Since 2005, researchers in music, Marilia Giller and Tiago Portella, begin a search focused on popular music produced in Curitiba between the years 1900 to 1950. After rescuing some music collection, the research culminated in setting up a concert and an impressive display at the Museu Paranaense entitled "From Regional to Jazz Bands: Curitiba and popular music in the first half of the twentieth century", presenting to the public, musical instruments, original sheet music handwritten documents and 23 images of sets and characters from popular music in this period. The research sought evidence of the intertwining of cultural and social movements that occurred in the first decades of the twentieth century, developed in major urban centers, where some musical genres have consecrated themselves as popular.
This process, observed from reflections of the choro and jazz in the Brazilian popular music, with emphasis on musical practices held in Curitiba, analyzing, thus, the cultural transformations that have occurred and outlining the network of relationships that formed the society in that period. Between the late nineteenth century and early decades of the twentieth century, polkas, maxixes, choros, waltzes, tangos, foxtrots, Habaneira, carnival marches, lundus, and many other genres became feverishly popular. In Paranaguá, Antonina, Ponta Grossa and Lapa, were also found signs of this process. By doing this research in the history of culture in Curitiba, we see music as an agent of social meaning of certain groups. In mounting this historical puzzle, each recognized character, location identified, date registered or score found, carry social and cultural characteristics of the music scene at the time in Curitiba. In this exhibition, were presented collections of material relating to Antonio Melillo, and Luis Elógio Zilli and Curityba Jazz band; Regional brothers Otto, José da Cruz and Ideal Jazz band; Estefano
John Giller and Tupynambá Jazz band and Oriente Jazz band. In the Collection of musician José da Cruz, perhaps the most comprehensive and significant repertoire of popular music in Curitiba, 2500 musical manuscripts were found, of which 55 compositions copyright, and successes of the era with full arrangements mostly for jazz-band formations. After a period of cataloging, historical survey and analysis of these songs, the researchers, in order to present these works new songs, reassembled some original arrangements, revealing the sound of the orchestration of the time, showing the concert "From the Regional to Jazz Bands" for the Curitiba’s public in three editions, showing that composers, musicians, instrumentalists can still revive memories of a past sound that could be doomed to oblivion.
The Museu Paranaense, a space that is intended to conserve, preserve and disseminate the culture of Paraná, opened the space for the exhibition "From the Regional to Jazz Bands: Curitiba and popular music in the first half of the twentieth century," with musical instruments, sheet music, photographs, sound reproducing apparatus and documents. A record of the life and work of artists and musicians of Paraná who lived through the period of transformation that occurred in large urban centers when musical groups began to move in from regional to jazz band formation. In September 2011, the exposition and one pocket show opened its second edition at Society Tadeusz Kociuszko - House of Culture Polish-Brazil supported by the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Curitiba, ending on September 30 ... Until next time .. Interested, contact us.!