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  • Fevereiro, 07. 2014

    Inhotim press room


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    Leitura: 6 min

    Melodies that lull your dreams

    Melodies that lull your dreams

    Music to make you dream high. This is what Inhotim’s new music project coordinator, Maestro César Timóteo, keeps in mind when he plans the future.  Son of a pianist mother, César began studying the violin as a child. Today, as a violinist, opera singer and conductor, he seeks to awaken the musicality and talent of each student taking part in the projects he will be in charge of. The Maestro talked to Inhotim’s Blog and told us a little bit about his career and experiences in this new phase of his life.

    Blog do Inhotim – Tell us a bit about your career in music.

     

    César Timóteo – I can´t single out the exact moment music really got me.  My mother is a pianist and this has influenced me a great deal.  Through her, I was able to be in contact with is fascinating art from a very early age.  I started studying the violin when I was nine, and became a professional violinist in my teenage years.  Later, I also got my Opera Singing Degree, taking part in performances as a soloist in operas and religious plays.  After working as a violinist and singer for several years, I decided to study orchestral conducting, which became my main occupation in music.  I had the opportunity to conduct orchestras in Brazil and abroad, in addition to working with great music professionals, who have significantly influenced me. Some of these them I would like to mention are violinist Max Teppich and Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky.   

     

     BI – What is your opinion on the musical potential of Brumadinho and its residents? 

    CT – Music is part of the development of all communities. It is a necessity.  Brumadinho is no different. We have to provide opportunities for people to learn it, awakening the musicality within them.   Leaning music, whether by means of a musical instrument or signing, tends to organize and blossom out this musicality, leading to balance, development and the possibility of dreaming higher.  I have no doubt that Brumadinho is filled with music talents, which will certainly be revealed.  

    BI – Which projects are you going to be coordinating? Talk a bit more about each one of them.

    CT – Youth, Adult and Kid’s Choirs and the School for Strings. These projects are carried out by Inhotim, sponsored by Vale do Rio Doce and are part of an initiative of the Department of Culture.  In 2014, we are going to work in a more unified way, with a team of guest teachers from Belo Horizonte. These projects are intended to promote social, musical and artistic development in communities located at Vale Médio do Paraopeba, which includes youngsters from Brumadinho, Mario Campos and Bonfim.  Most of the students come from the public school system and, with the projects, they have the opportunity to take free theoretical and practical lessons.

     Classes take place on a weekly basis and the students enrolled are able to study vocal technique and music theory, in addition to practice instruments such as:  violin, viola, cello and bass.  During choir and orchestra practices, students are able to experience music as part of a group, developing their harmonic perception and cooperative work.  Enrollment happens twice a year and those interested in participating must apply at the project headquarter in Brumadinho. 

    BI – In 2014, what’s new when it comes to the projects developed by Inhotim?

    CT – We are going to work to unify music-related social projects, considering a nationwide reach.  It is important to consolidate actions in Brumadinho and surrounding areas, so that some time from now we can also reach other towns.  We are going to value joint actions.  The music experience must happen in a less individual and more collective way.  We are also going to  purchase two new pianos to be used in choir activities, as well as in musical perception classes. Also, we will be able to rely on new facilities in Brumadinho, which will be larger and more suitable for classes and rehearsals. 

    BI – What are your expectations for this new journey with the students taking part in the projects?

    CT – I want to closely monitor the development of each student. It is important to know them, so that we can guide them in the right direction.  I hope to see their musical growth, to see them dreaming with new possibilities.   Art does that.  I hope music learning and musical practice will influence the human development of students as well as of Brumadinho community.  I hope this can bring a positive effect to their decisions and attitudes, promoting better quality of life and improving the way they live in society.

