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Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
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1069-061 Lisboa
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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Frederico Bezerra is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Musical Sciences at the New Lisbon University, under the guidance of Dr. Rui Cidra. His research, entitled Samba-enredo, composition and performance of resistance, analyzes the Brazilian carnavalesque musical genre samba-enredo — central component of the samba school ́s expressive culture — as product and practice of resistance, as well as constructor of a black diasporic culture. He received his Master’s degree in Musicology/ Ethnomusicology from Santa Catarina Estate University (Brazil, 2010), where he held a PROMOP/UDESC scholarship (2009). Frederico received his Bachelor ́s degree in Classical Piano from Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (Brazil, 2007). He worked as music teacher and collaborative pianist at the Bolshoi Theatre School and, actually, he is teacher at Fausto Rocha Junior Cultural Fundation (Brazil). At thesame time, is a samba-enredo composer, who some of his works was performed in Porto Alegre, São Francisco do Sul and Florianópolis carnivals, like others.
Doctoral Project
Samba-enredo, composition and performance of resistance
Rui Cidra
A musical genre practiced for almost a century, samba-enredo is a component of the multiartistic show called "desfile das escolas de samba" in the city of Rio de Janeiro. This research seeks to analyze how samba-enredo expresses aspects of social organization, recreating the external structure and physical experience of the parade. Conversely, the research will seek to observe how this genre is a structuring means of other artistic segments that are part of the parade. This task will be accompanied by an ethnomusicological analysis of the elements that make up the habitus composicional incorporated by the practitioners, according to the concept of Bourdieu (1972) and the ethnographic work of Wacquant (2002). As a research hypothesis, it seeks to ascertain whether this habitus composicional participates in a set of narratives of black identity in contemporary Brazil, developed by black musicians and performers who find in the Samba School a home for their politics of resistance and identity. In this line of research we invoke, with Scott (2013), the use of an "infrapolitic" through musical "hidden transcripts" written by its members.
Samba-enredo; Musical Analysis; Performance; Resistance; Ethnomusicology.
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (PD/BD/150613/2020)