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In 2018 Álvaro Salazar celebrates his 80th anniversary and it is for this reason that the MIC.PT In Focus section in November is dedicated to this composer, conductor and musicologist, whose work constitutes a reference point in Portuguese contemporary culture.
Born in Porto in 1938, Álvaro Salazar was one of the first Portuguese composers to carry out a specialized research regarding electroacoustic and concrete music. In 1965 he decided to destroy all the works he had presented until that point, having considered his language incoherent and out-dated. Since then his music has possessed a particular taste for textures, in which sound objects are carved by silence. Although he has been frequently classified as a serialist composer his catalogue (after 1965) does not contain any dodecaphonic work. The influences in his musical language include the Second Viennese School, but also Edgar Varèse, Morton Feldman and Franco Donatoni, among others.
In 1978 Álvaro Salazar founded the Oficina Musical, ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of new music. As conductor he gave first performances in Portugal and around the world of works by such significant authors as Janáček, Ives, Webern, Varèse, Eisler, Feldman, Ligeti...
This month (re)discover the work of Álvaro Salazar, visiting the MIC.PT In Focus section where we publish an interview with the composer, carried out in October this year. The interview will also make part of another MIC.PT Dossier dedicated to Álvaro Salazar, whose release will take place in one of the following months.
Photo: Álvaro Salazar . © Bruno Nacarato
Activities of the composers published by the MIC​.​PT
Diogo da Costa Ferreira

Multidão for contra-tenor and instrumen-tal ensemble is a project by three composers from the ESML (Music College of Lisbon) Composition Department, including Diogo Costa Ferreira – composer published by the MIC.PT. This monodrama tells the story of Rui, a young man suffering from schizophrenia and multiple personal-ities, following his path through life and his relation towards the different “voices” inside him. Three among these "voices" gain more importance and thus they are explored by the composers in each part of the libreto created by Nuno Cruz: Pedro F. Finisterra in Primeiro; Miguel Diniz in Vera; and Diogo da Costa Ferreira in Aquele. The premiere of the monodrama Multidão, performed by Rui Vieira (contratenor), various musicians from the ESML and Diogo da Costa Ferreira (musical direction), will take place on November 16 at the Thalia Theatre in Lisbon.
Gonçalo Gato

#where_we’re_going​ (2018) for instrumen-tal ensemble is a brand new work by Gonçalo Gato, which will be premiered by the Remix Ensemble Casa da Música on November 4. The piece by this com-poser published by the MIC.PT, commissioned to him in the framework of his artistic residency at the Casa da Música during the 2018/19 Concert Season, has been dedicated to the composer and conductor Christopher Bochmann. It will open a concert which also includes the music by Johannes Maria Staud, as well as various pieces by the 18th century composers William Corbett, Domenico Scarlatti and Carlos Seixas, performed by the Baroque Orchestra Casa da Música and Andreas Staier.
Miguel Azguime

In the second half of November Miguel Azguime will be in Canada at the International Confer-ence on Mixed Music Pedagogy, in order to conduct a Composition Masterclass for the composers at the McGill University in Montreal (November 17), and also to give a lecture – Composition and Performance of Mixed Music (November 18). On November 19 the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble conducted by Guillaume Bourgogne will give a performance which will include two works by this composer published by the MIC.PT: (ThS)inking Survival Kit (2010) and Trabalhos da Madeira (2017). Still this month: on November 7, Miguel Azguime's electroacoustic piece Liquidus Sonorus Luminaris (2005) will be presented in the context of the CreativeFest #12 at O'culto da Ajuda in Lisbon; on November 10 his work Orbital Shift Variations in Space (2017-18) will be premiered by the Drumming Marimba Quartet at the Bernaola Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain); and on November 27, also at O'culto da Ajuda, Jorge Alves (viola) will premiere the composer's work Dedans-Dehors (2018).
Filipe Lopes

The experimental film Cimbalino, ba-sed on the work by Filipe Lopes Sons que cabem num cimbalino​ (2011) for electric guitar and live electronics, and realized by Jerónimo Rocha, has been selected for the 24th edition of the Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival (Paths of the Portuguese Cinema), taking place between November 23 and December 1 in Coimbra. Also this month, on November 10 in Matosinhos, the Matosinhos String Quartet will premiere Filipe Lopes’ new work – Clusia Rosea. “I think that the composer has an important role in perpetuating the activity of musical composition as a form of research, emancipation and, above all, of exercising freedom. The composer’s role is to be curious, and not only to be a «music maker»" – said this composer published by the MIC.PT in the MIC.PT interview from April 2016.
João Pedro Oliveira

