Maria Fantinato Geo de Siqueira

PhD Student in Ethnomusicology

Maria Fantinato received her M.A. in Communication and Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 2013, where she also got her undergraduate degree in 2009. Her master’s thesis was an interdisciplinary approach to improvisational musical performances from a small experimental scene in Rio de Janeiro and it focused on the relationships between music, communication and aesthetics. Since then, her research interests have evolved towards combining ethnographic work and socio-cultural reflections on musical expression, with the goal of acquiring a broader and deeper understanding of the relationship between music and a constellation of factors: the surrounding urban and virtual environments, the political context, and the economic and media backdrop.