Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Poetry and Musical Improvisation

“A Cena do Ódio” (The Scene of Hatred), written by Almada Negreiros, gave birth to a meeting between improvised music and declamation, in the beautiful city of Peniche.
The text was divided in several sections which provided some guidelines for improvisation. It was a great pleasure for me to be part of this project – PREC (Projecto Ressonante Experimental Criativo)- which stands for (something like) Creative Experimental Resonant Project.

This concert also served as a promotion of the upcoming MIA 2011 (improvised music encounters) in the nearby village of Atouguia da Baleia, a festival that I had the honour of participating in its first edition, last year, having then posted some videos from it here and here.

Thank you to all these wonderful friend-musicians who invited me for this performance:

Paulo Ramos: declamation
Paulo Chagas: flute, oboe and alto sax
Fernando Simões: trombone
Paulo Duarte: guitar
João Pedro Viegas: clarinet and bass clarinet

Excerpt from the show:

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Inteview on Billy-News

An inteview with me, about the recent concert with Émasfoi-se, a band from Coimbra from 20 years ago.
The site is a blog focusing on the Portuguese Punk scene. Although Émasfoi-se wasn’t exactly “Punk”, there were many references and sometimes parodies which included Punk.

(All content is in Portuguese Language)

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Concert with Émasfoi-se

From my early years as a musician in a band, “Émasfoi-se” was one of the best bands I took part in, certainly the funniest, combining energetic concerts with stage performances. Musically, it was a bit of everything: a lot of punk mixed with folklore, kitsch, metal and many stolen references, often thrown in with nonsense. This band is still regarded as one of the most creative of that era of the then so-called “música moderna portuguesa”, in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Twenty years later we decided to have a one-off concert at our home city. It was for all of us a great time, to be together on stage and to rediscover on rehearsals how on earth we came up with that music!

Happy Birthday, Chris!

Here’s a song I made for Chris, called… “For Chris”! Happy Birthday to You!