Marcelo Boccato Kuyumjian

 Marcelo Kuyumjian

Contact Information

School of Music
1114 West Nevada Street
1114 W Nevada
M/C 056
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Student


I am originally from Campinas, Brazil and moved to the US for graduate school, where I am currently a DMA candidate in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I'm a pianist and my work as a musician focuses on jazz and Brazilian popular music. 

Research Interests

  • Popular Music
  • Jazz
  • Brazilian Popular Music
  • Samba
  • Cultural Studies

Research Description

My doctoral research is centered around the changes occurred in samba from mid-1950s to 1980s and the influence of US music in Brazil during that period. It is multidisciplinary at its core, incorporating ideas from different fields such as Performance Arts, Ethnomusicology, Cultural Studies and History, and draws from concepts such as cultural hybridity, national identity, African diaspora, race issues and the US influence in the Americas in the 20th century.


  • DMA, Jazz Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (in progress)
  • MM, Music, University of Iowa (2010)
  • BA, Popular Music, UNICAMP (2007)

Distinctions / Awards

  • List Of Teachers Ranked As Excellent By Their Students (Outstanding Ratings) - FA2015 SP2016
  • TINKER Graduate Summer Research Fellowship (2012)
  • Lemann Graduate Fellowship for Brazilian Studies (2011-12, 2013-14)