Rafaele Andrade [BR] is a composer and performer in the field of modern/experimental music. With a background in Conducting, Composition, Cello and Sonology, She designed her own instrument to compose music, perform and redesign a new system of music industry. Rafaele has a passion for innovative initiatives, producing during her young career an orchestra of Brazilian music at 17 years old and at 22, curating a UNESCO project to promote a group of Latin American women composers (Rádio Delas).
Rafaele Andrade's career as an accomplished creative artist, musical pioneer and producer is widely evidential. Her innovative artistic pieces and production techniques have been critiqued and discussed at the great length of international music scenes. Since the beginning of XXI century, Rafaele pursued a career in the sound art field as a composer and cellist. Her passion was already remarcable at the first year of her bachelor at Conducting and Composition, when she ground, produced and conducted an orchestra (OMPFAP) with her 17 years old. Rafaele didn't born in a musician family, she learned scores, to play an instrument and to compose everything by herself. Also, She grew up in a time when Brazil was (and still) extremely violent and inequivalent with women. This search for justice was present in several pieces and productions of her. From now on, one of the most remarcable one is the project "Rádio Delas", a broadcast award curated to only Latin america women composers, supported by IFPC UNESCO.
Unexpectedly during her experience into the traditional Leipzig's conservatory in Germany, she merged into live coding music, grounding and participating of the first laptop orchestra of Leipzig (LLLE). Moving after it to the Netherlands, she became a member of the Netherlands Coding live. and get into the Hacker community via Revspace hackerspace.
Rafaele does not only work merging passion and motivation into her productions but also abstracting simple necessities of the now, making her art a vital product of soundroundings. She realized the urgency of the creation of a new musical tool (her own cello) that purely express a new world of rules. During her studies at the Sonology department in the Netherlands, she started to build a reprogrammable electronic instrument, self-contained (microphone, microcontrollers, screen and speakers are included) and charged by renewable energy (solar and sound energy harvest). Knurl (the name or this cello), is completely recyclable with CO neutral strings, microcontrollers and sensors certified by ROHS (a label that inspects non-letal chemical components for human beings). This latest project is an extension of her previous work, but also a shift into exploring the potential of acoustic instruments and digital music awareness to be enhanced through built-in electronic components, as well as the potential for music to be a shared endeavour between performers and audience members.
She is currently responsible for Mant, a worldwide project of production and sustainable live sound art, her 'dream-project' according to her, that brings environmental practices on stage, which respect and include all the energy scources available at the environment. Currently, she lives in the Hague in the Netherlands, performs in Europe and Latin America, and hopes to reach even wider aware audiences through her projects.
Rafaele is a member of the composers association group of Curitiba (Brazil), Círculo de invenção musical & the Netherlands Coding live.
Text: Ferry Luthemand
Rafaele Andrade [BR] is a composer and performer in the field of modern/experimental music working for sustainability and ethic. With a background in Conducting, Composition, barroc/classic cello, live coding and Sonology. She designed her own instrument that reprogrammable its own sound and charge itself via sound and solar panels (2019-2020).
Knurl, this 'cello' with 16 strings, is a shift into exploring the potential of hybrid instruments (acoustic-electronic) to be enhanced through built-in electronic components, as well as the potential for music to be a shared endeavour between performers and audience members.
Rafaele has a passion for innovative initiatives, producing herself during her young career an orchestra of Brazilian popular music when she was only 17 years old and at 22, curating a UNESCO project to promote a group of Latin American women composers in order to showcase their work by radio globally (Rádio Delas).
She is at the moment responsible for Mant, a worldwide project of sustainable live sound art, a project that brings environmental practices on stage, which respect and include all the energy sources available at the environment. Currently, she is a member of Netherlands coding live and CIM (Brazil) and performs in Europe and Latin America, and hopes to reach even wider audiences through her projects.
photo : Suzette Bousema