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July 3, 2019 by Eden Flaherty

What’s On in Lisbon in August

Lisbon might feel a little emptier than usual. Or at least the ratio of Portuguese-to-tourists has shifted substantially since so many Lisboetas have jumped in cars and on trains, planes, and autocarros to make their way out of the city. But, fear not, there’s still plenty to do in Lisbon in the hot and sticky month of August — and here is the best of it:

Art

The excellent Albrecht Dürer: St. Jerome Drawings from the Albertina Museum exhibition is coming to an end this month, which makes you lucky people the last ones able to see it. The show consists of “Saint Jerome in His Study” alongside four preliminary drawings, which are usually housed in Vienna. You only have until August 11!

Movies

August sees the bulk of CCB’s Summer Open Air Series, which screens brilliant movies outdoors. The shows take place at 21h30 every Saturday, with Tudo é Projeto, The Florida Project, My Father the Genius, Bambi, Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories, and The Wonders all screening this month. Bambi? Hell yer.

And, not to be outdone by CCB, Cinema no Verão is screening an open-air movie every Saturday in  Jardim do Torel. Their lineup is like the classics of the classics, with the chance for you and your fam to catch Space Jam, Spaceballs, Jurassic Park, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the big screen.

Music

Ribeira das Naus plays host to Somersby Out Jazz this August, where you can catch free, live music every Sunday. So come enjoy some jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, rock, DJs, drinks, dancing, friends, and fresh air in one of Lisbon’s most beautiful gardens.

Jazz em Agosto is an 11-day jazz festival from the Gulbenkian. Taking place in Praça da Espanha, this year’s theme is “Resistance” and there are multiple shows most days from the 1st to the 11th of August. See the full lineup and details here.

Festivals (Outside of Lisbon)

For those of you who have time and resources to venture outside of Lisbon, August is one of the best months for festivals in Portugal. In fact, they’re often stacked one on top of the other so you have to make some pretty severe choices about where you want to go and who you want to see.

Meo Sudoeste 2019 runs from August 6 to 10 in Zambujeira do Mar, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from Lisbon. You can stay there and catch acts like Post Malone, 6lack, Jimmy P, Steve Aoki, Anitta, Years & Years, and more.

At almost exactly the same time, NEOPOP 2019 is taking place in Viana do Castelo. This electronic-music phenomenon runs from August 7 to 10 and has some huge names such as Underworld, Richie Hawtin, John Digweed, Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, 2Jack4U, and so many more.

Vodafone Paredes de Coura returns to Viana do Castelo for their 2019 edition from August 14 to 17. Acts include the National, New Order, Patti Smith, and more. Also, for those planning on driving around Portugal this summer, you can get a discount on parking and tolls when you’re with Via Verde — seems like a nice touch, but considering this festival’s out-of-the-way location, it could prove necessary!

And if you thought you’d had your fill of festivals at the start of the month, you were wrong! Festival Forte is an electronic festival held in Montemor-o-Novo from August 22 to 25 and will be bringing acts such as Murcof + Malo Lacroix (Live A/V), Anthony Linell aka Abdulla Rashim, Boston 168, Christinne, Dave Clarke, Forest Drive West, and more.

Top Picks for Lisbon Events in August

to Aug 30 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Sonhos em tempo de Verão | Alvalade | FREE
to Aug 30 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Sonhos em tempo de Verão | Alvalade | FREE
to Aug 17 | OPEN-AIR THEATER | Troianas at Convento do Carmo | Chiado | 16€
to Aug 17 | OPEN-AIR THEATER | Troianas at Convento do Carmo | Chiado | 16€
to Sept. 7 | FREE OUTDOOR FILMS | CCB Summer Open Air Series | Belém | FREE
to Sept. 7 | FREE OUTDOOR FILMS | CCB Summer Open Air Series | Belém | FREE
to Sept 29 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Somersby Out Jazz 2019 | Lisbon | FREE
to Sept 29 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Somersby Out Jazz 2019 | Lisbon | FREE
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 - 32€
to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 - 32€
to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€
to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€
to Aug 25 | ELECTRONIC MUSIC FEST | Festival Forte | Montemor-o-Novo | 100€-160€
to Aug 25 | ELECTRONIC MUSIC FEST | Festival Forte | Montemor-o-Novo | 100€-160€
to Aug 17 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019 | Viana do Castelo | TBA€
to Aug 17 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019 | Viana do Castelo | TBA€
Jul
31
Wed
to Aug 1 | SINGING FESTIVAL | World Choral Expo 2019 | Lisbon | FREE
Jul 31 all-day
to Aug 1 | SINGING FESTIVAL | World Choral Expo 2019 | Lisbon | FREE @ Lisbon | Lisbon | Lisbon | Portugal

From the interwebs:
choral (adjective)
-composed for or sung by a choir or chorus.
-engaged in or concerned with singing.

From the organizers:
“The IFCM World Choral EXPO is an event realizing the choral needs of the international choral community. It aims to provide an opportunity for choral singers, choral professionals, conductors, composers, and music educators to interact and learn from world-renowned choirs and their conductors. The IFCM World Choral EXPO is comprised of three major elements:
1) choral education,
2) choir performances
3) an exhibition.
The inaugural WCE took place in 2015 in Macau, and brought together over 10,000 attendees with the common goal to sing ‘songs of friendship and peace’. The opportunity to work with such knowledgeable and high-profile choral personalities, to mix with like-minded choral musicians from around the world, and to share and hear some of the finest choral singing on the planet is a rare and powerful event for the worldwide choral community.

The 2019 theme of ‘Voices Meeting for a Better World’ associated with the IFCM World Choral EXPO should encourage global friendships and world peace. Through common love for choral music, participants, performers, and sponsors should be able to come together seamlessly to make lifelong friendships and to inspire musicians, no matter how amateur or experienced.”

Full schedule and more info here.

FREE ENTRY.

to Dec 31 | OPEN-CALL VIDEO ART SHOWCASE | Loopcave at Desterro | Intendente | FREE
Jul 31 @ 23:00 – Aug 1 @ 04:00
to Dec 31 | OPEN-CALL VIDEO ART SHOWCASE | Loopcave at Desterro | Intendente | FREE @ Desterro | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Are you a struggling videographer, artist, and/or filmmaker who wants nothing more than to have their images looped in a dingy little ungentrified after-hours hotspot in the heart of this great city?
If so, you’re in luck.

We’ll let the organizers take it from here:
“Year-round Open Call.
LOOPCAVE is a video art showcase dedicated to the loop organized in the Desterro‘s cave, in Lisbon. Fortnightly, with the purpose of opening the most diverse windows for the culture of the new artistic media, selected videos will be displayed via a monthly open call. The open calls are open every month until the end of the year, and two pieces are selected each month.

All videos must be submitted via email with the following info:
– name of the artist;
– small bio of the artist;
– link to the video;
– short description of the video (title, time, format and credits).”

Email [email protected].

Curated by the artist João Pedro Fonseca.

More here.

Weekly | MUSIC | Hump Day: 70s DJs at MUSICBOX | Cais do Sodré | TBD
Jul 31 @ 23:55 – Aug 1 @ 06:00
Weekly | MUSIC | Hump Day: 70s DJs at MUSICBOX | Cais do Sodré | TBD @ MUSICBOX | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Hump day, for you second-language speakers, comes in part from the phrase over the hump.

Other than that, we think the organizers of this weekly boogie describe it better than we ever could:
“𝙃𝙐𝙈𝙋 𝘿𝘼𝙔 means Wednesdays. The high point of the week. It’s that day that tells you that the worst has passed and the best is about to come. The middle can mean virtue but it can also mean sin, pleasure, and freedom on the dance floor, listening to surprising groovy sounds that turn you up and work like a desert mirage, giving you the strength you need to get to the oasis that is the weekend.
This weekly party is an invitation to celebrate just because. And because Lisbon is the coolest place in the universe, at least according to that hipster article in New York or whatever.
Wednesdays are the new Thursdays, or the old Fridays, or the future Saturdays, or whatever you want them to be. Come by MUSICBOX in Cais do Sodré and you’ll find that Wednesdays are your new favorite day.”

NOTE: They usually charge at the door, but not much, and it’s basically just a way to trick you into getting a beer.
Which you might need on hump day.

All we have to add is this stupid commercial from back in the day.

