"A composer who is very comfortable in his own skin; order and balance are clearly important in his musical universe."

2014 American Prize in Composition


Rodrigo Bussad (1985) is the winner of the American Prize in Composition de 2014 in the category Chamber Music Student Division with the work Loin, commissioned by the Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal), which traveled to the main Canadian capitals and at the Mise-en Festival, New York. Among his works, some of the most meaningful are: Depois da Chuva, winner of the Frost Symphony Orchestra-Concerto Competition in 2013 and awarded the American Prize of 2014 in the category Orchestral Music Student Division (2nd place); Urizen, awarded the American Prize of 2013 in the category Chamber Music Student Division (2nd place). Nowadays he works with the Bulgarian percussionist Svet Stoyanov, director of the Department of Percussion of the University of Miami (UM), in a commission that will open on November 18th in Miami.


The composer was invited by the Curto-Circuito Internacional de Saxofone Brasil/Canadá (São Paulo), having his piece Kundalini, composed for the festival, performed for the first time with the North-American sax player Allison Balcetis. Rodrigo has also worked with the Greek pianist Ermis Theodorakis during the SiMN 2014 Festival in Curitiba. Bussad stood out at the Festival Miami-Emerging Composers Concert for three consecutive years (2012-2014). Chosen in 2013 as one of the composers to participate in the II Bienal Música Hoje, international festival in Curitiba, where he studied with the artist-in-residence, Marcos Balter. La Couleur de L’invisible was composed upon request of this biennial and performed for the first time by the Ensemble (Stuttgart).


Since 2011 participates of the SoundSCAPE Festival (Italy), having had four pieces debuted. In 2012 he had his piece Kisetsu published in the book of flute of the year by the British edition house ARCOMIS; as well as his piece Ignis Fatuus debuted in the album Refraction Vol. 1 recorded by the clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich.  Bussad has a scholarship and is actively concluding his Masters in Composition at the UM, with Lansing D. McLoskey.


Rodrigo Bussad

Aécio de Souza


Musician, multimedia artist and musical producer, Aécio de Souza (1980) graduated in Multimedia Design at the School of Communication and Arts of the SENAC University Center and is Sound Technician by the IAV – Audio and Video Institute São Paulo. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, he composes and designs sound for films, games, animations, performances and installations. He is partner and co-founder, technician and musical producer of the Aurora recording and mixing studio, São Paulo.


He has worked as recording technician in the Companhia dos Técnicos (RCA/BMG) studio in Rio de Janeiro, at the MIS – Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo and at EMESP – São Paulo State Music School, and was technical coordinator of the SENAC University Center’s Audiovisual course. He was composer, sound designer and/or sound mixer in the short films Janela Para o Sonho, Meu Doce Satã, Sinestesia, À Porta and the games Recalque and LumaHe is also the sound director of the audiovisual project Ao Vivo No Casarão.


As a musician, he has created and maintains the electronic rock band Delyriun and is the drummer of the Bloodbuzz band in São Paulo. He also participates in multimedia projects, mixing sound with video, photography and dance, such as the installation/performance soMos and the cinematic performance Intransponíveis.