FROM SINGING TO
"Songs at the riverbanks: Music and identity in the cultural space bonding Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil
Master's dissertation - Latin America Integration/USP
Original Spanish version - São Paulo, 2018. p.278.
"Paraguayan female-musicians: roles and challenges"
III Coloquio de Ibermúsicas sobre Investigación musical
Original Spanish version - Santiago de Chile, 2017. p. 208-220.
*** English updated version soon to be published in: The Routledge Companion to Women and Musical Leadership: The Nineteenth Century and Beyond (forthcoming Routledge)
In 2003, I migrated for the first time from my hometown Ciudad del Este, Paraguay to Brazil, where I lived and studied music for 9 years. This time was spread between the southern island of Florianópolis (2005-2010) and the megalopolis of São Paulo (2003, 2016-2017). Alongside my undergraduate and master's studies, and my role as a vocal coach, I sang Brazilian popular music with my own quartet, departing from Bossa Nova and samba to other Brazilian popular music styles, such as Tropicalia, Clube da Esquina and more. Oftentimes, I was mistaken for being Brazilian, rather than Paraguayan, due to my pronunciation in Portuguese and knowledge of the music from composers such as Tom Jobim, Cartola, Pixinguinha, Djavan, Noel Rosa, Milton Nascimento and many more. As a result, my undergraduate dissertation was focused on Brazilian singing performance. It applied Arnold Schoenberg's variations in music composition and I observed how melodic and rhymical variations are used as tools for interpretation in vocal performance.
Later on, however, I decided to reconnect with the Guarani language and Spanish from my home country, following various experiences, among which I highlight my experience as the lead singer of Sonido, an ensemble composed by Brazilian musicians and I, performing music from Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Argentina and Brazil.
Considering the military government (1956-1989), a time when numerous Paraguayan artists and musicians migrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, I decided to move to the city to explore their legacy, after also being admitted to the course Arrangement, Composition and Performance in Argentinian Music at Conservatorio Manuel de Falla. I then focused on folklore music and tango music (2011-2014), widening my understanding as to how geographical regions also correspond to cultural areas dialoguing with the bordering countries: Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. As a result, in 2013, I designed and taught the course ' Music genres and forms in the Latin America Southern Cone'.
This rich life, academic and musical experience has shaped my multiple roles, as a singer, lyricist, vocal coach, and particularly as a music educator and music researcher-cultural musicologist, designing courses for highly renowned musical festivals and organisations. In this way, my dissertation (63.896 words), explored music and identity at the border regions Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
I research and write on a extensive variety of topics such as singing in music education (both in secondary and higher education), Brazilian song and its interpretation in vocal performance, Paraguayan female musicians and more. I am an specialist in music and culture from border regions, specifically from Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, and I am passionate about exploring the musical and cultural legacy shared by these Latin American countries. To do so I depart from music, transiting towards other fields of study which involving history, geography, linguistic and sociology.
Since 2018 I am researching on Paraguayan popular song. Departing from the distinctive aspect of the indigenous language Guarani, I am looking into ways of learning music, singing and composing songs, both, in informal and formal ways. Within this context, the voice is viewed as a means to express the diversity of Paraguayan identities.