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Aug
1
Thu
to Aug 1 | SINGING FESTIVAL | World Choral Expo 2019 | Lisbon | FREE
Aug 1 all-day
to Aug 1 | SINGING FESTIVAL | World Choral Expo 2019 | Lisbon | FREE @ Lisbon | Lisbon | Lisbon | Portugal

From the interwebs:
choral (adjective)
-composed for or sung by a choir or chorus.
-engaged in or concerned with singing.

From the organizers:
“The IFCM World Choral EXPO is an event realizing the choral needs of the international choral community. It aims to provide an opportunity for choral singers, choral professionals, conductors, composers, and music educators to interact and learn from world-renowned choirs and their conductors. The IFCM World Choral EXPO is comprised of three major elements:
1) choral education,
2) choir performances
3) an exhibition.
The inaugural WCE took place in 2015 in Macau, and brought together over 10,000 attendees with the common goal to sing ‘songs of friendship and peace’. The opportunity to work with such knowledgeable and high-profile choral personalities, to mix with like-minded choral musicians from around the world, and to share and hear some of the finest choral singing on the planet is a rare and powerful event for the worldwide choral community.

The 2019 theme of ‘Voices Meeting for a Better World’ associated with the IFCM World Choral EXPO should encourage global friendships and world peace. Through common love for choral music, participants, performers, and sponsors should be able to come together seamlessly to make lifelong friendships and to inspire musicians, no matter how amateur or experienced.”

Full schedule and more info here.

FREE ENTRY.

to Aug 29 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Linha Recta Linha Curva | Belém | FREE
Aug 1 @ 09:30 – 18:30
to Aug 29 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Linha Recta Linha Curva | Belém | FREE @ Casa da América Latina | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Linha Recta Linha Curva (“Straight Line Curved Line”) is a joint effort by three artists exploring the idea of “nature and the city.”
Painter Pascal Ruesch has lived in Brazil for over 20 years. He brings “the straight side” of the show, from the city of São Paulo.
Painter Sara Maia is Portuguese; she represents “the curved side,” with art from the Colombian jungle.
Júlio Moreira, writer and landscaper, provides the texts that accompany this clash of two worlds.

Casa de América Latina is a non-profit created “with the mission of bringing Portugal closer to Latin America by stimulating knowledge and cooperation with Latin American countries.”

They’re hosting the exhibit (Monday-Friday, 9h30-18h30) until August 29th.

FREE ENTRY.

to Oct 31 | NATURE | Visits to the Badoca Safari Park | Alentejo | 15,90-17,90€
Aug 1 @ 09:30 – 17:00
to Oct 31 | NATURE | Visits to the Badoca Safari Park | Alentejo | 15,90-17,90€ @ BADOCA SAFARI PARK | Vila Nova de Stº André | Setúbal | Portugal

Psst.
Hey you.
You like giraffes?
Of course you do.
Who doesn’t?

The Badoca Safari Park down in Alentejo has giraffes.
And a bunch of other cool animals.
And guided tours and stuff.
Basically, some text-free fun for the whole family.

Open every day (holidays included) until October 31st, 2019.

Tickets here.

to Aug 11 | ART EXHIBIT | Albrecht Dürer: St. Jerome Drawings from the Albertina Museum | Santos | 6 – 10€
Aug 1 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Aug 11 | ART EXHIBIT | Albrecht Dürer: St. Jerome Drawings from the Albertina Museum | Santos | 6 - 10€ @ Museu Nacional de Atre Antiga | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Albrecht Dürer was a German painter mostly working around 500 years ago. He made many paintings which, in turn, made history in the world of art.

One such painting is “Saint Jerome in His Study.”
Albrecht completed said piece in 1521. Then, while on a trip to Antwerp, he gave it to the secretary of a Portuguese factory as a gift. And so today, St Jerome hangs in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga right here in Lisbon, continuing to make history.

However, Albrecht had also made four preliminary drawings for St. Jerome, which somehow ended up in the Albertina Museum in Vienna.
That is, until recently.

For the next two months, said drawings are in Portugal for the first time, face to face with the iconic final work for which they served as inspiration.
Thus, you are invited to witness art history in the making, as well as to an up-close and personal study of Albrecht’s creative process.

ENTRY: 6-10€.
(see info on discounts here).

Download the exhibition booklet here.

to Dec 15 | ART EXHIBIT | Are you a Tourist? | Belém | 6€
Aug 1 @ 10:00 – 19:00
to Dec 15 | ART EXHIBIT | Are you a Tourist? | Belém | 6€ @ Padrão dos Descobrimentos | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Are you a tourist?
No, seriously.
Are rent and petty theft going up because of you?
When you walk around Lisbon and see the increasing “Tourists F.ck Off” graffiti and stickers, do you ask yourself, “Do they mean me?”
Or maybe you even utter that same sentiment from time to time in an attempt to, you know, blend in?
After all, tourism is a state of mind…

Anyway, Padrão dos Descobrimentos invites you to ask these and other tough questions in their new show… inside popular tourist destination Belém.
Here’s what they say:
“What is a tourist? Can we all be tourists? Is a tourist always a tourist? What was tourism like in the time of our grandparents? Can we be tourists in the cities we live in?
The exhibition invites us to look at tourists and their activities, but also to migrants and locals, paying special attention to our daily or occasional encounters, showing that we all can learn from one another. For that, we need only to see each other as inhabitants of the same world, although we look at it through different perspectives and with different expectations.”

Are you a tourist…?

Daily: 10h-19h.

ENTRY: 6€ (for tourists and locals).

to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | “Among Dinosaurs” | Príncipe Real | 5€
Aug 1 @ 10:00 – 17:00
to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | "Among Dinosaurs" | Príncipe Real | 5€ @ Museu de Historia Natural e da Ciência | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

As you probably already know, dinosaurs once roamed the Earth— but did you know that they roamed around Portugal? The Museum of Natural History is taking an intensive look at different types of dinosaur fossils and inviting you to get to know the regions of Portugal where they are most abundant. Learn about excavation work, laboratory preparation, and identification of the Allosaurus fossils found in Andrés (Pombal) and maybe you’ll get a better idea about just what was going on at this time 150 million years ago, and what dinosaurs have survived until today.

Note: Weekend hours are from 11h to 18h

From the organizers:

Allosaurus: in what regions of the planet were they discovered? What characteristics did these Dinosaurs have? The answer to this question leads to the reflection about the diets of the dinosaurs, their life habits, and the adaptations necessary for their survival. Since Allosaurus is a theropod, we can not forget that some dinosaurs of this group evolved acquiring avian characteristics. We are therefore led to the conclusion that not all of the dinosaurs were extinct 66 million years ago.

to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 – 32€
Aug 1 @ 10:00 – 19:00
to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 - 32€ @ Cordoaria Nacional | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better-looking place.”
Banksy.

Well, the elusive Brit that is Banksy has definitely made the world better-looking. So that answers that question.
Then again, no one says that being a vandal and being a genius are mutually exclusive. For the next few months, the centuries-old former naval rope-making factory-turned exhibition center that is Cordoaria Nacional invites you to view some of the mysterious bad boy’s pieces out of their natural habitat. Over 70 works, including original pieces, sculptures, art installations, video, and photography.
Here’s what they add (those vandals):
“This exhibition, like all previous shows of Banksy’s work, is not authorized by the artist, who seeks to protect his anonymity and independence from the system.”

Opening Hours:
Sun to Fri – 10h-19h.
Saturdays- 10h-20h.
(Final entry one hour before closing).

Tix here (or at the door).

to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€
Aug 1 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€ @ Quinta da Esperança | Cuba | Beja | Portugal

Wanna check out a 400-year-old mansion and experience how Portuguese rich people kicked it a century ago?
Well, you’re in luck.
Quinta da Esperança (“Farm of Hope”) is a centuries-old mansion in the heart of Alentejo that, in recent years, has been getting restored to its 19th-century glory.
Four floors, 200 rooms (25 of them open to the public), dozens of tile panels, frescoed mural rooms, an inner chapel, carvings, paintings, aqueducts, along with a sense of historical majesty, and possibly even a ghost or two.
Go experience how some things withstand the test of time. Need a ride? Lear about renting cars in Portugal.

