Rumos Ensemble – Portugal in SoHo

Rumos Ensemble – Portugal in SoHo

Arte Institute, with the sponsorship of CGD – Caixa Geral de Depósitos and FLAD Luso-American Development Foundation, is pleased to present “Rumos Ensemble”, the opening concert of the Portugal in SoHo event.

Rumos Ensemble
Crosby Street Hotel
(79 Crosby St, New York)
May 27 – 7.30PM
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Rumos Ensemble – Tocando Portugal Concert

“Tocando Portugal- recital quase um Doc” is the name of the multimedia concert created and performed by the “Rumos Ensemble”.

Innovative and ambitious, this project presents a selection of traditional music from ten regions of Portugal, arranged for violin, clarinet and piano trio; the projection of original footage from each region, evoking the beauty, natural richness and architecture of our country; statements of prominent personalities, regional, national and international, native to each region, including António Victorino d’Almeida, Graça Morais, Janita Salomé, Carlos Alberto Moniz, Rosa Mota, Lídia Jorge or João Malheiro.

The pertinence and uniqueness of this recital comes not only from its stylistic and artistic crossover that is it’s foundation, but also from the ambition of the three classical musicians with international careers spread over four continents, looking at  the traditional Portuguese music patrimony with a renewed energy, in a modern way, but still accessible to all kinds of public.

As well as the variety and eclectic character of the arrangements, the importance of the musical choices, rigour, technical and artistic precision of the artists of this group, its multimedia dimension features in an appealing way, scenic countryside,  cities, picturesque neighbourhoods, monuments, dances, habits and people, enriching and reinforcing the memories and collective identity of our people whose history blends with the places where they live.

As the name suggests, “Rumos Ensemble” will take Portugal to the world.

João Vasco – Piano
Piano teacher at Lisbon’s National School of Music, his time is divided between teaching and the stage. He has performed in several countries in Europe, South America and Africa, as well as in spaces suchas CCB, Gulbenkian, Culturgest and the D. Maria Theatre. Together with the pianist José Brandão he founded the ‘Guardian of Songs’ Project (CCB, Dias da Música 2010 to 2013). He gives special attention to spreading Portuguese music and to the “Canção” style of music. He has brought out the CD ‘AlémFado’ (Beyond Fado), a fado compilation arranged for solo piano by composers of Jazz and Classical Music. He conceived the ‘Poema Bar’ show with the Brazilian actor Alexandre Borges, about the poetry of Fernando Pessoa and Vinicius de Moraes, performed in Brazil, Portugal and Germany and in the future to be performed in Portuguese speaking communities. He is a graduate of Lisbon’s National School of Music and of Lisbon’s Higher School of Music as well as holding a Master’s degree in the Musical Arts from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. João Vasco is also a photographer and film director. His first short movie “A Carruagem” (2015) as been awarded in Inatel Digital Film Festival, selected for Cannes ́s “Short Film Corner” and as won the “Grand Prix Cinerail” in the Cine Rail Festival in Paris. Graduated from Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and has a Master ́s degree in Musical Arts by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Anne Vitorino d’ Almeida – Violine
Being the youngest of the composer António Victorino d’Almeida’s daughters, started with piano lessons at the age of four, in Vienna, Austria. At the age of seven, and already in Portugal, she began her violin lessons. In 1997 she joins the Rueil- Malmaison Regionional Conservatory (France) studying in the class of Dominique Barbier. A year later she returns to Lisbon and joins the class of Agnès Sarosi in the National Superior Academy of Orchestra, graduating in 2003. She has been dedicating part of her musical career to the composition of Soundtracks, having been awarded (a prize) for the best musical proposal, in the “Teatro na Década 97” contest. She also composed the music of several plays, staged scene in theatres, namely, the Portuguese Youth Institute, Teatro da Comuna, and Teatro da Trindade. In 2006 she composed the soundtrack of the documentary “Cartas a uma Ditadura” directed by Inês de Medeiros staged several theatres both nationally and abroad. Sugiro que fique: In 2014 she wrote the screenplay and music for the short film “A Carruagem”, which she co- directed with the pianist João Vasco and which was awarded honorable mention at the Inatel Digital Film Festival. She was founding member of the Lopes-Graça Quartet since 2004 until 2014 with which has been performing in several points around the country. Very dedicated to teaching, she has lectured violin since 2000 until 2012 at the Metropolitan Music Conservatory of Lisbon and has also been a teacher at the Music School of the National Conservatory since 2004. Actually, she is founding member of Camões Quartet and Rumos Ensemble which with had been performing in Portugal, Brazil and Germany.

Luís Gomes – Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Lisboa, at the Conservatory of Rotterdam , and he as also a Master in Psychology and Pedagogy of Music by the FCSH Universidade Nova de Lisboa. As a student, he received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He worked with world clarinetists as: Guy Deplus, Arrignon Michel, Philippe Cuper, Walter Boykens, David Campbell, Josef Horák, Lorenzo Coppola and Henri Bok. Luis Gomes obtained the following prizes: 1st Prize Juventude Musical Portuguesa, Soloist and Chamber Music, 1st Prize for Chamber Music Premio Jovens Músicos, 1st Prize in the ‘Culture and Development Competition’, 2nd of TV Show “Listening and speaking ‘, 2nd Prize Culture and Development Competition in ‘Chamber Music, 3rd Soloist Prize at the National Clarinet Competition in Setúbal and Best Interpretation Prize of the Portuguese piece. He was Jury at the National Competition,JMP, the International Clarinet Competition Julian Menendez (Ávila, Spain), the 2nd International Competition Bass Clarinet (Spain) and the International Clarinet Competition “Saverio Mercadante» (Italy).
Was soloist with the following orchestras: the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, New Philharmonia Portuguesa, Sinfónica Juvenil and Youth Orchestra Portuguese.
He played as a soloist with: ORCHESTRUTOPICA, Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, the Group of Lisbon Contemporary Music and Symphony Band PSP.
He collaborates with: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Portuguese Symphonic orchestra, Orchestrutopica, Sinfonietta de Lisboa and Lisbon Metropolitan orchestra. It is a member of Lisbon Clarinet Quartet, the Group for Contemporary Music in Lisbon and the direction of CULTIVARTE Cultural Association. He is Director-Adjunto and professor of clarinet at the the National Conservatory and professor of clarinet at the University of Évora. Luís Gomes is an Selmer Paris artist (clarinets) and D’addario Woodwinds (reeds). 

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“Portugal in SoHo” is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.