Rio de Janeiro – from the OdisseyOpera

Track in binaural sound technology. Spacialization better experienced with headphones or 8.1 systems

Length: 5:04 m




It was by the ocean that, in 1500, Portuguese ships arrived in Rio de Janeiro and marked the colonial era for the then created country “Brazil”. This track rises from the deep sounds of the ocean and arrives on a sunny summer Sunday in Rio in Janeiro in 2019, as a reference to this Portuguese invasion. This time, we arrive to a beach full of people – talking Portuguese, selling out local food, chatting on phone, playing games, living their everyday lives and enjoying the favorite event for the “carioca” people: a Sunday by the beach with family and friends. From this beach we are taken to Praça XV, a square at Downtown Rio, on a Tuesday at 6pm, when the bell announces that the boat that crosses from Rio de Janeiro to Niterói is about to departure. People are rushing to come back home from work, while some skaters enjoy the end of the day practicing sports. Slowly, we are taken to Copacabanabeach on a Friday night, where a woman ‘solos’ a conversation on the phone. She warmly invites someone to meet her, while kids play, somebody opens a champagne, and a show runs in the background presenting a local popular song on a kiosk by the beach – typical enjoyment for local people on a Friday night.


CREDITS: Scene of the OdisseyOpera (2019)

Composition: Cândida Borges

Recording: DNArchive Group

Work designed for a 8.1 sound system. Work can be followed by a projection.



The presented piece is about Rio de Janeiro, and was recorded and composed in between Jan and May/2019. It is a scene from the OdisseyOpera.

OdysseyOpera is a cycle of works based on urban walkscapes of transnational cities – including their voices, accents, music, noises, bodies and other visual elements. These works are related to the stories and people from each place, combined with external forces and elements such as electronic processes and instruments. Voices and spontaneous texts are treated as thematic material and noises are treated as harmonic textures. Elements are creatively selected, transformed and absorbed to create a narrative about their migration process, ancestry, culture, diversity and history.

The reference to “Opera” in its title is due to its multiple acts form and to considering the vocal elements the protagonists of this work, as people are protagonists in the recording of the cities. People are the main carrier of the transnationalism focus of this work. Each city/place is translated by a creation in collaboration with a local artist(s), interacting with material from local Aeld work and their own interpretation of the city and its stories.

OdisseyOpera nowadays includes pieces about Brazil, Colômbia, England and US ( Niterói, Medellín, Bucaramanga, São Paulo, Cancun, Bangladesh, New York, London, Plymouth).


CANDIDA BORGES (Brazil – New York/ US) 

Cândida Borges is a musician and interdisciplinary creative artist, educator, composer, researcher, currently conducting PhD research into human transhumance in contemporary music and sound art, based at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at the Plymouth University. The project “Integrating transnationalism into transmedia composition” is motivated by the researcher’s own experience as a Brazilian born artist traveling the world to recognize her identity and ancestor’s legacy. Cândida is also a Fellow Researcher for the Antioquia University (Colômbia) and for the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), where she also has been teaching since 2009. She works as an invited Professor for international institutes, festivals and universities.
Cândida was awarded a prize from the National Foundation of Arts in Brazil and since then has been based in New York developing this research about multiculturalism into electronic music composition and methodologies of music education. She holds a bachelor’s degree (2000) and master’s degree (2005) in Piano Performance from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) and her career also explores technology and her abilities as a singer and songwriter. Classically trained, she has also been making music for films, ballet, theater, collaborations with DJs and producers worldwide, and especially for her own career. Cândida’s last music works has been highly billed in the international electronic scene in the US, as well as the soundtracks, workshops, conferences and installations she has been presenting around the world. She was selected in 2014 for the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program (NYFA), and in the same year invested in expertise at the Linklater Center and Meredith Monk Ensemble’s Workshop. Since then, she has been an active artist in the NYC scene, presenting concerts and works on music, performance and video installation, creating an artistic dialogue between these two media. In 2015, her video-music work “Memória e Fado” was selected and exhibited at Lorimoto Gallery (New York, 2015) curated by NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts). In 2016, her video-music work “Reza pro mar” was selected for the “Borderless” exhibit with NYFA curation and presented in Berlin, Amsterdam and New York. In 2018, her video-music work Palm Hand, the first creation of her doctorate, was exhibited at the SAR Conference (Plymouth, UK), in the Moving Arts Lab residency (Earth Dance, Massachusetts, US) and in an exhibition for the Antioquia University (Medellin, Colombia). Cândida was also an invited participating artist at the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium residency, at Earthdance (IIAC, Massachusetts) in 2016, 2017, 2018 and honorably selected to be a Mentor for New York Foundation for the Arts in 2017 and 2018. She has also been a coordinator for Casa de Arte e Cultura since 2000 – a Non-Profit Organization based in Rio de Janeiro and an entrepreneur of socio-cultural projects. She curates events and programs to promote and exchange Art, Education and Culture through Brazil and the world. She writes articles for blogs and magazines about international art, as well as starring shoots and urban performances. Now she heads to the release of her new original album and two books about the worldwide known composer Egberto Gismonti.



Composition: Cândida Borges

Sound engineering: Esteban Henao

Recordings: DNArchive Team