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

You might know already that Carlos Martins is not only an active musician, but also busy with various other projects as producer and artistic director – one of them is the intercultural festival “Lisboa Mistura” which this year returns for the 10th edition at the heart of Lisbon.

Besides a rich concert program with a variety of both emerging and well established musicians the festival includes workshops, debates on social issues as well as a culinary trip around the world!

For more info and the complete festival program go to

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