MENOMONIE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A Brazilian artist has released a new music video featuring students and faculty at the University Of Wisconsin-Stout.
First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray shares what happens when Wisconsin winter meets the Brazilian Carnival celebration during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This unique collaboration started over a year ago, in fall 2019, when Paulo Padilha and his band first traveled through Menomonie, Wisconsin, as part of a touring program called World Fest.
During that tour, Padilha connected with UW-Stout music faculty members Dr. Jerry Hui and Dr. Aaron Durst.
The professors proposed creating a music video for Padilha’s song “Outro Carnaval.”
Durst, UW-Stout Band Director said, “Bring everybody together and have sort of this international music celebration.”
Durst says without the pandemic, the students would not have had the opportunity to perform on an international stage.
“It’s great to build these international relationships, coordinate with other musicians give our students an opportunity to do something beyond the borders of our campus here,” said Durst.
Nearly 100 students in both UW-Stouts Choir and band learned and recorded the song in just two weeks, an incredible feat that Hui says has been nothing but rewarding.
“My sense was absolute relief, imagine if you have to move forward a project that involves two teams internationally,” said Hui.
Juggling different time zones and countless hours collaborating.
Huai said, “Getting the storyboard right, getting the video assembled together well, and really make sure it’s a visual narrative. Finally, when we got to present the final draft for Paulo to see, and actually he broke down and wept.”
A collaboration putting the stout community on the international music stage.
In Menomonie Phoebe Murray First News at Nine.