Tickets and more info here.

to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
Aug 1 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€ @ Museu do Ajube | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

If you’ve never seen the inside of a prison, then chances are you’re not in the U.S., let alone doing better than a lot of the planet.
Museu do Ajube aims to change that — but, don’t worry, not permanently, and for a mere three bucks.
Here’s their verdict:
“The Portuguese Prison Photo Project provides an insight into seven contemporary Portuguese prisons. From the largest and oldest, dating back to the 1880s, to the newest, opened in 2004.
The images, captured by two photographers — Portuguese Luís Barbosa and Swiss Peter M. Schulthess — show different approaches and perspectives, and are complemented by historical images from the national archives.”

Learn more here.

ENTRY: 3€.

to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€
Aug 1 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€ @ Pavilhão do Conhecimento | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Aah, our fuzzy friends. We all wish we could see the world through their eyes for at least a day, and now we can at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento. I know it’s exciting, but please remember you’re house-trained. Right?

Weekend hours: 11h – 19h
FREE ENTRANCE on July 25 (Pavilhão do Conhecimento’s Birthday)

From the organizers:
They live in our homes and streets, in our imagination and even in the music we listen to. And have been with us for thousands of years. But what do we actually know about them? How did they become so different from wild animals? How do they see, listen and feel the world?

The new temporary exhibition of Pavilion of Knowledge invites children and grown-ups to explore the world of their favorite pets. The exhibition is composed by three thematic areas: (“In their skin”; “In their head”; “In our societies”) adding a total of 47 interactive exhibits.

Produced by Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – from Paris – will be open to the public until September 8, 2019. On the first Sunday of every month, the public is welcome to visit our science center with a dog and also to participate in our workshop programme Canine Passport. But we’re not stopping there: Feline Instinct workshop happens every second Sunday of the month and is dedicated to cats.

Are you ready to enter the amazing world of your favorite pets?

to Aug 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Valdemar Doria in Tavira | Tavira | FREE
Aug 1 @ 18:00 – 23:00
to Aug 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Valdemar Doria in Tavira | Tavira | FREE @ Pessoa's Cafe | Tavira | Faro | Portugal

Valdemar Doria is a local legend whose unique work can be seen all over Lisbon and beyond, sometimes in the most unlikely of places. For this reason, Pessoa would likely have been a fan.

If you happen to be traveling down south and find yourself in the beautiful town of Tavira this July, stop by Pessoa’s Café and check out some originals by the prolific, Picasso- and Pessoa-esque visionary, while enjoying some local wine and tapas by the river Gilão.
Here’s a glimpse at Valdi’s genius.

FOR RESERVATIONS:
Call 281094057 or 913350393.

to Aug 11 | Jazz em Agosto | Praça da Espanha | FREE to 90€
Aug 1 @ 18:30 – 23:30

The Gulbenkian has its game-face decidedly on this year for the annual Jazz em Agosto series. Some serious heavy hitters across plenty of jazz sub-genres are making an appearance at this year’s festival. The theme this time is “Resistance,” and starting off the series is Marc Ribot, who recently recruited Tom Waits to do an old Italian anti-fascist folk song, as one does.

You can get a reduced-price package for 50€ to 90€ for several shows, or pick and choose individual concerts for 6€ to 20€ each — and the Abdul Moimême show Aug. 4 is free.

NOTE: Other than Aug. 1, there are two shows every night, one at 18h30 and one at 21h30, and on Aug. 4, Abdul Moimême plays at 17h. There. No more “Notes.”

FROM THE ORGANIZERS:

Aug. 1, 21h30: Marc Ribot – Songs of Resistance

Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot©Ebru Yildiz

Convinced that every social movement that unleashes significant change has a fitting soundtrack, Marc Ribot has created Songs of Resistance, a project that is the climax of a series of forays in line with his role as an activist. And he has equipped himself with historical protest songs taken from American civil rights movements, European songbooks of resistance from the 2nd World War period and Mexican folk ballads. To all of these influences Ribot adds songs of his own, forged in the same revolutionary spirit, fully assuming the cry of uprising alone (the album features various invited vocalists).

Marc Ribot Electric guitar / Voice
Jay Rodriguez Tenor saxophone / Flute
Brad Jones Double bass
Ches Smith Drums
Reinaldo De Jesus Percussion

Aug. 2, 18h30: Maja S. K. Ratkje

Maja Ratkje
Maja Ratkje ©Ellen Lande Gossner

Inspired by composers such as Stockhausen and Messiaen, Norwegian Maja S. K. Ratkje established herself with the launch of Voice (2002) as one of the most original creators of experimental electronica, exploring the imprinting of her voice on the pieces she creates with limitless imagination. According to Financial Times, “Ratkje brings a feral disregard for conventional form, combined with an extravagant imagination.”

Aug. 2, 21h30: Heroes Are Gang Leaders – The Amiri Baraka Session


Heroes Are Gang Leaders©2017 Thomas Sayers Ellis

Created out of the encounter between the saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and the poet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis, Heroes Are Gang Leaders was formed following the death of the poet and activist Amiri Baraka (who performed at Jazz em Agosto 2000 and 2001). Lewis and Ellis take their rebelliousness from Baraka, a firm believer in the power of words and art to produce real change in the world, to create music in which jazz, hip-hop and the spoken word are the weapons used to operate change. Fronting a collective of 10 musicians and singers, they direct true celebrations of black culture and permanently question the social imbalances of our societies on stage.

Thomas Sayers Ellis Spoken word
James Brandon Lewis Tenor saxophone
Melanie Dyer Viola
Luke Stewart Electric bass
Jenna Camille Piano / Vocals
Randall Horton Spoken word
Nettie Chickering Vocals
Bonita Penn Spoken word
Heru Shabaka-Ra Trumpet
Devin Brahja Waldman Alto saxophone / Keyboards
Warren Trae Crudup III Drums
Brandon Moses Electric guitar

Aug. 3, 18h30: Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey


Laubrock and Tom Rainey ©Mardok

Married off stage, Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey create music as a duo that feeds off this intimacy and togetherness. Their terrain is free improvisation, but played out in the rare and difficult balance that is the secure understanding of the discourse of the other and the ability to incorporate surprise into this relationship. Saxophone and drums join together to create an eternal revelation of pure listening delight.

Aug. 3, 21h30: Burning Ghosts


Burning Ghosts ©Eron Rauch

Practitioners of a boisterous blend of jazz and metal, Daniel Rosenboom’s Burning Ghosts are a true mirror focused on American social inequalities. The frequent comparisons with the rock band Rage Against the Machine have exacerbated the calling and political and vindicatory positioning of a collective which, in recent years, has set the Los Angeles underground scene alight. The urgency of the music, in constant response to the present, can be felt in every second of Reclamation – an album launched in 2017 by John Zorn’s Tzadik. Music with a short fuse on a constant razor’s edge.

Daniel Rosenboom Trumpet / Cornet
Jake Vossler Electric guitar
Richard Giddens Double bass
Aaron McLendon Drums

Aug.4, 17h: Abdul Moimême

Abdul Moimême
Abdul Moimême ©Nuno Martins

Free admission subject to room capacity and with the need for ticket pickup one hour before the event at the box office of the Modern Collection – Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.

Rui Horta Santos’ musical exploration has been enacted under the name of Abdul Moimême for many years. Focusing his work on the guitar and the saxophone, Moimême is someone who imagines an instrument’s in every expressive possibility, daring, through a careful process of deconstruction, to dive into unknown landscapes – finding there a constant source of invention and beauty, interspersed at all times by the mystery of discovery.

Aug. 4, 18h30: Toscano – Pinheiro – Mira – Ferrandini

Toscano, Pinheiro, Mira, Ferrandini
Toscano, Pinheiro, Mira, Ferrandini ©David Grades

One of the most stimulating assemblages [Atlas: sic] in Portuguese jazz of recent years. Ricardo Toscano, a prodigious saxophonist and profound connoisseur of the history of jazz who came to the forefront with his masterful interpretation of hard-bop, joins three of the most outstanding and inventive performers of improvised music in the country (from Red Trio and Motion Trio): Rodrigo Pinheiro, Miguel Mira and Gabriel Ferrandini. A concert that promises to be unpredictable.

