Angélica Salvi, Ece Canlı, João Pais Filipe and Pedro Augusto are four musicians and composers from Porto who have followed at the same time an important national and international journey in the fields of experimental music, electronics, jazz and sound research. All with recently edited records, the connections they have established are multiplying between collaborations and co-editions. For QSP SUMMIT, the four artists prepared an original composition work in an original ensemble of voice, percussion, harp and synthesizers.
“Phantone”, Angélica Salvi’s debut album expresses what has been learned from her work over the past few years: she has a unique ability to communicate and express herself freely with her instrument, the harp. Born in Spain, but a resident of Porto since 2011, where she teaches at Conservatório de Música, her career includes collaborations with Evan Parker, Casa da Música Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modelo 62, Brokkenfabriek, Butch Morris and works developed for Sonoscopia or Balleteatro.
The Album recorded during the Encontrarte of Amares, at the Rendufe Monastery, seeks sound freedom and explores how sound can inhabit space through different layers and paths. The ghost that exists in the seven pieces of “Phantone” is very real, but less formal than imagined. More of an affirmation than a presence, whether in the imagined places of Salvi’s music or in the concrete effects that the recording in the Monastery produced in her music. Music that you read, hear, smell, feel and taste.
Ece Canlı is an artist, musician and researcher. Born in Turkey, lives now in Porto. In her artistic and vocal practice, she explores the liminal states of agonized and demonized bodies, counterfactual narrativity, body and mental delinking, and extralinguistic expressions through extended vocal techniques. She collaborated with several artists, musicians and choreographers internationally and created soundtracks for performances, exhibitions and video works. Currently composes and plays in Nooito (duo with the harpist Angélica V. Salvi), in Live Low (Porto band started by Pedro Augusto), in Cobra’Coral (vocal trio with Catarina Miranda and Clélia Colonna) and in her solo debut Vox Flora, Vox Fauna, among other creations.
João Pais Filipe
João Pais Filipe is a drummer, percussionist and sound sculptor from Porto, born in the 80s. His path as a musician is marked by the collision of a wide range of styles and languages, in bands such as Sektor 304, HHY & The Macumbas, Unzen Pilot, Paisiel or CZN. At the same time that he maintains a regular activity in the universe of improvised music, he has participated in numerous projects alongside names such as Burnt Friedman, Steve Hubback, Fritz Hauser, Evan Parker, Marcello Magliocchi or Rafael Toral.
In Duas Vozes, Pedro Augusto makes his debut in his own name with six themes of non-operative music, or rather that do not fulfil a purpose other than to build a musical program that could be performed live without programming. In this sense, and despite the due differences, it is plastic and sonically closer to the work developed as Ghuna X than as the most recent Live Low. Written from two monophonic sequences of a modular synthesizer, it marks the beginning of a series of editions that will evolve from the initial object through the addition of new instruments.