PGT: "Blind Date" -- Escrita na Pasaigem Festival
Montemor-o-Novo, July 4, 2009
Evora, July 8, 2009
(all mp3 files)
We apparently did something right. After our performance in Evora
the Portugese impressario Jose Alberto-Ferreira invited us to do
several performances and workshops as part of his 2009
Escrita na Pasaigem
("written on the land") summer festival based in Evora. Jose was
particularly intrigued by our impromptu performance
with good friend (and fellow
Alantejo-resident) Amilcar Vasques-Dias, so he asked if we would be
willing to perform with other Portugese musicians. Of course we agreed.
The special conceit, however, was that Jose didn't tell us anything
about the musicians or the instruments they played prior to the shows;
hence the name "Blind Date" for our two performances.
Fortunately the musicians Jose had invited turned out to be absolutely
wonderful, they all were as willing to engage with us as we were
with them. We played two different shows, one on July 4 outdoors
in a public park in the village of Montemor-o-Novo, and the other
on July 8 in the new Museum of Evora (right near the ancient Roman
Temple of Diana) in Evora itself.
For both shows we did one piece as PGT alone, then one piece each
with the two musicians Jose had asked, and a final piece with
all of us playing together. Joao Bento played a home-built string
instrument and a traditional Portugese wind instrument and Luis Peixoto
played stellar mandolin (dueling mandolinists!) for the Montemor-o-Novo
presentation. The lovely Portugese vocalist/poet Margarida Mestre
performed with us at the Evora show along with traditional Portugese
guitarist Pedro Mestre (no direct relation to Margarida).
We also held a workshop covering aspects of music and interactive
video graphics, really terrific students attended from Evora. In addition,
Jose was able to provide support for two CMC graduate students
(Jeff Snyder and Daniel Iglesia) to present their work at four
different venues in the Alentejo region. What a great time!
Thanks, Jose and friends!
Terry Pender -- mandolin
Brad Garton -- laptop
Gregory Taylor -- laptop
Jaoa Bento -- home-built string instrument; traditional Portugese wind instrument
Luis Peixoto -- mandolin
Margarida Mestre -- vocals
Pedro Mestre -- traditional Portugese guitars
Jill and Daniel were also along, and we took many many photos.
to see them all (the above photos were taken from this set).