Ricardo Toscano Alto saxophone
Rodrigo Pinheiro Piano
Miguel Mira Cello
Gabriel Ferrandini Drums

Aug. 4, 21h30: Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

Mandorla Awakening
Mandorla Awakening ©DR

In Mandorla Awakening, the visionary American flautist Nicole Mitchell imagines what “a truly egalitarian world of advanced technology synchronised with nature” could look like. This utopian proposal results in challenging afro-futuristic-inspired music in which jazz, funk and classical combine with the spoken word and oriental influences (thanks to the presence of Japanese musicians) to create a single audible whole that is as disquieting as it is stunning. Inspired by the legacy of AACM, Mitchell questions current relationships around technology, spirituality, race and gender based on a sound construct that breaks down barriers and makes a claim to universality.

Nicole Mitchell Flute / Composition / Eletronics
Avery R. Young Vocals
Tomeka Reid Cello / Banjo
Mazz Swift Violin
Kojiro Umezaki Shakuhachi
Alex Wing Eletric guitar / Oud / Theremin
Tatsu Aoki Double bass / Shamisen / Taiko
Jovia Armstrong Percussion

Aug. 8, 18h30: ABACAXI

ABACAXI
ABACAXI © Sylvain Gripoix

NOTE: We inform that this performance includes the use of strobe light.

Two years since his last visit to Jazz em Agosto, the French guitarist Julien Desprez returns with the trio Abacaxi, based around a classical rock band structure completed by the drummer Max Andrzejewski and the bassist Jean François Riffaud. While the band may be classical in form, the music the three perform stems from Desprez’s unrestricted vision of the guitar, feeding as much on the primeval energy of rock as its untamed character, amidst noise and eruptions.

Julien Desprez Composition / Eletric guitar / Eletronics / Lights
Jean François Riffaud Eletric bass / Lights
Max Andrzejewski Drums / Synthesizer / Lights

Aug. 8, 21h30: Théo Ceccaldi – Freaks


Théo Ceccaldi – Freaks ©DR

Described as “psychedelic, radioactive and mixed punk jazz”, as close to a dream as it is of a nightmare, the new group formed by the fiery French violinist Théo Ceccaldi baptised Freaks is a whole melting pot of influences from a wide variety of sources. From Frank Zappa and John Zorn they take the search for the implosion of genres and the disregard for structures. From animated film they inherit the pleasure for the playful exploration of music, while taking their intensity, as they say, from the imaginary point of intersection between Stravinsky and trash metal. A musical festivity of songs that are chaotic in appearance but rigorous in their enthralling delirium.

Théo Ceccaldi Violin / Keyboards / Voice
Mathieu Metzger Alto and baritone saxophones
Quentin Biardeau Tenor saxophone / Keyboards / Voice
Giani Caserotto Eletric guitar / Keyboards
Stéphane Decolly Electric bass
Etienne Ziemniak Drums

Aug. 9, 18h30: Joey Baron & Robyn Schulkowsky


Joey Baron and Robyn Schulkowsky ©Dariusz Gackowski

A surprising creative partnership between two essential names from the world of avant-garde jazz percussion and contemporary music. While Joey Baron is one of John Zorn’s closest collaborators, a member of the seminal Naked City and Masada, Robyn Schulkowsky is a distinguished percussionist who has worked with composers Stockhausen, Feldman or Xenakis. Their second album as a duo – Now You Hear Me – confirmed how special their sound is in 2018.

Aug. 9, 21h30: Tomas Fujiwara – Triple Double

Triple Double
Triple Double ©Nicki Chavoya

Tomas Fujiwara heads an ambitious project whose name explains much of the goings on in this music built around three doubles: two sets of drums, two electric guitars, two wind instruments. The three doubles, who join to make a superband formed by Fujiwara, Gerald Cleaver, Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, Ralph Alessi and Taylor Ho Bynum, provide the drummer’s composition with a series of possibilities and combinations which lead to highly suggestive music. The pieces may be organised around two trios or a sextet, and the result places the focus as much on each of the musicians as on the quality of Fujiwara’s composition.

Tomas Fujiwara Drums
Gerald Cleaver Drums
Mary Halvorson Electric guitar
Brandon Seabrook Electric guitar
Ralph Alessi Trumpet
Taylor Ho Bynum Cornet

Aug. 10, 18h30: Zeena Parkins & Brian Chase

Zeena Parkins
Zeena Parkins ©DR

The most obvious tangent between the musical worlds of the harpist Zeena Parkins and the drummer Brian Chase is their connection to the pop/rock spectrum: she has worked and recorded with the singer Björk, while he was a member of the indie rock group Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But far more unites them, given that both are recognised for their work in experimental music. As a duo, what they do is to invest all of this intensity in disquieting pieces that number written music and improvisation.

Zeena Parkins Harp / Electronics
Brian Chase Drums / Percussion

Aug.10, 21h30: Ambrose Akinmusire – Origami Harvest

Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire ©DR

After meteoric affirmation as one of the most creative and fascinating American contemporary jazz musicians, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire launched the album Origami Harvest in 2018, a new foray into relatively unchartered waters – featuring a core quartet of strings and the electronica of keyboardist Sam Harris. According to an expressly political purpose, of challenging the everyday racism that assails his country, Akinmusire directs a musical journey that convenes the most daring jazz, funk, spoken word, soul and hip-hop – a whole digest of great black folk music transformed under the eye of an exceptional musician in an amazing and inventive combustion of sound.

Ambrose Akinmusire Composition / Trumpet / Keyboards
Kokayi Rap
Justin Brown Drums
Sam Harris Piano / Keyboards

Mivos Quartet
Olivia de Prato Violin
Maya Bennardo Violin
Victor Lowrie Tafoya Viola
Tyler J. Borden Cello

Aug. 11, 18h30: ERIS 136199


Eris 136199 ©Steffen Schindler

Han-earl Park is one of those musicians governed by a permanent dissatisfaction. Each new project he devotes himself to is a new opportunity to test the limits of melody, noise and the cyber-futuristic limits of the music he takes to the stage with an almost scientific commitment. In ERIS 136199, the mystery begins with the very name, extending afterwards to the challenging relationship his guitar establishes with Catherine Sikora’s saxophone and Nick Didkovsky’s guitar (Didkovsky is founder and leader of the group Dr. Nerve, at the heart of the downtown New York avant-garde scene).

Han-earl Park Electric guitar / Electronics
Catherine Sikora Tenor saxophone
Nick Didkovsky Electric guitar

Aug. 11, 21h30: Mary Halvorson – Code Girl


Mary Halvorson – Code Girl ©Reuben Radding

Mary Halvorson has been making her mark as one of the most original guitarists working within the world of jazz for many years. With a highly personal and elastic style, Halvorson has also affirmed her distinctive calling as a composer in various groups. This time, heading a reincarnated collective featuring Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara, Maria Grand and Adam O’Farrill, the guitarist has invited Amirtha Kidambi, a singer trained in Indian musical tradition, and the special charms of her vocal talents. If you were already under no illusions about the guitarist’s disarming creativity, this is a new step based on a series of songs whose lyrics and compositions she has created.

Mary Halvorson Eletric guitar
Amirtha Kidambi Voice
Maria Grand Tenor saxophone / Voice
Adam O’Farrill Trumpet
Michael Formanek Double bass
Tomas Fujiwara Drums

to Dec 31 | OPEN-CALL VIDEO ART SHOWCASE | Loopcave at Desterro | Intendente | FREE
Aug 1 @ 23:00 – Aug 2 @ 04:00
to Dec 31 | OPEN-CALL VIDEO ART SHOWCASE | Loopcave at Desterro | Intendente | FREE @ Desterro | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Are you a struggling videographer, artist, and/or filmmaker who wants nothing more than to have their images looped in a dingy little ungentrified after-hours hotspot in the heart of this great city?
If so, you’re in luck.

We’ll let the organizers take it from here:
“Year-round Open Call.
LOOPCAVE is a video art showcase dedicated to the loop organized in the Desterro‘s cave, in Lisbon. Fortnightly, with the purpose of opening the most diverse windows for the culture of the new artistic media, selected videos will be displayed via a monthly open call. The open calls are open every month until the end of the year, and two pieces are selected each month.

All videos must be submitted via email with the following info:
– name of the artist;
– small bio of the artist;
– link to the video;
– short description of the video (title, time, format and credits).”

Email [email protected].

Curated by the artist João Pedro Fonseca.

More here.

