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In January we dedicate the In Focus section to João Pedro Oliveira, composer published by the MIC.PT, particularly interested in the interaction between instrumental and electroacoustic music as well as, more recently, in the image synthesis by means of techniques similar to the ones used in electronic music creation. “… there is a growing tendency to associate and integrate music with other arts and in the future this tendency will increase” - says João Pedro Oliveira in the MIC.PT Questionnaire/Interview.
Born in 1959, João Pedro Oliveira studied organ, composition and architecture in Lisbon and he did PhD in Composition at the University of New York in Stony Brook. His works include a chamber opera, a Requiem, orchestral works, string quartets, chamber music, music for solo instruments, electroacoustic music and experimental video. For his work, performed all around the world, he received more than 60 international and national awards, including the following three at the end of 2017: the 1st Prize in the audiovisual category at the MA/IN 2017 festival - MAtera INtermedia (Italy) with the work Neshamah (2016); Honourable Mention at the As you like it Competition (Alvarez Chamber Orchestra) with the work Titanium (2014); as well as Honourable Mention at the 3rd edition of the ilSUONO Contemporary Music festival (Italy) with the work Vox Sum Vitae (2011).
João Pedro Oliveira is Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Barsil) and at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). How in his work does he determine the relation between the “reasoning” and the creative “impulses”? How does he define his aesthetic stance? The answers to these and other questions can be found in our January In Focus section about the creative work of João Pedro Oliveira, to whom, in the near future, we will also dedicate the 17th Dossier within the MIC.PT series: Dossiers . Portuguese Composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Photo: Rubner de Abreu
Activities of the composers published by the MIC​.​PT
Miguel Azguime

Dizer... as palavras dos poetas (To speak… the poets’ words) is the title of the performative workshop with Companhia Maior, which Miguel Azguime (composer published by the MIC.PT) will lead at the O’culto da Ajuda in Lisbon in January and February. The aim of this initiative is to create a performance based on texts of various Portuguese poets, chosen by the workshop’s participants, who will follow entirely new creative paths, still awaiting to be discovered. As Miguel Azguime explains, the texts will be in a certain way rewritten, for example in form of scores for various voices and with instructions on how to say and perform the poet’s words. Also in January - Miguel Azguime's music will be presented in concert by Nuno Pinto, Inês Simões and the Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble.
Jaime Reis

The electroacoustic, 16-channel work for a sonic system in form of a cupola, Fluxus, pas trop haut dans le ciel (2017) by Jaime Reis (composer published by the MIC.PT), will be premiered on January 31 at the Centre Culturel d'Etterbeek Le Senghor in Brussels (Belgium), during the first part of the concert Le Paysage Sonore, organized by the Belgian acousmatic music association - Musiques & Recherches. The introduction to the event will be performed by Annette Vande Gorne, composer and founder of the Musiques & Recherches, who will be explaining the notion of soundscape, which through an artistic approach involves the audience in an exercise of listening and perception. The concert’s second part includes the immersive work by the British composer Jonty Harrison: Going/Places (2016).
Portugal XXI - concert with music by Portuguese Composers

Portugal XXI is the title of the performance, which will take place on January 27 at the Casa da Música in Porto. Its programme includes works by five Portuguese composers published by the MIC.PT - commissions by Casa da Música and the Matosinhos Municipality. This concert, entirely dedicated to Portuguese music, will be performed by Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, under the baton of the Spanish conductor Pablo Rus Broseta; by the French cellist Romain Garioud, who will give the world-premiere performance of Isabel Soveral’s work Anamorfoses (2017) for cello and orchestra; as well as by the Matosinhos String Quartet - soloist in António Pinho Vargas’ Tríptico (2009), recently revised by the composer. Additionally, the programme of this concert also includes the work Paisagem Interior (2002) for orchestra by the late Clotilde Rosa, as well as the version for orchestra of Pedro Amaral’s work composed in 2013: Deux portraits imaginaires. The event will be preceded with a round table, where the audience will be able to meet the Portugal XXI composers.
Igor C. SIlva

The work Smart-alienation (2016), for flexible ensemble, electronics and video by Igor C. Silva, composer published by the MIC.PT, will be preformed on January 24 at the Kinetic Manchester in the United Kingdom. The aim of this space dedicated to contemporary music is to take it out from the traditional concert hall context to more informal environments, where the audience can not only listen to music, but also socialize between the pieces. The Kinetic founders want to build a community around research and innovation music. The space’s programming is concentrated on the presentation of new works; Kinetic also intends to breath life back in to existing works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Also in January - Inês Simões will give premiere performance of Igor C. Silva's new work in the context of her recitals Da Solidão at O'culto da Ajuda.

