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Activities of the composers published by the MIC​.​PT
Sofia Sousa Rocha

The work A verdadeira hidrostória do Elefonte (2018) for narrator and chamber orchestra by Sofia Sousa Rocha, composer published by the MIC.PT, will be premiered during the concerts for children, taking place on February 15 and 17 at the São Carlos National Theatre in Lisbon. The programme of these concerts performed by José Eduardo Gomes (musical direction), Mário João Alves (narration) and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, also includes the first performances of works by Fátima Fonte and Sara Ross. These three musical children stories for narrator and chamber orchestra have been commissioned by the Victor Córdon Studios and the São Carlos National Theatre.
Miguel Azguime

The multimedia opera Salt Itinerary (2003/06) by Miguel Azguime (music and text composition) and Paula Azguime (video composition and staging) will be presented on February 16 at the Trindade Theatre in Lisbon in the context of the the Antena 2 Festival. This work is a one man show by the Miso Ensemble - performed by Miguel Azguime (composer published by the MIC.PT), with Paula Azguime responsible for sound projection and live electronics and Perseu Mandillo for live video. Also this month, the performance Dizer... As Palavras dos Poetas (To speak… the Poets’ Words) - resulting from Miguel Azguime’s collaboration with Companhia Maior in the context of the homonymous workshop taking place in the first half of February - will be premiered at O’culto Ajuda on February 17 and 18. This tantalizing creation aims at finding sonic, emotional and cognitive multiplicities in the poetry by Portuguese authors (Mário de Sá Carneiro, Fernando Pessoa, Eugénio de Andrade, Herberto Helder, among others). Here, the artists from Companhia Maior will constitute a “speaking choir”.
Luís Antunes Pena

The work Off-balance (2018; commission by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the context of the SP-LX project) for orchestra, two percussionists and electronics by Luís Antunes Pena, composer published by the MIC.PT, will be premiered on February 23 at the Gulbenkian Foundation during a concert performed by the Gulbenkian Orchestra under the baton of Pedro Neves, and by the soloists: Rui Sul Gomes e Nuno Aroso (percussion) and Luíz Filíp (violin). As Luís Antunes Pena explains - the work Off-balance was born from the idea of a “balance disorder” and “introduction of noise into a stable system”. The programme of this event, which will be repeated on February 24 at the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theatre in Almada, will also include other two works: Museu das coisas inúteis by the Brazilian composer Celso Loureiro Chaves (2017; commission in the context of the SP-LX project), as well as Become Ocean by John Luther Adams (2013; premiere in Portugal). The partnership SP-LX has been established between the Gulbenkian Foundation and the State Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo.
Rui Dias

On February 24 at Casa da Música in Porto in the context of the Formar na Digitópia project, Rui Dias, composer published by the MIC.PT, will conduct a workshop entitled My Jazz Band . Música Automática, whose participants will be exploring the computer as a tool and an active intervener to automatically generate music. Also this month, Rui Dias’ interactive installation Microsonic Spaces AV will be presented in the context of the Aveiro_Síntese 2018 Festival, organized by the Arte no Tempo cultural association and taking place between February 13 and 25 at the Aveirense Theatre. The central concept of this installation is to create an autonomous system generating music, based on the idea of an ecosystem of virtual vehicles with life and behaviours of their own. These vehicles are developed and transformed in a dynamic way, in response to the surrounding environment and the interaction with the installation’s visitors.
Ângela da Ponte

This year Ângela da Ponte has been invited to be Resident Composer at the 1st International Percussion Competition - Gondomar 2018. In this context two works by this composer published by the MIC.PT - Havana Club (2014) for vibraphone and Circus (2008) for multi percussion - are compulsory at the Competition. This initiative is organized by the Musical Band of Gondomar in partnership with the Gondomar Municipality, and in its framework three new work will be composed for the musicians awarded in each category. The Percussion Competition, taking place between March 24 and 28, is open to all percussionists of any nationality. The submissions are open until February 13. Also this month, the work Katharsis for soprano saxophone, accordion and string quartet, commissioned to Ângela da Pone by the 12th Síntese - Contemporary Music Cycle, will be premiered on February 2 at the Guarda Municipal Theatre.
Pedro Rebelo

