Artistic project promotes creative growth in Pernambuco’s contemporary concert music scene.

Funded by FUNCULTURA, the MUCAMBO project offers in its first edition, launched in the year of 2018, a CD with 10 unpublished works for string quartet, of natural composers or residents in the state of Pernambuco.

The first edition of MUCAMBO – which intends to be a permanent movement, with new pieces commissioned each year – has the participation of a string quartet formed by teachers Paula Bujes and Susan Hagar (violins), Savio Santoro (viola) and Pedro Huff ( cello).

According to the project’s general coordinator, Victor Luiz, MUCAMBO aims to present a snapshot of the contemporary generation of composers born in Pernambuco, and who have settled here. It seeks also to focus on the work of women composers of contemporary concert music. “MUCAMBO is about endurance: the word’s literal meaning is hut – from the dwelling in a quilombo (the settlements created by escaped slaves) and the clay huts in the Brazilian outback, to the frail structures on stilts in mangroves, it refers to structures that are unfinished, packed together, and shared, and which circle a metropolis; that is why we chose the ‘mucambo’ as a symbol of our project,” says Victor Luiz who, together with Manassés Bispo, devised the project.

Bispo, executive producer and music director of the project, adds that MUCAMBO works on two fronts: first, accessibility to the general public, hence the composers were asked to include in their works recognizable elements from the region’s traditional music. The second is the project’s international scope (the project’s site is bilingual, Portuguese and English). “From the moment we began to see MUCAMBO as a longterm endeavour, we sought to promote the appreciation of concert music by a wider public, to offer a kind of music that is not unapproachable,” he adds.

In the Album are the works:

  • Alvorada, by Ivanubis
  • Duas paisagens for string quartet by Paulo Lima
  • Rascunhos para cordas, by Syrlane Albuquerque
  • Estudos pequenos, by Mateus Alves
  • Modus III – quarteto de cordas, by Paulo Arruda
  • Marco Zero, by Mauro Maibrada
  • Carro de boi transfigurado, by Victor Luiz
  • Quaderna, by Nelson Almeida
  • Ponte dos Ecos, by Ricardo Brafman
  • Frevando III, by Nilson Lopes

The album “MUCAMBO: contemporary music for string quartet” is available for free on the main streaming platforms and on the official project website,

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Photo credit: Edilson Bispo / Divulgation


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