Descubra la historia de Magda Pucci.
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Museu da Casa Brasileira pays homage to Madga Pucci

Magda Pucci is a musician – arranger, composer, singer – and researcher of world music and Brazilian indigenous cultures. Graduated in Music from the University of São Paulo, she has a Master’s in Anthropology from PUC-SP and a Ph.D. in Artistic Research from the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands.

As musical director and founder of Mawaca – an important research and performance group that has been consolidated through repertoires full of themes from traditions: Mediterranean, Balkan, African, Japanese, indigenous, Chinese, among others – Magda  brings together the multiplicity of sounds and the many ways of making music around the world, always seeking to establish and reveal connections with Brazilian music.

She was presenter and commentator of Tenda Raiz do Rock in Rio III for DIRECTV, in addition to having acted as producer and presenter – for 13 years – of the music program “Planeta Som” at USP-FM rebroadcast by radio SBF4 Multikulti in Germany and on Sweden. She was also musical director of the Orquestra Mediterrânea, together with Carlinhos Antunes and Lívio Tragtemberg, a project that involved 21 musicians from Mediterranean countries.

Mediterranean Orchestra.

She acted as soundtrack composer for theatrical pieces such as “Fragmentos Troianos” at the CPT under the direction of Antunes Filho; of the show “Os Lusíadas” produced by Ruth Escobar and directed by Yacof Hillel and Marcio Aurelio

Soundtrack of the play “Os Lusíadas”.

With Carlos Moreno, he created the soundtrack for the monologue “Quixote”, directed by Fabio Namatame; with Cia. da Tribo, he created for “Quixote Caboclo”, directed by Wanderley Piras, among others. In addition to theater, Magda has composed for projects in the multimedia area, video soundtracks and dance performances. She conducted the Barcelona Symphonic Band, a piece of her own commissioned by the Festival de Música Experimental de Barcelona LEM, and was awarded at the Percussive Arts Society in Brazil.


Alongside the group, Magda has made seven albums, three DVDs and two books, having performed in countries such as Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, Bolivia, China and in several Brazilian cities. Mawaca has always been very focused on the vocal sounds of the world and the show Nama Pariret developed a capella songs with the singers. For children, she created a show based on the book “De Todos Os Cantos do Mundo”, directed by Wanderley Piras.

“Pundela”, project Inquilinos do Mundo.

“Kaprolin”, of Phillipe Kadosch.

Teaser “Pelo Mundo com Mawaca”.

Children’s show “Pelo Mundo com Mawaca”.



Magda performed musical projects in collaboration with indigenous communities such as: Kayapó, Guarani Kaiowá, Huni-Kuin and Paiter Surui. In 2011, the Mawaca group toured the Amazon, where they created musical exchanges with various indigenous groups. This work gave rise to inquiries about musical making with indigenous music and became a doctoral thesis at Leiden University in Artistic Research. The defense video presents Magda’s inquiries on this topic. Soon after defending their doctorate in the Netherlands, in 2019, Magda, André Leite and Renato Soares created this exchange with the Kayapó from Aldeia Moykarakô.

Cantos Da Floresta (“Songs Of The Forest”).

“Mekaron, A Imagem da Alma”, Mawaca and Kayapó.

In 2019, the artist was also on tour with the project “Sonora Brasil”, promoted by SESC Nacional, in which she shared the stages with singer Djuena Tikuna, Diego Janatã and Gabriel Levy, with whom she traveled to 45 cities in the North and Northeast of Brazil. Brazil until the interruption of the project caused by the pandemic in 2020.

She worked on non-profit social projects aimed at children and led a group of refugees based in São Paulo between 2014 and 2015 at Sesc Carmo. In the academic area, Magda published articles in the magazines Música Popular, Vibrant, ABEM, among others.

Magda is the São Paulo State coordinator of the Latin American Music Education Forum, having carried out a series of virtual actions in times of the pandemic. She has also been a member of the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) since 2013 and a member of the ICTM Latin American and Caribbean Music Study Group.

Currently, she is the curator of Estúdio Mawaca, where she develops artistic and educational activities always focusing on the cultural diversity of Brazil and the world. As part of the activities of this cultural space, Magda has been the coordinator of Cia. Coral Mawaca since 2019. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the group has been working in a virtual format.

Magda has also been working in Music Education for over 20 years. She is the author of the books “Other lands, other sounds” (2003); “A Floresta Sings – A sound expedition through indigenous lands of Brazil” for children (2015), “A Grande Pedra” (2015) and the transmedia project “Cantos da Floresta – an initiation to the indigenous musical universe” (2018). She also wrote the books “From all corners of the world” (2005) and “Contos Musicais” (2015) in partnership with award-winning writer Heloisa Prieto with songs by Mawaca.

Conference “The (re)existence of indigenous voices in Brazilian music” – X International Symposium on Musicology at the Federal University of Goiânia (UFG).

Teaser Cia Coral Mawaca.

Follow the work of Magda Pucci through different channels:

Instagram | Facebook | YouTube – Mawaca | YouTube – Magda| Spotify | Site | Twitter Estúdio Mawaca | Projeto Cantos da Floresta

About MCB
The Museu da Casa Brasileira, an institution of the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the material culture of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country specialized in architecture and design. The MCB’s program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also includes educational service activities, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing the museum’s vocation for the formation of critical thinking on themes such as architecture, urbanism, housing, economy creative, urban mobility and sustainability. Among its numerous initiatives, the MCB Design Award, the main award in the segment in the country, held since 1986, stand out; and the Casas do Brasil project, to rescue and preserve the memory of the rich diversity of living in the country.

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