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MATEUS ALVES

Composer, orchestrator and musical producer

Born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, Mateus Alves holds a degree in music from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and a master's degree in composition from the Royal College of Music, London, UK - where he also studied composition for screen. Since 2013 Mateus has been working constantly with soundtracks for films from Pernambuco. He recently concluded, in partnership with Tomaz Alves Souza, the original soundtrack for the feature film "Bacurau" by Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho, which won the Prix du Jury of the Cannes Film Festival 2019. His work combines elements from the popular music of the Brazilian northeast with the textural techniques of composers like György Ligeti, with influences that range from John and Alice Coltrane, Clóvis Pereira, Sarah Davachi and Ennio Morricone to Soft Machine, Bernard Herrmann, Mica Levi and Giacinto Scelsi.

ALBUM

Music is a force that transcends the realm of sound. The composer Olivier Messiaen worked this ability by suggesting that we listen to the "color of time" in "Chronochromie". Similarly, Mateus Alves aims to reveal the "sound of the image" in the album "Music for Cinema".

 

As the name implies, the album compiles the composer's soundtracks for films such as "Rodolfo Mesquita e as Monstruosas Máscaras de Alegria e Felicidade" (2013, dir. Pedro Severien), "Amores de Chumbo" (2017, dir. Tuca Siqueira) , "Brasil S/A" (2014, dir. Marcelo Pedroso) and "Aquarius" (2017, dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho). With the latter two, Mateus Alves received the award for Best Soundtrack at the Brasilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema and at the Brazilian Cinema Grand Prix, respectively.

If cinema is the music of light, what the Pernambuco composer presents with this album is a sort of film of music. The tracks have a synaesthetic vitality that evokes characters, places, smells, colors, moods, images and situations full of nuances. With martial rhythms and imposing brass, "Marcha das Máquinas" translates into sound the inequalities of a country that industrialized too quickly, as portrayed in the feature film "Brasil S/A". A violent industrialization that undermined the distribution of wealth and the civil rights of the poorest. In a more textural and subtle treatment, "Lançamento do Operário Espacial" ("Brasil S/A") and "Casa de Detenção I" ("Amores de Chumbo") materialize the solitude of the worker and the melancholy of incarceration.

 

Synthesizing the jazz of Coltrane, the romantic music of Wagner and Tchaikovsky, waltz, minimalism, the music of northeastern Brazil and even rap, "Music for Cinema" points to a polyphonic and plural portrait of Brazil. The soundtracks of "Music for Cinema" are also the tracks for the complex scripts of our society, with their political, social and aesthetic inequalities and contradictions.

Text: GG Albuquerque

Art: Clara Moreira

 
 

COMPOSER REEL

 

CONTACT

São Paulo/SP, Brasil

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FILMOGRAPHY/AWARDS

2019

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FLORES DO CÁRCERE

(doc, 82min)

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Directed by Bárbara Cunha e Paulo Caldas

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Produced by Academia de Filmes

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BACURAU*

(action, 131min)

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Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho e Juliano Dornelles

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Produced by Cinemascópio Produções e SBS Productions

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*in collaboration with Tomaz Alves Souza

Awards

'Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro' nominee (Bacurau)

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Best soundtrack at the '25o Prêmio Guarani' (Bacurau)

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Prêmio Coral for best original score at the '41o Festival de Cine de La Habana', Havana, Cuba (Bacurau)

2018

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SAUDADE

(doc, 77min)

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Directed by Paulo Caldas

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Produced by 99 Produções

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BOLHA

(animation, 18min)

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Directed by Mateus Alves

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Produced by Filmes Cubaneiros e Urânio Fillmes

Awards

Best animated short film at the '2o Cine Cariri' (Bolha)

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Best soundtrack at the '7o FICIP – Festival Internacional Independiente de Cinema de Pozos', Guanajuato, México (Bolha)

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Best soundtrack at the 'Primeiro Plano – Festival de Cinema de Juiz de Fora e Mercocidades' (Bolha)

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Best soundtrack at the 'FestFilmes – Festival do Audiovisual Luso Afro Brasileiro' (Bolha)

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Best soundtrack at the '2o Festival de Cinema de Remígio' (Bolha)

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Honorable mention for artistic quality at the '1o MOCIN – Mostra de Curtas de Indaiatuba' (Bolha)

2017

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AMORES DE CHUMBO

(drama, 100min)

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Directed by Tuca Siqueira

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Produced by Plano 9 Produções

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POR TRÁS DA LINHA DE ESCUDOS

(doc, 110min)

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Directed by Marcelo Pedroso

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Produced by Símio Filmes

Awards

Best soundtrack at the '11o Festival de Cinema de Triunfo' (Amores de Chumbo)

2016

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AQUARIUS

(drama, 144min)

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Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho

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Produced by Cinemascópio Produções e SBS Productions

Awards

Best soundtrack at the 'Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro'

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Best soundtrack at the '22o Prêmio Guarani'

2014

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BRASIL S/A

(experimental, 70min)

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Directed by Marcelo Pedroso

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Produced by Símio Filmes

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LOJA DE RÉPTEIS

(drama, 17min)

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Directed by Pedro Severien

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Produced by Orquestra Cinema Estúdios

Awards

Candango for best feature film soundtrack at the '47o Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro' (Brasil S/A)

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Candango for best short film soundtrack at the '47o Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro' (Loja de Répteis)