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Experimentalisms in PracticeMusic Perspectives from Latin America$
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Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, Eduardo Herrera, and Alejandro L. Madrid

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190842741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190842741.001.0001

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“I Go Against the Grain of Your Memory”

“I Go Against the Grain of Your Memory”

Iconoclastic Experiments with Traditional Sounds in Northeast Brazil

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Experimentalisms in Practice

Daniel B. Sharp

Oxford University Press

This chapter charts the artistic trajectory of northeastern Brazilian poet, singer, writer, playwright and actor José Paes de Lira, known as Lirinha, situating his experiments as a long-standing attempt to reject and revise the regional folklorism within which audiences and critics often received his performances. The chapter examines Lirinha’s work, both as the visionary behind the nationally acclaimed group Cordel do Fogo Encantado (1998–2010) and in his subsequent musical and theatrical efforts. It also traces Lirinha’s turn away from folklorism as a reaction against narratives of “cultural rescue” that pressured him to uphold static notions of cultural roots. Reinforcing an overarching argument within this volume, Sharp argues that Lirinha’s work is culturally transformative within its particular field of cultural production, even if it is not always audible as experimental.

Keywords:   Artaud, Brecht, northeastern Brazil, mangue beat, Movimento Armorial, Cinema Novo, Social Service of Commerce, Cordel do Fogo Encantado

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