My first contact with soundpainting happened in 2004 at The University of Iowa (USA), where I had the privilege of being invited by the great musician Evan Mazunik to integrate his group GAMUT. The project was the preparation for three performances of Columbus—A Soundpainting Opera, led by nobody else than Walter Thompson, the one who brought soundpainting into the world. The group then had musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists. I was blown away, at every rehearsal and public performance, by the creative possibilities made possible through soundpainting. In 2007 I formed the first Brazilian soundpainting ensemble and since then I’ve been exploring soundpainting artistically, academically, and educationally. In 2016 I concluded my doctoral studies at Lund University—Malmö Academy of Music with the thesis entitled Exercising musicianship anew through soundpainting: speaking music through sound gestures, which focused on soundpainting practice from the perspective of classically trained orchestra musicians.
I currently work with the Swedish Soundpainting Orchestra, which is a versatile group created by the multidisciplinary artist Jennifer Rahfeldt in 2001. The group has always been multidisciplinary, exploring music, theatre, dance, and visual artists in unique performances. All these artistic disciplines become intertwined, at times merged, as all the group’s performers are used in working in a transdisciplinary way. Being part of this group has been an enormous learning experience. Other enriching experiences emerged out of collaborations with other groups like the Berlin Soundpainting Orchestra, with which the SSO collaborated in the realization of performances and workshops, the Soundpainting BH, with which I had the chance to collaborate while visiting Brazil.