On November 7 the piece Neshamah (2016) by João Pedro Oliveira will be presented in Oslo by the EAU – Electric Audio Unit, a Norwegian collective dedicated to the performance of electroacoustic music, specializing in organization and execution of immersive, sonic and visual experiences, and giving concerts all around the world. This month another work by this composer published by the MIC.PT – Tesseract (2017; video-music) – will be presented in San Gimignano (Italy) in the framework of the VisionArt Section of the Visionaria Festival (November 10-18), for which it has been selected among various other finalist-pieces. Additionally – the piece Tesseract will be performed on November 27 at the Grains of Sound Festival (San Francisco), where João Pedro Oliveira is one of the featured composers; and also the electroacoustic version of 'Âphâr – piece composed in 2007 – is included in the Electro-acoustic Music Concert Cycle of Querétaro in Mexico (November 28-30).
Luís Antunes Pena

On October 31 the LTK4 venue in Co-logne organized the inauguration of the Open Call – Schau-sammlung '18 with an installation by Luís Antunes Pena for eight megaphones and 16 relays. The exhibition will be open for public until the end of this month. In November the music by this composer published by the MIC.PT will be performed in three countries: on November 5 at the San Francisco Church in Pontevedra (Spain), the cellist Thomas Piel will perform the piece ...winterlich ruhende Erde... (2000); on November 6 at the KunstKulturKirche Allerheiligen in Frankfurt (Germany), the two pieces by Luís Antunes Pena for soloists and electronics will be presented in concert – Im Rauschen, Cantabile (2012) and Três quadros sobre pedra (2008); and on November 19 at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, Heather Roche (clarinet) and Eva Zöllner (accordion) will perform the piece The Hunter (2017).
NCMM 2018

Daniel Moreira, Gonçalo Gato, Igor C. Silva, João Pedro Oliveira, Sara Car-valho and Paulo Ferreira-Lopes – are the composers pub-lished by the MIC.PT who, among many other creators, musicians, musicologists and researcher from Portugal and the world over, will participate at the NCMM 2018 – Nova Contemporary Music Meeting, which will be taking place between November 21 and 23 in Lisbon (the Fronteira Palace and the ESML – Music College of Lisbon). The NCMM is an international, biennial event, focused on the variety of subjects related with music since the beginning of the 20th century. This initiative, launched by the Contemporary Music Research Group of the CESEM – Centre for Studies in Musical Sociology and Aesthetics at the NOVA University in Lisbon, is a contribution to the development of a multidisciplinary and collaborative re-search in the field of contemporary music.
November 2, 2018, at 1h00 a.m.
In the 1st Person . Ernesto Rodrigues

In the 1st Person, cycle of interviews with Portuguese composers of the 20th and 21st centuries – who are every two weeks in conversation with Pedro Boléo – continues with an interview with Ernesto Rodrigues in the context of his work as composer, improviser and creator of the Creative Sources, an editorial project and platform for promotion of experimental music in Portugal. Another reason for this interview is also the next CreativeFest, taking place at O'culto da Ajuda in Lisbon between November 5 and 10. The programme also gives the opportunity to listen to some creations by Ernesto Rodrigues with other musicians, by means of recordings which he has chosen especially for the Música Hoje.

November 16, 2018, at 1h00 a.m.
In the 1st Person . João Castro Pinto

Música Hoje continues the cycle Na 1.ª Pessoa with an interview to João Castro Pinto, also in the context of a concert with the composer’s music at O’culto da Ajuda, Miso Music Portugal’s venue, on November 24. João Castro Pinto began his activity as composer, sound and intermedia artist in the second half of the 1990s. His artistic production is situated between the domains of soundscape composition/field recordings, live electronics (solo and with instrumentalists), as well as electroacoustic and acous-matic music. Recently the Miso Records has released a CD with a set of his most important acousmatic works, entitled Esofonia (1999-2017).

November 30, 2018, at 1h00 a.m.
In the 1st Person . Bruno Gabirro

The cycle of interviews to Portuguese contemporary composers continues with an interview to Bruno Gabirro, composer published by the MIC.PT. This month Bruno Gabirro presents a new work for viola, included in Jorge Alves’ recital, taking place on November 27 at the O’culto da Ajuda. The composer is also preparing an opera project, which also is one of the reasons for this conversation. Bruno Gabirro composes for different instrumental sets – from solo pieces to orchestral music, apart from works with live electronic sound processing. It’s yet another opportunity to get to know better this composer and his music, within a conversation In the 1st Person.
New 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 musicians and researchers.

