Gamelan Garasi Seni Benawa Indonésie festival de l'Imaginaire

If you happen to be in Lisbon don´t miss this unique Gamelan show where traditional Indonesian themes meet jazz compositions by Bernardo Sassetti and George Gershwin at the Museu do Oriente, Saturday 12th Dec 2015, 21:30h.

[Artistic Director: Elizabeth Davis] | Adriano Jordão (Piano) |  Carlos Martins [Saxophone] |  Mark Duggan [Marimba solo]

Oriental Blues – Gamelan & Jazz | Fundação de Oriente

Carlos Martins, director of Festa do Jazz and president of the Association Sons da Lusofonia, is offering an exclusive production workshop at the Conservatory in Funchal (Madeira).

The Association Sons da Lusofonia has been launching the new Portuguese jazz project “Portugal em Jazz” earlier this year, a project that aims at fostering the Portuguese jazz scene by creating a nationwide map of jazz-related institutions, schools and activities, by linking musicians and cultural actors and by creating a strong network of jazz education as well as offering workshops and masterclasses. Besides those activities, “Portugal em Jazz” is launching a composition award for outstanding composers of improvised music and is creating a new jazz ensemble. For more information on the program, please go to: (in Portuguese)
or (in English)

Don’t miss another great opportunity to attend the contaging live performance of Carlos Martins, Mário Delgado, Alexandre Frazão and Carlos Barretto, presenting their latest record “Absence” at Casa de Música in Porto.
For tickets and more information please go to:ño-trio

Read some thoughts on Carlos Martins’ latest album “Absence” by Rui Neves (Artistic Director Jazz em Agosto, Fundação Gulbenkian):

„(…) The saxophonist Carlos Martins is essential for the implementation of a new aesthetic and professional posture that has not existed before. The relations of any jazz musician in his natural nomadization end up solidifying with those who get close to him in a harmonious chemistry that manifests itself in various encounters. Like this, Carlos Martins is confident with his choice of fellow musicians of his current quartet, the double bass player Carlos Barretto, the guitarist Mário Delgado and the drummer Alexandre Frazão, and it is important to mention that this is the saxophonist’s original quartet that included piano player Bernardo Sassetti, who is still an omnipresent figure. The ten compositions/ situations on the record „Absence“ by Carlos Martins reflect his vision of today, introspective and stabilizing, executed with elegance and giving priority to an essential melodism in a complete and sincere conviction.
It is an approach to Jazz, peculiar and authentic, like it should be.“

Rui Neves

– See the full text in Portuguese below –

Loule Jazz Rui Neves

Jazz legend Hugh Masekela will be performing tonight at the big closing concert of Lisboa Mistura in Lisbon. The festival started on wednesday, 17 June and brought incredible performers and great musicians to the heart of Lisbon, including Vieux Farka Touré, Alsarah & the Nubatones and Ibibio Soundmachine, amongst others.

Read here what Artistic Director Carlos Martins says about the festival:

Lisboa Mistura has positioned itself, since its first edition in 2006, as a intercultural event that is determined to find and highlight new tendencies of cultural expression and different languages in arts and music. In 2015 urban music culture is, inevitabely, reaching out to social and political dimensions, incorporating the cosmopolism of an eternal Lisbon. In a moment of boosting dynanism the city is facing energising contradictions and challenges being of a global nature, but yet intensively intimate and specific. This is about the beauty of difference, the heritage of curiosity. Lisboa Mistura has always been concerned with the humanism in the metapolitical construction, with cultural activity that precedes organizational thinking.
Therefore the 10th edition of Lisboa Mistura also includes lectures, conferences and encounters in its programmation to highlight and feel the social vibe, along with music and gastronomy.
But more than that Lisboa Mistura is also a moment to feel the joy of living side by side and get to know each other, celebrating the beauty of variety and resisting the assimilation and annihilation of differences.

Artists from all over the world, chefs, thinkers, cultural embassadors presenting a variety of geographical backgrounds, emerging talents from the outskirts of Lisbon showcasing their dreams, people being curious, happy or sad and – Lisboetas. Lisboeta, in this sense being everybody that Lisbon receives as one of its own and makes them feel at home.
Carlos Martins
Artistic Director Lisboa Mistura