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    Janeiro, 16. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    music

    Leitura: 7 min

    When art inspires art

    When art inspires art

    A visit to Inhotim translated into music. That’s what went on: in late 2012, singer-songwriter from São Paulo Marcelo Jeneci spent a few days in Brumadinho/MG to visit the Institute. He loved it. “I found it unbelievable that Brazil has such a rich place, so well structured, with a clear proposal and with so much beauty. It invites you to see the universe in a different way”, he says. The experience paid off when it comes to his compositions. His new album, “De Graça“, released in October 2013, features the song  “Pra Gente se Desprender“, inspired by the work Forty Part Motet, 2001, by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff, shown in one of the rooms of Galeria Praça, at Inhotim. Check out our conversation with Marcelo, part of a new group of artists that has brought new color to the music scene.

    Blog do Inhotim – Marcelo, how did the story with Janet Cardiff’s work go on ?

    Marcelo Jeneci – I went to Brumadinho and stayed five days in the city to visit Inhotim. I found  Janet Cardiff’s work with the coral amazing [referring to Forty Part Motet, 2001]. Listening to that in 360 degrees as we hear the sounds of everyday life… This liturgical and Baroque music relates to a part of my life, my childhood. It brought back a primitive affective memory to me, when I used to go to church. When I was there I thought, “Wow, I have to bring a liturgical choir to convey the emotion I’m feeling here for my next album.”

    BI – So that is how “Pra Gente se Desprender” came about?

    MJ – Exactly. I created the instrumental theme at the end of the song thinking about the feeling I had when I visited the installation at Inhotim. I wanted to make people feel what I felt there. This experience had an actual interference in the song. Interestingly, since the reviews of “De Graça” began to be published, this song is the one most often mentioned as a favorite! It was received differently when compared to the other songs, and it always gets some special attention in texts about the disc.

    BI – Was that your first visit to the park?

    MJ – No, I had played with Arnaldo Antunes there once. I think all Brazilians should visit this place, it is marvelous, a unique experience that influences people. Everyone talks a lot about it, but since Brazil so huge, in some places sometimes people still haven’t heard of it. Wherever I go, I tell everyone they should visit it.

    BI – Amid such diversified production we see today, how do you perceive yourself as an artist?

    MJ – I think art is an affirmation of life. As an artist, I feel that an exchange happens in my day to day life. It is as if the circumstantialities of life, the way I was raised and how music is presented to me have trained me to be able to synthesize and share some of my views, feelings about the world, sorrows and joys. It’s like the work of someone who writes a letter: my feeling is that I give a response about some issues back to people. We are living a very rich moment in art, music and in the history of mankind.


    BI ­– You once said when you make music your intention is to improve the people’s lives right from the first chord. How do you see this relationship between art and life?

    MJ – I try to spread a positive message, a positive outlook, encouraging the idea that a dream always gives place to another dream. I emphasize the bright side of things, the one that is for free,  for everyone. Sometimes, when we face  the cruelty of the nature of life, we feel very distant from this other point of view. This characteristic is present in the structure of my work and comes from my family, the combination of my parents, a man from northeastern Brazil and a woman from São Paulo, living in the outskirts of São Paulo. Both of them always have a smile on their faces, they see the beauty in life. That’s how I was brought up, aware of this positivity and there are moments this attitude is quite suitable. One of the most interesting things in life is to add: the things we talk about, learn, teach… friendship, man, woman, sex, what is intrinsic to our instincts. The relationship between human beings is very important and it is essential to talk about it.

    BI – How you feel your new album, “The Graça“, is being received?

    MJ – I feel that the launch is starting to happen. Things haven’t speeded up, but I have received very positive feedback. I perceive a difference from the first to the second album. This has a more radical, acid proposal, which was not there before. There is more pain, more crying out, more ”beating up”, and this has been well received, even by those who felt closer to the sound of the previous album. Still, there are songs that touch the heart. For me, the difference is that, in this work, I feel very clearly I’ve had an encounter with myself, and, then,  the opinion of others doesn’t really matter. It was  cathartic, a trance that has healed me, made ??me feel horribly well [laughter]. Because of all that, any frustration that might come will not be as heavy. This encounter with myself moves me.

