Contemporaneidades Next Session

Attention: local change:

Now on Torre B, Auditorium 1 (1st floor)


Federica Bressan

…about sound installations and tape recorded music preservation and documentation

November, 29, at 18 PM, room 0.06, FCSH, ed. I&D



Dois acontecidos happenings & outras performatividades

O que propomos no primeiro encontro deste ciclo cujo título faz referência ao texto de Ernesto de Melo e Castro “Dois acontecidos happenings” é não só fazer uma retrospetiva desses dois eventos experimentais portugueses “Concerto e Audição Pictórica” (1965, Galeria Divulgação) e “Conferência Objecto” (1967, Galeria Quadrante), mas a partir deles desenvolver uma análise do papel da música nas suas diversas dimensões e relações (sonoridades, performatividades, registos e hibridizações com outras artes). A partir desses “Dois acontecidos happenings” procura-se abrir um diálogo transversal com alguns dos seus referentes, como John Cage, e com algumas das suas derivas, como os pianos preparados de Jorge Peixinho, a música experimental de Jorge Lima Barreto, a composição de Clotilde Rosa, ou o piano a arder de João Onofre. Do Brasil, chegam-nos ainda, entre outros, os exemplos de Márcia X e Alex Hamburguer na sua Tricyc(l)age.

Mais informações aqui.

Old is New — Call for papers: new deadline 2 April


 Old is New: The Presence of the Past in the Music of the Present

24, 25, 26 November 2016 – Lisbon

With high level papers presentations, debates and concerts.

Any creative activity must pay dedicated attention to the information transfer that occurs between different periods. One never starts from zero, no matter what the activity is, and this is also true for music. We talk about the way the past is considered in each historical moment, extracting from it as much as one can for the understanding of the present.

Starting from the point of view of composition – which also facilitates extending the discussion into the areas of performance, teaching, and analysis, for example – this conference will bring together a wide range of perspectives about how the musical past is always a subject for consideration in recent music, even when the present seems highly innovative and different from everything that came from other historical periods.

This consideration might be expressed in many different ways, from the “neo-” movements, considered in a simplistic or sophisticated way, investing in the reformulation of past methodologies, to the most innovative and eccentric trends that base their departure from the centre on the use of the past as sustenance for their praxis, such as, for example, some retro-futuristic movements.

For detailed information please consult the document in attachment or visit our website at:

Find the call for papers here.

…written music as silences

For in this new music nothing takes place but sounds: those that are notated and those that are not. Those that are not notated appear in the written music as silences, opening the doors of the music to the sounds that happen to be in the environment.

(From “Silence“: John Cage, 1961 )