Festival Musimagem Brasil 2023 – Guests and detailed program

Festival Musimagem Brasil organized by the Brazilian Association of Composers of Music for Audiovisual – Musimagem will celebrate its 9th edition in less than a week: 4-10 December 2023.

Festival Musimagem Brasil 2023 - Guests and detailed program


The festival will be held with a mix of online and in-person events in Niteroi, Brazil, including conferences, workshops, and concerts, and this year, for the first time since the pandemic, will once again feature international guests.


The festival will celebrate once again the presence of distinguished international guests, such as composer Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia, Antz) and Matthijs Kieboom (Wolf) in Niterói, as well as the online presences of Nicola Piovani (Life is Beautiful), Brad Fiedel (Terminator), Peter M. Bernstein (Caravan of Courage), Debbie Wiseman (Father Brown), Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, PAW Patrol), Diego Navarro (El Cuco, Atrapa la Bandera), Sara Andon, or Robert Townson, among others, together with the composers members of Musimagem Brasil, Plínio Profeta and the honoree of the year Egberto Gismonti with the Remo Usai Award.


SoundTrackFest is proud to be associated with the festival again this year, and is happy to collaborate in its program of activities with the online conference on Saturday, December 9th at 10 am entitled “Film Score Festivals and Cultural Diversity” by Gorka Oteiza.

Festival Musimagem Brasil 2023 - Invitados y programa detallado


Below, we leave you the full detailed program:

4th to 7th December | In-Person

  • Centro de Artes UFF (CEART):Miguel de Frias Street, 9, Icaraí
  • Institute of Arts and Social Communication (IACS):Lara Vilela Street, 126, São Domingos (Casarão – Interartes Auditorium)

December 4th, 2023 | IACS | In-Person

  • 10 AM – Course: Advertising and Soundtracks
  • Location:CASARÃO – Interartes Auditorium
  • Musical composition in small advertising forms: the soundtrack and jingle. Synchronization with the image; mickeymousing in advertising. The creative process: the briefing given as a problem and composition as a solution. Composition work in different applied musical genres: musical soundtrack, jingle, spot soundtrack (radio). Analysis of acclaimed examples.
  • Zeh Netto (RJ)


  • 2 PM – Course: Sound in Brazilian Cinema
  • Location:CASARÃO – Interartes Auditorium
  • Film music and its relationships with other sound elements (voices, noises, silences) and with images. Notes on a history of technology, intermediality, entanglements with the music industry, moments of technological change, techniques, and their narrative impacts on films and their reception.
  • Fernando Morais (RJ)

December 5th, 2023 | IACS and Centro de Artes UFF | In-Person

  • 10 AM to 11 AM – Lecture: EXPANDED GUITAR
  • Location:CASARÃO – Interartes Auditorium
  • Processes behind the making of the documentary “UNVEILING THE EXPANDED GUITAR,” written and interpreted by Mario da Silva, directed by Anaí Bagnolin. The lecture will discuss how expanded guitar techniques can be a useful aesthetic tool for creating soundtracks.
  • Documentary available at mariodasilva.com/videos
  • Mario da Silva (RJ)


  • 11 AM to 12 PM – Panel Discussion: Copyright and Related Rights of Musical Works in Audiovisual Works
  • Location:CASARÃO – Interartes Auditorium
  • Marcel Camargo and Godoy & Marcela Godoy (Assim SP)
  • Moderator: Tim Rescala (Musimagem RJ)


  • 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM – Panel Discussion: Copyright in Audiovisual
  • Location: CEART
  • How does the collection and distribution of copyright in audiovisual works function? Copyright is currently at the center of discussions regarding contracts with streaming platforms and other related topics.
  • Mario Sergio Campos (ECAD) and Diogo Rocha (Abramus)
  • Moderator: Marcos Souza (Musimagem RJ)


  • 7:30 PM – Festival Opening– Admission R$ 5.00
  • Location:CEART
  • Mario da Silva (guitar), Ana Oliveira & Sergio Raz (violin and guitar) in tribute to this year’s awardee Egberto Gismonti
  • Mike del Ferro (piano – Netherlands) – “When You Wish Upon a Star” / “Someday My Prince Will Come” (Disney movies), “Once Upon a Time in the West” (Morricone), “Over the Rainbow” (Wizard of Oz)

