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electronic and cinematic sounds of French-Portuguese Lucy Antunes enchant Porto Covo – Observer



electronic and cinematic sounds of French-Portuguese Lucy Antunes enchant Porto Covo – Observer

For the first time on the Portuguese stage in Porto Covo, Lucie Antunes “blazed” the path in the new French electroacoustics, a “young conductor” eager to continue the work of authors such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Chassol.

French-Portuguese composer aims to translate classical music into language pop and the audience at the Músicas do Mundo festival appreciated the electronic audacity. “It’s great to play FMM with people from all over the world,” he said in an interview with Lusa.

At the concert, Lucy Antunes (composition, percussion, vibraphone, marimba, drums) is accompanied by Jean-Sylvain Le Guic (synthesizer, vocals) and Franck Berthoud (live sound processing, modular synthesizers).

Classically trained on percussion and inspired by the pioneers of minimalism, Lucy “take care” instruments that are unlikely to be seen in concert pop like vibraphone, marimba, celesta or martenot waves.


Having the opportunity to make a career in orchestras, he preferred the freedom pop electronics and electroacoustic experiments. On drums or in her percussion range, Lucy, who often came with her (Portuguese) father to Lisbon, creates hypnotic dance music, preserved on the album “Sergeï” and the EP “LNM”.

I was the one who composed all the songs and then we made versions to show them live with the musicians who accompany me on stage. I play everything acoustic and they take care of the electronic. We’ve been together for two years now, and the recordings are very different from the concerts. It’s more lively and on the album it’s much more electronic,” Lucy describes.

Unfortunately, he says, there’s a recording on the disc that they can’t play live. They also don’t have “a lot of space to improvise” because they play with an “electronic component”. It’s like they have a metromon that they “must respect”. They must respect the written part, which makes improvisation “nearly impossible”. It is not always possible to recreate the setting and setting of the “LNM” music video. In terms of scenography, this is “a very expensive production, and even the stage in Porto Covo would not allow this,” the composer admits.

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As for modern electronic music, the Franco-Portuguese artist admits that he really likes LCD Soundsystem, Pantha Du Prince and Caribou. “They are great references for me,” he concludes.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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