Great music is hardly restricted to costly concert venues, as Brazilian filmmaker/journalist Daniel Bacchieri’s year-old StreetMusicMap Instagram account attests.
Bacchieri has already amassed 638 street musicians from 221 cities and 75 countries and filmed by 463 collaborators—with “numbers increasing day after day,” he says. He created the account as a tool for street musicians and fans—“a collaborative platform about music, filmmaking and journalism.”
StreetMusicMap launched in January, 2014, as StreetMicroDocs, with Bacchieri later changing the name to StreetMusicMap in order “to be closer to the subject.”
“The first insight came after I saw a bandurist [player of the Ukrainian plucked string bandura] playing in the streets of Kiev in August, 2013,” says Bacchieri. “It had been a few weeks after Instagram launched the video caption, so I decided to film him instead of taking a picture. Then I realized it could be a good idea to shoot 15-second videos of street musicians on Instagram.”
Bacchieri hails from Rio Grande in the south Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, and spent most of his life in the state capital of Porto Alegre. He moved to São Paulo in 2013 to develop his career as journalist and filmmaker.
“I started my career as a radio news reporter, with experiences later on TV as reporter and editor and with production companies as director and editor. My most recent works are focused on documentaries and branded content; my last films were produced by VICE Brasil and NBA Entertainment.”
StreetMusicMap, Bacchieri notes, gained momentum after he moved to São Paulo in the second half of 2013.
“The daily pass through the subway Consolação, at Avenida Paulista [Paulista Avenue]–a site with the largest circulation of street performers in the city–was the main reason for me to start recording new musicians and, from there, to create a series that turned out to be the StreetMusicMap project–with the hashtag #streetmusicmap.”
To be part of StreetMusicMap, artists and fans interested in sharing content of street musicians anywhere in the world can either submit 15-second videos by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or include the hashtag #streetmusicmap when posting the video on Instagram and other social networks.
“It’s important to identify the name of the artist or group, and the street, city and country where the performance happened,” says Bacchieri. “It’s also important, where possible, to include social networking accounts and websites–both for the street musicians and those responsible for shooting the videos.”
Such video submissions are coming in daily.
“The project quickly became a collaborative channel and it’s precisely the contributions of fans and enthusiasts that daily widen the sonic kaleidoscopic mosaic proposed by StreetMusicMap,” he says. He adds that the new StreetMusicMap web page features videos posted on StreetMusicMap’s Instagram account, which, in turn, are fully “geolocated” using Google Maps.
“The page aims to expand exchanges between musicians, fans and music lovers in general, and also become a vehicle for communication on the worldwide panorama of street musicians,” concludes Bacchieri.
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