The Moving Force of Music: Sensitive Cartographies of the Musical Cities of Rio de Janeiro

Abstract: In A Força Movente da Música (The Moving Force of Music: Sensitive Cartographies of the Musical Cities of Rio de Janeiro), Herschmann and Fernandes enable us not only to better understand some of the great challenges faced by creative cities in Brazil, but also to problematize less visible and less known aspects of them. Thus, beyond the vaunted strategies of territorial branding, we find that, whether in a metropolis, village, or district, musical networks and connections are the result of traditional and contemporary practices – that weave and are also woven in the streets of the city (catalyzing imaginaries and sociabilities) – which pollinate affections, aesthetic experiences and senses. Presenting dense sensitive cartographies that analyze musical dynamics and territorialities built in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Conservatória, and Rio das Ostras, the authors invite us to rethink the potential for social, cultural, and economic development in the state of Rio de Janeiro from less usual perspectives, developing speculative fabulations. In this book, we are instigated to reflect on the processes of formulation of development models for creative cities – considering, especially, some questions: who do these models and projects favor? Which dynamics and actors are or should be prioritized in these localities? How to promote more inclusive and more democratic spaces, in which the less visible musical ecosystems of these territories are valued? Trying to escape from somber or more schematic interpretations, the authors seek not only to subsidize the reformulation of democratic and sustainable public policies but also to underline the importance of the “sonic-musical territorialities” constructed – in the “doing with” by the actors in these localities – as being capable of giving new meaning to urban imaginaries and experiences. After all, as the authors suggest, life in general is made and remade, ensuring alternatives and possible paths.




Micael Herschmann; Cíntia Sanmartin Fernandes


Editora Sulina