July 17 & 18, 2013, São Luíz Municipal Theatre, integrated in the Teatro de Almada Festival (avant-première)
September 27, 2013, Warsaw Autumn International Contemporary Music Festival, Poland (world-premiere)
October 10-25, 2013, tour in Sweden
A Laugh to Cry explores some primary concerns, which have always haunted human beings, and reveals them from the perspective of our contemporary globalized world. This gains shape through a meditation on the hegemonic power of the destruction of memory, the devastation of the Earth and even the collapse of humanity.
The Opera evolves in the fringes between dream and reality; between the visible and invisible. It is divided in several acts where five characters, two sopranos, one bass and two narrators (a female and a male voice), live and dwell constantly between these two parallels. It also involves 7 acoustic instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, live-electronics and extended video scenography.
A Laugh to Cry is a metaphysical theatre embodying eternal archetypes with music and multilingual libretto by Miguel Azguime
“A Laugh to Cry” pursues Miguel Azguime’s goal, as a poet and composer, to grasp an ideal balance between language and music, to merge the language’s semantic and metaphorical components with its sonic values, in order to achieve his concept of “speech as music and music as speech”. “A Laugh to Cry” extends Miguel Azguime’s research on voice analysis, re-synthesis and processing, aiming at creating a dynamic continuum between timbre, harmony, rhythm and voice spectra.
Miso Music Portugal assigned as Institution of Public Utility
On March 7, 2013 was assigned by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers the status of Institution of Public Utility to Miso Music Portugal, having been pointed out that "has provided, since 1999, relevant and ongoing services to the community in general regarding the promotion of culture, promoting and participating in numerous activities and projects aimed at the dissemination and valorization of the Portuguese musical creation, both nationally and internationally."
Open Farm Thursdays - Electroacoustic Agriculture
A cycle of monthly musical gatherings dedicated to electroacoustic music, during the whole year on every first Thursday of the month at 9:30 p.m., to present the principal currents of this music, which revolutionized the musical creation of the last 60 years. Works of reference, which created history of this genre will be presented side by side with current production with the focus on Portuguese composers, always with their presence to establish a space of an enriching dialogue between the creators and the public.
May 2, 2013 – 9:30 p.m.
Talking music with João Castro Pinto: music by João Castro Pinto and Francis Dhomont
Miso Music Portugal
Rua do Douro nº 92, Rebelva
Tel: +351 21 457 50 68
After the conclusion of the first stage of the European project Composing With Sounds, we now ake available for listening the pieces composed by the students and the composers Simão Costa and Miguel Azguime.
COMPOSING WITH SOUNDS CONCERT - MISO MUSIC PORTUGAL CONCERT SEASON AT GOETHE-INSTITUT LISBON
April 19, 2013 - 19:00
Goethe-Institut in Lisbon (Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, 37)
In this concert, culminating the 20 workshops of the project, carried in 3 schools of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area for 4 months; will be presented, in premierem, several pieces composed by the 73 students that participated in the workshops, as well as the 2 pieces composed by Simão Costa and Miguel Azguime.
Palavras Trocadas by Jasmim Mandillo, with the guidance of Miguel Azguime
O Sonho by Cooperativa de Ensino A Torre 4ºA, with the guidance of Miguel Azguime
Crepúsculo by Agrupamento de Escolas Elias Garcia da Sobreda da Caparica 5ºB, with the guidance of Miguel Azguime
Notes on Books by Miguel Azguime, commissioned by INA/GRM - Groupe de Recherches Musicales
Quando Eu Nasci by Simão Costa with Ágata Mandillo - text by Isabel Martins (Sound Told Fairy Tale)
Germany (ZKM/Institut fur Musik und Akustik) - Bela Wiener, Final Emanzipation - 4'18''
France (INA/GRM) - Florian Sulpice, C’est Wiizzz!!! - 3’45’’
United Kingdom (MTI Research Centre/De Montfort University) - Leshaun Kiaya Blake-Rodrigues,Beautiful Things… - 2’00”
Greece ( EPHMEE - Electroacoustic Music Lab, Ionian University) - Kostas Chrysikopoulos, Sound Play - 2’20”
Norway (NOTAM) - Hedda Martine Hall and Efua-Maria Raknerud Aikins, "Alt (er) mulig" – 2’45”
Portugal (Miso Music) - Salpicar da Cooperativa de Ensino A Torre 4ºB e da Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional 5ºB, with the guidance of Simão Costa
DeCerto SerraMu by Simão Costa, commissioned by De Monfort University
Concert integrated in the Miso Music Portugal Concert Season at the Goethe-Institut
see concert programme
Antena 2 | Every Second Saturday at 1 a.m.
