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Angolan Victor Gama marks his presence at a festival at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg

The Angolan musician and composer Victor Gama will be present at the Atlantic Festival which will take place in Luxembourg, from the 1st to the 9th of October, with the Philharmonie as the main stage.


The programme, which aims to present an itinerary through the worlds of music in Portuguese, bringing together names from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal, includes workshops and the exhibition "Instmnts", by the Angolan musician and composer Victor Gama, also a builder of instruments, yoga sessions, with music by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Joly Braga Santos, and a conference by musician Mário Lúcio, former Cape Verdean Minister of Culture, on the last day of the festival, 9 October.

In the lobby of the Philharmonie there will be the exhibition "Instmnts", a series of unpublished musical instruments created by Victor Gama.

Victor Gama proposes that musical instruments can create the same visual effect as works of art, incorporating symbolism into their design. "The Angolan artist builds instruments with poetic names such as 'tipaw', 'tartul' or 'vulk'. They can be played alone or together, generating surprising sounds to the touch", according to a note from the organization.

Visitors to the show can try out the different instruments, and workshops are also planned for small groups to explore Gama's instrumental universe in detail.

From the 4th to the 8th of October, "Musek erzielt: atlântico Edition" will be presented, an ensemble made up of instruments from Gamma. The concert features Betsy Dentzer (erzielung), Victor Gama (toha, acrux, dino), Salomé Pais Matos (toha, acrux), with direction, conception and text by Dan Tanson, wardrobe by Alexandra Lichtenberger and lighting design by Isabel Bouttens.

On the 4th, at lunchtime, Victor Gama plays toha and acrux, in a program conceived by him with the exhibition of a video, based on the research notes of the Angolan anthropologist Augusto Zita N'Gongwenho, a show that counts with the participation of Salome Pais Matos (toha).

António Zambujo will star in the opening concert, on the 1st, at 8 pm local time, but the program starts the day before, the 30th of September, with a recital by the pianist and composer João Paulo Esteves da Silva, at the Portuguese Cultural Center, in Luxembourg, the only one held outside the Philharmonie.

For the opening concert, at the Philarmonie in Luxembourg, on the 1st, António Zambujo, creator of "Lambreta", accompanies the guitar, and with him the musicians Bernardo Couto, on Portuguese guitar, João Moreira, on trumpet, and Francisco Brito, on double bass.

On the 4th, at 7:30 pm, the fado singer Aldina Duarte, author of some of the poems she sings, performs, accompanied by the musicians Paulo Parreira, on the Portuguese guitar, and Rogério Ferreira, on the viola.

Aldina started singing fado in 1995, in one of the houses in Lisbon, and, in 2004, she released her first album, "Apenas o Amor", followed by seven others, the most recent, "Roubados", from 2019.

On October 5th, at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm local time, yoga sessions will take place with instructor Amelie Kuylenstierna and musical accompaniment by Nils Kohler (clarinet) and Cathy Krier (piano), being executed, among others, works by Villa-Lobos, Pedro Faria Gomes and Braga Santos.

On the same day, at 7:30 pm, saxophonist and composer Rodrigo Amado presents "The Bridge", with Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass and Gerry Hemingway on percussion.

According to the organization, on its website, "this concert launches a new series dedicated to the exploration of adventurous jazz".

The Brazilian Dom La Nena performs on the 6th, at 19:30 local time.

The singer and cellist will present her latest album, "Tempo", which came out last year.

On the 7th, pianist Joana Gama with Luís Fernandes (electronics) will present "There's no knowing", with lighting design by Sofia Ribeiro and scenography by Frederico Rompante.

On the last day, musician Mário Lúcio presents the conference "Le Cap-Vert, berceau de la créolisation" ("Cape Verde, cradle of creolization").

This conference, in French and in which Mário Lúcio will also sing, is organized in collaboration with the non-governmental organization Finkapé – réseau afrodescendant Luxembourg, within the framework of the "KlangKeller" project.

With the exception of the recital by João Paulo Esteves da Silva, all other Atlantic Festival initiatives take place in different rooms of the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, namely the Grand Auditorium, Découvertes space and Chamber Music Room, in addition to the Grand Foyer.

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