December 6th, 2023 | IACS and Centro de Artes UFF | In-Person

  • 10 AM – Panel Discussion: Launch of the book “Interviews with Brazilian Composers of Music for Audiovisual and Dramaturgy”
  • Location:CASARÃO – Interartes Auditorium
  • Lucas Bonetti and composers Claudia Usai, Tim Rescala, and Alex Pfeiffer compose this discussion about the metanarratives present in the book, which form an important compendium on the production of soundtracks and music scores in Brazil today, as well as looking back to better understand the main changes that have occurred over the past decades.
  • Lucas Bonetti (SP)
  • Claudia Usai (RJ)
  • Tim Rescala (RJ)
  • Alex Pfeiffer (RJ)


  • 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM – Panel Discussion: Conducting Soundtracks
  • Location: CEART
  • International composers Matthijs Kieboom from the Netherlands and Harry Gregson-Williams and the Brazilians Marcelo Falcão and Tim Rescala talk about the characteristics and peculiarities of conducting an orchestral soundtrack.
  • Matthijs Kieboom (Netherlands)
  • Harry Gregson-Williams (England)
  • Tim Rescala (RJ)
  • Marcelo Falcão (Brazil) – Moderator
  • In partnership with the Dutch Consulate in Rio de Janeiro


  • 7:30 PM – Concert of National and International Soundtracks: UFF String Quartet & Guests – HYBRID – Admission R$ 5.00
  • A special selection of soundtracks, including Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia, Terminator, Captain Marvel, Father Brown, and also the Brazilians Egberto Gismonti, Francisco Mário, Sergio Sarraceni, and Remo Usai.
  • UFF String Quartet & Guests
  • Conductors: Alexey Kurkdjian, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Matthijs Kieboom
  • Presentation of the Remo Usai 2023 Award to Egberto Gismonti
  • National and International Soundtracks

December 7th, 2023 | In-Person

  • 4:00 PM – Cine Arte UFF – Movie “Wolf” with music by Matthijs Kieboom
  • Location:Centro de Artes UFF


  • 6:00 PM – Lecture by Dutch composer Matthijs Kieboom
  • Location: CEART
  • Matthijs Kieboom is one of the most sought-after and well-established composers in the Netherlands. Despite his relatively young age, he has been a full-time composer for over a decade and recently became the head of the film music department at one of the leading conservatories in the Netherlands. Live Portuguese translation available – PLEASE BRING HEADPHONES


  • 8:00 PM – Lecture by English composer Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Location:Cine Arte UFF
  • Harry Gregson-Williams (London, December 13, 1961) is a British composer, conductor, orchestrator, and music producer. He has composed music for video games, television, and films, including Spy Game, The Chronicles of Narnia, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Antz, Chicken Run, the Shrek franchise, Arthur Christmas, Early Man, and Catch-22. Live Portuguese translation available – PLEASE BRING HEADPHONES

December 8, 9 & 10th, 2023 | Online

December 8, 2023 | Online Only

  • 10:00 AM – Lecture: Nicola Piovani and his work
  • Italian composer Nicola Piovani, Oscar winner for the music of “Life is Beautiful,” and author of over two hundred scores for directors such as Federico Fellini, the Taviani Brothers, among many others, talks about his career and his music.
  • Nicola Piovani (Italy)
  • Zeh Netto – moderator (Brazil)


  • 3:00 PM – Lecture: The Role of the Music Supervisor
  • What is a Music Supervisor and their importance in audiovisual production
  • The responsibilities of a Music Supervisor
  • Music Supervisor vs. Music Curator vs. Music Producer
  • Techniques, musical knowledge, best practices, and networking in the Music Supervisor’s toolkit
  • Guild Of Music Supervisor BR – a newly created entity in Brazil directly linked to GMS USA – What is GMS BR and its roles
  • José Celso Guida (RJ)
  • Lucas Faria (RJ)
  • Mario Dipoi (SP)
  • Gui Amabis (SP)


