SWITZERLAND | CONCERT | NATIONAL PREMIERE

 

The powerful experimental exploration of African-American pianist and composer Julius Eastman (1940-1990) has been the target of rediscoveries and of further presentations in recent times. After playing with avant-garde SEM Ensemble, with Morton Feldman, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros or Meredith Monk, Eastman started concentrating on his own arrangements. The hypnotic sounds in which Eastman incorporated a variety of improvisational and expressionist elements defied convention and the minimalistic tendencies then established.

Being Afro-descendent and gay, the titles of some of his compositions – “Nigger Faggot”, “Crazy Nigger”, “Gay Guerrilla” and “If You So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?” – are publicly and socially aggressive confrontations that in opposition to the pieces themselves they are works of meditation and intellectually stimulating. They speak for themselves when it comes to challenging serious orthodoxies.

The Swiss pianist quartet composed of Duri Collenberg, Lukas Rickli, Philip Bartels and Simone Kellet continues its exploration around the political postminimalist music of Julius Eastman, brought to Portugal for the first time by BoCA.

Kukuruz Quartet will also play the work “Quartet No. 10” of Swiss composer Marcel Zaes.

 

Support to the presentation Pro.Helvetia

Next Performances

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  • SÉANCE – Lisbon

    24 April 2019 — 27 April 2019
    ZDB, Lisbon

    MARIANA TENGNER BARROS

    Séance” is an intimate performance, for 3 to 10 spectators at a time in unique and continuous sessions of 30 minutes each. Barros dives deep in Victorian era aesthetics, searching for reference in the Espírita movement that emerged in the 19th century simultaneously with the feminist movement and as a reaction to the industrial revolution, that at the same time denotes the permanence in the 21st century of the strong desire for the paranormal and supernatural.

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  • LO FRÍO Y LO CRUEL

    26 April 2019 — 27 April 2019
    Tibães Monastery, Braga

    ANGÉLICA LIDDELL

    In this new creation, having its starting point the Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch narrative as well as the one from Marquis de Sade, the essay “The Cold and The Cruel” (1967) by Gilles Deleuze, Angélica Liddell focuses on the literary and artistic part of perversions, far away from any clinical explanation, where it is highlighted the poetic expression that goes beyond any artistic frontier or discipline to display the relations between father and daughter.

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  • VOLUTA

    26 April 2019 — 30 April 2019
    Tibães Monastery, Braga

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE

    João Pais Filipe is a percussionist, drummer and sound sculptor from Porto. Futurist and traditional. Ethno techno. For the Casa do Volfrâmio in Tibães Monastery (Braga) a circular installation of gongs is projected, suspended from sculpted items that can be sonically activated by the visitors. There will be two moments of live performance-concert of physical interaction between the musician and his sculptures-instruments.

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  • FEEL ME. HEAR ME. SEE ME. – Braga

    26 April 2019
    Museum Dom Diogo de Sousa, Braga

    Education and creation project based on HELENA ALMEIDA

    The project honors, through contemporary music, one of the greatest artists of the XX and XXI century, Helena Almeida (1934-2018). Bringing together students from the three main Music universities of Lisbon, Porto and Braga, young composers create new works from the series of the same name by Helena Almeida. The result: a concert that brings together students from the three universities.

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  • FEEL ME. HEAR ME. SEE ME. – Porto

    28 April 2019
    Casa das Artes, Porto

    Education and creation project based on HELENA ALMEIDA

    The project honors, through contemporary music, one of the greatest artists of the XX and XXI century, Helena Almeida (1934-2018). Bringing together students from the three main Music universities of Lisbon, Porto and Braga, young composers create new works from the series of the same name by Helena Almeida. The result: a concert that brings together students from the three universities.

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  • FEEL ME. HEAR ME. SEE ME. – Lisbon

    29 April 2019
    São Carlos National Theatre, Lisbon

    Education and creation project based on HELENA ALMEIDA

    The project honors, through contemporary music, one of the greatest artists of the XX and XXI century, Helena Almeida (1934-2018). Bringing together students from the three main Music universities of Lisbon, Porto and Braga, young composers create new works from the series of the same name by Helena Almeida. The result: a concert that brings together students from the three universities.

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  • PAJUBÁ

    30 April 2019
    Lux/Frágil, Lisbon

    LINN DA QUEBRADA

    Linn’s first LP gains its title of “Pajubá” after the dialect spoken by the gay community and its supporters in Rio de Janeiro. The name comes from the African languages and has begun being used by the transvestites of Rio as a form of survival against the violence on the streets. With lyrical and incisive power, frequently humorous, she approaches topics such as violence, poverty, body politics, sex, desire and the daily struggles of Brazilian trans women.

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  • SCOTOMA CINTILANTE

    30 April 2019
    National Theatre São Carlos, Lisbon

    JONATHAN ULIEL SALDANHA

    "Scotoma Cintilante" is a performance-concert for a mixed choir of blind people with three dimensional graphical sheet music. The surface of a sculpture-machine is the inanimate matter that operates the mutation over the voice in time. Coming from a world-vision where tactile relations with inanimate matter is the primordial source of sound building, this performance-concert submits itself between matter and animates, pre-language and surface.

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