Francisco de Lacerda Atlantic Sound Encounters start today in Lisbon


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The 3rd edition of the Francisco de Lacerda Atlantic Sound Encounters opens today in Lisbon, at the Jerónimos Monastery, with the Lisbon Quartet and soprano Bárbara Barradas.

The concert, in the cloisters of the Monastery, is “tailor-made: a first part of Portuguese music for string quartet, which ends with a genealogy of Portuguese song, combining Francisco de Lacerda with arrangements by Fausto, Janita Salomé and Amélia Muge”, according to a statement from the organization.

This third edition, in addition to Lisbon, takes place on the Azorean islands of S. Jorge, S. Miguel and Terceira, and premieres a documentary about the life and work of the Azorean composer Francisco de Lacerda, who was the first modern Portuguese state scholarship holder to have studied in Paris in 1895, after completing the Piano Course at the National Conservatory.

The documentary “Francisco de Lacerda na Fragueira ou em Paris”, directed by Luís Porto, will be premiered next Monday at 7pm at the Francisco Lacerda Foundation Museum in Calheta, on the island of S. Jorge.

The documentary will also be screened on the 22nd at 21:00 at the Angra do Heroísmo Cultural and Congress Center and on the 22nd at 18:30 at the Ponta Delgada Conservatory.

“In this edition, and pursuing a determined commitment to national music, the cycle Encontros Sonoros Atlânticos Francisco de Lacerda has given composer Igor C. Silva carte blanche to present a new multimedia installation/performance, and has commissioned transcriptions of works by Francisco de Lacerda from pianist, composer and orchestrator Filipe Raposo and composer Sérgio Azevedo,” said conductor Vasco Mendonça, the cycle’s artistic programmer.

The last day of the Encontros Sonoros Atlânticos will see the premiere of the piece “Ecos de Trovas”, by composer Luís Neto da Costa, who won this year’s Francisco de Lacerda/Millenniumbcp Foundation Composer Prize.

The play will be premiered on the 30th at 7pm at the National Library in Lisbon by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra under the direction of conductor Rita Castro Blanco.

In the different concerts of the meetings, the works of Francisco Lacerda (1869-1934) stand out, referred to by the organization as a “stimulus for the creation of new musical pieces, in tune with the places where they are performed”.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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