(Rio de Janeiro, 1979)
Chico Dub is a curator and artistic director with a focus on experimental music, new trends and avant-garde music. He is the creator and curator of Novas Frequências, a festival that happens since 2011, which integrates ICAS, an international network with more than 40 festivals based on advanced sounds. He has been the curator for Sónar São Paulo (2012), Festival Eletronika in Belo Horizonte (2013, 2014 and 2015), SESI Cultura Digital (2014 and 2015) and Red Bull Music Academy (2014, 2015 and 2016), plus the Invasão Paraense and Invasão Baiana series for the Banco do Brasil Cultural Centers of Brasília, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (2012, 2014 and 2015). In 2014 he coordinated the cultural program project for the new Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) of Rio de Janeiro. He has created and been the curator of the Hy Brazil compilations, which aims at mapping and advertising the new electronic and experimental music production of Brazil. Thus far, it has released 10 volumes. He is a weekly columnist for Minas Gerais Hoje em Dia newspaper and contributes monthly to a Portuguese radio program called Ginga Beat (Red Bull Music Academy/ Vodafone FM). He is the co-creator and screenwriter of the documentary Dub Echoes, which was the first full feature film to show the importance of the Jamaican dub for the birth of hip-hop and electronic music.
My job as a curator seeks to create an approximation of the universe around the experimental music umbrella with practices in Brazil more connected to contemporary art as a whole. I try to work with artists who never came before to Brazil and to commission projects for local artists, always with the goal of providing unique experiences for the audience. I dream of creating a more integrated experimental circuit in Brazil, with more support and incentives of public and private authorities.
Even working with a specific niche, I try to be as open as possible, covering sounds the most varied possible in my curatorship. From techno to free improvisation; from noise to field recording; from electroacoustic to contemporary classical.