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    Dezembro, 23. 2013

    Inhotim press room


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    Leitura: 2 min

    In the top 10

    In the top 10

    Amid the diversity of rhythms that excite young people nowadays, classical music has won a prominent position among young boys and girls from Brumadinho, Mário Campos and Bonfim. The melodies of Beethoven, Mozart and other important classical composers are already fighting for space in the kids’ playlists . They are members of the School of Strings of Inhotim, who have just discovered works and sounds that were unknown to them until now.

    After a year and a half of practical and theoretical lessons, one can notice in every note played on cellos, violins, violas and double basses, the affinity of young musicians with their instruments, which today are a cause for change and for dreams.

    Tainã Jorge is a resident in the Tejuco region in Brumadinho, and has seen in the school of Strings the big opportunity to become a musician. “I’ve always wanted to learn music, but had never had the chance”. Today, Tainã combines the activities of the Orchestra with his  job as a nursing technician. “I see people get emotional with the music I play. That makes me very happy”, he celebrates.

    Tainã Jorge, aluno da Escola de CordasTainã Jorge  has seen in the school of Strings the big opportunity to become a musician Photo: Rossana Magri

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    Dezembro, 05. 2013

    Inhotim press room


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    Leitura: 5 min

    Musical partnership

    Musical partnership

    Next Saturday (07), two young artists from Belo Horizonte, Alexander Andrés and Rafael Martini, will perform in the closing of the 2013 musical programming at Inhotim. Both artists have an intense musical production, acting as composers, musicians and performers. One after the other, they will perform on stage at Inhotim theater, at 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. In the interview below, Andrés tells a little bit about his career, influences on his work and partnership with Martini, who he considers to be “a complete musician”.

    You began composing when you were only 15 years old. How has your career in music been since then?

    I grew up in a musical home. My mother is a pianist, a professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and my father is a flutist and also a professor at UFMG and a member of the Uakti group. Since I was a child, I had contact with good music from Minas Gerais as well as with classical music, played by my parents in a flute-piano duo, in which, by the way, they still play together nowadays. I studied music from an early age, and when I was 15 I became interested in composition. In 2008, at age 18, I recorded my first album, “Agualuz“, in partnership with poet Bernardo Maranhão.

    Do you consider yourself more of a singer or composer?

    I consider myself a musician, who appreciates the search as an interpreter, flutist, guitarist, singer, as much as the search as a composer.

    In a few moments of my life I see myself more as a composer, usually when I am experiencing the compositional process, creating arrangements and everything else. On the other hand, at other times I feel more like an interpreter, usually when I’m on tour, releasing an album, a new project. That is, in fact these two aspects are very strong in me, perhaps they have the same strength.

    How do your home state roots influence your work?

    The fact that Minas Gerais music is present in my work is inevitable. I’ve followed artists like the Uakti Group, Clube da Esquina, among others, ever since I was little. I got a lot of musical baggage by listening to good music from Minas Gerais. So naturally, there’s a lot of music from Minas in my work.

    What relationship do you establish with the work of musician Rafael Martini, who will perform the same day you will at Inhotim?

    Rafael is a complete musician, a pianist and one of the leading composers and arrangers in Minas Gerais, representing the new generation of musicians. I met Rafael in 2008 and, at that time, his work with the “Quebra Pedra” group started to influence me a lot in terms of music. Today I consider him one of my best friends and one of my greatest musical partners. We have been playing together since 2010, when he invited me to perform with “Quebra Pedra”. Since then, we have played together quite often. In his album  “Motivos”, I participated in the recording and all the release shows and he took part in the recording and release shows of my “Macaxeira Fields” album. This is the second time this year we will be together on stage, performing both shows. We did this in July during the São João Del Rei Winter Festival. It will be very nice to make these two beautiful concerts in a space as special as Inhotim.

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