Aug
2
Fri
to Aug 29 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Linha Recta Linha Curva | Belém | FREE
Aug 2 @ 09:30 – 18:30
to Aug 29 | GROUP ART EXHIBIT | Linha Recta Linha Curva | Belém | FREE @ Casa da América Latina | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Linha Recta Linha Curva (“Straight Line Curved Line”) is a joint effort by three artists exploring the idea of “nature and the city.”
Painter Pascal Ruesch has lived in Brazil for over 20 years. He brings “the straight side” of the show, from the city of São Paulo.
Painter Sara Maia is Portuguese; she represents “the curved side,” with art from the Colombian jungle.
Júlio Moreira, writer and landscaper, provides the texts that accompany this clash of two worlds.

Casa de América Latina is a non-profit created “with the mission of bringing Portugal closer to Latin America by stimulating knowledge and cooperation with Latin American countries.”

They’re hosting the exhibit (Monday-Friday, 9h30-18h30) until August 29th.

FREE ENTRY.

to Oct 31 | NATURE | Visits to the Badoca Safari Park | Alentejo | 15,90-17,90€
Aug 2 @ 09:30 – 17:00
to Oct 31 | NATURE | Visits to the Badoca Safari Park | Alentejo | 15,90-17,90€ @ BADOCA SAFARI PARK | Vila Nova de Stº André | Setúbal | Portugal

Psst.
Hey you.
You like giraffes?
Of course you do.
Who doesn’t?

The Badoca Safari Park down in Alentejo has giraffes.
And a bunch of other cool animals.
And guided tours and stuff.
Basically, some text-free fun for the whole family.

Open every day (holidays included) until October 31st, 2019.

Tickets here.

to Aug 11 | ART EXHIBIT | Albrecht Dürer: St. Jerome Drawings from the Albertina Museum | Santos | 6 – 10€
Aug 2 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Aug 11 | ART EXHIBIT | Albrecht Dürer: St. Jerome Drawings from the Albertina Museum | Santos | 6 - 10€ @ Museu Nacional de Atre Antiga | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Albrecht Dürer was a German painter mostly working around 500 years ago. He made many paintings which, in turn, made history in the world of art.

One such painting is “Saint Jerome in His Study.”
Albrecht completed said piece in 1521. Then, while on a trip to Antwerp, he gave it to the secretary of a Portuguese factory as a gift. And so today, St Jerome hangs in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga right here in Lisbon, continuing to make history.

However, Albrecht had also made four preliminary drawings for St. Jerome, which somehow ended up in the Albertina Museum in Vienna.
That is, until recently.

For the next two months, said drawings are in Portugal for the first time, face to face with the iconic final work for which they served as inspiration.
Thus, you are invited to witness art history in the making, as well as to an up-close and personal study of Albrecht’s creative process.

ENTRY: 6-10€.
(see info on discounts here).

Download the exhibition booklet here.

to Dec 15 | ART EXHIBIT | Are you a Tourist? | Belém | 6€
Aug 2 @ 10:00 – 19:00
to Dec 15 | ART EXHIBIT | Are you a Tourist? | Belém | 6€ @ Padrão dos Descobrimentos | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Are you a tourist?
No, seriously.
Are rent and petty theft going up because of you?
When you walk around Lisbon and see the increasing “Tourists F.ck Off” graffiti and stickers, do you ask yourself, “Do they mean me?”
Or maybe you even utter that same sentiment from time to time in an attempt to, you know, blend in?
After all, tourism is a state of mind…

Anyway, Padrão dos Descobrimentos invites you to ask these and other tough questions in their new show… inside popular tourist destination Belém.
Here’s what they say:
“What is a tourist? Can we all be tourists? Is a tourist always a tourist? What was tourism like in the time of our grandparents? Can we be tourists in the cities we live in?
The exhibition invites us to look at tourists and their activities, but also to migrants and locals, paying special attention to our daily or occasional encounters, showing that we all can learn from one another. For that, we need only to see each other as inhabitants of the same world, although we look at it through different perspectives and with different expectations.”

Are you a tourist…?

Daily: 10h-19h.

ENTRY: 6€ (for tourists and locals).

to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | “Among Dinosaurs” | Príncipe Real | 5€
Aug 2 @ 10:00 – 17:00
to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | "Among Dinosaurs" | Príncipe Real | 5€ @ Museu de Historia Natural e da Ciência | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

As you probably already know, dinosaurs once roamed the Earth— but did you know that they roamed around Portugal? The Museum of Natural History is taking an intensive look at different types of dinosaur fossils and inviting you to get to know the regions of Portugal where they are most abundant. Learn about excavation work, laboratory preparation, and identification of the Allosaurus fossils found in Andrés (Pombal) and maybe you’ll get a better idea about just what was going on at this time 150 million years ago, and what dinosaurs have survived until today.

Note: Weekend hours are from 11h to 18h

From the organizers:

Allosaurus: in what regions of the planet were they discovered? What characteristics did these Dinosaurs have? The answer to this question leads to the reflection about the diets of the dinosaurs, their life habits, and the adaptations necessary for their survival. Since Allosaurus is a theropod, we can not forget that some dinosaurs of this group evolved acquiring avian characteristics. We are therefore led to the conclusion that not all of the dinosaurs were extinct 66 million years ago.

to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 – 32€
Aug 2 @ 10:00 – 19:00
to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 - 32€ @ Cordoaria Nacional | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better-looking place.”
Banksy.

Well, the elusive Brit that is Banksy has definitely made the world better-looking. So that answers that question.
Then again, no one says that being a vandal and being a genius are mutually exclusive. For the next few months, the centuries-old former naval rope-making factory-turned exhibition center that is Cordoaria Nacional invites you to view some of the mysterious bad boy’s pieces out of their natural habitat. Over 70 works, including original pieces, sculptures, art installations, video, and photography.
Here’s what they add (those vandals):
“This exhibition, like all previous shows of Banksy’s work, is not authorized by the artist, who seeks to protect his anonymity and independence from the system.”

Opening Hours:
Sun to Fri – 10h-19h.
Saturdays- 10h-20h.
(Final entry one hour before closing).

Tix here (or at the door).

to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€
Aug 2 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€ @ Quinta da Esperança | Cuba | Beja | Portugal

Wanna check out a 400-year-old mansion and experience how Portuguese rich people kicked it a century ago?
Well, you’re in luck.
Quinta da Esperança (“Farm of Hope”) is a centuries-old mansion in the heart of Alentejo that, in recent years, has been getting restored to its 19th-century glory.
Four floors, 200 rooms (25 of them open to the public), dozens of tile panels, frescoed mural rooms, an inner chapel, carvings, paintings, aqueducts, along with a sense of historical majesty, and possibly even a ghost or two.
Go experience how some things withstand the test of time. Need a ride? Lear about renting cars in Portugal.

Tickets and more info here.

to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€
Aug 2 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 29 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | The Portuguese Prison Photo Project | Alfama | 3€ @ Museu do Ajube | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

If you’ve never seen the inside of a prison, then chances are you’re not in the U.S., let alone doing better than a lot of the planet.
Museu do Ajube aims to change that — but, don’t worry, not permanently, and for a mere three bucks.
Here’s their verdict:
“The Portuguese Prison Photo Project provides an insight into seven contemporary Portuguese prisons. From the largest and oldest, dating back to the 1880s, to the newest, opened in 2004.
The images, captured by two photographers — Portuguese Luís Barbosa and Swiss Peter M. Schulthess — show different approaches and perspectives, and are complemented by historical images from the national archives.”

Learn more here.

ENTRY: 3€.

to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€
Aug 2 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 8 | INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT | Dogs and Cats | Expo | 9€ @ Pavilhão do Conhecimento | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Aah, our fuzzy friends. We all wish we could see the world through their eyes for at least a day, and now we can at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento. I know it’s exciting, but please remember you’re house-trained. Right?

Weekend hours: 11h – 19h
FREE ENTRANCE on July 25 (Pavilhão do Conhecimento’s Birthday)

From the organizers:
They live in our homes and streets, in our imagination and even in the music we listen to. And have been with us for thousands of years. But what do we actually know about them? How did they become so different from wild animals? How do they see, listen and feel the world?

The new temporary exhibition of Pavilion of Knowledge invites children and grown-ups to explore the world of their favorite pets. The exhibition is composed by three thematic areas: (“In their skin”; “In their head”; “In our societies”) adding a total of 47 interactive exhibits.

Produced by Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – from Paris – will be open to the public until September 8, 2019. On the first Sunday of every month, the public is welcome to visit our science center with a dog and also to participate in our workshop programme Canine Passport. But we’re not stopping there: Feline Instinct workshop happens every second Sunday of the month and is dedicated to cats.

