Contemporary Carioca: Technologies of Mixing in a Brazilian Music Scene

Contemporary Carioca: Technologies of Mixing in a Brazilian Music Scene

By: Frederick Moehn (author)Paperback

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Brazilian popular music is widely celebrated for its inventive amalgams of styles and sounds. Cariocas, native residents of Rio de Janeiro, think of their city as particularly conducive to musical mixture, given its history as a hub of Brazilian media and culture. In Contemporary Carioca, the ethnomusicologist Frederick Moehn introduces a generation of Rio-based musicians who collaboratively have reinvigorated Brazilian genres, such as samba and maracatu, through juxtaposition with international influences, including rock, techno, and funk. Moehn highlights the creativity of individual artists, including Marcos Suzano, Lenine, Pedro Luis, Fernanda Abreu, and Paulinho Moska. He describes how these artists manage their careers, having reclaimed some control from record labels. Examining the specific meanings that their fusions have in the Carioca scene, he explains that musical mixture is not only intertwined with nationalist discourses of miscegenation, but also with the experience of being middle-class in a country confronting neoliberal models of globalization. At the same time, he illuminates the inseparability of race, gender, class, place, national identity, technology, and expressive practice in Carioca music and its making. Moehn offers vivid depictions of Rio musicians as they creatively combine and reconcile local realities with global trends and exigencies.

About Author

Frederick Moehn is Lecturer in Music at King's College London.


List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xxiii Introduction 1 1. Marcos Suzano: A Carioca Blade Runner 25 2. Lenine: Pernambuco Speaking to the World 55 3. Pedro Luis and the Wall: Tupy Astronauts 92 4. Fernanda Abreu, Garota Carioca 130 5. Paulinho Moska: Difference and Repetition 167 6. On Cannibals and Chameleons 204 Appendix 1: About the Interviews, with a List of Interviews Cited 211 Appendix 2: Introductory Aspects of Marcos Suzano's Pandeiro Method 215 Notes 219 References 245 Discography 267 Index 269

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  • ISBN13: 9780822351559
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780822351559
  • ISBN10: 0822351552

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