Rivoli – Grande Auditório
The inner life of music

Chaired by

Ana Matos Fernandes (Capicua)

The session will start with two songs. This will undoubtedly be the first time that many people have heard Lonnie Holley (1950, USA) perform live. His voice seems to emerge from the shadows, often accompanied by rudimentary keyboard effects that evolve without observing any traditional musical structure. In general they are unpolished songs that talk about life. Laraaji (1943, USA) has had a similar life, but has experienced it and artistically interpreted it in a completely different manner.

This is an unlikely connection, but art and life bring us together. Holley claims that at the age of four he was swapped for a bottle of whiskey and lived with the only the bare essentials until he started to become known for his art, created from leftovers and trash found on the street. Laraaji studied the piano, violin, trombone, singing and musical composition from an early age and was discovered playing in Washington Park Square by Brian Eno, who was fascinated by his oriental mysticism, and the melodic melting-pot that engendered the cosmic harmony of Ambient 3: Day of Radiance.

These two musicians have been brought together by Ana Matos Fernandes - Capicua, sociologist and rapper, who produces spontaneous and emotive writing filled with political engagement and feminism. She links them together by the manner in which they connect to the world, without overlooking the racial question that is omnipresent in society and the identity-building role of the nebulous concept of Afro-Americanism.

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