The Austrian premiere of the work Mirando eu Miranda (2017) for soprano, bass clarinet and violin, by [ka’mi] - composer published by the MIC.PT - will be performed by the Platypus Ensemble on January 27 at the Echoraum in Vienna. This programme will also include works by the following composers: György Kurtág, Felipe de Almeida Ribeiro, Tamara Fribel, Rafaele Maria Andrade, Simon Vosecek, Judith Unterpertinger, Fernando Riederer and Tomasz Skweres. The Platypus Ensemble is a young and dynamic music formation, developing its activity in the area of contemporary music. In terms of programming the Platypus’ intention is to defend and promote the aesthetic plurality, mainly presenting music by young composers with emerging careers, side by side with works by already established creators.
Art's Birthday 2018 with music by Portuguese Composers

The Art’s Birthday 2018 - Euroradio Ars Acustica Special Evening with direct radio broadcast from various countries - will take place on January 17. In Portugal the evening will be broadcast from Miso Music Portugal (O’culto da Ajuda in Lisbon), on Antena 2 and for the European Broadcasting Union. The event’s programme includes works for clarinet and electronics by three composers published by the MIC.PT: Time Spell (2004, rev. 2010) by João Pedro Oliveira, Ñcàãncôa (1995) by Cândido Lima and No O’culto Profuso (medidamente a desmesura) (2009) by Miguel Azguime. The music will be performed by Nuno Pinto (clarinet) and Miguel Azguime (electronics). The Art’s Birthday is a celebration in homage to the French artist Robert Filliou (on the photo) who on January 17 1963 declared that Art had been born exactly 1.000.000 before, when somebody had dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water.
Franando C. Lapa

Fernando C. Lapa’s work quatro peças de silêncio e de esplendor (2017/18) for a flute, viola and piano trio, will be premiered on January 25 at the Auditorium of the Conservatoire of Music in Porto, by the Al Trio composed of: Marco Pereira (fute), António Pereira (viola) and Lígia Madeira (piano). The concert’s programme also includes pieces by Bohuslav Martinů, Maurice Duruflé and Tatiana Nikolajeva. At the beginning of the month, on January 7, another work by Fernando C. Lapa (composer published by the MIC.PT) - canções do outro lado da rua (2017), for guitar and mandolin orchestra - will be presented at the Municipal Auditorium in Gondomar by the Portuguese Guitar and Mandolin Orchestra under the musical direction of Paulo Martins.
Daniel Schvetz

In November 2017 Daniel Schvetz, composer published by the MIC.PT, was distinguished by the Embassy of Argentina in Portugal with the Recognition Award for strengthening the cultural bonds between Argentina and Portugal. Daniel Schvetz has lived in Portugal since 1990, where he has been developing his activity in music education, composition and performance. His catalogue includes choral and chamber music, solo pieces, orchestral works, operas, or theatre music. Among his recent productions one should highlight the music for the performance/animation Lisboa em Voo de Peixe, premiered on November 23 at the CCB in Lisbon. “Everything that constitutes the «today» attracts me strongly”, says Daniel Schvetz in the MIC.PT interview from March 2015.
Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble at Teatro da Rainha . Performances with Portuguese Music

Four works by two composers published by the MIC.PT - Enveloppement (2013/15) for soprano, ensemble and electronics, Trabalho Poético: a árvore (2016) for soprano and electronics and Mestre Gato ou o Gato de Botas (2009) for reciter, ensemble and electronics by Miguel Azguime; as well as 7 canções (2012) for soprano, piano and reciter by Paulo Ferreira-Lopes - build the programme of the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble’s concerts, which will take place on January 25 and 26 at the Teatro da Rainha in Caldas da Rainha (Portugal). The ensemble conducted by Pedro Neves and composed of Sílvia Cancela (flute), Nuno Pinto (clarinet), Elsa Silva (piano), Suzanna Lidegran (violin) and Luís André Ferreira (cello), will be also accompanied by the soloists: Miguel Azguime (reciter) and Marina Pacheco (soprano). The sound projection will be performed by Paula Azguime and André Hencleeday, by means of the computer-music technology provided by the Miso Studio.
MIC​.​PT Highlights
música hoje on antena 2
January 12, 2018, at 1h00 a.m.
Contemporary Music
by Portuguese Performers

