WOMEX 21

WORLDWIDE | MUSIC | EXPO

WOMEX 21

© Lacosta Studio

October

28/10 thu — 31/10 sun

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Music
Price 30€ (Rivoli + Teatro Nacional São João pass)
After Tampere (Finland) and the Budapest (Hungary) digital version, Porto hosts the 2021 edition of WOMEX. With over 26 years of history, WOMEX is one of the most important musical events for the music industry professionals.
Porto shall thus be a stage for the world, hosting an event designed for professional networking by artists and agents, publishers and journalists, managers and technicians, featuring showcase concerts, a trade fair, a series of talks, films and an awards presentation ceremony that every year distinguishes some of the best music professionals worldwide. Over the course of 5 days and 5 nights, the most international music meeting in the world shall bring to Porto over 2,500 professionals.  


PROGRAMME (RIVOLI)


28/10 thu

21:45 – Naïssam Jalal and Rhythms of Resistance (Syria/France)
A vertiginous flutist and prolific composer, Naïssam Jalal comes from a fertile background in music fuelled by passion and curiosity. Born in a Parisian suburb of Syrian parents, she assimilated and transcended the essence of European and Arab classical music, the art of jazz improvisation, the urgency of hip-hop, the euphoria of funk and the vitality of traditions from Africa, with a keen sense of synthesis and a hyper-sensitive touch. This fine trajectory has been marked by a number of excellent CD releases and prestigious awards such as the Coup de coeur from the Académie Charles Cros (2017), the Victoire du Jazz (2019) and the Diaspora Music Award (2020). Looking ahead, 2021 will be marked by the tenth anniversary of her ensemble Rhythms of Resistance and the release of a much awaited double album Un Autre Monde (Another world) some of which was recorded live with the Orchestre National de Bretagne.
A personal and vibrant musical universe which, both in substance and in form, gives full meaning to the word Freedom.

23:15 – Mazaher (Egypt)
Mazaher is one of the rare ensembles in which women play a leading role and are connected to a most ancient tradition practiced in several countries in the region of Egypt. The musicians of Mazaher: Um Sameh, Um Hassan, Nour El Sabah are among the last remaining Zar practitioners in Egypt. The music presented by Mazaher is inspired by three different styles of the Zar music in Egypt: the Egyptian or Upper Egyptian Zar, Abul Gheit Zar and the Tamboura or African Zar. Zar is a community healing ritual of singing, polyrhythmic drumming and dancing whose tradition is carried mainly by women (men have the second roles) and whose main participants are women. It's distinctively different from other Egyptian music traditions.

00:45 – Kosy (Poland)
Sisters in songs, intriguing female voices from ''Land of Apple Trees''. Kosy music band introduces native folk songs from the Lower Silesia Region (Poland) in free, bold and modern arrangements. These four Women with different artistic backgrounds (Folk, Jazz, Classical, Avant-Garde Theater) bring to light undisclosed gems of traditional music.
Founded in 2019, cooperated with several different organisations that aimed to enrich the cultural diversity. Kosy performed on several festivals as ''Kultura za miedza'' (Poland - Lódz, Rusinowo), ''Babska plyta'' (Poland - Lódz). ''Strefa Kultury'' (Poland - Wroclaw), ''Zalas'' (Poland - Bardo), ''Europejskie Dni Kultury'' (Poland - Olesnica), ''Noc Swietojanska'' (Poland - Ladek-Zdrój). In collaboration with ''Deutch-Polnische Gesellschaft Berlin'' Foundation performed in Berlin. KOSY Band Achieved: I Prize (2020)Polish Traditional Song Review Festival KLUSKWICKI (Wroclaw), I Prize (2020) II Festival of Local Tradition ROAD TO ME (Wroclaw), Grand Prix (for ''excellent use of vocal possibilities in arrangements of native songs'') & Festival Audience Award (2019) International Folk Music Festival MIKOLAJKI FOLKOWE (Lublin), II Prize (2019 ) Local Folklore Festival WATCHTOWER OF TRADITION (Siedlecin). Currently KOSY Band recorded their 1st music album SWIT (premiere in June 2021) and co-create music for artistic film about traditions of Polish folklore ''Night & Day''(Noc/Dzien).


29/10 fri

21:45 – Rangamatir Baul (India)
Bauls are the spiritual practitioners of Bengal who express their sacred thoughts through music. Knowing yourself is the essence of Baul music, which reflects the joy, love and longing for the mystic union with the divine. Denouncing the material world they urge people to rise above the divides of caste, creed and religion to celebrate peace, love and brotherhood. Rina Das Baul is one of the most respected female Baul from Santiniketan, West Bengal. Belonging from a Baul family Rina learned baul music from her grandfather since she was a child. Later she also trained under her husband Dibakar Das Baul, a renowned Baul singer and practitioner. Apart from local baul festivals, Rina and her team have performed across India including Sur Jahan in Kolkata. She also conducted workshops in Paris and performed in Bangladesh, France and Sweden. They did collaboration with international artists like Casey Drissen from USA, Thommy Wahlstorm & Robert Wahlstorm of Sweden. Rina & Dibakar is now transmitting the heritage to the local children. The other members of her team are Bamaprasad Singha, singer and a master Dubki player, Rina's son Purnendu Das, a young talented Khamak player; Khokan Das, internationally acclaimed Dhol and Khol player.