Behind a Performance: the Tufo of Mafalala is a performance and exhibition, resulting from the collaboration between the artist-researchers in the filed of sonic arts and anthropology from the Queen’s University Belfast: Pedro Rebelo (composer published by the MIC.PT), Matilde Meireles and Iñigo Sanchez; and the Tufo Group of Mafalala and the IVERCA Association. The work has been created in the context of a project, aiming at a better comprehension of music and sound as vehicles of transformation in situations of conflict. By means of a process of interviews, field recordings, video and photography, the piece encompasses the Tufo artistic practice through its perception, social meaning and experiences of a group of women (makwhuas); displaced due to the conflict, they use the Tufo as a form of resistance. The exhibition will be open between February 15 and March 30 at the Camões - Portuguese Culture Centre in Maputo (Mozambique).
Ricardo Matosinhos

Low Horn Suite no.1 and no. 2 for trombone and piano (2014/15) are two works by Ricardo Matosinhos (composer published by the MIC.PT), which can be selected by the contestants of the 2nd International Trombone Competition at the Music Academy of Castelo de Paiva, respectively, in the 2nd Category and the 3rd Category. The applications for the Competition can be made on the event’s website until February 10. The auditions will take place on March 2-4 at the Music Academy of Castelo de Paiva.
Cândido Lima

The work SALMODIA-da noite e da montanha (2017) for soprano, saxophone (soprano and contralto), viola, cello and accordion by Cândido Lima, will be premiered on February 2 at the Municipal Theatre in Guarda in the framework of the 12th Síntese - Contemporary Music Cycle. - This work results form a commission by the Síntese - says Cândido Lima. - For many years I have had the desire to find in me music for this poetic river of rare beauty, because everything is of a rare beauty in Fernando Pessoa... - reveals this composer published by the MIC.PT.
Premieres of works by Portuguese Composers
at the 12th Síntese . Contemporary Music Cycle

Three works commissioned to Ângela da Ponte (Katharsis), Cândido Lima (SALMODIA-da noite e da montanha) - composers published by the MIC.PT - and to Nuno Côrte-Real (Gacela del Niño Muerto) by the 12th Síntese - Contemporary Music Cycle, will be premiered in February in the context of this event. As the Cycle’s organizers emphasize - these works have contrasting aesthetics, being precisely this the aspect that we wish to stress: the diversity, originality and difference between multiple choices of creative concepts, adapted for the Síntese ensemble’s original instrumental constitution. The concerts, during which the Síntese - Contemporary Music Group will be conducted by Jan Wierzba, will take place at the Municipal Theatre in Guarda (February 2) and the Contemporary Culture Centre in Castelo Branco. After the first performance the audience is invited for the meeting A Minha Música é... (My Music is…), with the participation of the composers - Cândido Lima, Ângela da Ponte and Nuno Côrte-Real - as well as the Síntese musicians. The programme of the 12th Síntese Cycle also includes conferences, master classes and more performances by the Entre Madeiras Trio, the violist Christophe Desjardins (with music by Emmanuel Nunes, among other pieces) and by the Belgian ensemble Thélema Trio. In February these concerts will be taking place in Castelo Branco, Guarda and Viseu.
Music by Portuguese Composers
at the Sax Only . Royal Antwerp Saxophone Project

Works for alto saxophone by Sofia Sousa Rocha (Entr'Ata, 2015) and Paulo Bastos (Beboop It!, 2014) - composers published by the MIC.PT - as well as by Luís Carvalho (Conn'O Sax, 2015) compose the programme of the concert by the Portuguese saxophone player Luís Ribeiro (February 4), which will be taking place in the context of the Sax Only . Royal Antwerp Saxophone Project - February 3-6 at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in Belgium. Apart from various concerts - for solo instruments and with ensembles - the programme of this international event for all saxophone players also includes conferences, master classes and meetings.
música hoje on antena 2
February 9, 2018, at 1h00 a.m.
Music and Poetry/Words

