ARTIST FOR THE AMAZON
Júlia Lins (1994) is an independent singer-songwriter “who writes a Dylan-esque style of lo-fi story-telling music”, as Sailing La Vagabonde perceptively wrote. In 2017 Júlia released her homemade EP, Music & Emotion, composed of five songs mostly based on raw emotions. Her inspirations come from the wish for freedom on an existential and social dimension. In her musical processes, Júlia finds her best lively- sensations and can very naturally translate them into music. Júlia is composing Silfos, her debut album, to be released still in 2022. In it, the tendency is less monothematic and drives, in an organic movement, to new narratives and an adventurous stimmung.
Júlia is also working on her long-term scientific research-based project of musical compositions with/about traditional communities, historical lands around the world & their relationship with nature and its correlations with climate changes.
On occasion, Júlia also makes blank books with fabric covers, writes, draws and paints, and builds visual art with wood.
Over the years through my under graduation in Social Sciences at Federal University Campina Grande, Brazil, I underwent big changes, in values, beliefs and perspectives. I understood my social upbringing and cultural context, as well as how it differs from other cultures. I learned to observe and respect the complexity of other people’s practices and beliefs.
At the mid-end of my undergraduate, I started studying for my final thesis. To understand the origin and basis of the human-animal relationship, studied by Anthropology, I dwelled on Amerindian perspectivism (Eduardo Viveiro de Castro), human ecology and animal communication (Gregory Bateson), humanism and animalism and personhood in animals (Tim Ingold), the presence of the animal in the Asian context (Kowner) and how forests think (Eduardo Kohn). It was very interesting for me to correlate different research and perspectives to broaden our understanding of the social dynamics of animals, our representation of them and the un-chaotic order of the forests.
After graduating, in 2020, I continued my research and I united my socio-political-anthropological activism and knowledge with my music, which I play with since the age of 12. I went to read even more indigenous authors such as A Querda do Céu (Davi Kopenawa), A Vida Não é Útil and Ideias Para Adiar o Fim do Mundo (Ailton Krenak), as well as Songlines (Bruce Chatwin), which deeply influences the methodology of my present research-musical project. In 2020 I composed Rios Que São Banheiras. Based on my anthropological studies, it is a critique that denounces the juxtaposition between traditional indigenous ways of living and the present cosmopolitan way of living, provoking the listeners to reflect upon their own condition on Earth, and their Brazilian land. Rios founded my research-based project of musical compositions with and surrounding traditional communities & their coexistence with the nature around-of them.
My focus is on indigenous communities and their wisdom, knowledge and practices regarding not only how they coexist non-destructively but WHY they care for nature, its animals, plants, and spirits, as much as their human communities.
In the next places I’ll visit and communities I will interact with, my approach will be of a Social Scientist making observations and gathering field notes with and about the local indigenous people met, their discourses and practices correlated to the knowledge they generously teach us.