23:15 – Northern Resonance (Sweden)
Northern Resonance is the scandinavian string trio that takes newly composed folk music into enormous soundscapes. In the pursuit of innermost expression, the unique qualities of viola d'amore, hardanger fiddle and nyckelharpa are combined. With their previously untested combination of instruments they let well thought-through arrangements meet free improvisation in their own creative compositions that takes folk music in a new direction.
With the resonant string as their common denominator a soundscape is created that freely moves between subtle details and grand sounds. In that niche, Northern Resonance find themselves at their ease. They are part of the new generation of inspired musicians paying homage to the music and dance traditions of the North, featuring great verve and fine musicianship.
With their debut album that was released in the autumn of 2020, Northern Resonance have already established themselves with a glorious sound. Fiddle instruments intertwine beautifully, run in tandem, and veer off into unexpected time signatures, all while successfully creating timeless and crystalline atmospheres with plenty of space and depth.
There is great life in their tunes, and the trio knows how to bring it out. Coaxing fantastic sounds out of their chosen instruments, all Scandinavia is resonating here.

00:45 – Boi Akih (Indonesia/Netherlands)
BOI AKIH effortlessly weaves modern jazz and improvised music with folk traditions from all over the world, creating a unique sound that is unconventional, yet totally recognisable and accessible. Acoustic sounds merge with the versatile, warm voice of Monica Akihary, who sings and writes her poems in both English and Haruku, the endangered language of her father's island (Moluccas/Indonesia/Melanesia). She is an exceptional vocalist who sends her song directly into the listener's soul.
In Storyteller Akihary and virtuoso guitarist and intriguing composer Niels Brouwer, who form BOI AKIH, are joined by Hungarian recorder player Dodó Kis and Guinean kora player Sekou Dioubate. With musical curiosity Kis moves nomadically between styles and traditions, from early music to Hungarian folk music. Dioubate plays a 35-string kora with additional chromatic strings, specially designed for BOI AKIH's repertoire. He combines his knowledge of the West African musical tradition with an inquiring mind. These four evoke a world where boundaries dissolve and the distances between places, time and traditions don't seem to exist.


30/10 sat

21:45 – Rodrigo Cuevas (Spain)
Rodrigo Cuevas (1985, Oviedo, Spain) is a spanish phenomenon of the performing arts: singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and folkloric agitator, an scenic arts phenomenum and a communicator in its broadest sense.whose professional development continues in a sustained progression. He is a great artist who has an academic musical education: medium degree of piano and tuba studies at the Oviedo Conservatory, as well as three years of Sonology in Barcelona. Rodrigo Cuevas likes to hang around the tradicional songs with cabaret and cuplé, enjoys making electronic music talk with humor sense, social criticism and sensuality, turning their shows into a cultural and sensorial experience with denomination of origin.
In 2020, this singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist has presented his third stage solo show "Trópico de Covadonga" all around Spain and his new record " Manual de Cortejo" which has a general acclaim and a clamorous reception from public and critics from national newspapers ( El Pais, El Mundo,..) national radio ( radio 3) and music magazines ( Rockdelux, Mondo Sonoro)…it also wins the Spanish Independent Music Awards ( Premios MIN) for the Best New Artist and Best Word Music & Fusio.

23:15 – Sofía Rei (Argentina)
Folklore and futurism, graceful elegance and raw passion, virtuosic precision and spontaneous exploration - all merge together in the music of Grammy nominated and four-time International Music award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofía Rei. Redefining authenticity from an intensely personal perspective, she's carried diverse Latin American traditions from her native Buenos Aires to the multi-cultural mecca of New York City, fusing those sounds with jazz, classical, pop, and electronic music.
Hailed by the New York Times for the captivating beauty of her voice, Rei's talents fit comfortably into any genre, while her restless curiosity makes her uncomfortable remaining in any single category. That versatility has connected her with such like-minded innovators as John Zorn, Maria Schneider, Marc Ribot, Bobby McFerrin, Pedrito Martinez, John Medeski, Susana Baca, and thrilled audiences at the most prestigious venues in the U.S. as well as festival stages around the world. In 2019, Sofia was presented the Spirit of Folk Award by the International Folk Alliance for her active involvement in the preservation, presentation, and promotion of folk music through her creative work, community building, and demonstrated leadership, while in 2021 was featured on the New York Times and NPR's Alt Latino for NPR meets globalFest.

00:45 – Mateus Aleluia (Brazil)
Hailing from Cachoeira, Bahia - historically one of the strongest points of origin for the African experience in the New World - Mateus left his mark in Brazilian music with the cult group Os Tincoãs, famous for their 70s classic afro-spiritual albums, intensely sought-after by DJs and collectors for songs like 'Deixa a Gira Girar' and 'Cordeiro de Nanã'(also recorded by João Gilberto) and recently featured in an Iphone commercial.
After two decades living and working in Angola and traveling throughout the African Continent, Mateus has been back to Brazil since 2010 and, at 77, finds himself at a particularly inspired creative peak.
His greatest work to date, Olorum, was released in 2020 to great critical acclaim, and combines all these influences with the maturity, precision and serenity of a life dedicated to the physical and aesthetic transit between Angola and Bahia and features a few of the best names from the new São Paulo music scene and also jazz legend João Donato.
2020 also saw the release of 'O Canto Infinito do Tincoã', a feature documentary about his creative process and his life and connection with Angola. At 77, Mateus Aleluia's music is more relevant and far-reaching than ever.


For further information www.womex.com.

October

28/10 thu — 31/10 sun

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Music
Price 30€ (Rivoli + Teatro Nacional São João pass)