New scores published by the MIC.PT:
Christopher Bochmann (CB0119)
Uma grande razão (2017)
baritone and orchestra
Christopher Bochmann (CB0120)
Ponteio (2016)
Christopher Bochmann (CB0121)
Vendaval (2017)
alto saxophone and wind band
David Miguel (DMig0001)
Sorrow came and wept (2018)
mixed choir and string orchestra
David Miguel (DMig0002)
Scordabasso (2004)
double bass quartet
David Miguel (DMig0003)
Quarteto 5.1 (2005)
clarinet quartet
Hugo Vasco Reis . I am (k)not

Hugo Vasco Reis' acousmatic works: Moment(o) Zero . A Cor do Pensamento . Súbita Escuridão . Pulsação Infinita . Eco de Cristal . Sons Umbilicais

Edition: Hugo Vasco Reis
Jaime Reis
Aera Excipere
October 1, Mairie du 17e arrondissement de Paris, France
Orchestre de Flûtes Français
Marc Hajjar . direction
Mariana Vieira
October 1, Mairie du 17e arrondissement de Paris, France
Orchestre de Flûtes Français
Marc Hajjar . direction
Jorge Salgueiro
Coffee Break
October 1, Cine-Teatro Paraíso, Tomar, Portugal
Simantra - Percussion Group
Banda of the Gualdim Pais Philharmonic Society
Nuno Leal . direction
Igor C. Silva
Sweet Data (no amnesia)
October 4, NanoDrumming Academy, FEUP Auditorium, Porto, Portugal
Drumming – Percussion Group
Participants at the NanoDrumming Academy
João Tiago Dias . percussion
Gonçalo Gato
October 9, Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal
Trio Adamastor
Francisco Henriques . violin
Pedro Massarrão . cello
José Ribeiro . piano
Paulo Bastos
October 14, Cine-Teatro Municipal, Gouveia, Portugal
String Quartet of the Symphony Orchestra of Gouveia Diogo Costa (violin) . Cláudio Soares (violin)
Mariana Moreira (viola) . Joana Carvalho (cello)
João Pedro Oliveira
La mer émeraude
October 27, Festival l'Espace du Som, Théâtre Marni, Brussels, Belgium
electroacoustic music
César Viana
October 30, O'culto da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal
António Carrilho . recorder
Daniel Schvetz
Três motivos
October 30, O'culto da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal
António Carrilho . recorder
Katharine Rawdon
Broadway Boogie Woogie
October 30, O'culto da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal
António Carrilho . recorder
Miguel Azguime
Feedback Orders
October 30, O'culto da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal
António Carrilho . recorders
Autumn Festivals ’18 in Aveiro

With the artistic direction of António Chagas Rosa – composer published by the MIC.PT – the Festivais de Outono ’18 will be taking place until November 28 at various venues in Aveiro (DeCA of the University of Aveiro, the Museum of Aveiro and the Aveirense Theatre). The programme of this event includes the music by Portuguese 20th and 21st century creators (António Fragoso, Fernando Lopes-Graça, Ivan Moody [premiere of Trilogy on the poetry by Lorca], Vianna da Motta, Vasco Negreiros, Filipe Pires, Álvaro Salazar and Gerson de Sousa Batista [premiere of the piece A dança no tempo]); as well as the music by various composers published by the MIC.PT: Igor C. Silva, whose work Numb (2015) for baritone saxophone and electronics will be performed by Henrique Portovedo on November 6; and also on November 17 in the context of the Piano Festival at the Autumn Festivals '18, Ana Telles will perform Lysozyme Synthesis (2003) by Jaime Reis, Ethnon – Canto do Paraíso (2010-12) by Cândido Lima and various excerpts from Estudos Literários – Retratos (2014) by João Madureira.
Viola Recital at O'culto da Ajuda

On November 27 the O’culto da Ajuda in Lisbon will receive the viola recital by Jorge Alves, which in its programme includes premieres of works created by the three composers published by the MIC.PT: GS65 by Jaime Reis, ... .. by Bruno Gabirro, and also Dedans-Dehors by Miguel Azguime. At this concert Jorge Alves will also perform pieces by Gérard Grisey (Prologue) and Armando Santiago (Neume III). According to this violist: “To revisit Grisey is in itself an excellent reason to perform a solo viola recital. However, the event gains another dimension and the resonance creates electronic life mixed with the viola in order to execute the premieres of works by Portuguese composers. For now I shall not reveal anything about them – who wants the final to be unravelled before even getting there?” Since October and once a month on Tuesdays, in collaboration with the Antena 2, the Miso Music Portugal has been organizing recitals with exceptional performers giving voice to the music of our time. The events are broadcast live from O’culto da Ajuda.
MIC.PT Highlights
Paulo Jorge Ferreira on the MIC.PT
New Composer's Page