Música Hoje (Music Today) continues the cycle dedicated to the relations between music and words. During this programme we will present vocal music works by Miguel Azguime, composer who has dedicated a significant part of his production to the relations between music and poetry. He has been discovering the sounds within the words and transforming their meanings - music always returns to the word (and sometimes to the theatre), in the search of meanings and ideas, but also new sounds, which the voice discovers while singing and speaking. We will listen to works where text and spoken word are the starting (or arrival) point for music, exploring the pieces, in which the connection between poetry and music is evident, and other ones representing Miguel Azguime's music theatre.

February 23, 2018, at 1h00 a.m.
Music and Poetry/Words

This edition of Música Hoje is dedicated to contemporary music establishing intimate relations with poetry and more generally with the word. It's the continuation of the cycle of programmes with works where poetry is the starting point for music composition and sometimes becomes its sonic material (the word sings and speaks). We will listen to contemporary sound poetry, discovering the work of Américo Rodrigues in the context of phonetic poetry and the 20th century avant-garde. They explore new poetic and musical possibilities, either using entire words or creating poetry by means of their shattering.
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.
João Pedro Oliveira . Dossier No. 17 (PT)

This February, in the context of the series Dossiers . Portuguese Composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries, we provide a new online publication - the Portuguese version of the Dossier no. 17 dedicated to João Pedro Oliveira.

Edition: MIC.PT
Isabel Soveral . Dossier No. 15 (EN)

This February, in the context of the series Dossiers . Portuguese Composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries, we provide another online publication - the English version of the Dossier no. 15 dedicated to Isabel Soveral.

Edition: MIC.PT
NEW CDs on the MIC​.​PT
Hugo Vasco Reis
Metamorphosis and Resonances

Works for solo instruments by Hugo Vasco Reis performed by: Cândido Fernandes (piano), Lourenço Macedo Sampaio (viola), Monika Streitová (flute), Filipe Quaresma (cello), Frederic Cardoso (clarinet), Ana Castanhito (harp), Paulo Jorge Ferreira (accordion), Pedro Rodrigues (guitar)

Edition: Self-publishing
U43_João Castro Pinto
SUNTRIA - imaginal sonotopes

Work by João Castro Pinto:
Suntria - imaginal sonotopes (2017)

Edition: Unfathomless - U43
Mário Laginha
Concerto para dois Pianos

January 14, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
Mário Laginha and Pedro Burmester . pianos
Igor C. Silva
Deviation Point

January 19, O'culto da Ajuda, Lisbon
Inês Simões . soprano
Miguel Azguime
Aliterações de Água

January 19, O'culto da Ajuda, Lisbon
Inês Simões . soprano
Nuno Côrte-Real
As Canções Helénicas de Sophia
January 20, Belém Arts Centre, Lisbon
Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León
Nuno Côrte-Real . musical direction
Elisabete Matos . soprano
Fernando C. Lapa
quatro peças de silêncio e de esplendor

January 25, Conservatoire of Music in Porto
Al Trio
Marco Pereira . flute
António Pereira . viola
Lígia Madeira . piano
Andreia Pinto Correia
Quarteto para Cordas n.º 1 . Unvanquished Space

January 27, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
JACK Quartet
Christopher Otto & Austin Wulliman. violins
John Pickford Richards . viola
Jay Campbell . cello
Isabel Soveral
Anamorphoses IX

January 27, Casa da Música, Porto
Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música
Pablo Rus Broseta . musical direction
Romain Garioud . cello
José Alberto Gomes (Digitópia Collective) . electronics
Jaime Reis
Fluxus, pas trop haut dans le ciel

January 31, Musiques & Recherches, Centre Culturel d'Etterbeek Le Senghor, Brussels, Belgium
Electroacoustic music for a system in form of cupola
The Entre Madeiras Trio performs music by Portuguese Composers

