Critical brass : street carnival and musical activism in Olympic Rio de Janeiro /

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Wesleyan University Press,, Middletown, Connecticut, United States, p.xii, 292 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00837954, (OCoLC)fst00847651, (OCoLC)fst01030414, 21st century., bisacsh, Brass bands, Brass bands., Brazil, Carnival, Carnival., fast, History, HISTORY / Latin America / South America., Music, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Latin., Political aspects, Political aspects.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-279) and index.Introduction: An alternative movement in an Olympic city -- One. Revival: The death and life of street Carnival -- Two. Experimentation: To play anything -- Three. Inclusion: Whose Rio? -- Four. Resistance: Nothing should seem impossible to change -- Five. Diversification: Neofanfarrismo of the excluded -- Six. Consolidation: The HONK RiO! Festival of activist brass bands -- Conclusion: Carnival strike -- Appendix: Carioca bands and blocos discussed in the book."A musician-scholar's ethnography exploring the music and activism of brass bands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil"--"Ethnography explores political activism of carnival brass bands in Brazil, Critical Brass tells the story of neofanfarrismo, an explosive carnival brass band community turned activist musical movement in Rio de Janeiro, as Brazil shifted from a country on the rise in the 2000s to one beset by various crises in the 2010s. Though predominantly middle-class, neofanfarristas have creatively adapted the critical theories of carnival to militate for a more democratic city. Illuminating the tangible obstacles to musical movement building, Andrew Snyder argues that festive activism with privileged origins can promote real alternatives to the neoliberal city, but meets many limits and contradictions in a society marked by diverse inequalities. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco, Professor Emerita, NOVA University of Lisbon"--