Reflections on feminist collaborative initiatives in music in Brazil and their implications to the policies of resistance and creativity


  • Tânia Mello Neiva Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil
  • Isabel Porto Nogueira Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Camila Durães Zerbinatti Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil



Decolonial feminism, Mostra XX, Isabel Nogueira and Leandra Lambert duo, brazilian experimental music


In this article we discuss two initiatives involving women, music and collaborative and creative work in Brazil as possibilities of breaking with and / or weakening hegemonic logics of knowledge production and ways of life / coexistence according to the political dimension of decolonial feminism. They are “Mostra XX” (XX Show) and Isabel Nogueira and Leandra Lambert duo. We propose a reflexive and critical look at our local context and possible creative and political outings of the traps that are imposed on us and that we also help to arm.


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Author Biographies

Tânia Mello Neiva, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil

Tânia Mello Neiva isa PhD candidate on musicology at the Federal University of Paraíba - UFPB, in Brazil. She studies Brazilian women in experimental music from a feminist perspective, guided by PhD Didier Guigue and PhD. Adriana Fernandes. In her Master degree on musicology she researched Brazilian women composers on classical music, at the State University of Campinas -UNICAMP (2006), the same institution where she got her bachelor degree on piano (2003). She is also a composer, performer, cellist and private music educator.

Isabel Porto Nogueira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Isabel Porto Nogueira isMusicologist, performer, composer and artivist, PhD in Musicology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain (2001) and Bachelor of Piano from the Federal University of Pelotas, RS, Brasil (1993). She is a CNPq Scientific Productivity Researcher, Professor of the Arts Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, professor and supervisor of Graduate Courses, Master and Doctor of Music (UFRGS), and Master and Doctor of Social Memory and Cultural Heritage (UFPel / RS). She is Member of the Research Group in Sound Creation (UFRGS), Studies in Music and Media (Musimid / SP), Research Group in Performance Practices (UFRGS) and  SARDS- Sonic Arts Research &Decolonial Studies (University of Costa Rica). She coordinates the Research Group in Gender and Music, at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.  She develops research projects in music and gender, and sound creation.

Camila Durães Zerbinatti, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Camila Durães Zerbinatti is a cellist and researcher. She is currently PhD Candidate at the Federal University of Santa Catarina UFSC, in the Interdisciplinary Post-Graduate Program in Human Sciences - Area of Concentration in Gender Studies. She develops a theoretical-practical research with Brazilian women composers music for solo cello. She got her master research in Musicology-Ethnomusicology in UDESC with the dissertation "Sept Papillons, by Kaija Saariaho: musical analysis and aspects of performance." She has a postgraduate degree in 20th and 21st Century Interpretive Practices with an emphasis on cello and chamber music from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN and she has a degree in Music Education from University of São Paulo - USP. She develops researches in the areas of cello performance and analysis of contemporary music; gender, feminism and music.




How to Cite

Neiva, Tânia Mello, Isabel Porto Nogueira, and Camila Durães Zerbinatti. 2019. “Reflections on Feminist Collaborative Initiatives in Music in Brazil and Their Implications to the Policies of Resistance and Creativity”. Per Musi, no. 39 (June):1-20.



Music & Gender