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Photo: Fernanda Serradourada

Marcelo Chacur Politano (1989) is a Brazilian-Italian composer currently based in Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland). His music explores rhythmic procedures and textural creation based on traditional music materials, a syncretic music that reflects his own cultural background. He obtained his bachelor's degree in jazz saxophone at the University of Campinas (Brazil) in 2012 and continued his studies in composition at the Conservatoire of São Paulo - EMESP (Brazil). In 2017 he completed his master studies in classical composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam having studied with the composers Joël Bons, Wim Henderickx and Rafael Reina. He finished a second master study in composition with emphasis on audiovisual media at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EMTA) under the supervision of Profs. Einike Leppik and Helena Tulve. Marcelo is currently a PhD researcher at EMTA (Estonia) under the supervision of Profs. Kerri Kotta and Helena Tulve and a doctoral researcher at DocMus at the Sibelius Academy (Finland) under the supervision of Prof. Veli-Matti Puumala.


His music has received several prizes in Brazil, such as Biennale of Contemporary Music (2023) and the “II Edino Krieger Festival” (2018), as well as outside of Brazil, such as the "Kooskõlamine" (2021) in Estonia. His artistic research is situated in the main field of intercultural music composition and it aims at the integration of folk music instruments/elements related to his personal experiences as a folk musician within the contemporary classical music's context. His artistic production consists of works for chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestra, having already worked with ensembles such as the Atlas Ensemble (Netherlands); Nieuw Ensemble (Netherlands); Ensemble for New Music Tallinn (Estonia); the Symphonic Orchestra of the Amsterdam Conservatory (Netherlands), Estonian Police and Border Guard Orchestra (Estonia), Ensemble of the Estonian Electronic Music Society (Estonia), the Revelia String Ensemble (Estonia), as well as with soloists such as Naomi Sato (Japan); Lídia Bazarian (Brazil) and Luiz Montanha (Brazil).


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