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7th Low Brass International Academy and Festival · Alcobaça

August 29th to September 2nd

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About the Festival

The city of Alcobaça emerges once again as the perfect place to welcome some of the most important musical ambassadors of the low brass international panorama. The musical tradition of this county has developed exponentially as a result of the emergence of some names that have marked the music scene in our country and soon went beyond borders, contaminating many other parts of the globe with the passionate, determined and innovative spirit of the artists of this region. 

Some of these artists emerged from the rearmost part of the stage show, which are strategically positioned as a result of the unavoidable dimension of their serious and powerful voices. This tumultuous sound that erupts from the depths and shakes the most unwary to soon and immediately transport their spirit into the most heavenly harmonies, is at the genesis of the quest that has always united the artistic directors. 

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Academia de Música de Alcobaça
Rua Frei António Brandão N.º 50-52
Apartado 530 2460-047 Alcobaça

E-mail: prod@academiamalcobaca.com
Tel: +351 262 597 611

Opening Concert altered from the Monastery of Alcobaça to the Cine-Teatro de Alcobaça

28 Aug 2017

The Opening Concert of Gravíssimo! scheduled for the Monastery of Alcobaça, tomorrow at 9:00 p.m., was changed to the Cine-Teatro de Alcobaça due to the inconstancy of the weather during the present day and tomorrow, reasons to which the organization is totally unaware.

For this reason, the Direction of the Festival and International Academy of Grave Metals apologize sincerely, reaffirming that this Concert will take place at the same time.

We also remember that this concert, titled "aBRASSsivo", will feature the Portuguese Youth Brass Ensemble Massive Brass Attack! and the following soloists: Sérgio Carolino, Shimpei Tsugita, Gene Pokorny, Gabriel Antão, David Bruchez, Ricardo Carvalhoso, Justin Clark and Ricardo Antão.

Five days with our eyes set on the versatility of low brass instruments

24 Aug 2017

Gravíssimo! brings us 7 concerts and recitals with musicians from the four corners of the world

From August 29 to September 2, the 7th edition of Gravíssimo! - Low Brass International Academy and Festival brings to the city of Alcobaça, which becomes the World Capital of Low Brass, some of the most renowned international names.

From the four corners of the world, from Japan to the United States, through Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Brazil, musicians gather in Alcobaça to share experiences and transmit knowledge to about 90 enrolled students, from 8 different nationalities.

Under the usual artistic direction of renowned Alcobaca musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção, Gravíssimo !, which aims to demonstrate the versatility of low brass, explores music in various levels, from chamber music to jazz, focusing on the ensemble's artistic work development and in the continuous improvement of the participants individual technique.

For five days, the seven concerts and recitals of Gravíssimo !, which feature presentations by several Portuguese and international musicians, will have two of the most emblematic places of the city: the Monastery of Alcobaça and the Wine Museum.

One of the main highlights is the TGB concert, inserted in the spectacles cycle Monastery of Alcobaça/World Heritage Places of the Center Region, that will act on August 31, Thursday, at 10.30, in front of the South Wing of the Monastery of Alcobaça, in a show of free entrance.

The Soloists Recital, scheduled for September 1 at 9:00 pm in the D. Afonso VI Cloister of the Monastery of Alcobaça, precedes another high moment of the Gravíssimo! program, the concert The Devil's Blow - Tuba Unit! Feat Jon Sass, at 10:45 pm, also in front of the South Wing of the monument and with free entrance.

Organized and produced by the Band of Alcobaça/Alcobaça Music Academy (AMA), Gravíssimo !, has, year after year, attracted the attention of a larger and more numerous audience, being currently an initiative with great repercussion internationally, with european recognition as Remarkable Festival through the seal EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe).

Gravíssimo! has not only succeeded in the world of music and this thursday saw its website selected for the CSS Light gallery, a platform that presents and promotes new talents and trends in the world of design, highlighting its unique characteristics in terms of presentation, creativity , aesthetics and coding.

Following the last editions success, the organization intends to continue to raise the name of the festival which, in addition to receiving prestigious names from the world of low brass music, promotes young artists, meetings, concerts and unique experiences for both students and attending public.

So, no lack of reasons for the public to return to Alcobaça, between August 29 and September 2, and assure its presence in the 7th edition of Gravíssimo! - Low Brass International Academy and Festival, a true musical event in the field of low brass instruments.

Gravíssimo! turns Alcobaça once again into the world’s capital of low brass from August 29 to September 2

20 Jun 2017

Entries are open for the festival led by the renowned Alcobaça musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção

August 29 to September 2: these are the dates for this year in which Alcobaça Music Academy (AMA) promotes again the Gravíssimo! 7th Low Brass International Academy Festival, a true musical event in the field of low brass instruments that, after six editions, takes this year another stage in its ambitious course.

