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Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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Jean Carlos Gorges (1993), Joinville - Santa Catarina, Brazil, is currently in the PhD Program in Music (Performance) at the University of Aveiro under the supervision of Professor Dr. Isabel Alcobia. Bachelor in Lyrical Singing by the Universidade do Estado do Paraná (UNESPAR) in the class of Mezzo-soprano Denise Sartori and Master in Music by the University of Évora (Performance) in his career, Jean studied with Sebnem Mekinulov (USA), Tanya Aspelmeier (Vienna), Marcel Boone (Switzerland), Lucia Duchonova (Slovakia), Bo Rosenkull (Sweden) and Monica Danielson (Sweden). Jean Carlos is currently conducting research related to Vocal Physiology applied to the study of Lyrical Singing and Neurology. He performed professionally in several concerts throughout Brazil during the years 2011 to 2015. Highlights include concerts with the Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba conducted by Mara Campos (Brazil) and other guest conductors as well as concerts performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires. Also in 2015 he joined the Internationale Chorakademie Lübeck in concerts in Brazil under Rolf Beck, in which he stood out as soloist. From 2017 he became a member of the Internationale Chorakademie Lübeck as First Contralto performing concerts in Germany, Austria, Poland and China under conductors such as Rolf Beck, Krzystof Penderecki (2019, Polskie Requiem), Peter Eötvös (2019, Psalmus Hungaricus - Z. Kodály), Andreas Spering (Die Jahreszeiten - J. Haydn) and Tan Dun (2018, 2019, Buddah Passion). Highlights include 2018 in which together with the Internationale Chorakademie Lübeck and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra he performed the world premiere of the work "Buddah Passion" by composer Tan Dun under the conductorship of the composer. In 2018 he performed the Asia Première of the same work in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2019 highlights include a tour with the Internationale Chorakademie Lübeck and Lyon Symphony Orchestra in 5 cities in China (Xi'an, Dunhuang, Changsha Quingdao and Shanghai). According to Rolf Beck artistic director of the Chorakademie Lübeck and conductor: "As a member of our choir, Jean Carlos has quickly profiled one of the leading voices in our contralto group, we are always impressed by his voice, musical development, discipline and the energy he applies to his personal improvement." In 2020, Jean Carlos was awarded the "Aldir Blanc" Artistic Achievement Award.


Doctoral Program
Singing Voice Programming - A Neuropsychodynamic Perspective of the Voice
Isabel Alcobia, Isabel Costa and Maria da Assunção Coelho de Matos

This research project seeks to understand and emphasize the connection between voice physiology and performance, more directly for the singing voice and the muscular unfolding. The insertion of voice physiology in studies related to the singing voice has brought immeasurable benefits for the preparation of repertoire in classical and belting singing; however, there are still gaps that need to be studied in order to bring these two fields even closer together. The Singing Voice Programming - A Neuropsychodynamic Perspective of the Voice is based on the study of muscle control through specific training that allows for the toning and gain of muscular endurance, collaborate with the gain of harmonics and the amplification of vocal extension. This research project also proposes to study neurophysiological actions, since muscle memory divided between kinesthetic (muscular movement) and pallesthetic (sensations) memory allows managing muscle activity and in short, programming the sound that will be emitted by the vocal tract through muscular adjustments between vocal source and vocal filter.