Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

Jônatas Manzolli, Etnias, 2000

Recording time: 7 min 41 s.
Instruments: For tape
Remarks: Tape solo version.

Other resources available:
- Biography of Jônatas Manzolli
- Compositions by Jônatas Manzolli

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Trilogy Brazilian Soundscapes

Since 1999, Jônatas Manzolli has been invited to compose and produce the overture of the International Folklore Festival in Olímpia, SP. This event is hold by the International CIOFF-Unesco Organization and every year there is a large public attending the opening, around nine thousand people (9,000). Given this environment the compositional idea was to create large-scale pieces structured to multimedia performances. In 1999, "Etnias" for chamber orchestra, chorus, dance and images was the first piece, it was followed by "Objetos Afetos" for poem, dance and images and "Caminhantes" for dance, images, 04 French horns and percussion. After the large-scale multimedia performance, the composer reviewed these three compositions in version for Tape solo.

Etnias, tape solo version (2000)

Etnias (Portuguese for Ethnic) portraits an allegory created by the author comparing people with rivers. The ethnic development of people can be compared to a river flow. People and rivers are complex and organic. This work uses samples from Brazilian Folk groups such as Congadas, Folia de Reis, Reisado among others. This material is organized as a soundscape and the musical idea is to invite the listener to explore the diversity and complexity of every sound structure. The piece starts with an presentation of a high frequency elements and rhythmic patterns, it evolves to a presentation of sampled material in different layers contrasting with water sounds.