Are you ready to enter the amazing world of your favorite pets?

to Aug 19 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | Fiction & Manufacturing | Belém | 2,50-5€
Aug 2 @ 11:00 – 19:00
to Aug 19 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | Fiction & Manufacturing | Belém | 2,50-5€ @ MAAT | Lisboa | Portugal

Did you know that Photoshop was invented 30 years ago?
Yep…
Ficção e Fabricação, or “Fiction & Manufacturing: Photography of Architecture after the Digital Revolution” brings together nearly 50 artists whose main subject matter is, you guessed it, architecture.
The organizers explain:
“At a time when digital tools preside over the making of architectural images for media consumption, fictions stemming from the art world appear here as a critical alternative that questions and expands the concept of architecture.”

2,50-5€.
More info here.

 

to Aug 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Valdemar Doria in Tavira | Tavira | FREE
Aug 2 @ 18:00 – 23:00
to Aug 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Valdemar Doria in Tavira | Tavira | FREE @ Pessoa's Cafe | Tavira | Faro | Portugal

Valdemar Doria is a local legend whose unique work can be seen all over Lisbon and beyond, sometimes in the most unlikely of places. For this reason, Pessoa would likely have been a fan.

If you happen to be traveling down south and find yourself in the beautiful town of Tavira this July, stop by Pessoa’s Café and check out some originals by the prolific, Picasso- and Pessoa-esque visionary, while enjoying some local wine and tapas by the river Gilão.
Here’s a glimpse at Valdi’s genius.

FOR RESERVATIONS:
Call 281094057 or 913350393.

to Aug 11 | Jazz em Agosto | Praça da Espanha | FREE to 90€
Aug 2 @ 18:30 – 23:30

The Gulbenkian has its game-face decidedly on this year for the annual Jazz em Agosto series. Some serious heavy hitters across plenty of jazz sub-genres are making an appearance at this year’s festival. The theme this time is “Resistance,” and starting off the series is Marc Ribot, who recently recruited Tom Waits to do an old Italian anti-fascist folk song, as one does.

You can get a reduced-price package for 50€ to 90€ for several shows, or pick and choose individual concerts for 6€ to 20€ each — and the Abdul Moimême show Aug. 4 is free.

NOTE: Other than Aug. 1, there are two shows every night, one at 18h30 and one at 21h30, and on Aug. 4, Abdul Moimême plays at 17h. There. No more “Notes.”

FROM THE ORGANIZERS:

Aug. 1, 21h30: Marc Ribot – Songs of Resistance

Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot©Ebru Yildiz

Convinced that every social movement that unleashes significant change has a fitting soundtrack, Marc Ribot has created Songs of Resistance, a project that is the climax of a series of forays in line with his role as an activist. And he has equipped himself with historical protest songs taken from American civil rights movements, European songbooks of resistance from the 2nd World War period and Mexican folk ballads. To all of these influences Ribot adds songs of his own, forged in the same revolutionary spirit, fully assuming the cry of uprising alone (the album features various invited vocalists).

Marc Ribot Electric guitar / Voice
Jay Rodriguez Tenor saxophone / Flute
Brad Jones Double bass
Ches Smith Drums
Reinaldo De Jesus Percussion

Aug. 2, 18h30: Maja S. K. Ratkje

Maja Ratkje
Maja Ratkje ©Ellen Lande Gossner

Inspired by composers such as Stockhausen and Messiaen, Norwegian Maja S. K. Ratkje established herself with the launch of Voice (2002) as one of the most original creators of experimental electronica, exploring the imprinting of her voice on the pieces she creates with limitless imagination. According to Financial Times, “Ratkje brings a feral disregard for conventional form, combined with an extravagant imagination.”

Aug. 2, 21h30: Heroes Are Gang Leaders – The Amiri Baraka Session


Heroes Are Gang Leaders©2017 Thomas Sayers Ellis

Created out of the encounter between the saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and the poet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis, Heroes Are Gang Leaders was formed following the death of the poet and activist Amiri Baraka (who performed at Jazz em Agosto 2000 and 2001). Lewis and Ellis take their rebelliousness from Baraka, a firm believer in the power of words and art to produce real change in the world, to create music in which jazz, hip-hop and the spoken word are the weapons used to operate change. Fronting a collective of 10 musicians and singers, they direct true celebrations of black culture and permanently question the social imbalances of our societies on stage.

Thomas Sayers Ellis Spoken word
James Brandon Lewis Tenor saxophone
Melanie Dyer Viola
Luke Stewart Electric bass
Jenna Camille Piano / Vocals
Randall Horton Spoken word
Nettie Chickering Vocals
Bonita Penn Spoken word
Heru Shabaka-Ra Trumpet
Devin Brahja Waldman Alto saxophone / Keyboards
Warren Trae Crudup III Drums
Brandon Moses Electric guitar

Aug. 3, 18h30: Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey


Laubrock and Tom Rainey ©Mardok

Married off stage, Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey create music as a duo that feeds off this intimacy and togetherness. Their terrain is free improvisation, but played out in the rare and difficult balance that is the secure understanding of the discourse of the other and the ability to incorporate surprise into this relationship. Saxophone and drums join together to create an eternal revelation of pure listening delight.

Aug. 3, 21h30: Burning Ghosts


Burning Ghosts ©Eron Rauch

Practitioners of a boisterous blend of jazz and metal, Daniel Rosenboom’s Burning Ghosts are a true mirror focused on American social inequalities. The frequent comparisons with the rock band Rage Against the Machine have exacerbated the calling and political and vindicatory positioning of a collective which, in recent years, has set the Los Angeles underground scene alight. The urgency of the music, in constant response to the present, can be felt in every second of Reclamation – an album launched in 2017 by John Zorn’s Tzadik. Music with a short fuse on a constant razor’s edge.

Daniel Rosenboom Trumpet / Cornet
Jake Vossler Electric guitar
Richard Giddens Double bass
Aaron McLendon Drums

Aug.4, 17h: Abdul Moimême

Abdul Moimême
Abdul Moimême ©Nuno Martins

Free admission subject to room capacity and with the need for ticket pickup one hour before the event at the box office of the Modern Collection – Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.

Rui Horta Santos’ musical exploration has been enacted under the name of Abdul Moimême for many years. Focusing his work on the guitar and the saxophone, Moimême is someone who imagines an instrument’s in every expressive possibility, daring, through a careful process of deconstruction, to dive into unknown landscapes – finding there a constant source of invention and beauty, interspersed at all times by the mystery of discovery.

Aug. 4, 18h30: Toscano – Pinheiro – Mira – Ferrandini

Toscano, Pinheiro, Mira, Ferrandini
Toscano, Pinheiro, Mira, Ferrandini ©David Grades

One of the most stimulating assemblages [Atlas: sic] in Portuguese jazz of recent years. Ricardo Toscano, a prodigious saxophonist and profound connoisseur of the history of jazz who came to the forefront with his masterful interpretation of hard-bop, joins three of the most outstanding and inventive performers of improvised music in the country (from Red Trio and Motion Trio): Rodrigo Pinheiro, Miguel Mira and Gabriel Ferrandini. A concert that promises to be unpredictable.

Ricardo Toscano Alto saxophone
Rodrigo Pinheiro Piano
Miguel Mira Cello
Gabriel Ferrandini Drums

Aug. 4, 21h30: Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

Mandorla Awakening
Mandorla Awakening ©DR

In Mandorla Awakening, the visionary American flautist Nicole Mitchell imagines what “a truly egalitarian world of advanced technology synchronised with nature” could look like. This utopian proposal results in challenging afro-futuristic-inspired music in which jazz, funk and classical combine with the spoken word and oriental influences (thanks to the presence of Japanese musicians) to create a single audible whole that is as disquieting as it is stunning. Inspired by the legacy of AACM, Mitchell questions current relationships around technology, spirituality, race and gender based on a sound construct that breaks down barriers and makes a claim to universality.

Nicole Mitchell Flute / Composition / Eletronics
Avery R. Young Vocals
Tomeka Reid Cello / Banjo
Mazz Swift Violin
Kojiro Umezaki Shakuhachi
Alex Wing Eletric guitar / Oud / Theremin
Tatsu Aoki Double bass / Shamisen / Taiko
Jovia Armstrong Percussion

Aug. 8, 18h30: ABACAXI

ABACAXI
ABACAXI © Sylvain Gripoix

NOTE: We inform that this performance includes the use of strobe light.

