Sounds of a Revolution

Participatory project

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Revolution of 25 April 1974

Sounds of a Revolution is an artistic and participatory project that results on a musical performance by the contemporary artist Mikhail Karikis with students from Artallis – Conservatório d’Artes de Loures and the composers Sara Ross, Teresa Gentil and Francisco Joaquim. The creative team also includes sociologist and musician Alix Sarrouy and choreographer Maruan Sipert. The orchestra will be conducted by Diogo Costa.

Inspired by one of the most emblematic gestures of the April Revolution – the red carnations that were placed in the barrels of soldiers’ guns – the artist Mikhail Karikis proposes a reflection on revolutions yet to come in a current world context where the sustainability of the planet appears to be threatened by widespread and global effects. Picking up on the idea of the opposition between nature (as a force that generates life) and the technology of war (intended to kill) contained in that poetic gesture of the carnation against the rifle, Karikis and the young Artallis students seek to draw attention to climate change and its social, political and economic effects, displacing the notion of revolution to natural elements and nature itself.

This year-long participatory project of musical creation and performance, involving 52 pupils from Artallis aged between 14 and 24, as well as three contemporary composers, Sara Ross, Teresa Gentil and Francisco Joaquim, choreographer Maruan Sipert and sociologist and musician Alix Sarrouy, culminates in a performance in the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, in 14th September 2024, and an audiovisual work to be presented in the CAM – Modern Art Centre, in 2025. 

This partnership between the CAM, Gulbenkian Music and Artallis stems from the shared desire to broaden young people’s relationship with contemporary artistic production, in a collaborative and participatory model that extends the territories covered by the activity of both institutions.

Mikhail Karikis has a vast body of work produced in close partnership with communities situated outside the usual contexts of contemporary art, working at the intersection between sound, moving images and performance. In Sounds of a Revolution, the artist continues his recent research and challenges participants to explore, through art and music, questions such as: to what extent do young people feel involved in the democracy brought about by the April Revolution? How do the revolutionary values of freedom and self-determination apply to their everyday lives? How can Celeste Caeiro’s iconic gesture with the carnations serve as a theme for other forms of imagining and materialising hopeful futures for the planet? What other revolutions does nature ask of us? What are the sounds of this revolution in progress? This collective reflection will culminate in the sharing and creation of themes to be incorporated into a score on which the show and audiovisual work will be based.

Artallis’ mission is to ‘Inspire, involve and educate for a better world, through art,’ by providing a broad range of educational art courses specialising in the areas of music and dance for all levels of primary and secondary education, in connection with the Ministry of Education. It is the specialised art school of the Municipality of Loures and its establishment in 2008 was directly inspired by a fervent desire to create spaces in which to strengthen, teach and empower a community with difficulties in accessing artistic education. This structure has developed a pedagogical, artistic, cultural, investigative and social project that has had an extraordinary impact on the surrounding community, mobilising around 8,000 people to learn and to make music together, developing a unique and distinctive educational tool combining body percussion and voice, and making music a powerful vehicle for social integration.

Biographies


Mikhail Karikis

Mikhail Karikis (Thessaloniki, GR, 1975) lives between Lisbon and London. His work developed in many media is shown internationally in museums, contemporary art biennials, and festivals. Karikis has released three solo music albums, as well as compilations and collaborative albums with Alamire Consort, members of the Hilliand Ensemble, with Dj Spooky and Björk. He performs as a musician and experimental vocalist in museums and music venues including the Barbican Art Centre and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Karikis also holds a professorial position at MIMA School of the Arts and the Creative Industries, UK.


Teresa Gentil

Teresa Gentil is a composer, performer and researcher. She is currently a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology and a research fellow at the FCT. She composes for orchestra, theater, musical theater, cinema and dance and collaborates regularly with the educational service of the Casa da Música (Porto), Fábrica das Artes (CCB-Lisbon), the National Reading Plan, and the National Arts Plan. She published five original albums and was honored with the Zeca Afonso Prize, awarded by the Almada City Council, Labjovem – Music and Labjovem – Theater Prizes, awarded by the Azores Regional Government.


Sara Ross

Sara Ross (São Miguel, Azores, 1989) is a composer and she is in her final year in Music Composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. She attended the course of Digital Music Creation at Teesside University (2007-2010), where she received in 2009 the Honourable Mention for Best Portuguese Piece at the 10th Electroacoustic Music Competition by Miso Music. She has collaborated in dance projects with music arranging for ‘37.25 – Núcleo de Artes Perfomativas’ (2012), and composition for choreography work with students from Escola Superior de Dança.


Francisco Joaquim

Francisco Joaquim (2000) is a composer and a member of the Artallis Conservatory Body Percussion Orchestra. He works regularly with the PhilarmoniCAL Orchestra and the Lisbon Film Orchestra. He studied classical guitar at the Conservatório d'Artes de Loures and he is graduated in composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he studied under the guidance of João Madureira, Luís Tinoco and Sérgio Azevedo.


Maruan Sipert

Maruan Sipert is a choreographer and performer. In his practice, he works with art from an intercultural perspective and across borders, both geopolitical and linguistic. His research interests involve the concept of ‘Social Choreography’ in the multiple relationships between bodies, architectures and landscapes. He collaborates with different artists, presenting work at festivals, theatres and galleries in various countries.


Alix Sarrouy

Alix Sarrouy is a musician and sociologist of the arts. He is a researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology - Music & Dance at NOVA.FCSH, where he developed the  project ‘YouSound – Educação musical como ferramenta de inclusão de refugiados menores de idade na Europa’. He is co-editor of ‘A arte de construir cidadania: juventude, práticas criativas e ativismo’ (Tinta da China) and author of ‘Atores da educação musical: etnografia nos programas socioculturais El Sistema, Neojiba, Orquestra Geração’ (Húmus-CICS.NOVA).


Diogo Costa

Diogo Costa (1989), a conductor who recently won ‘Prémio Jovens Músicos’ for Orchestral Conducting, has worked on the production of several operas with some of the most outstanding directors and conductors. In 2020, Diogo Costa was a finalist in the ‘Mackerras Fellowship’ at the English National Opera, and a semi-finalist in the ‘Siemens Hallé International Conducting Competition’. He collaborates with national orchestras, such as the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and international ones, such as the West European Studio Orchestra, and he played with renowned jazz musicians such as Benny Golson, Perico Sambeat and John Ellis.

 

 

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