Tomorrow! Opening night for “Lições de voo” (“Flight Lessons”) at Teatro Constantino Nery in Matosinhos with Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, directed by Isabel Barros with fabulous actors Vitor Gomes and Micaela Soares. Costume design by Cláudia Ribeiro and lighting design and operation by the unstoppable Filipe Azevedo. Music soon to be available on your favorite streaming platforms.
Currently doing a residency with Igor Gandra at NYUAD’s Innovation Studio to develop a new piece. Stay tuned for the developments!!
On April 1 I will open the Manifold festival with a concert featuring Laetitia Morais (live video), Cristina Ioan (flute), Emil Sein (saxophones), and Mahsin Basalama (qanun). The concert will feature the world premiere of “Three insomnias — Music for a dark room.”
The electronic part of “Three Insomnias” was composed in 2001 by Carlos Guedes for ballet “Quarto Escuro,” a choreography by Isabel Barros for the Balleteatro, and a commission from Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture. The traumatic event of 9/11 happened during the rehearsals for this show, and this was a major shifting point for the music. The stark reality reminding us all of our impotence in avoiding this type of violence, brought all of a sudden a new meaning, and almost new function to the music being composed — it should be able to transport people to dreamy states and beautiful spaces in order to liberate them from the horrible reality being lived at the time. The audiovisual reincarnation of this music in Three Insomnias with the videos by Laetitia Morais and the live music counterpart intends to make the audience embark on a collective dream that transports them audiovisually and emotionally to new and beautiful places.
Later today “1985.2” for soprano saxophone and fixed media electronics will be performed by mighty Gilberto Bernardes at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2017 in Gwangju, South Korea.
Phobia Robotica is a piece I composed for Phobos-Orquestra Robótica Disfuncional (Phobos – Dysfunctional Robotic Orchestra) that premieres June 3 and 4 at the Serralves em Festa Festival in Porto. This is collaboration with Sonoscopia. Check it out if you happen to be around. Bzzzt!
My recent work with dance and video featuring some of my favorite collaborators (Nella Turkki, Kirk Woolford, Saguenail, João Menezes, Cristina Ioan, and Laetitia Morais) is presented at Labocine, an online publication from Imagine Science Films. Check it out!
Photo credit: Kirk Woolford
Video from Jinn, premiered last March 14, published on Vimeo.
Choreography & Dance: Nella Turkki
Flute & Voice: Cristina Ioan
Motion Capture & Video Compositing: Kirk Woolford
Sound Recording: João Menezes
Music: Carlos Guedes