With the usual artistic direction of the renowned Alcobaça musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção, Gravíssimo! is held at AMA and Cine-Teatro de Alcobaça - João d'Oliva Monteiro and has now open entries, being an event specially aimed for music students from Conservatories, Professional Schools, Academies, Polytechnic Institutes and Universities, as also for amateur musicians who are interested in developing their technical and artistic level.

Sérgio Carolino (Principal Tuba of Casa da Música Porto Symphony Orchestra, International Yamaha Artist, Professor at the Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto Polytechnic Institute) and Hugo Assunção (First Trombone of Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Trombone at the Évora University and Lisbon Superior School of Music) are once again the hosts on the lands of Cistercian, welcoming at this event musicians from various origins and backgrounds.

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Bernardo Pinhal

Winner of several national competitions, having completed in 2016 the Master in Performance as student of Claudio Martinez Mehner in Basel (with scholarship of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), and Professor at the Music and Dance Conservatory of Bragança and Academia Fernandes Fão.

David Bruchez

Tenor Trombone

Switzerland, principal trombone in the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, professor at Zürich University of the Arts, Yamaha Artist.

Hugo Assunção

Tenor Trombone

Head of suit at Portuguese Symphony Orchestra of São Carlos National Theatre, Professor of Trombone at Évora University and Lisbon Superior School of Music, Founder and Member of Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang project.

Gabriel Antão

Tenor Trombone

Trombone Soloist at Tonkünstler-Orchester in Vienna and winner of the Helena Sá e Costa and Rotários do Porto Prizes, at the Terras de La Salette and the Young Musicians Prize competitions.

Rúben da Luz

Tenor Trombone

Freelance trombonist, winner of the Young Musicians Award and member of the projects The Postcard Brass Band, Wild Bones Gang, Funky Bones Factory, Uxu Kalhus, among others.

Ricardo Pereira

Tenor Trombone

Soloist of Remix Ensemble, winner of the 1st Prize at the Young Musicians Prize and professor at the Viana do Castelo Professional Music School, Viana do Castelo Music Academy, Esposende Music School and Music Academy of the Vizelense Philharmonic Society.

Gonçalo Dias

Bass Trombone

Trombone Professor at EPMVC (Professional School of Music of Viana do Castelo) and AMCC (Costa Cabral Music Academy), Member of Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra and Portuguese Symphony Band.

Justin Clark

Bass Trombone

Professor, chamber musician and soloist, co-founder of the group Il Concerto dei Fiati, winner of the first prize at the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s solo competition for Bass Trombone in Washington, D.C.

Nuno Martins

Bass Trombone

Soloist at Casa da Música Porto Symphony Orchestra, Professor at Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto Polytechnic Institute (ESMAE) and Stomvi Artist.

Rui Bandeira

Bass Trombone

One of the most versatile Portuguese low trombonists, Founder of the most diverse and creative projects such as Funky Bones Factory!, SOUQ, Fanfarra Kaustika, Pantomime. Freelance musician.

Fernando Deddos

Euphonium

Euphonium and tuba professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte State (Brazil), president of the Brazilian Association of Euphoniums and Tubas (ETB) and the host of 2017’s National Conference.

Jukka Myllys

Euphonium

Willson artist, Director of the Kemi Symphony Orchestra, Master of Music from the Sibelius Academy, has played trombone in the last 10 years with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra.

Luka Einfalt

Euphonium

Euphonium professor at Domžale Music School and winner of several awards as a soloist at national and international level.

Ricardo Antão

Euphonium

Awarded with several internacional competitions, Assistant Professor at Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto Polytechnic Institute (ESMAE), Aveiro University and AMCC (Costa Cabral Music Academy). Founder and Member of the portuguese tuba ensemble How Low Can You Go?.

Tormod Flaten

Euphonium

International Besson artist and solo euphonium player with the Royal Norwegian Naval Forces’ Band, founding member and principal euphonium player of Bjørsvik Brass.

Sérgio Carolino

Tuba

Principal Tuba of Casa da Música Porto Symphony Orchestra, Professor at the ESMAE – Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto, and International Yamaha Artist.

Anne Jelle Visser

Tuba

Tuba Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts, International Yamaha Artist, member of the duo 2tUBAS&friends. former soloist of the Zurich Opera Orchestra.

Gene Pokorny

Tuba

USA, principal tuba at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has also collaborated with Israel Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Gil Gonçalves

Tuba

Miraphone artist and tuba and euphonium professor at the University of Évora, the Palmela Music Conservatory and Silva Marques Regional Conservatory, plays regularly with the Oporto National Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and Gulbenkian Orchestra.

Ricardo Carvalhoso

Tuba

Winner of several prizes as soloist, he collaborates with the Oporto National Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Simphonisches Orchester Zürich and Tohnhalle Orchester Zürich.

