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There is a place in Portugal called Atouguia da Baleia, a little town an hour‘s drive from Lisbon, quite near the ocean. In 2010 two musicians, Paulo Chagas and Fernando Simoes, decided to try to organize a musical festival there in Atouguia, a place where the musical scene was not so frantic. Since they are devoted to improvised music, they created the first edition of MIA – Encontros de Musica Im- provisada de Atouguia da Baleia, hosting preexisting groups and/or assembling new ones drawing at a chance from among the musicians present there.
The 6th edition took place in t 2015, in which eighty musicians from around the world gathered. Three of them (the Portuguese violin player Maria do Mar, the Brazilian clarinet player Luiz Rocha, and myself) were chosen by Paulo Chagas to playg in one of the opening concerts.
Why the three of us? I guess that Paulo, who is a sensitive musician, judged that we would make a convincing trio. Well, it is not up to me to say whether we made good music or not, - What can I say? My fellow musicains reported having the same impression, that the music (totally improvised, we met just before the concert) pro- gressed fluently and easily, with the pleasant feeling that we could immediately understand and develop the musical idea that was launched.
For me this concert and all the Festival was a very nice experience indeed, because of the music and the warm atmosphere, I hope this recording of two tracks could render something of that feeling.
released November 28, 2015
Orrù Mar Rocha - Live at MIA 2015
Adriano Orrù – doublebass and objects Maria do Mar – violin
Luiz Rocha – clarinet and bass clarinet
Recorded with a Zoom H4, 16 Bit pro Sample
in Igreja de S. José, Atouguia da Baleia, Portugal