A group of body percussionists, Barbatuques develops an established artistic work in the exploration of the innumerable sounds that can be produced by the human body. Claps, snaps, beating of the chest, mouth noises, vocals, and several other sounds, are combined in the production of rhythms and melodies. The result is a "Body orchestra" where all the musicians improvise on the same instrument.
Among the most important events and international tours, the highlights are: the participation as a headline talent in the closing ceremony of the Olimpic Games in Rio (2016); the participation in the World Cup in Africa (2010) and the official FIFA event in Johannesburg for the announcement of the 2014 World Cup; presence in the six previous editions of the International Body Music Festival (USA, Brazil and Turkey); the participation in fairs and exhibitions, such as the Frankfurt Book Fair (2013) and ExpoShangai (China – 2010); presentations at major festivals like Europalia Festival (Belgium – 2011), Paleo Festival and Ella Fitzgerald Festival in Geneva (Switzerland – 2008), Nyon Festival (France – 2008), Lollapalooza Festival – Brazil (2014), as well as shows in Spain, Lebanon, USA, among others.
The group also participated in performances and recordings with artists such as Bobby McFerrin (USA), Camille (FRA), Çudamani (Indonesia), Keith Terry (USA), One Giant Leap (UK), Stênio Mendes (BRA), Badi Assad (BRA), MarkuRibas (BRA), Chico Cesar (BRA), Naná Vasconcelos (BRA), Robertinho Silva (BRA), Djalma Corrêa (BRA), among others.
Among the most recent works, we can highlight the participation in the soundtrack of the movie Rio 2 (2014 – Fox Film/Blue Sky), both in the score as two original compositions: “Beautiful Creatures”, played along with Andy Garcia and Rita Moreno, and “Don’t Go Away”, played by Anne Hathaway and Flávia Maia.
In the same period, the group also participated in the soundtrack of the award-winning film “O Menino e o Mundo”, from the director Alê Abreu, along with Naná Vasconcelos and Emicida, and worked in the coordination and preparation of all Globo Television cast for the video-clip “Um Novo Tempo”, the traditional message for the end of the year from this TV channel. Moreover, Barbatuques is on the soundtrack of Educação.doc (2014), a documentary by Lais Bodansky and Luiz Bolognesi, which highlights innovative projects within the management in the public elementary school.
The technique developed by Barbatuques is being increasingly used in Brazilian schools – either private or public – and gains strength among educators for its ease of implementation, simplicity and low cost to institutions.