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The tones of Zé: paradigmatic changes in the work of Tom Zé (1967-1976)

Grant number: 12/15076-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal researcher:Carlos Eduardo Di Stasi
Grantee:Leonardo Correa Bomfim
Home Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research broaches the composer, arranger, singer, player, writer and performer Antônio José Santana Martins, popularly known as Tom Zé. It was proposed a transdisciplinar analysis about his artistic production placed between the years 1967 and 1976, discussing five records of the musician, revealers of the transition between these two moments, since the beginning of his career (1967) - in his tropicalist phase - until his album Estudando o samba, recorded in 1976. This LP showed large importance because, according to the composer H. J. Koellreutter (1915-2005), it inaugurated - through the music Toc - a new proposal in the compositional structure of the artist, that fits in the concept of quadridimensional time of the German theorist. This concept subsequently directed the search to other notions associated with paradigm shifts, observed both in art and in modern science (quantum and relativistic physics) of the XX and XXI centuries. It was sought in this study, to list elements in Tom Zé's opus consistent with this paradigm shift, in order to understand more deeply the aesthetic and compositional changes of the artist in the time frame selected. As a strictly technical and musical analysis would not be capable to involve this multimidiatic artist's totality work, his job was also analyzed under aesthetic, historical and socio-political aspects that encompass, justify and can contribute to his music comprehension. Therefore, also the lyrics, performances, clothing were verified, in addition to his discourses; considering even materials like articles, interviews, album covers etc. Thus, it was possible to observe the different nuances and gradations of the composer in his musical transformations.

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BOMFIM, Leonardo Correa. Os tons de Zé: transformações paradigmáticas na obra de Tom Zé (1967-1976). 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Instituto de Artes. São Paulo São Paulo.

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