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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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José Daniel Telles dos Santos is a musician dedicated to teaching, research, creation, and performance in Music. He has a degree in Music and a master’s in social Memory and Cultural Heritage by the Federal University of Pelotas. He has experience as a music teacher in several schools, conservatories and universities: Academia Espaço Musical JD, Colégio Salesiano de Don Bosco, Heitor de Lemos School of Fine Arts, Federal University of Rio Grande. He coordinated several artistic-pedagogical events to promote guitar music, including: Artistic Series "Violões do Sul", "1st International Guitar Festival of Mercosul" and "1st International Guitar Seminar of Pampa". In partnership with guitarist Alexandre Simon, he founded in 2009 the Latino-América Duo, an artistic project dedicated to creation and performance for guitar duo. With this project, he released his first CD on a tour in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany and Portugal. This album was nominated for the Azorean Music Prize, in the category of best instrumental music performer. He is a member of the Research Group in Musical Creativity of the Foundation Universidade do Rio Grande, coordinated by Professor Luciano Nazário, as well as of the Creation, Performance and Artistic Research group of INET-md, coordinated by Professor Jorge Salgado Correia. Due to his interest in areas related to music, he has been learning and sharing knowledge on creation and performance for guitar, musical education and collective teaching, social memory and cultural heritage, and also popular music and culture.


Doctoral Project
Looking for the desired sound: An alternative proposal for arranging of guitar music
The present artistic research is focused on the processes of musical re-elaboration for a guitar duo, whose repertoire has historically been constituted by adaptations of songs composed for other instruments. In many cases, these processes are anchored in traditional assumptions that favor the maintenance of the “musical text”. Such an orientation can limit the creative possibilities of performance for guitar duo. In the beginning, this investigation aims to foster a critical study on the practices of musical re-elaboration considering the use of tacit knowledge and affordances in the search for a desired sound. More than new arrangements, this research intends to expand the artistic conception and the possibilities of musical performance for guitar duo.