Category Archives: Brazil

Água Viva

Clarice Lispector’s words electrify and hold you captive to the pages. Água Viva–in a new translation by Stefan Tobler–refused to let go of me a few evenings ago. In Portuguese “água viva” translates as “jellyfish.” Like the animal, the book … Continue reading

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Polyphony in Tumbira, Amazon

This is an audio recording made during a supposed bird-sighting tour along a small igarapé (small, many seasonal, capillary tributary) in the Brazilian Amazon. Right before the dawn of an early morning of August 2011, my wife and I left … Continue reading

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A Sonic History at Rio Parada Funk

re-write/evolution of a post on Pirate Anthropologies. Field Recording Rio Parada Funk (recorded on ZOOM H4n) After the post-work beers Friday evenings, the Centro of Rio de Janeiro empties out. The most bustling district of streets packed with suits and … Continue reading

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Mangueira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mangueira January 14, 2011 — Best listened to loud. A few weeks ago, I heard that the police had invaded Mangueira early Saturday morning. My first thought was: the time when the weekly baile funk street party. One friend told … Continue reading

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