Finally I managed to add another node to my ethnography of improvisation in Portugal. I had the great pleasure of visiting “gnrations“. For those who don’t know it, it’s an incredibly vibrant art space. The space was in fact the former home to the National Republican Guard (Portuguese: Guarda Nacional Republicana), and, for the last few years, has served as a space for promoting all kinds of artistic activities. It has a fantastic gallery space (sponsored by the nearby located International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, the INL, an intergovernmental organisation to promote interdisciplinary research in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience).
gnrations also has a variety of outdoor performance and cinema spaces and on the top floors it houses several young start-up companies (yes, the Google types of the north of Portugal – complete with table tennis, and cool hang-out spaces to inspire creative minds!)
gnrations is, at present, one of the only spaces that programs more experimental kinds of music. It aims to attract and build, through community outreach and educational porgrams, new audiences, by exposing them to current national and international artistic practices.
I spoke to the Artistic Director, Luís Fernandes, himself and improviser and fan of free improvisation. You can find his video interview is under the Video Tab on my blog.
Portuguese composer Miguel Azguime opened this incredible space called “O’Culto da Ajuda” (Lisbon) about 2 years ago and it now serves as a venue for all kinds of contemporary music, including free improvised music.
The sound in here is super crisp!
So it was a special pleasure to be asked to join Carlos Zingaro, Ulrich Mitzlaff and Pedro Rebelo on 2 December 2016 for a one off free improv gig.
Hoping to have a few more photos and a recording of the concert very soon.
Heading back to Belfast (23-28 November 2016) to run this super nice festival. You can catch up on everything on the Festival Site: Sonorities Gallery.
What a treat to be playing again with the Quasar Saxophone Quartet – this time in Montreal. The final concert took place at the spectacular ‘Amphithéâtre du Gesù‘ on 10 November, 8pm.
A few photos from our rehearsals here. Programme included a new work by Pedro Rebelo called ‘In a Line” – as you can see from the picts.
Nice to have the chance to explore yet another Lisbon venue for experimental music making – Zaratan.
It was primarily established as an art gallery, but Bernardo Álvares has been programming experimental music gigs here for some time. You can hear him speak about Zaratan and specifically the music series he curates there, called Letimotiv.
Delighted to have been asked by Prof Isabel Pires from the research group at the Center for the study of sociology, and musical aesthetics (CESEM, Nova University Lisbon) to give a talk on the work I have done in Brazil in 2014 and to give an initial insight into the work that I am currently doing here in Portugal. Happening on: 10 – October – 2016.
Presentation at the FCSH – New University of Lisbon – Portugal, October 7 – 8 2016. Talking on “Distributed Listening – socially engaged art” (project funded by the AHRC).