  • 5:00 PM – Panel Discussion: Playing Film Scores
  • Renowned flutist Sara Andon and double bassist and orchestrator Norman Ludwin, both based in Los Angeles, along with Spanish composer and conductor Diego Navarro, discuss the characteristics and peculiarities of playing an instrument in a film score.
  • Sara Andon (USA)
  • Norman Ludwin (USA)
  • Diego Navarro (Spain)
  • Alexey Kurkdjian – moderator (Brazil)


  • 8:00 PM – Lecture: Brad Fiedel and His Work
  • New Yorker Brad Fiedel, composer of over a hundred scores, including “The Terminator” and its sequels, True Lies, Timecop, and Johnny Mnemonic, discusses his career and his music.
  • Brad Fiedel (USA)
  • João Batista Melo, moderator (Brazil)
  • Zeh Netto, moderator (Brazil)

December 9, 2023 | Online Only

  • 10:00 AM – Lecture: Film Score Festivals and Cultural Diversity
  • Spanish journalist Gorka Oteiza talks about his experience covering festivals in diverse locations such as Brazil, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, and the encounter with the diversity of cultures, composers, and audiences gathered around film scoring.
  • Gorka Oteiza (Spain)


  • 3:00 PM – Panel Discussion: Parents and Sons in the World of Film Scores
  • Renowned American composer and conductor Peter M. Bernstein, known for his music in numerous films and series, including “Ewok Adventure,” as well as orchestrator for films like “Ghostbusters,” and the video “Thriller” with Michael Jackson, and Brazilian composer Marcos Souza, will discuss their careers and the work of their parents, Elmer Bernstein and Chico Mário.
  • Peter M. Bernstein (USA)
  • Marcos Souza (Brazil)
  • Alexandre Guerra, mediator (Brazil)


  • 5:00 PM – Panel Discussion: Women Composers and Film Scores
  • Composers Heather McIntosh and Allyson Newman, co-presidents of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, and Catherine Joy, former president of the organization, discuss the presence of women in the world of film scores.
  • Catherine Joy (USA)
  • Heather McIntosh (USA)
  • Allyson Newman (USA / Australia)
  • Marion Lemonnier, mediator (Brazil/France)


  • 8:00 PM – Lecture: Plinio Profeta and His Work
  • Plinio Profeta is a musician, film score composer, and music producer. He has won the Best Original Soundtrack award from the Brazilian Academy of Cinema twice, for “O Palhaço” in 2011 and “O Filme da Minha Vida” in 2018. Early in his career, Profeta won a Latin Grammy for producing Lenine’s album “Falange Canibal.”
  • Plinio Profeta (RJ)

December 10, 2023 | Online Only

  • 10:00 AM – Book Launch:“You Composer: Determining Contexts for Musical Creation”
  • Lecture:“Investigating Creative Processes in Music”.
  • Felipe Radicetti (Brazil)


  • 3:00 PM – Panel Discussion: Debbie Wiseman and Her Work
  • English composer Debbie Wiseman, known for her approximately 150 film scores, including all seasons of “Father Brown,” and who was invited to write some of the music performed at the coronation ceremony of King Charles III, talks about her career and musical work.
  • Participants:
  • Debbie Wiseman (England)
  • João Batista Melo, moderator (Brazil)
  • Natalia Machiavelli, moderator (Brazil)


  • 5:00 PM – Lecture: The new generations of soundtrack composers
  • Swedish composer Mikael Carlsson, CEO of record label MovieScore Media, and Pinar Toprak, composer of “Captain Marvel,” “Dreamland” and “Lost City,” talk about the impact of new generations of composers on the world of film scores.
  • Participants:
  • Mikael Carlsson (Suécia)
  • Pinar Toprak (USA)
  • Alex Pfeiffer, mediator (Musimagem RJ)


  • 8:00 PM – Panel Discussion: The Composers of the “Golden Era” of Film Scores in the United States and Brazil
  • Robert Townson, who has produced over a thousand film score albums, talks with composer and researcher Alexandre Guerra, known for scoring dozens of films and series, including “O Tempo e o Vento.” They discuss the key figures in the history of the genre in Brazil and the United States.
  • Participants:
  • Robert Townson (USA)
  • Alexandre Guerra (Brazil)


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