Marco Franco with Joana Gama and Tiago Sousa / CALHAU! featuring Vasco Alves

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Program

Marco Franco with Joana Gama and Tiago Sousa

This is the second live performance of this trio that started playing together following the composition work of Marco Franco previously recorded solo in the album “Mudra”, where he revealed the lyricism of his piano playing, in pieces where beauty is suspended, guided by the steps of Satie and Debussy, but with a personal signature. With this triangle in sight, Franco on the piano, Joana Gama playing the celesta and Tiago Sousa the harmonium, the project follows its path and gets deeper into the nature of a composition that becomes clearer but remains defying, when this trinity of very particular instruments is reunited and establishes a dialogue.

Three resolute composers of our time – each one with a very personal language and a vast curriculum between solo activity and collaborations – come together as if they are triangulating a dream of harmonic possibilities for the three very distinct keyboards they hold, working their approach and building shapes, leading the music with grace and intuition towards a plateau for contemplation.

 

Calhau! feat. Vasco Alves
Presentation of TAU TAU

It is under the name (Von) Calhau! that Marta Ângela and João Alves have found a way to express something of their own. For over a decade, they have been distilling reality and whatever may be beyond it, in a continuous artistic project which is, in the end, their own life. Like few, they explore linguistic delimitations of sounds and words coming from the popular imaginary or from sci-fi narratives. They do it in between the four walls of a gallery, or on a stage.  In the stream of their activity we are now taken to an exoplanet named “TAU TAU”. There is a new record in the collection of sound tapes of the Calhau! ship and it was made in collaboration with Vasco Alves. The artist, who will also be part of this live performance, develops a work that explores the material nature of sound through electronic instability and puts the bagpipes in the centre of his practice defying the physical limits of the instrument and realizing its impact in space.

“TAU TAU” is an electronic delirium where Marta’s voice assumes different morphologies among João’s broken sculptures with a set off ineffable narratives. Those who have seen them live before know that every concert is a unique moment, impossible to replicate. Being able to dwell on these lessons, exercises and rituals for the first time is an irrefusable invitation.

 

Artists

Marta Von Calhau: Voice / Paua
João Von Calhau: Electronic
Vasco Alves: Bagpipes


Marco Franco (1972, Lisboa) is a musician, a composer and self-taught visual artist. He began his path in 1986 working and recording with multiple rock and jazz projects as a percussionist. Between 2006 and 2011 he recorded two albums with his group Mikado Lab and, in 2017, he released “Mudra”, a piano solo. He has also done music for theatre, dance and cinema.

Joana Gama (Braga, 1983) is a Portuguese pianist who unfolds in multiple projects, both solo and collaborative, in the areas of film, dance, theater, photography and music.

In 2017 she defended her doctoral dissertation “Interpretive Studies on Contemporary Portuguese Music for Piano: The Particular Case of Evocative Music of Portuguese Cultural Elements” at the University of Évora, as a FCT Fellow.

Since 2013, she has an electronic piano duo with Luís Fernandes, with whom he edited QUEST (2014), HARMONIES (2016, with Ricardo Jacinto) and at the still point of the turning world (2018, with Guimarães Orchestra). In April 2019, at the Porto Municipal Theater, they premièred a new collaboration , this time with Drumming GP.

In 2016, with the support of Antena 2, Joana Gama dedicated herself to SATIE.150 - A celebration in the shape of an umbrella marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of French composer Erik Satie in Portugal. The corollary of the SATIE.150 celebrations took place in the end of 2017 with the release of the album  SATIE.150 - edition supported by the GDA Foundation, with Pianola Editores - and a new chapter of her work: I LOVE SATIE, solo recital and “I like Mr. Satie very much,” a commented recital for children.

​In 2019 she released the album “Travels in my homeland” with Grand Piano and, based on this repertoire, she began a collaboration with Sopa de Pedra.

Von Calhau! was born in 2006, in Porto. It is the designation of the body of work developed in communion by Marta Ângela and João Artur in the (un)recognisable forms of music, visual arts, performance, among others. Their most recent presentations include “Oximoroboro” and “Volta Subicida” at Culturgest in 2015; “Rotornariz” at Galeria Pedro Alfacinha in 2016, the same year in which they released “Ú” (Kraak), a CD that was presented live at Café Oto, De Player or at the Festival LAFMS Uncanny Valley; the performance “Tau-tau”, in 2017, for BoCa bienal, a work that also went to the Festival Videobrasil in São Paulo; the exhibition/performance “Phantom Blot Back to Attack”, in 2018, at Kunstraum in London and, in that same year, the performance “O Praner de Urizar” at Museu de Serralves; between February and May 2019 they were at Residency Unlimited, in New York (with a grant conceded by Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar); in February 2020 they opened the exhibition “Unharias” at MAAT, Lisbon.

Vasco Alves His work consists in the exploration of the materiality of sound through electronic instability, sound synthesis and amplifying systems. These are processes of a very volatile nature that need a rigorous method of work in order to be presented live.

With bagpipes, his practice focuses on developing pieces that explore the physical limits of the instrument and the impact on space caused by that same process. His presentations can be completely acoustic or involve a mix with electronically generated audio in a mix of improvisation, repetition and psycho-acoustic.


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and collective preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us at [email protected].