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Nina Graeff

Artistic Commission

Nina Graeff is a musician, researcher and cultural producer with a PhD in Anthropology of Education and “Interart Studies” from the Free University of Berlin (2017). Since 2020, she has been a visiting professor at the Graduate Program in Music at UFPB. From 2017 to 2019, she was a researcher and professor at the UNESCO Chair of Transcultural Music Studies in Weimar. in cooperation with INET-MD of the University of Aveiro, Portugal (2019). She is the initiator and coordinator of several ongoing projects: “Saberes em Roda”, an extension project in collaboration with masters of popular culture from Paraíba; “No Sotaque das Cordas” and “Matizes da Música Brasileira”, series of lives on the diversity of Brazilian musical languages; and “Atlantic Resonances - preservation, reinvention and dissemination of musical traditions between Paraíba, Africa and Portugal”, a scientific initiation project linked to the PPGM-UFPB. She is the author of the book “Os Ritmos da Roda: Tradição e Transformação no Samba de Roda” (2015), as well as initiator and curator of the multiart event “Sarau Mundi” in Berlin (2018-2019).


Cristina Dignart

Artistic Commission

Cristina Dignart was born in Cuiabá, where she graduated in Music from the Federal University of Mato Grosso – UFMT. During undergrad she took composition classes with composer Dr. Roberto Victorio. She holds a master's degree in music (Composition and New Technologies) from the Federal University of Goiás under the guidance of Dr. Anselm Guerra. She completed her Doctorate in Composition at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, under the guidance of the composer Dr. Joao Pedro de Oliveira. She had pieces in Contemporary Brazilian Music Biennials and participated in concerts in Cuiabá, Rio de Janeiro, Goiânia, Lisbon, Aveiro and Monaco. She has participated in masterclasses and composition workshops with François Bayle, Åke Parmerud, Luis Naon, Germán Toro-Perez, among others. She currently teaches at the Department of Music at UFPB. Most of her works are composed for electronic media. In these works, the composer enjoys exploring different approaches to sound characteristics, with emphasis on spatial elements as an expressive medium.


Ticiano Rocha

Artistic Commission

Born in João Pessoa, Ticiano Rocha studied composition with Eli-Eri Moura (Brazil) and Virgílio Melo (Portugal). He also participated in Masterclasses with the composers Manuel Hidalgo and Beat Furrer. He has premiered works in several countries such as Brazil, Portugal and Mexico and in festivals such as the Biennial of Contemporary Brazilian Music in Mato Grosso and the Biennial of Contemporary Brazilian Music in Rio de Janeiro, the latter with the work Digressão de Força awarded in 2015.

His works recorded on CD include: Daedalus recorded on the CD Brassil Interpreta Compositores da Paraíba; Second Dance, recorded on the CD Works for Guitar by Teresinha Prada; and Vibrações do Ar, recorded on the CD Sopros da Cidade produced by COMPOMUS.

Gabriel Araújo

Assitência de Direção

Assistance of direction

Gabriel studied composition with Paulo Guicheney at the Universidade Federal de Goiás, and obtained a master's degree from the CNSM de Lyon, where he studied with Michele Tadini and attended the classes of Martin Matalon and François Roux. He is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, under the guidance of Januibe Tejera. His works had been mentored by composers such as 

Bryan Holmes, David Bird, Javier Torres Maldonado, João Pedro Oliveira, Panayiotis Kokoras, Rodrigo Lima, Yan Robinn, among others. His music was played by groups as Line Upon Line, Atelier XX-21, and the Orchestra of the National Opera of Lyon. He received the Funarte prize in composition at the Biennial of Contemporary Brazilian Music.

Gabriel also works in the production of new music, being one of the founders of the Música Íntima concert series in the city of Goiânia, whose productions since 2014 include the festival Goiânia Música Hoje, more than 20 concerts with local musicians and with groups such as Proxima Centauri (France), duo DOM, Quarteto Brasília Sax, and Ensemble Synthesis (Portugal), and also the release of two albums.

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Caio Csermak

Direction of Production

Caio Csermak is an anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, curator, evaluator, music producer and writer. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of São Paulo, with a sandwich period at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar, Germany. Currently, he is Substitute Professor at the State University of Paraíba in the course of International Relations, in João Pessoa. His doctoral thesis on samba de roda from Cachoeira, Bahia, was awarded the 1st Honorable Mention of the Silvio Romero Prize in 2020. As a fiction writer, he was awarded the Off Flip Prize (2nd Place – 2018) and the Paulo Leminski Contest (2018). Honorable Mention – 2019). He was Cultural Animator at Sesc São Paulo between 2013 and 2015, being responsible for the music programming of Teatro Paulo Autran. As an independent cultural producer, he released 7 CDs (highlighting the compilation Viola Paulista and the album Gbọ́ by Mestre Sapopemba, both on Selo Sesc) and produced dozens of shows and programs with names such as Mateus Aleluia, Sapopemba, Roberto Mendes, Ivan Vilela and Ellen Oleria . He was assistant curator of the Sesc International Circus Festival (2014) and the Jamaica! Jamaica! (2018), a partnership between Sesc São Paulo and the Cité de la Musique de Paris. As a referee for cultural projects and scientific journals, he has evaluated dozens of cultural projects, scientific articles and academic proposals. As an evaluator of United Nations programs he has worked for various agencies and funds of the System, such as UNHCR, UN Women, UNESCO and UNFPA. He made the musical production of the documentary Sobre Sonhos e Liberdade (2020), a production by Plural Filmes for Canal Curta!

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Januibe Tejera

Artistic Direction

Januibe Tejera is a composer and conductor widely awarded abroad and in Brazil. He was artist-in-residence at the Casa de Velázquez / Académie des Beaux Arts de France in Madrid, Fundación Ibermúsicas, as well as a composer and guest conductor in front of various formations. He was invited to represent Brazil by Radio France International, during the celebrations of the Americas in 2015, and is currently a composer-in-residence with the ensemble Accroche Note.

His work is performed by renowned performers such as the Ensemble Phace, Ensemble TM+, Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Ictus, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra or the Opéra de Valencia orchestra, it is programmed at the main festivals and musical events in Europe and America. , such as Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Festival Présence (Ircam-Paris), Festival WienModern (Vienna), Festival Ensems (Valencia), Festival Darmstadt and Festival de Música Milan. In 2021 he was a guest composer at the Ensems festival. Januibe was also resident composer for the Ibermúsica foundation, for Ircam / Center Pompidou, for the collective Warning/La Pop, maison de la musique de Nanterre. Since 2016 he has been creating shows such as the Opéra Moi Singe (2016), the show Insanae Navis (2017), or even Tablado para luz e som (2019). From 2021 Januibe Tejera is Assistant Professor of Composition at the Butler School of Music – University of Austin, as well as director of EEMS - music creation center at the same EEMS institution. Graduated from the Paris Conservatory (Prix Salabert - Premier Prix), he has been a professor at several academies in Brazil, Europe and the USA.

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