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…
Quasar was recorded during the Creative Fest 2015 -organized by the label Creative Sources- what made possible gathering those 45 musicians for the recording. It was mostly freely improvised and briefly conducted by Ernesto Rodrigues.
Ernesto Rodrigues – conduction and harp
Maria da Rocha – violin
Emanuela Lioy – violin
Maria do Mar – viola
Guilherme Rodrigues – cello
Miguel Mira – cello
Álvaro Rosso – double bass
Adam Pultz Melbye – double bass
Hernani Faustino – double bass
Adriano Orrù – double bass
João Madeira – double bass
Miguel Ivo Cruz – viola da gamba
Emídio Buchinho – acoustic guitar
Flak – acoustic guitar
Abdul Moimême – prepared electric guitar
Paulo Duarte – electric guitar
Antônio Chaparreiro – electric guitar
Stephan Sieben – electric guitar
Guilherme Carmelo – baritone guitar
Maria Radich – voice
Paulo Curado – flute
Paulo Chagas – oboe
Bruno Parrinha – clarinet and alto clarinet
Ricardo Ribeiro – bass clarinet
Paulo Galão – bass clarinet
Luiz Rocha – bass clarinet
Albert Cirera – soprano and tenor saxophone
Nuno Torres – alto saxophone
Sei Miguel – pocket trumpet
Yaw Tembe – trumpet
Luís Vicente – trumpet
Fala Mariam – alto trombone
Eduardo Chagas – trombone
Fernando Simões – trombone
Carlos Santos João Silva – synthesizer
Nuno Moita – turntable
Armando Pereira – toy piano
Manuel Guimarães – church organ
Silvia Corda – melodica
Nuno Morão – drums
Monsieur Trinité – percussion
Carlos Godinho – percussion
Hakon Berre – percussion
André Hencleeday – percussion
Pedro Castello Lopes – percussion
Quasar – Variable Geometry Orchestra was recorded live on 29th November 2015 at St.George’s Church by André Silva and Pedro Serrano – Scratch Built Studio. Photography by Nuno Martins, Graphic Design by Carlos Santos, Production by Ernesto Rodrigues.
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.
Orrù Mar Rocha Trio, recorded live at MIA 2015 and beautifully released by the Swiss label EndTitles.
The trio was brought to life by Paulo Chagas, the curator and the commander-in-chief along with Fernando Simões, of MIA – a festival that takes place every May in Atouguia da Baleia, Portugal. He invited us to play at the old St. Joseph’s Church for the opening of the festival and we’ve met just before the concert, while sound checking.
It worked so well that we settled as a trio and EndTitles decided to release the recording of that concert.
Back in the groove after some time recording and chilling out in Brasilia, my hometown in Brazil!
It’s great to be playing once again with Adriano Orrù and Maria do Mar. We’re now at the 2015 edition of the Creative Fest, a cool festival organized by the label Creative Sources, where we’ll release an album we recorded live at St. Joseph’s church, during MIA – another great Portuguese festival, on May 2015. The Swedish label EndTitles is releasing it and the pre-orders are available at their web. Click here to grab it. We’re so happy about it and Maria just can’t stop smiling!!