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Taquaras, drums and violas: relationship between musicking and locality in audiovisual narratives construction

Grant number: 17/21063-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2017
Effective date (End): January 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji
Grantee:Alice Martins Villela Pinto
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/05318-7 - Local musicking: new pathways for ethnomusicology, AP.TEM


This project is concerned with an investigation of the relationship between musicking and locality in the production of a specific set of audiovisual narratives. It deals with the participation in the production of a series, Taquaras, Tambores e Violas to be accomplished by a producer of documentaries who is attempting to document the construction of musical instruments in many parts of the country. Musicar, a translation of the word "musicking" (from the verb "to music"), coined by Christopher Small (1998), refers, in amplified manner, to any form of engagement with music. Therefore, to music is to attend a musical performance, but it can also be to listen to recorded music or to talk about music. Local or locality are dynamic contexts, points of continuous encounters between people, ideas, practices, technologies, objects that will converge at a place over time, and also "structures of feeling" and an ideal of living and living together in community (Appadurai, 1996). The relationship between musicking and locality is the central issue to be investigated by the Thematic Project: "Local musicking: new tracks for ethnomusicology" Fapesp process: 2016 / 05318-7, to which this research is associated. By giving focus to the relationship between locality and musicking in audiovisual production, the intention is to highlight the ways in which musicality builds locality and locality constructs forms of musicality in the audiovisual narratives of the series. In this proposal, filmic production is thought of as a form of musicking and an interactive technology that establishes the relationship between the film crew and film subjects, which possibly stimulates the production of new localities in the filmed contexts.

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