During this Música Hoje programme we will be exploring some recent editions with contemporary music performed by Portuguese musicians. In the spotlight - on the one hand the clarinetist Nuno Pinto, on the occasion of his participation in the Art's Birthday 2018, taking place on January 17. This event will be broadcast directly to the European Broadcasting Union through the Antena 2 from O'culto da Ajuda in Lisbon. Another performer in focus will be the soprano Inês Simões. Between January 19 and 21 at O'culto da Ajuda she will give three recitals entitled Da Solidão (Of Solitude), whose programme is mainly composed of works by Portuguese composers and includes world premieres of two brand new works.

January 26, 2018, at 1h00 a.m.
Contemporary Music and Poetry

This Música Hoje radio broadcast presents contemporary music pieces establishing intimate relations with poetry, and more generally, with words. Here, poetry constitutes a departure point and sometimes becomes the sonic material. The word sings, the word speaks, and poetry has an ancient connection with music. Nevertheless, current music creation has many times moved away from the word in order to discover other sounds and forms that not yield to it. Yet music has always come back to the word (and sometimes to the theatre), in the search for meanings and ideas, but also new sounds discovered by the voice when it sings and speaks. During this programme we will listen to contemporary creations, highlighting the relations between music and poetry.
MIC​.​PT scores
The score edition by the MIC.PT aims at distributing scores of works by Portuguese composers, making them available online and thus promoting the knowledge and choice of Portuguese music among performers, ensembles, programmers and researchers.
NEW CDs on the MIC​.​PT
António Pinho Vargas
Concerto para Violino

Works by António Pinho Vargas: Concerto for Violin . in memoriam Gareguin Aroutiounian (2016), Quasi una Sonata for violin and piano (2011), No Art - four studies for solo violin (2016)

Edition: mpmp
João Castro Pinto

Works by João Castro Pinto: Invocatio - ascribing soundImages into Silence (2009) . Water-Dreamt-By-Forest: a binaural oneiric-walk (2011) . Catachresis (2012)

Edition: Triple Bath
Luís Neto da Costa

December 2, Casa da Música, Porto
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
Baldur Brönnimann . musical direction
Miguel Azguime
Um livro é um livro… Será?

December 5-7, Teatro da Rainha, Caldas da Rainha
Paula Azguime . sound diffusion
Miguel Azguime . computer assistant
Ana Baptista e Francisco Sales . narrators
André Rodrigues
Cântico para a Remissão

December 5, Music Conservatoire, Paredes, Portugal
Frederic Cardoso . clarinet
Carlos Brito Dias
quatro poeMas

December 5, Music Conservatoire, Paredes, Portugal
Frederic Cardoso . clarinet
Alain M. Rosa
Six Concert Etudes

December 5, Music Conservatoire, Paredes, Portugal
Frederic Cardoso . clarinet
Luís Neto da Costa
E é sempre melhor o impreciso que embala do que o certo que basta

December 5, Music Conservatoire, Paredes, Portugal
Frederic Cardoso . clarinet
Rodrigo Cardoso

December 5, Music Conservatoire, Paredes, Portugal
Frederic Cardoso . clarinet
Hugo Vasco Reis
Metamorphosis and Resonances

December 5, Music Conservatoire, Paredes, Portugal
Frederic Cardoso . bass clarinet
Jaime Reis
Inverso Sangue: Cinábrio

December 16, Art Ukraine Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
Members of the International Ensemble Modern Academy
Luís Neto da Costa
O jardim do silêncio

December 19, Casa da Música, Porto
Artium Trio
Francisco Lima Santos . violin
Pedro Gomes Silva . cello
João Barata . piano
Fernando C. Lapa
Uma lenda verdadeira

December 20, Igreja dos Congregados, Braga, Portugal
Ensemble Harawi
Alexandra Moura . soprano
Diogo Novo Carvalho
Imagem I

December 28, Festival DME #56, Seia, Portugal
Frederic Cardoso . clarinet
Igor C. Silva . electronics
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