Sonoscopia, Porto

Great to hear the first bits of improvised on-goings at yesterday’s Sonoscopia festival – indeed the ‘shortest summer festival’ entitled “Noise” which celebrates, organised noise, underground and DIY culture.

Set in a quaint, almost covert, building in Porto in Rua da Prelada (No.33 – yes, you need to ring the doorbell to gain access!), the collective of artists has an incredibly beautiful set-up, with lots of outdoor space where listeners can chill on hammocks and cushions, several performance areas plus office space and kitchen facilities.
Sonoscopia is a platform for producing, creating, and promoting sound based projects; they research sound in its widest sense while linking with other disciplines including visual arts, literature, dance and theatre.

At yesterday’s “Noise” festival vegetarian cooking, steak sandwiches, lots of chilled beers and experimental drinks accompanied this varied programme of sounds and electronics:
17:00 – Preto Marfim (pt)
17:30 – Rui Faustino & Shadow Man & Pedro Branco (pt)
18:00 – Ricardo Webbens (pt)
18:30 – Bezbog (pt)
19:00 – Alexandre Soares & Pedro Oliveira (pt)
20:00 – Rita Braga (pt)
20:30 – Sukitoa O Namau (fr)
21:00 – Marcelo dos Reis & Luís Vicente & Onno Govaert & Kristjan Martinsson (pt/nl/is)
21:30 – Artur Vidal (es)

Although a beer swimming pool had been aimed for (!), plenty of  artists’ tables with cassette tapes, drawings, T-shirts alongside a great BBQ, golf clubs and a highly interested music crowd, listening attentively throughout, made up for it.


An ethnography of improvisation

An initial sketch, after talking to Ricardo Jacinto (cellist and improviser) of some of the potential musicians and venues that I need to talk to while carrying out an ethnography on improvisation practices in Portugal.

For related research on improvisation, visit: Improvisation Research.