Public Programmes
Commented Concerts
Conceiving the concert as a conversation, I invite musicians to discuss their stylistic choices, aesthetic influences and references through performance and dialogue. Notes will range from gong resonances to cultural exchanges, and the exploration of cosmic ancestral forces.
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Commented Concerts / Saturday, May 28, 7pm

Sun Oddly Quiet — João Pais Filipe

Musician and sculptor João Pais Filipe introduces his process of creation and exploration of sound through a session with percussion instruments, many of them designed and built by himself. While exploring the relationship between materials, gestures and sounds, João Pais Filipe reveals how his travels across Africa, Asia and South America informed his heterogeneous, complementary cadences and sound mantras.
 
João Pais Filipe is a percussionist and sound sculptor from Porto. He develops his artistic activity in Porto, where he constructs percussive metal instruments, such as gongs or cymbals, exploring their sculptural and acoustic properties.
 
Location: Sala A, Arda Recorders
Rua de Pinto Bessa, 122. Armazém 12, 4300-427 Porto

Image credits: Renato Cruz Santos
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Commented Concerts / Sunday, 19 June, 9pm

Black Med, Chapter IV & VI — Invernomuto

Inspired by Paul Gilroy's “Black Atlantic” theory, which sees the Atlantic Ocean as the reflection of a political and cultural system based on the socioeconomics of slavery, historian Alessandra Di Maio defined the “Black Mediterranean” as a territory of subordination, racial oppression and geopolitical dispute. Based on these theories, Invernomuto created Black Med, a project of DJ set sessions in which texts and references dialogue with sound pieces, grouped into themes such as migration, periphery, interspecies or alternatives to technology. Black Med, Chapter IV features a diversion through the Persian Gulf and Black Med, Chapter VI is based on David Abulafia’s essay “Mediterraneans”. 
 
The moment counts with the collaboration of Sismógrafo, which will present a solo exhibition of the artistic duo, on the previous day, and on Friday a screening of two documentaries at Passos Manuel Cinema.
 
The work of Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi) spans from moving images and sound to sculpture, performance and publishing. With Black Med, they intercept the sonic trajectories that cross the Mediterranean, tracing their movement and accommodating their narratives.
Location: Acoustic Shell, Gardens of Palácio de Cristal

Concert organised in collaboration with Sismógrafo.

-Film screening, by Invernomuto
Friday, June 17th, 10:00pm
Passos Manuel Cinema 

-Exhibition opening "EMPIRE 2020", by Invernomuto
Saturday, June 18th, 17:00-20:00
Sismógrafo

-Commented concert "Black Med, Chapter IV & VI", by Invernomuto
Sunday 19th June, 21:00
Acoustic Shell, Gardens of Palácio de Cristal
 
Image credits: Renato Cruz Santos

Commented Concerts / Friday, 30 September, 7:30pm

Invisible Gestures — Nkisi

Nkisi explores gestuality as a form of spatial writing whose power expands into the dimension of the invisible through the dynamic and responsive properties of sound in the context of improvisation. From these speech-generating movements, Nkisi investigates the complex articulations between the nature of memory, abstract thought and the infinite reality of fractal worlds. Integrated within the scope of The Secret Institute project, the sound performance Invisible Gestures invokes the ancestral forces of nature and the cosmos, through the continuous study of hand movements, combined with improvisation in ritual performance, amplified by sounds, invocations and rhythms.
 
Nkisi (Melika Ngombe Kolongo) is an electronic musician, producer, and artist whose performances overlay African rhythms, hard European dance tropes, and synthesizer melodies to reorder the hierarchy of the senses and discover how body and memory are affected by sounds and rhythms.
Location: Acoustic Shell, Palácio de Cristal’s gardens

Image credits: Alan Sahin

Age rating: over 6 years old.

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