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Mike Ryan -Acadêmic Profile

Dr. Mike Ryan is an Australian musician, ethnomusicologist and Brazilianist with over forty years of experience with the music of Brazilian communities in Australia and Brazil. This involvement, which commenced in 1974, has produced a substantial body of information and activities about Brazilian music and culture in the form of publications, presentations at national and international conferences, musical exchanges, recordings, archives, university courses and radio and television programs.

His efforts received recognition in the form of employment and invitations as a visiting professor / guest lecturer by reputable institutions in Australia: New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney, The University of Western Sydney, The University of New South Wales, The University of Wollongong, and in Brazil: the School of Music, Federal University of Minas Gerais (1994/1997), Music School, Federal University of Salvador, Bahia, (1994), Pro-Music School of Music, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (1997-1999), National School of Music, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1999-2003), Music School Vitor Assis Brazil (1999-2002), and from international institutions such as the East-West Centre for Culture and Communication, University of Hawaii at Manoa (1991), the University of Humboldt, Berlin, and the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr. Ryan is dedicated to the development of Brazilian communities through music, and is also committed to addressing the musical illiteracy problems in Brazil. The seriousness of the nature of his work, and conviction of his long-term commitment to Brazil is evidenced by the creation of:

1 Doctorate in Philosophy (Music / Ethnomusicology) 1991 - University of Sydney, Australia. Thesis theme: Brazilian Music in Australia 1971-1984: An Emic-Etic Approach to the Structure of Folk Models. The two-volume thesis (550 pages), addresses the socio-musical activities and contributions of Brazilian music and culture for Australia in the period from 1971 to 1984 and is still considered as a major analytical reference about a group immigrants within the discipline of ethnomusicology and multicultural music in Australia. This Brazilian-Australian case study formed the basis of the original modified emic-etic theoretical model by Ryan, suited to the study and explanations of socio-musical manifestations of transculturated immigrant groups, regardless of their location.

2 The SALF Rhythm Method - the result of 27 years of research into the rhythms of Brazilian samba and samba derivatives (Samba:Brazil World Music, SALF Rhythm Method Exploring hot rhythms, Samba , African-Latin and funk. Edited by Almir Chediak, Lumiar Editora, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2002. 164 pages (Portuguese / English) including a CD SALF).

3 SALF Project: Musical Literacy in Brazil: Mobilisation of a Carioca Community Carioca through the SALF Rhythm Method.

The SALF method recognises the contributions of both the African and Classical European music traditions to Brazilian samba by combining essential techniques of oral music transmission (e.g. vocalisation and onomatopoeia, and the importance of dance / body movement), with classical European music traditions (e.g. approaches to metric compass and music notation). The goal is to generate new alternatives to the standard rhythmic notation symbols appropriate to SALF in the Brazilian context, and to urban and contemporary folk languages existing in Brazil.

The SALF Method has also been used by Ryan since 1984 as a vital component of his private courses, group classes and workshops in jazz education and multi-disciplinary presentation (performance, composition, personalisation of musical style through rhythmic manipulation, contemporary repertoire, Brazilianization, of rhythm and melodic phrasing, rhythmic manipulations in dance / drama human movement, and more).

It is important to note that SALF method was successfully implemented by Mike in Australia (1988-2006) and Brazil (1997-). Since its publication by Almir Chediak in 2002, the Method has received positive reviews in major newspapers and Brazilian journals (e.g. O Globo, Bateira).