Two years since his last visit to Jazz em Agosto, the French guitarist Julien Desprez returns with the trio Abacaxi, based around a classical rock band structure completed by the drummer Max Andrzejewski and the bassist Jean François Riffaud. While the band may be classical in form, the music the three perform stems from Desprez’s unrestricted vision of the guitar, feeding as much on the primeval energy of rock as its untamed character, amidst noise and eruptions.

Julien Desprez Composition / Eletric guitar / Eletronics / Lights
Jean François Riffaud Eletric bass / Lights
Max Andrzejewski Drums / Synthesizer / Lights

Aug. 8, 21h30: Théo Ceccaldi – Freaks


Théo Ceccaldi – Freaks ©DR

Described as “psychedelic, radioactive and mixed punk jazz”, as close to a dream as it is of a nightmare, the new group formed by the fiery French violinist Théo Ceccaldi baptised Freaks is a whole melting pot of influences from a wide variety of sources. From Frank Zappa and John Zorn they take the search for the implosion of genres and the disregard for structures. From animated film they inherit the pleasure for the playful exploration of music, while taking their intensity, as they say, from the imaginary point of intersection between Stravinsky and trash metal. A musical festivity of songs that are chaotic in appearance but rigorous in their enthralling delirium.

Théo Ceccaldi Violin / Keyboards / Voice
Mathieu Metzger Alto and baritone saxophones
Quentin Biardeau Tenor saxophone / Keyboards / Voice
Giani Caserotto Eletric guitar / Keyboards
Stéphane Decolly Electric bass
Etienne Ziemniak Drums

Aug. 9, 18h30: Joey Baron & Robyn Schulkowsky


Joey Baron and Robyn Schulkowsky ©Dariusz Gackowski

A surprising creative partnership between two essential names from the world of avant-garde jazz percussion and contemporary music. While Joey Baron is one of John Zorn’s closest collaborators, a member of the seminal Naked City and Masada, Robyn Schulkowsky is a distinguished percussionist who has worked with composers Stockhausen, Feldman or Xenakis. Their second album as a duo – Now You Hear Me – confirmed how special their sound is in 2018.

Aug. 9, 21h30: Tomas Fujiwara – Triple Double

Triple Double
Triple Double ©Nicki Chavoya

Tomas Fujiwara heads an ambitious project whose name explains much of the goings on in this music built around three doubles: two sets of drums, two electric guitars, two wind instruments. The three doubles, who join to make a superband formed by Fujiwara, Gerald Cleaver, Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, Ralph Alessi and Taylor Ho Bynum, provide the drummer’s composition with a series of possibilities and combinations which lead to highly suggestive music. The pieces may be organised around two trios or a sextet, and the result places the focus as much on each of the musicians as on the quality of Fujiwara’s composition.

Tomas Fujiwara Drums
Gerald Cleaver Drums
Mary Halvorson Electric guitar
Brandon Seabrook Electric guitar
Ralph Alessi Trumpet
Taylor Ho Bynum Cornet

Aug. 10, 18h30: Zeena Parkins & Brian Chase

Zeena Parkins
Zeena Parkins ©DR

The most obvious tangent between the musical worlds of the harpist Zeena Parkins and the drummer Brian Chase is their connection to the pop/rock spectrum: she has worked and recorded with the singer Björk, while he was a member of the indie rock group Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But far more unites them, given that both are recognised for their work in experimental music. As a duo, what they do is to invest all of this intensity in disquieting pieces that number written music and improvisation.

Zeena Parkins Harp / Electronics
Brian Chase Drums / Percussion

Aug.10, 21h30: Ambrose Akinmusire – Origami Harvest

Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire ©DR

After meteoric affirmation as one of the most creative and fascinating American contemporary jazz musicians, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire launched the album Origami Harvest in 2018, a new foray into relatively unchartered waters – featuring a core quartet of strings and the electronica of keyboardist Sam Harris. According to an expressly political purpose, of challenging the everyday racism that assails his country, Akinmusire directs a musical journey that convenes the most daring jazz, funk, spoken word, soul and hip-hop – a whole digest of great black folk music transformed under the eye of an exceptional musician in an amazing and inventive combustion of sound.

Ambrose Akinmusire Composition / Trumpet / Keyboards
Kokayi Rap
Justin Brown Drums
Sam Harris Piano / Keyboards

Mivos Quartet
Olivia de Prato Violin
Maya Bennardo Violin
Victor Lowrie Tafoya Viola
Tyler J. Borden Cello

Aug. 11, 18h30: ERIS 136199


Eris 136199 ©Steffen Schindler

Han-earl Park is one of those musicians governed by a permanent dissatisfaction. Each new project he devotes himself to is a new opportunity to test the limits of melody, noise and the cyber-futuristic limits of the music he takes to the stage with an almost scientific commitment. In ERIS 136199, the mystery begins with the very name, extending afterwards to the challenging relationship his guitar establishes with Catherine Sikora’s saxophone and Nick Didkovsky’s guitar (Didkovsky is founder and leader of the group Dr. Nerve, at the heart of the downtown New York avant-garde scene).

Han-earl Park Electric guitar / Electronics
Catherine Sikora Tenor saxophone
Nick Didkovsky Electric guitar

Aug. 11, 21h30: Mary Halvorson – Code Girl


Mary Halvorson – Code Girl ©Reuben Radding

Mary Halvorson has been making her mark as one of the most original guitarists working within the world of jazz for many years. With a highly personal and elastic style, Halvorson has also affirmed her distinctive calling as a composer in various groups. This time, heading a reincarnated collective featuring Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara, Maria Grand and Adam O’Farrill, the guitarist has invited Amirtha Kidambi, a singer trained in Indian musical tradition, and the special charms of her vocal talents. If you were already under no illusions about the guitarist’s disarming creativity, this is a new step based on a series of songs whose lyrics and compositions she has created.

Mary Halvorson Eletric guitar
Amirtha Kidambi Voice
Maria Grand Tenor saxophone / Voice
Adam O’Farrill Trumpet
Michael Formanek Double bass
Tomas Fujiwara Drums

PERFORMANCE | Noites de Verão: Raw Forest | Chiado | FREE
Aug 2 @ 19:30 – 21:00
PERFORMANCE | Noites de Verão: Raw Forest | Chiado | FREE @ MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE CONTEMPORÂNEA - MUSEU DO CHIADO | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

So here’s the raw story.
Margarida Magalhães is a Lisbon DJ, musician, and performance and multimedia artist.
Raw Forest is Margarida’s alter ego, with its roots in 2011.
It is also a multimedia performance described by its organizers as a “very personal project that makes beautiful and unpretentious music, with clear virtual influences of the 21st century; a sincere and interesting project.”

Raw Forest comes to Summer Nights in the Sculpture Garden in MNAC August 2.

FREE ENTRY.

to Aug 23 | LIVE MUSIC | Noites de Verão Chiado # 10 | Chiado | FREE
Aug 2 @ 19:30 – 22:30
to Aug 23 | LIVE MUSIC | Noites de Verão Chiado # 10 | Chiado | FREE @ MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE CONTEMPORÂNEA - MUSEU DO CHIADO | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Do you like your musicians to have courage, integrity, intelligence, and emotional honesty, and, at the same time, to be able to see them for free?
We know we do.
Locals Filho Único, in partnership with the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado, have been running the concert cycle “Summer Nights” for a decade now.
For 2019, they say “the brand of the program is guided by promoting musicians and shows with courage, integrity, intelligence, and emotional honesty, gratifying the place that it was gaining in the cultural map of the city during the summertime, supported by curiosity and public confidence in Lisbon and those who visit it.”
The series kicks off with Raw Forest this Friday, and then runs for three more Fridays, with the following line-up:

August 9 – Maria Reis (EN).
August 16 – Oren Ambarchi (AU).
August 23 – Peter Evans (US).

Showtimes at 19h30.
FREE ENTRY.

CONCERT | Luisa Lacerda Live | Graça | FREE
Aug 2 @ 21:00 – 23:00
CONCERT | Luisa Lacerda Live | Graça | FREE @ Camones - CineBar | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, singer and guitarist Luísa Lacerda plays cover songs of the biggest names in the carioca music scene today. She has collaborated with countless musicians in recent years. She comes to Camones-Cinebar for a solo show this Friday.

