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Auditório Maestro Frederico de Freitas - SPAutores

Time: 9 p.m.

Duration: 75’

Music Today on the first and secound person

mūsīvus, a, um, adj. musa, of the  or belonging to the muses, artistic
—As subst.: mūsīvum, i, n., = μουσεῖον, work in mosaic, mosaic

Project MUSIVUS returns for a new cycle, already on the end of January, continuing to present, on an informal context,  a conversation between a composer and a performer open to the public. This  Cycle, like the first, counts with four sessions twice a month, 29 January, 12/26 February and 12 Marsh 2019, at Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores. Next year this project will have three more cycles.

The theme of these sessions focuses the work of an invited composer to be discussed and performed by a invited performer. The main objective of this project is to create a perspective dialogue between creation and interpretation of contemporary vanguard music. At the end of the session, the performer will present the discussed work.


As an activity promoted by the Portuguese Association of Composers (APC), project MUSIVUS proposes to divulge contemporary vanguard music, both in its compositional and interpretative component, focusing particularly on Portuguese music. In this sense, the project offers to a broad public the possibility to contact with the intimate reality both of the creation process of vanguard music and the multiplicity of processes involved in the interpretation of recently created works.

Between October 2nd and 10th, 2021


O CROMA pretende promover e divulgar a música contemporânea portuguesa. Contando com Master Classes, Seminários, Ensaios Abertos e Concertos de algumas das principais formações dedicadas à vanguarda musical, este Ciclo tenciona largar os horizontes e as fronteiras da relação entre os compositores de hoje e o público de hoje.






Lisbon Ensemble 20/21

The Lisbon Ensemble 20/21 is a formation without fixed format, dedicated to contemporary music with a standard instrumentation of seven interpreters, a string trio, flute, clarinet, percussion and piano. It was founded in 2003.


The Lisbon Ensemble 20/21 has been active throughout the country, promoting the cultural decentralization and betting on the creation of new audiences. Its programming includes works for musical theater, electroacustic projects, video projects, chamber music and ensemble concerts. Both on tour and as guest ensemble, the Lisbon Ensemble 20/21 has participated in several reference festivals at the national level and performed in some of the most important Portuguese venues.


The ensemble started in 2003, having its first performance at Teatro Maria Matos, in Lisbon. The ensemble has also performed  in  Festival Música Viva in 2004. Since 2007 we have been programmed outside of the country, having as a main objective to spread our work and the work of Portuguese Composers, particularly in Spain and France. The Lisbon Ensemble 20/21 strives to reach the highest levels of authenticity, working in close relationship with Composers. Throughout the years, we have interpreted works by many Portuguese composers, being among them Pedro Rocha, José Mesquita Lopes, José Carlos Sousa, João Quinteiro, Eduardo Patriarca, Jaime Reis, António Sousa Dias, Jorge Peixinho e Emmanuel Nunes.

Lisbon Ensemble 20/21

OpuSpiritum Ensemble

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The OpuSpiritum Ensemble is an ensemble founded in January 2017 by young professional musicians who have the desire to promote their work in a context of a double woodwinds quintet chamber music.


The ensemble emerged due to the almost inexistence of this type of ensemble in Portugal, making possible the exploration of existing repertoire and the new creations of contemporary composers. The OpuSpiritum Ensemble can expand to larger formations, perform with soloists or even with other combinations of wind instruments, strings and percussion. The OpuSpiritum Ensemble also aims to explore several  types of music, being able to fit in different types of events and audiences. 


In its short existence, theOpuSpiritum Ensemble performed at the Teatro Loucomotiva and Salão de São Tomás (Coimbra), at Complexo Cultural da Levada (Tomar), at Antigos Paços do Concelho and at Sé Colegiada (Ourém), at Auditório do Mosteiro da Batalha and at Auditório Vianna da Mota (Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa). The OpuSpiritumEnsemble desires the spirit of work and the pleasure of providing something magical and distinct to its audience, always through Music.





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Estúdios Victor Córdon

Time: 10 a.m. to 18:30 p.m.

This project consists of a set of five seminars dedicated to young composers, performers and conductors, focusing on the writing and interpretation of contemporary instrumental music. The Seminars will be guided by professional interpreters, having as main thematic object the detail of the relationship between writing and contemporary music interpretation techniques, with a practical component of experimenting with materials to be carried out with the interpreters who will guide each session. Each session will have an approximate duration of eight hours of work:


10h-13h: Presentation of percussion techniques

13h-14.30h: Lunch (included in the registration fee)

14.30h-16h: Presentation of techniques and repertoire

16.30h-20h: Reading and Experimenting with Participants

8.30 pm: Dinner (included in the registration fee)

Call for Score


Following the Call for Scores launched by APC, the Lisbon Ensemble 20/21 started, on February 3rd, the Cycle of Portuguese Composers, whose program includes all the works awarded in it. The works of Hugo Vasco Reis - Transparente, by Virgilio Melo - glimpse of the holy darkness, by João Pedro Oliveira - Tension-deformation, by Nuno Figueiredo - Sofiando and Ricardo Ribeiro - In Limine have already been performed Due to the current contingencies caused by the pandemic, this cycle was interrupted and the concerts that include the other works were postponed.



European Composers and Songwriters Alliance

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The Portuguese Association of Composers (APC) was invited to become the first national entity to be a part of the European Composers and Songwriters Alliance (ECSA). This entity has the purpose of defending the labours rights and of the professional dignity of composers and songwriters in Europe.Presently, ECSA joins together more than forty Associations distributed by twenty five countries, with the goal  of creating a political, social and economical  consciousness, at the European level, of the profession of the composer..The Board of Directors of APC was present at the Working Committees and the General Assembly of ECSA, that happened in Stockholm between the 7th and the 9th of October.


APC shares, along with its European partners, concerns in the area of the just distribution of authors rights, the application of fair trade politics, the institutional valuing  and fair adjustment of composer fees, according to principles and values that dignify the profession.APC has assumed, with determination, in its agenda of priorities, to get together with some of the most prominent entities of music production in portugal as well as music creators  that have become our associates, with the objective of putting in practice the defense of the status of all Portuguese Composers.Today, Portugal is strongly invested in the superior formation of professional musicians, that because of the lack of balance of the relation between education and the labour market, see themselves, frequently forced to leave the country. This makes our culture weaker.


By integrating ECSA, APC reinforces its authority and broadens its field of action as an organisation that represents the interests of all Portuguese composers in Europe.

Legal Support

Legal Support

With the objective of promoting equal dignity for the Portuguese composer class, APC identifies a set of problems in the current situation of Composers / Creators in Music, in our country, Because of this, APC makes available to its members a legal support service and legal advice, in the areas of review and construction of commission contracts, in the defense of the author's rights with the collection entities, and in the guidance, initiation of processes in the non-compliance with the CDADCA.

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