POCI-FEDER, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia-OE
June 2018 to May 2021
Jorge Castro Ribeiro | Susana Sardo | Ana Flávia Miguel | Dario Ranocchiari | Alexsander Jorge Duarte | José Salgado e Silva | Ivan Vilela Pinto | António de Sales Padilha | Pedro Aragão | Paulo Vaz de Carvalho | Joaquim Manuel Henriques Sousa Pinto | Erik Lucena Pronk | Ana Resende Clément | Regina Monteiro de Abreu
This project aims to study and rescue different cosmovisions and social relations provided by musical practices, their agents and instruments (focusing on chordophones) that circulated and keep circulating within the Atlantic corridor between Portugal and Brazil, passing by the archipelagos of Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. It is supported by the hypothesis that certain relations of creation, enjoyment and work with music - marked by the sharing of material and performative repertoires that were disseminated from Portugal - have provided the construction of several singular and autonomous sensitive universes that define different ways of seeing the world.
The project has researchers from different academic areas - music, ethnomusicology, history, anthropology, sociology, digital technologies - with the common objective of producing and promoting knowledge about sounds and memories that are part of a transnational social life. It mobilizes practices of shared research, and unfolds in interactive and complementary work fronts leading (1) to the production and edition of narratives about music and memory, through shared research with groups, individuals and communities whose heritage is understood within an historical relation with Portugal; (2) the mapping of musical instruments and practices in Lusophone communities; (3) research with sound collections, and ethnographic research with musicians and other participants in cultural production, in local and translocal, synchronic and diachronic perspectives; (4) the ethnomusicological and historiographical analysis of the role of musicians and stringed instruments within the construction of symbolic and material relations between musical practices related to Portugal, Brazil and other territories of the Atlantic pathway.
From the updating and expansion of the data corpus from fieldwork centered on the dialogue between researchers, instrument makers and musicians and also from recordings, we will follow procedures of: (1) organization of iconographic, phonographic and organological materials in order to form, in stages, a collection of memory and material culture of the sensitive Atlantic, for virtual and free access; (2) survey and analysis of the relations of musical work with the mentioned instruments, in local and transnational dimension. (3) Organization of a "knowledge meeting" to bring together instrument makers, musicians and academic researchers from different Atlantic territories with the objective of designing new creative projects and exploring common objects and practices. (4) Constitution of a collection resulting from the research (an "Atlantic Collection") that fosters dialogue between the original documentation collected in the field and future processes of creative reactivation of memory through music.
Ethnomusicology; Musical Instruments; Shared research; Atlantic lusophone communities