FREE ENTRY.

Here’s a peak.

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MUSIC | DJ Lucky: Sounds Like Positive Things | Cais do Sodré | FREE
Aug 2 @ 22:30 – Aug 3 @ 03:30
MUSIC | DJ Lucky: Sounds Like Positive Things | Cais do Sodré | FREE @ O Bom O Mau e O Vilão | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

DJ Lucky is originally from the Congo but moved to Lisbon in 1991. His latest project is Sounds Like Positive Things, and it’s described by its hosts, O Bom O Mau e O Vilão, as “a bridge between acoustic and electronic music where eclecticism breaks down barriers between various music styles (soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, afrobeat, Brazilian & Latin vibes, breaks & big beat, mush up, etc).”
Sound like positive things indeed.

FEE ENTRY.

Aug
3
Sat
Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra | Alfama | FREE
Aug 3 @ 08:00 – 18:00
Weekly | MARKET | Feira da Ladra | Alfama | FREE @ Feira da Ladra | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

The biggest and still the best outdoor market in Lisbon, every Tuesday morning and Saturday pretty much all day. “Ladra” means “thief” – while you can get some nice artisanal jewelry, 17th-century tiles, copper pots, and vintage LPs, this is also THE market to replace your missing phone charger or stolen backpack, pick up some off-the-truck books, and haggle over Soviet gas masks. Best place for gramophones in Europe bar none.

Morning time is when things are particularly sketchy, if you like that sort of thing. By 9, it’s mostly very nice shoppers, very civilized and such. Bonus: excellent street musicians forming impromptu gypsy orchestras with some real class and skill.

Take 712, 734 and 28 Electrico tram, or go by taxi, who all know where it is.

Weekly | MARKET | Used and Antique Books | Chiado | FREE
Aug 3 @ 09:00 – 18:00
Weekly | MARKET | Used and Antique Books | Chiado | FREE @ Feira dos alfarrabistas do Chiado | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Feira dos Alfarrabistas (used book dealer fair) is a great place to break up the monotony of chain stores in Chiado and pick up something truly unique. Most books here are in Portuguese, but there are always gems in English and French and occasionally other languages. Several sellers also usually carry antique prints, old postcards, and maps. A very pleasant place to browse, and the prices are usually fairer than other markets.

to Oct 31 | NATURE | Visits to the Badoca Safari Park | Alentejo | 15,90-17,90€
Aug 3 @ 09:30 – 17:00
to Oct 31 | NATURE | Visits to the Badoca Safari Park | Alentejo | 15,90-17,90€ @ BADOCA SAFARI PARK | Vila Nova de Stº André | Setúbal | Portugal

Psst.
Hey you.
You like giraffes?
Of course you do.
Who doesn’t?

The Badoca Safari Park down in Alentejo has giraffes.
And a bunch of other cool animals.
And guided tours and stuff.
Basically, some text-free fun for the whole family.

Open every day (holidays included) until October 31st, 2019.

Tickets here.

to Aug 11 | ART EXHIBIT | Albrecht Dürer: St. Jerome Drawings from the Albertina Museum | Santos | 6 – 10€
Aug 3 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Aug 11 | ART EXHIBIT | Albrecht Dürer: St. Jerome Drawings from the Albertina Museum | Santos | 6 - 10€ @ Museu Nacional de Atre Antiga | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Albrecht Dürer was a German painter mostly working around 500 years ago. He made many paintings which, in turn, made history in the world of art.

One such painting is “Saint Jerome in His Study.”
Albrecht completed said piece in 1521. Then, while on a trip to Antwerp, he gave it to the secretary of a Portuguese factory as a gift. And so today, St Jerome hangs in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga right here in Lisbon, continuing to make history.

However, Albrecht had also made four preliminary drawings for St. Jerome, which somehow ended up in the Albertina Museum in Vienna.
That is, until recently.

For the next two months, said drawings are in Portugal for the first time, face to face with the iconic final work for which they served as inspiration.
Thus, you are invited to witness art history in the making, as well as to an up-close and personal study of Albrecht’s creative process.

ENTRY: 6-10€.
(see info on discounts here).

Download the exhibition booklet here.

to Dec 15 | ART EXHIBIT | Are you a Tourist? | Belém | 6€
Aug 3 @ 10:00 – 19:00
to Dec 15 | ART EXHIBIT | Are you a Tourist? | Belém | 6€ @ Padrão dos Descobrimentos | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Are you a tourist?
No, seriously.
Are rent and petty theft going up because of you?
When you walk around Lisbon and see the increasing “Tourists F.ck Off” graffiti and stickers, do you ask yourself, “Do they mean me?”
Or maybe you even utter that same sentiment from time to time in an attempt to, you know, blend in?
After all, tourism is a state of mind…

Anyway, Padrão dos Descobrimentos invites you to ask these and other tough questions in their new show… inside popular tourist destination Belém.
Here’s what they say:
“What is a tourist? Can we all be tourists? Is a tourist always a tourist? What was tourism like in the time of our grandparents? Can we be tourists in the cities we live in?
The exhibition invites us to look at tourists and their activities, but also to migrants and locals, paying special attention to our daily or occasional encounters, showing that we all can learn from one another. For that, we need only to see each other as inhabitants of the same world, although we look at it through different perspectives and with different expectations.”

Are you a tourist…?

Daily: 10h-19h.

ENTRY: 6€ (for tourists and locals).

to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | “Among Dinosaurs” | Príncipe Real | 5€
Aug 3 @ 10:00 – 17:00
to Dec 31 | EXHIBIT | "Among Dinosaurs" | Príncipe Real | 5€ @ Museu de Historia Natural e da Ciência | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

As you probably already know, dinosaurs once roamed the Earth— but did you know that they roamed around Portugal? The Museum of Natural History is taking an intensive look at different types of dinosaur fossils and inviting you to get to know the regions of Portugal where they are most abundant. Learn about excavation work, laboratory preparation, and identification of the Allosaurus fossils found in Andrés (Pombal) and maybe you’ll get a better idea about just what was going on at this time 150 million years ago, and what dinosaurs have survived until today.

Note: Weekend hours are from 11h to 18h

From the organizers:

Allosaurus: in what regions of the planet were they discovered? What characteristics did these Dinosaurs have? The answer to this question leads to the reflection about the diets of the dinosaurs, their life habits, and the adaptations necessary for their survival. Since Allosaurus is a theropod, we can not forget that some dinosaurs of this group evolved acquiring avian characteristics. We are therefore led to the conclusion that not all of the dinosaurs were extinct 66 million years ago.

to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 – 32€
Aug 3 @ 10:00 – 19:00
to Oct 27 | ART EXHIBIT | Banksy: Genius or Vandal? | Belém | 6 - 32€ @ Cordoaria Nacional | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better-looking place.”
Banksy.

Well, the elusive Brit that is Banksy has definitely made the world better-looking. So that answers that question.
Then again, no one says that being a vandal and being a genius are mutually exclusive. For the next few months, the centuries-old former naval rope-making factory-turned exhibition center that is Cordoaria Nacional invites you to view some of the mysterious bad boy’s pieces out of their natural habitat. Over 70 works, including original pieces, sculptures, art installations, video, and photography.
Here’s what they add (those vandals):
“This exhibition, like all previous shows of Banksy’s work, is not authorized by the artist, who seeks to protect his anonymity and independence from the system.”

Opening Hours:
Sun to Fri – 10h-19h.
Saturdays- 10h-20h.
(Final entry one hour before closing).

Tix here (or at the door).

to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€
Aug 3 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 31 | GUIDED TOUR | Visits to Casa Museu Quinta da Esperança | Alentejo | FREE-3€ @ Quinta da Esperança | Cuba | Beja | Portugal

Wanna check out a 400-year-old mansion and experience how Portuguese rich people kicked it a century ago?
Well, you’re in luck.
Quinta da Esperança (“Farm of Hope”) is a centuries-old mansion in the heart of Alentejo that, in recent years, has been getting restored to its 19th-century glory.
Four floors, 200 rooms (25 of them open to the public), dozens of tile panels, frescoed mural rooms, an inner chapel, carvings, paintings, aqueducts, along with a sense of historical majesty, and possibly even a ghost or two.
Go experience how some things withstand the test of time. Need a ride? Lear about renting cars in Portugal.

Tickets and more info here.

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