2015 October

“Before Spring” – US Première with the Tacoma Symphony

22nd November, 2.30 pm, Pantages Theater, Tacoma, WA:
Originally scored for 16 players, Before Spring – a Tribute to the Rite had its world première in May 2010, in Lisbon, performed by the OrchestrUtopica musicians conducted by Cesário Costa.
It was later revised and scored for symphony orchestra and this new version was premièred in January 2014 by the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, with Joana Carneiro (to whom the score is dedicated).
Before Spring will now have its first International performance in the US, at the Pantages Theatre with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Sarah Ioannides (conductor).

Sarah Ioannides & the TSO

Sarah Ioannides & the TSO

Sarah also gave the first performances of two other compositions by Luís Tinoco, “Invention on Landscape” (with the Remix Ensemble) and “Ascent” (with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra).
Click here to know more about the forthcoming concert with works by Sibelius (featuring Caroline Goulding), Mendelssohn and Tinoco’s Before Spring.

Gulbenkian Choir sings “Descubro a Voz”

Paulo Vassalo Lourenço

Paulo Vassalo Lourenço

On the 26th of January, Gulbenkian Auditorium at 9.00 pm., the Gulbenkian Choir, conducted by Paulo Vassalo Lourenço, will perform “Descubro a Voz” – a score for mixed choir, written in 2007 setting a poem by José Luís Tinoco.

The program of this concert offers a rich approach to Iberian poetry by a varied group of composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Click here to know more.

A few notes for 2016

2016The new year starts with Mei Yi Foo and the Porto Casa da Música Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta, performing Diptych for Piano and Orchestra - a work composed in 2005 and dedicated to Manuel Dias da Fonseca. The new performance will happen at Casa da Música, Porto, on the 23rd of January. Three days later, Paulo Vassalo Lourenço conducts Descubro a Voz with the Gulbenkian Choir, at the Gulbenkian Auditorium, the same venue that will host the world première of Luís Tinoco‘s new orchestral score O Sotaque Azul das Águas (The Blue Voice of the Water), with the Gulbenkian Orchestra conducted by Susanna Mälkki. This performance (25th and 26th February) will be followed by a Brazilian première, by the OSESP – São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Gaffigan in early May.

May is also the month for the Portuguese première of Incipit – a work composed to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro’s foundation and premièred by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in June 2015. The Portuguese performances will be conducted by Joana Carneiro with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra (Lisbon, CCB, May; and Porto, Casa da Música, June).

2016 will also bring two more premières, one written for the Portuguese Dance Company‘s project Carnival, in June, with choreography by Victor Hugo Pontes and music direction by Cesário Costa. This première will involve a group of twelve Portuguese composers, each one writing one movement of a collective creation inspired by Saint-Säens’ Carnival of the Animals.

Other new works in progress include a new collaboration in October with Miquel Bernat and the Drumming Percussion Group, and the writing of a Cello Concerto to be premièred in 2017 (more news to be announced soon).
Happy 2016 to all!

Saxophone Day @ the RNCM with “Short Cuts”

On the past 8th of November, the Apollo Saxophone Quartet brilliantly performed Luís Tinoco’s “Short Cuts” at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Saxophone Day. This performance was video recorded and it’s available here: ASQ plays Short Cuts

“Short Cuts” was commissioned by the Apollo Saxophone Quartet with funds made available by the Arts Council of North West England. The premier was given by ASQ at Atlantic Waves Festival, Union Chapel, London, 1st December 2004. This work is also available on commercial recordings by the ASQ, the QuadQuartet, the Quarteto Vintage and the Ensemble Lontano.

Apollo-Saxophone-Quartet 

“Zapping” and “The Drift of the Waters”

On the 21st November, two works can be heard performed by the Assai Quartet (7.00 pm) and the ESART Orchestra, conducted by José Eduardo Gomes (9.30 pm).

Quarteto AssaiThe first one, The Drift of the Waters for wind quartet was premièred in 2001 by the Gulbenkian Orchestra Soloists and later recorded on CD by the Galliard Ensemble. Click here to listen to one movement.

It will now be performed by the Assai Quartet at the Cupertino Miranda Foundation, in Famalicão. The Assai musicians are Marco Pereira (flute); Hugo Ribeiro (oboe); Cândida Oliveira (clarinet); and Lurdes Carneiro (bassoon).

The second one, Zapping – for orchestra, was premièred in 2004 by the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donato Renzetti, following a commission from the S.Carlos Theatre to celebrate Mozart and Haydn’s last symphonies. The work includes a series of quotations from these (and a few other) composers, “zapping” through different styles and music periods. It will now be performed by the ESART orchestra and José Eduardo Gomes at the Arade Congress Centre, in the Algarve. Centro de Congressos Arade