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Música Viva Festival - 18th Edition

18-23 September at the Belém Arts Centre and 1st-10th October at the Goethe-Institut in Lisbon

The art of Portuguese music is experiencing what is probably its most remarkable golden age, superior to the times of polyphony; simultaneously Portugal is facing a profound crisis: both essentially philosophical and derivatively economic!

Contradicting the disinvestment in art and culture practiced by the Portuguese government, contemporary composers and performers affirm this richness and vitality without precedent, to which the Música Viva Festival has given voice since 1992; being a privileged vehicle for communication of music created here and now, of music reinventing itself day by day.

A platform for circulation, and encounter of various ideas and aesthetics, the programme of the 18th edition of the Música Viva Festival, which will be taking place in Lisbon at two different venues and timelines – September 18th to 23rd at the Belém Arts Centre and from October 1st to 10th at the Goethe-Institut in Lisbon – will be devoted, in its essence, to new Portuguese creation, with the focus on the relations of music with technology.

Counting with the excellence and complicity of a diversified array of artists and participants, without the generosity of whom it would not  have been possible to realize this year this event, the Festival’s programme will include debates, an "excessive" sound installation, the 2nd International Forum for Young Composers of the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble, and nine concerts presenting around 60 works, among which 40 are by Portuguese composers and with 15 premiere performances. The highlight will be given to the music of Constança Capdeville (for her 75th anniversary and 20 years after her passing) and to the music of Álvaro Salazar at the opening concert entirely dedicated to his work.

Full programme available here: www.misomusic.com

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