the wulf.

06.10.2011 8:00 p.m.

Chico Mello and Fernanda Farah

"do lado da voz " ("beside the voice") is a concept that appeared on the changeable territory between experimental and popular music, between improvisation and composition, between music and theater. It focuses the form "song" on its periphery: through process and materials such as strangeness, reiteration, silence, displacement, time dilation, noise, reduced theatrical actions, displacement of the song discourse‚s center, revisited so that its characteristic emotionality changes into a vehicle to other forms of perception.

The project, that assumed different forms during the last 10 years and was performed in various formations, began in the 90s with Chico Mello's de-composition from old Brazilian songs of various eras: "His novel and sometimes startling arrangements alter the songs' tempi, break their rhythm with pauses and repetitions, add samples of old recordings, and juxtapose instrumental dissonance against lyrical vocals, taking the songs out of their original contexts and transforming them into essentially new (re)creations" (Daniella Thompson).

Working along with the actress and singer Fernanda Farah, the concept was once again displaced and recreated. Her work on a theatrical language sometimes reduced to imperceptible gestures portrays a "minor theatricality" that coexists in a quite natural way "beside the voice", or perhaps "beside the theater".

Fernanda Farah was born in 1975 in Curitiba, Brazil. Works with Theater, Contemporary Musical Theater, Dance Theater and Performances. Fernanda Farah has aquired a multiple education in Brazil (in theatre, music, dancing and singing). She has worked along with Chico Mello, Christian Kesten, Steffi Weismann, Cristoph Kurzmann, Antoine Beuger, Daniel Ott (Music/Music Theater), Felipe Hirsch, Carla Bessa (Theater), Constanza Macras (Dance Theater) among others.

Chico Mello - Born in Curitiba, Brazil. Studied music and medicine in Curitiba. Composition studies in São Paulo with J. Penalva and H.J. Koellreuter and in Berlin with Dieter Schnebel and W. Szalonek. Indian music with Amelia Cuni. Experimental, popular, and music theater works with groups in Brazil and German as composer, instrument performer and singer. His work has been performed in new music festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktagen, Stille Music-Boswil, Switzerland, Other Minds, San Francisco, Bienal de Música Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro. Co-operation with u.o. Silvia Ocougne, Daniel Ott, Dieter Schnebel, Arnold Dreyblatt, NIcholas Bussmann, Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. Curator of the contemporary music secction of the "Oficina de Música de Curitiba" and from the "Escuta" festival, Rio de Janeiro.