Book Launch | Critical Brass - Street Carnival and Musical Activism in Olympic Rio de Janeiro
Lançamento | Critical Brass - Street Carnival and Musical Activism in Olympic Rio de Janeiro
November marked a new publication by INET-md Researcher Andrew Snyder, entitled Critical Brass - Street Carnival and Musical Activism in Olympic Rio de Janeiro.
Published by the Wesleyan University Press, the book tells the story of neofanfarrismo, an explosive carnival brass band community turned activist musical movement in Rio de Janeiro, as Brazil shifted from a country on the rise in the 2000s to one beset by various crises in the 2010s.
Though predominantly middle-class, neofanfarristas have creatively adapted the critical theories of carnival to militate for a more democratic city. Illuminating the tangible obstacles to musical movement building, Andrew Snyder argues that festive activism with privileged origins can promote real alternatives to the neoliberal city, but meets many limits and contradictions in a society marked by diverse inequalities.
For more information about the book, go to the publisher's page here.