I was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, from a Brazilian-Italian mother and a Peruvian father.
My parents make maps and I try to do the same in my scientific and artistic work.
My early studies were concentrated on music performance and music education. I have a background on performance of guitar (BA guitar, UEMG, 1999), chamber music and a long experience as a music teacher.
In my masters in Music Performance (MA, UFMG, 2002) I have worked with the psychoacoustics of the guitar sound. More specifically I was interested in the trend between the characteristics of loudness and tonal qualities in the performance of classical guitar.
In my PhD studies (Art Sciences, Musicology) at Ghent University (2011), I was interested in the relationship between music and dance in the Afro-Brazilian samba. The work involved sound and movement analysis and made use of computational methods to map music and gesture.
In recent years, I have been looking at ways of combining information from music and movement and how we could envisage new ways to understand performance of music and dance forms in cultures, performance and with technology.
For more details of my career, see the Curriculum or Publication sections.
My academic and professional activities spread over various sub-areas as diverse as musical performance, movement analysis, dance analysis, interactive systems, computer music, music education, musical acoustics and psychoacoustics, sound design and preservation of sound archives.
Although such disperse focus may permit an expressive level of interdisciplinary work, I prefer to believe I am working on “blind spots” -- these spaces where the connections between disciplines are ambiguous and solutions for the problems are only reachable from a multiple viewpoint perspective.
Frontera (Jorge Drexler)