Shimpei Tsugita

Tuba

Japan, principal tuba at the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, professor at Senzoku Gakuen University of Music.

Jon Sass

Tuba

One of the most creative artist playing tuba, he can be heard on over 80 recordings, composes his own music and has arranged music for the James Brown Horns.

Petri Keskitalo

Tuba

Willson artist, principal tuba of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, tuba professor at Sibelius Academy.

Massive Brass Attack

Resident Ensemble

AntiTrio

AntiTrio, by musicians Júlia Azevedo (piano), Inês Luzio (euphonium) and Pedro Santos (saxophone), is the new chamber music project of these three musicians who first joined in October last year at ESMAE – Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment (Porto). With the guidance of professors José Parra, Sérgio Carolino and Fernando Ramos they have sought to find their place in the junctions of the various languages that the singularity of this formation allows and suggests at the same time, in an almost freedom of transgressions. In their repertoire, very diversified stylistically, we can find the genius and irreverence of Francis Poulenc or the contemporaneity of the jazz languages by Doug Bristol and Daniel Schnyder. AntiTrio performed in a recital at the Festival of the Tuba and Euphonium Portuguese Association (APTE) 2017, at the Auditorium of the Porto Music Conservatory and at the ESMAE 2017 Festival. They will be present at two important festivals later this year: Festival EurSax'17, July, in Porto, and in GRAVÍSSIMO! Low Brass International Academy and Festival, in August, at the city of Alcobaça.

TGB

SubWoof3r Trio

The Devil’s Blow - Tuba uNIT!

T-BONES

Yamaha Tuba Duo

Trio daBarca

Daniel Bernardes

One of the main figures in the new generation of Portuguese Jazz, a status confirmed by the Soloist Prize, obtained at the Teatro S Luiz Jazz Festival, and winner of the 2015 Young Creators Scholarship of the Culture National Center for the project Crossfade Ensemble.

Luís Cardoso

Composer, arranger, conductor, music teacher and saxophonist, winner of the 2nd Composition Competition City of Aveiro and in 2002 of the Grand Prize Silva Dionísio for Band Composition promoted by Inatel.

Anne Victorino d’Almeida

Violin teacher at the National Conservatory Music School, her musical career is shared between teaching, interpretation and composition, awarded in 1997 with the Best Musical Proposal for Theater in the 97 Decade, her work covers choral works, chamber music, symphonic and soundtracks.

Torstein Aagaard-Nielsen

Freelance composer, arranger and conductor, he studied at the Bergen University and Bergen Music Conservatory (now the Grieg Academy), and has written music for wind and brass band, symphony orchestra and chamber music.

Fernando Deddos

Euphonium and tuba professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte State (Brazil), president of the Brazilian Association of Euphoniums and Tubas (ETB) and the host of 2017’s National Conference.

Telmo Marques

Pianist and composer from Porto, professor at ESMAE – Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto (Musical Analysis and Jazz Orchestra), holds activity as a concert player in recitals, training actions and educational concerts.

Telmo Marques

Piano

Pianist and composer from Porto, professor at ESMAE – Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto (Musical Analysis and Jazz Orchestra), holds activity as a concert player in recitals, training actions and educational concerts.

Mário Marques

Soprano saxophone

A multi-faceted musician and producer of several albums, usually collaborates as a solo musician with the Orquestra Calouste Gulbenkian, Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, Oporto National Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and Orquestra do Algarve.

Daniel Bernardes

Piano

One of the main figures in the new generation of Portuguese Jazz, a status confirmed by the Soloist Prize, obtained at the Teatro S Luiz Jazz Festival, and winner of the 2015 Young Creators Scholarship of the Culture National Center for the project Crossfade Ensemble.

Rena Hashimoto

Piano

Rena Hashimoto dedicates her passion for music performing with artists especially low brass, throughout Japan and abroad and has received bachelor of Music from Tokyo College of Music, having served as official pianist for many international competitions.

Marco Rodrigues

Winner of the 1st prize in the Superior Trombone category at the Young Musicians Prize, he is at Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, where he works regularly with the conductor Lionel Bringuier.

Mauro Martins

Laureate at the competitions Terras de la Salette, EPABI internal competition, ITEC-International Tuba and Euphonium Competition, Concours Tuba Tours, principal euphonium of the Portuguese Wind Orchestra, member of the group How Low Can You Go? and artist of the instruments brand Adams.

Henrique Costa

Winner of the International Solo Competitions of Markneukirchen, Germany and “Città di Porcia” Pordenone, Italy, has performed with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Joaquim Rocha

Joaquim Rocha recently won the bass trombone audition at the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and in 2016 was the winner of the George Roberts category of the competition at the International Trombone Festival, held at the Julliard School in New York.