At the end of September I had the great pleasure to speak to Paulo Chagas (see his video interview on the Video Tab). Paulo and Fernando started what has become quite an iconic music encounter in Portugal – the MIA Festival (Encontro de Música Improvisada de Atouguia da Baleia).
It’s an annual meeting place for improvisers from Portugal – and from abroad – and musicians play with loads of different players over two days. The idea is to mix and match, to find new players, new ideas, to have great food and wine and to enjoy listening to musicians from different backgrounds and different ages.
When we met in September I heard their Sexteto Criativo in the beautiful chapel ‘Capela de Stª Bárbara in the Fortaleza de Peniche’.