Date: 30 September 2003
27 October – 6 December 2003
“In the UK, Portuguese music is at its greatest level of public acceptability for decades” The Guardian
“Atlantic Waves presents a hip and intriguing showcase of a very modern and multi-racial Portugal” Time Out
Following the highly successful festivals of the past two years, Atlantic Waves 2003 continues to host the largest ever celebration of Portuguese music, outside of Portugal itself. Atlantic Waves 2003 again features many of Portugal’s most distinguished artists performing a breathtaking variety of music, ranging from contemporary fado to experimental electronica, cutting edge jazz to urban folk and upfront dancefloor house. Many of the featured artists will be performing in the UK for the first time.
The festival takes place in some of London’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Union Chapel, ICA, Cargo, Vortex, 93 Feet East and Spitz.
The programme for 2003 includes:
Fado, featuring both its new queen Mariza and two seductive up and coming young fadistas – Katia Guerreiro and the male singer António Zambujo; electronic music provided by powerful laptops – a collaboration by Portuguese and British artists – @c with Andy Gangadeen and Vitor Joaquim with Scanner, both associations supported by Austrian visual artists, Lia and Pure respectively; a night of cinematic jazz courtesy of the Zé Eduardo Unit with Peter King and Martin Shaw, and, in a freer exploration, Rodrigo Amado with Paul Dunmall, Dave Kane and Acácio Salero; the experimental music and visuals of Pangeia Instrumentos with Max Eastley and Heitor Alvelos, plus Rephlex DJs in the bar until late; contemporary percussion offered by Pedro Carneiro with Drumstruck!; raw rock by The Raincoats (especially re-formed for the occasion) following Lula Pena’s urban fado; Portuguese contemporary compositions played by Royal Scottish Academy Brass and The Galliard Ensemble; up beat rock with the return of the Blasted Mechanism; a night of dancefloor and funky beats supplied by the Spaceboys, Ian Simmonds (Juryman, UK), and Mike Stellar (Journeys, Portugal) and a night of tribal/progressive/hypnotic house with DJ sets by Chris Coco (Radio 1, UK) and DJ Jiggy (Portugal) as well as the world premiere of a live set by Rui da Silva (of Touch Me fame).
Editor’s Note: The Portuguese community in London is one of the capital’s largest and best hidden. Portuguese is the fourth most spoken language in the Borough of Westminster (only English, Arabic and Bengali are more popular) and there are also substantial Portuguese communities in Camden and Lambeth (where Portuguese is the Borough’s third language after English and Yoruba). The Portuguese community in London is striking in its diversity, from the political refugees of Salazar in the 60s and early 70s to more recent migrants from the mainland or the island of Madeira. Portuguese music shares this variety and depth. Atlantic Waves invites you to celebrate this vital ingredient in London’s cultural mix.
Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian was an Armenian born in 1869. He became a British citizen, conducted much of his work in Britain, and finally settled in Portugal. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was established in Lisbon in 1956, a year after his death. The UK Branch of the Foundation, which is based in London, has a history of initiating or supporting pioneering developments in the fields of Arts, Education, Social Welfare and Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Relations. The Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Relations programme aims to help projects that promote contemporary Portuguese culture in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Full Programme Details
the new queen of fado
Monday 27 October 2003 8pm Royal Festival Hall £25 £20 £10
raw rock and urban fado
Saturday 01 November 2003 7pm Union Chapel £12 £10 conc.
Spaceboys (live set)
Ian Simmonds (Juryman, UK) (DJ set)
Mike Stellar (Journeys, Portugal) (DJ set)
dancefloor and funky beats
Thursday 06 November 2003 7.30pm 93 Feet East £10 £8 conc.
Rui da Silva (live set)
Chris Coco (Radio 1/The Blue Room, UK) (DJ set)
DJ Jiggy (Portugal) (DJ set)
Wednesday 12 November 2003 8pm Cargo £5
dancefloor beat rock
Friday 14 November 2003 8pm Cargo £5 b4 9pm, £9 after
Zé Eduardo Unit with Peter King and Martin Shaw
Rodrigo Amado with Paul Dunmall, Dave Kane and Acácio Salero
Sunday 23 November 2003 7pm The Vortex £12
Pedro Carneiro with Drumstruck!
Monday 24 November 2003 7.30pm Purcell Room £12 £10 conc.
@c with Andy Gangadeen + Lia
Vitor Joaquim with Scanner + Pure
powerful laptops night
Thursday 27 November 2003 7pm 93 Feet East £10 £8 conc.
Royal Scottish Academy Brass
The Galliard Ensemble
contemporary brass and winds
Saturday 29 November 2003 3.30pm Purcell Room £12 £10 conc.
seductive young fado singers
Tuesday 02 December 2003 7.30pm Purcell Room £15
Pangeia Instrumentos with Max Eastley and Heitor Alvelos
Rephlex DJs in the bar until 1am
experimental music and visuals
Saturday 06 December 2003 8pm ICA £10 £9 conc. £8 ICA members