Nominated for Best Singer at the Brazilian Music Awards 2018, Victor Kinjo was born in São Paulo in 1984 and started to sing in childhood: Japanese music. Initiated on the piano at the age of 7 years old, he was influenced by Brazilian, North-American and European music of his father’s record player and the 90’s pop songs. In youth, he studied acoustic guitar, piano and singing, composed his first songs and performed in Festivals and Cultural Meetings. PhD in Social Science at the University of Campinas, his dissertation “Songs of Diasporic Memory: representation, (dis)identification and performance from Mishima to Okinawa” presents an innovative dialogue between music, performance, sustainability and cultural studies. Kinjo is also a master in environmental sociology at the University of Campinas, bachelor in Economics at the University of São Paulo and Social Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. In his artistic path, he studied dance and singing with Thomas Richards (Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards/Italy), Yoshito Ohno (Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio/Japan) and Maud Robart (Haiti/France). In 2015, Kinjo founded the SAMAUMA Rural Arts Residency, a space for research and creation in the middle of the Atlantic forest, at the border of the metropolitan region of São Paulo. Performer at the piece NOMES and invited artist of Biloura Intercultural Collective (Italy), he has already performed in several cultural centers and universities of Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, USA and Japan, including Harvard University, NYU and the UN. Currently, he is working in his second album Terráqueos and developing a postdoc research at the Global Cities Program of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo with the project “River revitalization in global cities: international experiences and challenges of São Paulo”. Supported by FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation), the purpose integrates the Project “Environmental Governance in São Paulo Macrometropolis facing climate variation”. Kinjo’s dream is to cross by boat the Tietê River, the polluted river of São Paulo, singing and bringing attention to the waters.
SAMAUMA is a rural residency for research, reflection and action in arts, ecology and life. Located in a small farm in São Paulo’s Mata Atlântica, Serra do Mar, it was founded in the end of 2015 by artist and bioconstructor Bhagavan David, actor and producer Eduardo Colombo, and singer and social scientist Vitoru.
Our mission is to propose philosophically and practically new ways of existence based on the ethics of sustainability in its different dimensions: artistic, sociocultural, ecological economical, political-existential.
In our perspective, sustainability is the search for harmony in our corporal, mental, intelectual, energetical and spiritual existences. It is, in this sense, a practical utopia more fair, responsible and loveful human and environmental relations.
In this way, SAMAUMA is an experiment for artistic and scientific research, using tools like meditation, manual and intelectual work, body-voice practices and investigation of transcultural and transdisciplinar communication.
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