Works by Clotilde Rosa (Wind Trio) and Christopher Bochmann (Elegy II Expanded) - composers published by the MIC.PT - as well as by Alfredo Teixeira (Diferencias II), Ivan Moody (world premiere of Amorphous Metal), Francisco Cortés-Alvares (Triple Expresso Mattutino) and Chen Yihan (Desert Dew), compose the programme of the concerts by the Entre Madeiras Trio in the context of the 12th Síntese - Contemporary Music Cycle; these performances will take place on February 9 at the Eduardo Lourenço Municipal Library in Guarda and on February 10 at the Grão Vasco Museum in Viseu. Constituted by Miriam Tallette Cardoso (flute), Filipe Pereira Branco (oboe) and João Andrade Nunes (saxophone), the Entre Madeiras Trio is a polyvalent group dedicated to the divulgation of contemporary Portuguese music.

Aveiro_Síntese . Biennale of Electroacoustic Music
with music by Portuguese Composers

For the second half of the month (until February 25) the Arte no Tempo association has prepared various events at the Aveiresne Theatre organized in the framework of the Aveiro_Síntese 2018 . Biennale of Electroacoustic Music, including: concerts (with premiere performances and revisitations of work by great classics), informal conversations, a project of communitarian creation, workshops and a colloquium on the resources within electroacoustic music creation, among others. In the construction of the event’s programme the organizers aimed at putting side by side historical repertoire and new creations, as well as music by foreign and Portuguese authors, including various composers published by the MIC.PT: Clotilde Rosa (1930-2017; with premiere performance of this composer’s work written last summer for the Aveiro_Síntese), Paulo Ferreira-Lopes, António Chagas Rosa, Luís Antunes Pena, Ângela Lopes, Rui Dias, Jaime Reis, Carlos Caires; and also Pedro Bento, Diogo Novo Carvalho, Tiago Lestre, Virgílio Melo, among many other Portuguese contemporary composers. The 3rd Aveiro_Síntese will also celebrate the 50th years of the FM synthesis discovery by John Chowning - who together with Daniel Teruggi will be one of the Biennale’s guests - and the 70th anniversary of Pierre Shaeffer’s first concrete music studies. This is an ideal moment not only to reflect on the two currents of electroacoustic music creation - computer music and concrete music; but also to pay tribute to the two recently disappeared figures: Jean-Claude Risset (1938-2016) and Pierre Henry (1927-2017).
MIC​.​PT Highlights
João F. Ferreira . New Composer's Page on the MIC.PT

In February the MIC.PT portal launches a new Composer’s Page dedicated to João F. Ferreira, who was born in 1985 in Castelo Branco (Portugal). João F. Ferreira graduated from Composition at the ESMAE in Porto, where he also did his Master’s Degree in Compositor and Music Theory with Dimitris Andrikopoulos and Eugénio Amorim. He also attended Master Classes with Jonathan Harvey, Kaija Saariaho, Marko Ciciliani and Pascal Dusapin, among others, having been admitted to the ENOA Project at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, where he worked with Luca Francesconi, and where his work Wolf_Gang (2012) for soprano, baritone and orchestra was premiered. João F. Ferreira’s catalogue of works includes pieces for solo instruments and chamber music (with or without electronics), orchestral music, electroacoustic pieces and installations. Among his works one should highlight: Dominó (2011) for orchestra, performed during an open score reading by the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música; Unwanted (2010/12) for voice and ensemble premiered by the Lisbon Contemporary Music Group; and Hunga Mate (2011) for ensemble, four voices, didgeridoo and electronics, premiered by the Ensemble I&D. His work False Entropy (2012) for bass clarinet and electronics was released on Frederic Cardoso’s CD Press the Keys. João F. Ferreira currently teaches Music Composition at the Conservatoire of Music in Porto and at Artâmega Marco de Canaveses Art Academy.
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