Poças celebrates 100 years with a programme dedicated to culture.
In the year it celebrates its 100th anniversary, Poças will promote a number of initiatives related to art and culture, revealing new talents and honouring the concept of family legacy.
The cultural programme includes literature, music, public art and theatre. For each of these areas, an artist was invited who, in addition to being also the heir of a family talent, currently represents the past, present and future of their art.
With regard to literature, the choice fell on the young writer Afonso Reis Cabral, winner of the Leya Award in 2014 with the novel “O Meu Irmão” (My Brother). He is a great-great-grandson of Eça de Queiroz, but genetics, on its own, does not explain everything. Afonso found his own way and he is today one of the promises of Portuguese literature, with the launch of a new book scheduled for the end of the year.
“Respect for art and culture is one of the greatest legacies left by our great-grandfather. Maybe because, for us, making wine is just that: an art form and a living asset of our culture. That is why, on the occasion of our centenary, we want to honour it on several areas, identifying people who, like us, are reinventing a family vocation.”
– Pedro Poças Pintão, 4th generation of the Poças family
From the performing arts, inspiration came from Tomás Wallenstein, identified as one of the voices of his generation. Son of a lyric singer and a double bass player, his talent was also revealed in music. At 26, he is the voice of Capitão Fausto, one of the most influential bands today, who this year are adding a new album to their portfolio.
A symbol of a generation is also the artist Artur Silva, currently known as Bordalo II, artistic name that he chose to honour his grandfather who was a painter, promoting a continuity and reinvention of his artistic legacy. Moving away from classical painting, public art would become the stage chosen for his explorations of colour, currently focusing on questioning the materialistic society of which he is (also) a part.
On another stage, the curtains open to reveal not one but several family talents. It is at the Teatro do Bolhão that ACE (Academia Contemporânea do Espetáculo) stands as one of the main schools of performing arts in the country, training generations. Grandparents, parents and children act together, showing that Theatre is alive and still plays an important role in shaping society.
For each of these areas – literature, music, public art and theatre – several events are scheduled, including many free events for the public, inviting everyone to celebrate the centenary with the company. All the information will be posted on the online channels of Poças, especially on the website 100.pocas.pt, which besides the information on the centenary is intended to become a cultural meeting point.
Capitão Fausto returns with “Sempre Bem”, the first single of the album “A Invenção do Dia Claro”.
The track was recorded at Red Bull Studios São Paulo in December 2017, by the hand (and ears) of Rodrigo “Funai” Costa.
According to the band, “from the beginning the album was intended to include the idea we had of ‘Brazil’ in our usual way of making music. It was never our intention to make it the way Brazilians do, but to seek an appropriation to some more specific sound or melodic elements, taking them from their usual context to serve our songs. The lyrics speak of the relationship with routine, the complexity of human relations and the inexorable fatalism of love.”
Expectations are high for “A Invenção do Dia Claro”. The album has a release date estimated for the last quarter of 2018.
Congratulations, Capitão Fausto!
FESTIVAL PORTA-JAZZ: LOCAL EPICENTER OF AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT
Porta-Jazz Festival positions itself as the Portuguese promoter of unique collaborations between jazz musicians. It is the meeting point, in Portugal, for an international movement. From 1 to 9 of December, Porto is the stage for the largest edition of Porta-Jazz Festival so far. Around 30 concerts including premiers, exclusive artistic collaborations, a reunion of music schools, workshops and jam sessions will be part of this year‘s program.
Across nine days, the city receives more than a hundred Portuguese and international musicians, and dozens of music students at several concert halls including Teatro Rivoli, Casa da Música, FEUP (School of Engineering from Porto University), Passos Manuel, ESMAE (School of Music and Performative Arts) and a special concert at Cedofeita Church. The festival will also present concerts at Porto‘s jazz venues Hot Five, Casa de Ló and Sala Porta-Jazz.
These concerts will present the work of a new generation of artists, established composers and interpreters, with special attention dedicate to musicians based in Porto and their collaborations with other Portuguese and international musicians.
It will be a celebration of jazz open to everyone, in which interaction and exchange of experiences has an important role. Every night after the concerts, the public is invited to Clubedo sessions where they can experience the atmosphere of some of Porto‘s jazz venues. These sessions will offer exclusive concerts, jazz trios and most importantly, jam sessions open to the general community of musicians whose encounter on stage will echo the creativity and dynamic of Porto jazz.
Porta-Jazz Festival happens annually in Porto since 2010. It has a crucial role in the cultural activity of the city, having become a necessary reference for jazz in Portugal.
Coming out of the work developed by Associação Porta-Jazz and its editorial arm with Carimbo Porta-Jazz, this festival is an opportunity to listen and experience the beat of a highly creative community of musicians who make a huge contribution to the dynamic of Portuguese cultural activity.
More informations here.