcing the notion that through regional diversity music and people come together in an effective intersection of musical practices and ideologies.

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With an Open Heart: Folia De Reis, a Brazilian Spiritual Journey Through Song.

Florida State University

The folia de reis is a popular Brazilian tradition of folk Catholicism that involves a group of participants who, between Christmas and Epiphany, go on a journey asking for alms for social-religious purposes. The tradition refers to musical ensembles comprising predominantly low-income rural workers from various regions of Brazil. Instrumentalists, singers, and other participants travel from house to house and farm to farm, singing and praising the birth of Christ.

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A Influência Africana na Música Brasileira: Samba


Apesar da forte influencia que a herança afro-brasileira exerce em nós, pouco sabemos da sua extensa contribuição para a cultura brasileira. Sem dúvida, o samba é o estilo e gênero musical mais popular de sempre produzido para o carnaval no Brasil.

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Reflexões sobre a Bossa Nova, um Estilo Musical Eterno


O Brasil teve uma história singular de miscigenação, que levou o povo brasileiro a uma jornada incessante em busca de uma identidade cultural e musical comum. Esse é um processo onde as experiências culturais e a assimilação social prosperam, reforçando a noção de que, através da diversidade regional, a música e as pessoas se juntam em uma interseção efetiva de práticas musicais e ideologias.

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Welson Tremura Publication



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Languages (3)

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Affiliations (2)

  • Alachua Guitar Quartet : Member
  • Brazilian Music Institute : Director