Luís Bittencourt is a dedicated artist-researcher with a deep interest in percussion, sound, musical performance, contemporary music, extended techniques, unusual instruments and sound sources, instrumentality, improvisation, experimental music and music experimentation, performance studies and philosophy of music. Bittencourt is interested in developing artistic research projects and uses percussion as a medium for it.
Bittencourt holds a PhD in Music Performance and a Master in Music Performance from University of Aveiro, Portugal, and a Bachelor Degree in Percussion Performance (Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil). He is currently hired as artist researcher in the project “XPerimus: experimentation in music in Portuguese culture: history, contexts and practices in the 20th and 21st centuries” and integrated researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology - Centre of Studies in Music and Dance (INET-md).
Bittencourt is author of two pioneer studies, namely “Percussion and instrumentality: exploring the performance of unusual instruments and sound sources”, a doctoral research, and “The use of water as a percussive sound source: analysis of Tan Dun’s Water Music”, a master study on the possibilities of water as musical instrument. His investigations have established new insights on experimentation and instrumentality in percussion music and have been published and presented at many institutions and events around the world, such as the Conservatoire Supèrieur de Musique et Dance de Lyon (FR), Leeds College of Music (UK), Conservatório de Valencia (ES), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK), Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (BR), International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt (DE), Bath Spa University (UK), Queensland Conservatoire/Griffiths University (AU).