Thalma and Laércio de Freitas

Join us for a week of activities exploring Brazilian music and culture with legendary artists Thalma and Laércio de Freitas.

Sound Lab: Exploring the Roots of Brazilian Jazz

Tuesday, February 21
12:30–2 pm
Department of Music’s Conrad Prebys Music Center, Room 264

Legendary Brazilian maestro, composer, and pianist, Laércio de Freitas will share the seminal Brazilian jazz recordings that he was a part of and discuss the fascinating stories of what inspired/influenced the music, and how those records came together. He will be joined by his singer/songwriter daughter, Thalma de Freitas, who will explore how those recordings, and her father’s work, inspired her own work as an artist.


Listening Party

Tuesday, February 21
4–6 pm
UCSD Visual Arts Facility Performance Space/Black Box Theater (Russell Lane)

Thalma & Laércio de Freitas will DJ and discuss their favorite Brazilian recordings in this fun Listening Party! Join us for some incredible tunes and snacks—a fantastic collective listening experience for curious music lovers who are ready to fall in love with Brazilian music!


Words & Rhythms: Exploring the Poetry and Linguistics of Brazilian Music

Wednesday, February 22
1–2 pm
Black Resource Center Conference Room

In collaboration with the UCSD Brazil Initiative Thalma and Laércio will investigate the linguistics, meaning and translation of Brazilian music lyrics.


International Friday Café Performance

Friday, February 24
noon – 1:15 pm
Great Hall, I-House

Enjoy Brazilian food while taking in a performance and talk with Thalma & Laércio. $5, visit


Thalma & Laércio de Freitas Performance

Friday, February 24 at 8 pm
The Loft

For her return to ArtPower—following her sold-out U.S. debut here—Thalma de Freitas joins forces with her father, maestro, composer, and pianist, Laércio to showcase beautiful Brazilian jazz music that demonstrates the power of cross-generational influences. Following the performance will be an ArtTalk and After-Party. Student Tickets: $9