Art's Birthday 2017 - Rui Dias EME

17 January 2017 | 21h00
O'culto da Ajuda | Lisboa

On the 17th January 2017, the Art’s Birthday 2017, Euroradio Ars Acustica Special Evening, will take place with 20 minutes live broadcasts from various European countries.In Portugal the Art's Birthday celebrations will take place at Miso Music Portugal (O'culto da Ajuda) with Antena 2 broadcasting to EBU (European Broadcasting Union), with the composer Rui Dias and his Concerto for improvisers and laptop orchestra.


EME - Electroacoustic Music Ensemble

Rui Dias - Concerto for improvisers and laptop orchestra

Exploring the laptop orchestra as a means of musical expression, this piece introduces several aspects, both conceptual and technical, that were made possible by the use of computer mediation, using network connection between the conductor and the performers, to create a musical paradigm that can loosely be described as a crossing between serialism and indeterminism. Planned as a study of some of the many resources and potential of the laptop orchestra, the piece is divided in six sections, each one exploring different musical possibilities of the use of the computer as a mediator, that “listens” all the events played by the orchestra, and adapts algorithmically the possibilities of pitch and dynamics.



Carlos Zíngaro violin 
Gilberto Bernardes saxophone
Joana Sá piano
Filipe Lopes electronics 
Luís Marques electronics

Laptop Orchestra:

António Branco 
Francisco Matos 
Gonçalo Carneiro 
Gonçalo Ferreira 
Henrique Couto 
Hugo Santos 
João Soares 
Luís Cardoso 
Paulo Oliveira 
Rita Moreira


Rui Dias




Art’s Birthday is a celebration in memory of Robert Filliou, who declared, on January 17 1963, that Art had been born exactly 1,000,000 years ago when someone had dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. Ten years later he celebrated Art’s 1,000,010th birthday at the Neue Galerie, Aachen.



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