From the moment of the discovery of Brazil, in 1500, until its independence in 1822, Portugal and Brazil formed part of the same state. Since then, the two countries have continued to maintain more or less close ties in diplomatic, economic, social and cultural terms, resulting in a constant interchange of people and ideas at various levels. The history of music of the two countries also has a good deal in common. However, the tendency for musicologists of both countries until recently has been to research their respective musical heritages independently of one another. This study group seeks to focus consciously on the connections between the two countries, as well as to encourage interest in this area. Caravelas forms part of the Centro de Estudos da Sociologia e Estética Musical (Centre for the Study of Musical Sociology and Aesthetics, CESEM), based at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. It also counts on the collaboration of external institutions and individuals.
Artists (composers, dramatists, performers, etc.) in common
Brazilian objects and performers in Portugal
Portuguese objects and performers in Brazil
For examples of specific research projects within this scope, see Projects.