Papers

TBA: “Funding Opportunities for Independent Artists on the Internet – leveraging a fan base” 

Workshop, Centro de Inovação da Mouraria, Lisbon, Portugal.

Lectures & Teaching

03/11/2015: “About Shifting Foundations:  The Biz, the Net and Independent Artists – Whose rights to the Music?” 

Invited lecturer for the Seminar on Methodologies in Music Arts Studies, coordinated by professor Paula Gomes Ribeiro. New University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal.

Roundtables & Debates

30/01/2016: “Releasing Records – from self-released albums to the creation of an Independent Label”

Workshop, Centro de Inovação da Mouraria, Lisbon, Portugal.

 

18/04/2015: “How to make a living as an independent artist.” 

Debate moderated by John Robb at the Westway Lab PRO music festival, Guimarães, Portugal.

18/04/2014: “Streaming and the future of music: how will artists make a living?”

Debate moderated by Peter Jenner at the Westway Lab PRO music festival, Guimarães, Portugal.

Education

Ongoing:  Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova, Portugal

2014:  General Music Studies Specialist Degree – Berkleemusic (online), Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA, composed of the following courses:

  1. World Music Composition Styles
  2. Music Cognition
  3. Music Theory 201

2013: Music Technology – ProTools Specialist Degree – Berkleemusic (online), Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA

1998 -2000: Indian Tabla in the Dehli Gharana with Misha Masud – New York, USA

1998: Vocal Studies with Marie Alphonse (Zap Mamma)– New York, USA

1998: West-African Percussion– Certificate of Attendance – Drummer’s Collective, New York, USA

1995: Graphic Arts & Design – Certificate – Val do Rio, Oeiras, Portugal

1994-1995: 1st level of Jazz School – Hot Clube, Lisbon, Portugal

Research Interests

My current research interests and areas of reflection are:

  • Music technology & digital instruments;
  • Music mobility & creative paradigm shifts;
  • Music micro-topias and relational aesthetics;
  • Independent music, activism & DIY culture;
  • Activism & piracy, industry & capitalism;
  • Networked society,  online clusterization & collaboration;
  • The digital age & content revolution;
  • Rights, royalties &metadata;
  • Intellectual property & the remix and mashup cultures;
  • Creativity in improvisation & originality;
  • Boundaries of genre & hybridity;
  • Music cognition & artistic agency;
  • Virtual & auto-ethnography.

Currently writing my thesis for the New University in Lisbon, Portugal, which borders the principal themes of revenue streams & modes of income for independent artists in the digital age, as well as problems (and possible solutions) artists face in the online industry today. Although my research is particularly focused on Portuguese case studies – in order to establish a ‘state of the art’ in today’s independent music scene in Portugal – I will use that data as a basis for comparison with international study cases ranging from various points of the globe.

Composing and performing has been my professional occupation for over 2 decades and it has provided me with the experience and motivation needed to write a dissertation which I hope is not only relevant to academia – in the general quest of wider scopes of knowledge -, but is also pivotal in its relevance and usefulness to artists and labels that seek to navigate the often treacherous waters of developing a profesional career in creating and dealing music.