From November the MIC.PT publishes on-line the new Composer’s Page dedicated to Paulo Jorge Ferreira, a preponderant figure in the artistic development of the accordion repertoire/performance in Portugal. Born in 1966, as composer Paulo Jorge Ferreira has written works for solo instruments, chamber music and orchestra. Due to the growing interest in his way of composing, he has received commissions from some of the most renowned soloists, chamber music groups and Portuguese music festivals; some of his pieces have also been performed abroad. As per-former, he has given recitals as well as chamber music concerts both at national and in-ternational level, having performed with globally renowned musicians. Paulo Jorge Ferreira is also professor of accordion at the Superior School of Applied Arts in Castelo Branco and at the National Conservatoire in Lisbon. He is also artistic director of the Folefest – Accordion Festival and Contest, as well as president of the Folefest Association.
David Miguel . New Composer Published by the MIC.PT

This November David Miguel has joined the group of Composers Published by the MIC.PT, which presently includes 65 authors. Born in 1979 in Fundão, David Miguel’s repertoire includes works for choir, chamber music, pieces for orchestra, music for theatre, installations and arrangements for different instru-mental sets. David Miguel works regularly with the Anonymus Choir and in 2018 he was Composer-in-Residence at the International Choir Festival of Aveiro and the ZêzereArts. Festival. Presently the Catalogue of Scores Published by the MIC.PT includes three works by David Miguel, and various other works by this composer are being prepared for edition in the following months; David Miguel’s new scores on the MIC.PT are: Sorrow came and wept (DMig0001), work from 2018 premiered in July at the ZêzereArts Festival, for mixed choir and string orchestra; Scordabasso (DMig0002), piece from 2004 for double bass quartet; and Quarteto 5.1 (DMig0003), work from 2005 for clarinet quartet.
Music by Filipe Esteves at the CIME/ICEM October Initiatives

As the Portuguese Federation of Electroacoustic Music within the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music – CIME/ICEM, in October the Miso Music Portugal/Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre – MIC.PT have participated in various initiatives organized by the CIME/ICEM. In this sense on October 12, the programme of the concert cycle carried out by the Belgian Federation of Electroacoustic Music (Projected Sounds – BeFEM Concerts during #BEM18), included the electroacoustic music work Sul e Sueste (2017-18) by Filipe Esteves. The piece makes reference to the name of the old railway station in the city of Barreiro, where the composer has been born and lives. Subsequently, the piece was included in the CIME/ICEM discographic edition, presented in the framework of the 36th CIME/ICEM General Assembly at Musicacoustica 2018 in Beijing, China (October 25-27).
Featured News
ENIM 2018 – 8th Conference
on Music Research

Organized annually since 2011 by the SPIM – Portuguese Society for Research in Music, this year the ENIM – 8th Conference on Music Research will be taking place between November 8 and 10 at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (Superior School of Education and the ESMAE – Superior School of Music and Performance Arts). The ENIM’s objective is to create, both for the researchers and all the people interested in different areas of music research, a plural, thematically diversified and methodologically up-to-date panorama of the activities carried out in this domain in Portugal. It’s equally open to participants from other scientific areas. The ENIM 2018 main speakers are: Gabriela Cruz (University of Michigan) and João Pedro Cachopo (CESEM – Centre for Studies in Musical Sociology and Aesthetics at the NOVA University in Lisbon).
Competition for Emerging Composers – Results

In September the Musicamera Productions an-nounced the six winners at the Competition for Emerging Composers, organized in the context of the 2nd CriaSons Festival. Camila Menino, Edward Luiz Ayres d’Abreu, Hugo Vasco Reis, Miguel Jesus, Samuel Pascoal and Tiago Derriça – these are the composers selected to integrate each of the six Programmes defined by the panel of composers-residents (Fernando C. Lapa, Cândido Lima, Amílcar Vasques-Dias, Eurico Carrapatoso, Alejandro Erlich-Oliva and Alexandre Delgado), proposed for the CriaSons 2018/19. The winners are invited to compose a new work, whose premiere – performed by various soloists, the Lopes-Graça Quartet and the Musicamera Instrumental and Vocal Camerata – will take place at the CriaSons Festival.
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