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.
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.
A drawing by Rita Draper Frazão.
Check at her blog all the drawings she made at MIA, they’re beautiful.
Her words about this one I’ve posted:
“This one was made in the concert where Luiz Rocha performed with Maria do Mar (see the portrait I did last year from this stunning violin player here) and Adriano Orru.
This Brazilian musician based in Barcelona, is all about plasticity. His versatility made me think on which colors could match this idea. I came to the conclusion he could do every musical color, and so I wrote “As Cores do Mundo para ti” – “The world colors for you” in the primary colors – the ones that allow us to make all the others. He is a larger than life being and a very creative person who now also has this amazing blog, Carahiba, about music, check it out!”