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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 370 389 (ext. 23700)


Fausto Lessa Fernandes Pizzol holds a master's degree in Music Performance, a title obtained from the University of Aveiro (Portugal). He has a degree in Music from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Brazil) and the East Carolina University (USA) through the Capes-Fipse agreement. Has postgraduate degree in Music Education (Fabra), Educational Management (Fabra) and Arts and Education (Cesap). He is currently in a PhD program in Music Performance from the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Your specific areas of interest Artistic Research, Musical Performance, Jazz Studies and Music Education.


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Doctoral Project

Lydian Tonic: Harmonizations on the Electric Bass Inspired by the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization






The electric bass, a musical instrument conceived as an alternative substitute to the double bass, and therefore, of melodic character, has ergonomic and timbristic characteristics that potentiate its use beyond this designation. You can approach the electric bass harmonically by performing chords along with the melody of a music (chord melody), as well as accompanying a melody using chords (chord comping). These potentialities of using the electric bass, despite the movement by current bassists in this direction, are still little explored. Going further, the exploration of the chord melody and the chord comping on the electric bass, although seminal, is associated with the tonal and modal context, there is no response to the use of these features associated with other sound organization systems. Given this scenario, this ongoing research aims to elaborate compositions and performances of musical works exploring such technical potentialities of electric bass in articulation with the sound organization system proposed by the theorist George Russell named Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (Russell, 2001). Methodologically, each composition is approached as a case study, where certain aspects of Russell's (2001) theoretical model and the harmonic approach of the electric bass are explored. The expected results of this investigation involve the discovery of new perspectives regarding the use of electric bass as a means of musical expression, the demand for new parameters for technical studies and may imply, in the limit, the redefinition of the dominant practice of the instrument.