Barbatuques | São Paulo, Brasil
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The body is the main musical instrument for Barbatuques.
Founded in 1995, the music group from São Paulo has developed throughout its career a unique approach to body music through their compositions, techniques, exploration of timbres and creative procedures.
Through research and creation from Fernando Barba, who also had a good contact with the musician Stênio Mendes, Barbatuques developed different techniques of body percussion, vocal percussion, tap dance and musical improvisation in their collective experiences, which also incorporated each member’s experience.
Its innovative way of making music and the numerous possibilities of extracting sounds from the body made the group recognized and active both in artistic and educational environment, and resulted in the creation of musical shows, albums, trainings and workshops, which have been shown in more than 20 countries around the world. Barbatuques’ trajectory contributed significantly to body music that became widespread worldwide as a contemporary aesthetic and an important educational tool.
With 15 members, Barbatuques travels around Brazil and abroad with a regular schedule of concerts and workshops in companies, schools, cultural foundations, educational institutions and big events. The group has three released CDs: the latest to children “Tum Pá” (2012), and “Corpo do Som” (2002) and “O Seguinte É Esse” (2005); the DVD “Corpo do Som ao Vivo”(2007) and “Tum Pá ao Vivo” (to be released in the second half of 2014). Throughout its career, Barbatuques was awarded the prize as “TIM Brazilian Music Award” as best group of MPB – Brazilian Popular Music (2006).
Barbatuques is popular throughout South America and Europe, and utilized in international high-visibility performances (World Cup, television commercials, Rio 2). Their funky, popular style appeals to diverse audiences. The company thrives on bringing the tools of expression to every body, making the arts accessible through predominantly non-verbal communication.