MIA 2017－Encontro de Música Improvisada de Atouguia da Baleia, the 8th edition of the festival, is gathering about 80 musicians of 16 countries. It happens annually at a tiny little village called Atouguia da Baleia in Portugal.
Rui Eduardo Paes from Jazz.pt explains it very well here:
O MIA – Encontro de Música Improvisada de Atouguia da Baleia vai decorrer entre os próximos dias 11 e 14 de Maio, em vários pontos da vila de Atouguia da Baleia, no concelho de Peniche. O também conhecido como “congresso da improvisação” terá este ano a participação de cerca de 80 improvisadores de 16 países…
Inspired by last year’s Post-MIA jam, Carlo Mascolo, Maria do Mar and I proposed Desterro to repeat it once more. If we do it again for one or two more years, it will inevitably become a tradition: the Post-MIA Jam Session in Lisbon, featuring the MIA participants that were still around and every Lisbon based musician that wants to join.
We were worried about the neighbours and suggested to the musicians to control their volume and keep the music below mezzo-forte dynamics, and it worked amazingly well: helped to maintain conscious playing the whole night, and the music did not stop until about 4am.
Maria do Mar – violin
Abdul Moimême – acoustic guitar
Ryoko Imai – percussion
Rui Sousa – electric bass
Moises Fernandes – trumpet
Bruno Parrinha – saxophone
Laura Marques – voice
Lorenzo Lustri – piano and synths
Quinto Fabriziani – violin
Francisco Andrade – saxophone
Carlo Mascolo – trombone
Pedro Santo – drums
Vania – voice
El Santo Albano “Chuck” Mark Lotz – flute
Ulf Mengersen – double bass
Mestre André – electronics and piano
Antoine Gilleron – trumpet
Baltazar – piano
Paulo Galão – bass clarinet
Alvaro Rosso – double bass
Luiz Rocha – clarinet
João Madeira – double bass
Paulo Curado – flute
Manuel Guimarães – piano
Karoline Leblanc – piano
Paulo Lopes – drums
Afonso Castanheira, Alvaro Rosso, Carlos Canão, Dario Nitti, Eduard Altaba, Francisco Andrade, François Choiselat, João Godinho, Laura Marques, Luis Fernandes, Luis Guerreiro, Nuno Morão, Nuno Ribeiro, Paulo Duarte, Paulo Pimentel, Pedro Castello Lopes and João Pedro Viegas.
This is the last post of 2015 and, with Orrù, Mar, Rocha – “Live at MIA 2015” (EndTitles) – we’re at the best of list compiled by Dave Foxall’s at A Jazz Noise.
The Orrù, Mar, Rocha trio was born at MIA, a big festival/meeting of improvised music at a Atouguia da Baleia a tiny city in Portugal by suggestion of Paulo Chagas – one of the festival’s curator and producer. It was a pleasure to play and we decided to keep it flowing, release that recording and play more.