Welcome to Minha Terra

Welcome to Minha Terra

Be part of the experience as we travel around the world to tell the story of an innovative way to compose music from spoken word.

This is the story of Minha Terra – the documentary of an orchestral piece composed by Denis Nassar, who took the magic of language and transformed it into music.

Stay tuned here for news, updates, events and teasers from the documentary.

We are a young company with a big heart.  Support Albertan talent as we raise funds to film Minha Terra. We’ll be sharing opportunities for you to support this project and make this documentary a reality.

Immerse yourself in a new world of sounds and rhythms.

Hear the language, feel the music, and take a journey to Minha Terra – my land.

The Story of Minha Terra

The use of spoken voice as a tool for orchestral composition is a field that few composers have dared to explore.

Discover how Brazilian composer Denis Nassar finds a fresh way of making music by using his native language of Portuguese as the foundation.

 Take a closer look at Brazilian Portuguese, a beautiful and extremely complex language rooted in more than 500 years of tradition.

Hear the stories of local Albertans and world-renowned composers as they discuss their approaches, experiences and challenges creating music – and how language has guided their discovery.

Based out of Calgary, Alberta, Denis approaches this new way of composing from the perspective of a contemporary composer, a music teacher, and a newcomer to Canada from his land of Brazil.

Targeting not only musicians and composers, Minha Terra is also a story for music fans, language lovers, and those who appreciate culture from around the world.

 Approximately 90% of this documentary’s funding is budgeted for local talent. By supporting this production, you are contributing to Alberta’s art community.

Short Synopsis


“Minha Terra” will be a 20 minutes documentary about the creative process behind Denis Nassar’s orchestral piece also called “Minha Terra.” This documentary explores the challenge of writing an orchestral composition based on the pitch and rhythm from different spoken voices.

While this is based work on common Brazilian expressions and sayings, Nassar takes us even deeper in to the music of the language by exploring dialects from different regions of Brazil and examining the music hidden behind everyday experiences.

Follow us on this journey as we examine fundamental questions and powerful themes:

  • How can a foreign language provide a richer aural experience?
  • Why did Nassar choose language as the basis of his composition?
  • Is language, in fact, a type of music?
  • How does the region impact the language and music?
  • How does the composer transcribe language into music?
  • What do other world-renown composers think about this approach to writing music?


Join us as we explore sounds and language, discover the music in everyday auditory experiences and unravel the mysteries that inspired Minha Terra.

We’ll take viewers through beautiful Brazilian landscapes and reveal a bit of this rich, yet often underestimated culture.

Our tour will also take us to the United States and Europe to meet with world renowned composers that first used and developed this technique in a variety of musical styles – and provided the inspiration for Denis’ work.

Back in Alberta, we’ll meet with artists and musicians to see what they have to say about Minha Terra and the foreign dialect from which it was inspired.

We’ll wrap up this journey, by listening to and watching excerpts of the world premiere performance of Minha Terra by the University of Calgary Orchestra.

 Become immersed in a new world of sounds and rhythms. Hear the language, feel the music, and take a journey to Minha Terra – my land.