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Composer, poet, and percussionist, he founded the Miso Ensemble in 1985, a flute and percussion duo recognized by the public and by the critics as one of the most important Portuguese contemporary music groups. The Miso Ensemble has given numerous concerts in Portugal and abroad, with more than 400 performances to date.

Miguel Azguime has obtained various awards for composition and performance, has composed for diverse formations, instrumental and/or vocal with or without electronics, electroacoustic music, sound poetry, and also music for exhibitions, sound installations, theatre, dance and cinema. He has received commissions from several national and international prestigious institutions*.

Azguime's music has been performed by renowned soloists, ensembles and conductors**, being regularly presented at majors festivals of contemporary and electroacoustic music around the world***.

Miguel Azguime handles words and music with a combination of genius and lightness, which cleverly counter the reputation of austerity that contemporary music sometimes carries. Both lyrical and entertaining, his polymorphic works amaze and attract both lovers of music and those new to it. His work as a composer is shot through with aesthetic freedom and numerous different sources of inspiration. On hearing the first note, the listener is immediately struck by an incandescent beauty in which the physical presence of the instruments mixes with an electronic play of light. The energy and rhythm give life to a highly melodic musical phrase in which "melismas" play an important role. Like ten or so other composers.

The connections between Azguime the composer and Azguime the poet have given birth of a unique text and music relationship that he has named Electroacoustic Theatre and Electroacoustic Opera.

Besides his activity as a composer, poet and percussionist, he remains actively dedicated to the promotion and diffusion of contemporary music, as artistic director of the independent label Miso Records, as artistic director of the Música Viva Festival, as founder of the Miso Studio. He has developed since 1995 the first Portuguese Loudspeaker Orchestra and as a researcher he has been working in the development of real time computer music, giving lectures and courses on this field.

In 2003 he started, together with Paula Azguime the Portuguese Music Research & Information Center - MIC.PT. This same year Miguel Azguime won the 2003 EMS composition prize.

Miguel Azguime has been composer in residence in many electronic studios around the world, namely the Heinrich Stroebel Experimental Studio of the Sudwestfunk - Freiburg, the Electronic Music Studio EMS in Stockholm, the Centre de Recherche et Formations Musicales de Wallonie - Liège, the TU Studio from the Technische Universität Berlin, the International Centre for Composers in Visby, the Sonology Department of the Kunitachi University - Tokyo.

In 2006 Miguel Azguime was DAAD composer in residence in Berlin, and since then he lives and works in Berlin and Lisbon. Prize winner in 2008 for his Salt Itinerary opera of the MUSIC THEATRE NOW COMPETITION Berlin in the category OTHER FORMS DEYOND OPERA.

Miguel Azguime was jury member for the World New Music Days in Sweden 2009 and of the Gaudeamus Music Week in 2011. Miguel Azguime has been commissioned a "Commande d'État du Minsitère de la Culture" for the Ensemble Court-Circuit premiered in Paris in May 2011.

* - (Heidelberg Festival, Festival Ars Musica, EMS Stockolm, Japan Society for Contemporary Music, Ensemble Pythagore, éOle, Ensemble Court-Circuit, Commande d’État du Ministère de la Culture (France), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Oriente Foundation, Casas de Fronteira e Alorna Foundation, Ministery of Culture (Portugal), Centro Cultural de Belém, Europália 1991, Porto 2001, Casa da Música, Teatro Viriato, Seixal Municipality – Ecomuseum, Setúbal Municipality – Michel Giacometti Museum, Oeiras Municipality, Lisbon Municipality, Matosinhos Municipality, Commande d´État Minsitère de la Culture, EMPAC Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center EMPAC) ** - (Alain Neveux, Jean-Marie Cottet, Alain Damiens, Robert Glassburner, Paula Azguime, Yoshiko Shibuya, Angel Gimeno, Lenka Zupkova, Tsung Yeh, Johannes Kalitzke, Stefan Asbury, Dominique My, Kunitaka Kokaji, Gregory Rose, Rolf Gupta, Peter Rundel, Olivier Cuendet, Titus Engel, Pedro Amaral, Yves Krier, Pascal Galois, Roberto Bollea, Juliane Trémoulet, Smith Quartet, California Ear Unit, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Aventure, Remix Ensemble, Ensemble Ébruitez-vous!, OrchestrUtopica, Grupo de Música Contemprânea de Lisboa, Miso Ensemble, Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble, Ensemble Antipodes, Gulbenkian Choir, Antifonia Choir, Singcircle, Hua Xia Ensemble, L’Autre Trio, ComeT Ensemble Tokyo, …)

*** - (ISCM-World Music Days in Luxembourg, Japan, Slovenia, Croatia; Festival Ars Musica, Festival L’Espace du Son, Sonic Arts Annual Conference, Sonorities Festival Belfast, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; Spring in Havana Festival; Florida Electroaoustic Music Festival, Xornadas de Música Contemporânea de Santiago de Compostela, Festival Escena Contemporânea; Festival Synthèse, Festival Novelum, Festival Mira, Festival Ébruitez-Vous, Festival Itinéraire de Nuit, Festival MUSICA Strasboiurg; Ultraschall Festival , Maerzmusik Festival, Festival Transart; Festival Audio Art; Inventionen Festival, Heidelberg Festival; Encontros de Música Electroacústica de Brasília; Jauna Muzika; Encontros Gulbenkian de Música Contemporânea; Festival Música em Novembro; Festival Música Viva - Portugal; Oxford Contemporary Music Festival; Centro para la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea; Festival Ensems; ZKM Karlsruhe; Warsaw Autumn Festival; Akousma4; Musicacoustica Beijing;…)

Dossier no. 8 . Portuguese Composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries . Miguel Azguime

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