Programmes in May, 2013:
May 11: Gilles Gobeil – Cinema for the Ears
Gilles Gobeil - "Là où vont les nuages..." (1990-91) | 11:18 (empreintes DIGITALes)
Gilles Gobeil - "Projet Proust" (1995, 2001) | 13:17 (empreintes DIGITALes)
Gilles Gobeil - "Ombres, espaces, silences..." (2005) | 23:00 (empreintes DIGITALes)
May 25: François Bayle – Electroacoustic Music
François Bayle - "Thèâtre d'ombres: ...derrière l'image" (1988) | 23:35 (MAGISON)
François Bayle - "Mimaméta" (1989) | 11:02 (MAGISON)
François Bayle - "Fabulae: ...nota" (1991) | 10:18 (MAGISON)
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The Little Girl Water Droplet
"The Little Girl Water Droplet" among the 15 finalists of the YEAH! Young EARopean Award
The children opera "The Little Girl Water Droplet" by Miguel Azguime is finalist of the Yeah! Young EARopean Award, in the category of performance.
YEAH! Young EARopean Award is the European competition to highlight creative minds and musical ideas that arouse children and young people’s enthusiasm for music beyond youth popular culture. By bringing together people from different countries and diverse musical traditions this award aims to develop an understanding of each others’ cultural roots and traditions: music as an expression of identity which is able to cross borders without words.
The award ceremony will take place on September 14, 2013 at the end of the second YEAH! festival in Osnabrück (Germany).
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World Music Days 2014 - Results
The Polish Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music announced the results for the World Music Days 2014 Festival, which will take place on October 3-12, 2014 in Wroclaw (Poland). The jury members Elzbieta Sikora, Pierre Jodlowski, Luca Francesconi, Peter Swinnen and Jacek Rogala, have evaluated more than 500 scores (196 individual and 313 section entries).
During the World Music Days 2014 Festival, Portugal will be represented by two works: the children opera "A Menina Gotinha de Água" by Miguel Azguime (cat. 5 – one act opera for children) and "All-in-one" by Carlos Caires (cat. 2c – chamber orchestra).
European Competition for Live Electronic Music Projects 2013
The ECPNM – European Conference of Promoters of New Music hosts the sixth European competition for the composition and interpretation of live-electronic music projects. The organising partners of this competition are members of the ECPNM such as: EULEC in Lüneburg / Hamburg, Germany; MISO Music, Portugal; Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the Netherlands
The organizers of this competition are looking for project proposals that demonstrate in an innovative way new possibilities for the combination of instruments and live-electronics as well as innovative use of live-electronics with the composer as a performer. A maximum of three projects in each category will be selected by a jury (representatives of the above-mentioned organisations); these projects should be pre-produced by the applicants and will then be premiered at a final concert during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in September 2013 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Further performances will take place during events of the organisations mentioned above in 2013/14.
World New Music Days 2013
Pedro Rebelo’s “Trio” has been selected for performance at the 2013 ISCM World New Music Days, which will be taking place in Slovakia and Austria (Košice, Bratislava, Vienna) from 7th to 16th of November 2013. Since 2000 the Portuguese official applications for the World New Music Days have been prepared and submitted by the Miso Music Portugal.
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