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9th Low Brass International Academy and Festival · Alcobaça

August 26th to 30th, 2019

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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

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8th edition of Gravíssimo! has its entries officially open

14 May 2018

General rules and online registration form for the 8th Low Brass International Academy and Festival are already available

The entries are already open for Gravíssimo! 8th Low Brass International Academy and Festival, an event that will take place in Alcobaça from August 27th to 31st and whose registration period has three distinct phases, between May 14th and August 17th, with the following values: €100 (May 14th to June 15th), €120 (June 16th to July 15th) and €150 (July 16th to August 17th). The registration of Alcobaça Music Academy students has a single fee of €90.

Gravíssimo! is a true event in the field of low brass held annually in the last week of August under the artistic direction of musicians Sérgio Carolino (tuba) and Hugo Assunção (trombone), which aims to show its participants and the general public the versatility of these instruments, working various styles of music.

Along with Academy work, between masterclasses and workshops, Gravíssimo! also presents a strong artistic component bringing the general public the possibility to see the performances of the invited artists and participants involved through a daily program of concerts,

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Save the date: from August 27th to 31st Gravíssimo! is back for its 8th edition

27 Mar 2018

Festival directed by the famous Alcobaça musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção will open entries soon

Alcobaça Music Academy (AMA) is already preparing the next Gravíssimo! Low Brass International Academy Festival, an ambitious project that will have its 8th edition and will be held between August 27th and 31st, promising to be a true musical event in the field of low brass instruments.

With the artistic direction of the famous Alcobaça musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção, Gravíssimo! is held at AMA and Cine-Teatro de Alcobaça - João d'Oliva Monteiro, 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, as usual, the hosts on the lands of Cistercian, welcoming at this event musicians from various origins and backgrounds.

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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Sérgio Carolino

Tuba

Portuguese tuba player and Yamaha International Artist, Sérgio Carolino is one of the most acclaimed tuba players in the international scene, with a constant activity as a soloist and teacher in several music festivals, conservatories and universities all over the world (from Europe to Australia, passed through Asia and North and South America). Since 2002 he has been involved in new and innovative music projects: the TGB trio with Mário Delgado and Alexandre Frazão, 2tUBAS&friends with Anne Jelle Visser (tuba), XL Duo & Trio with Telmo Marques (piano) & Jeffery Davis (vibraphone), director of The Portuguese Tuba Ensemble How Low Can You Go?, European Tuba Trio with François Thuillier (tuba) and Anthony Caillet (euphonium), The Postcard Brass Band, Tu ß'Horn trio with José Bernardo Silva (horn) and Telmo Marques (piano), the ensemble TUBAX DUO with Mário Marques (soprano saxophone), the COLOR WHEEL ENSEMBLE with Mário Marques, Telmo Marques & a String Quartet, Mr SC & The Wild Bones Gang, the TUBAB Duo with drummer Jorge Queijo, Surrealistic Discussion with accordionist João Barradas, his ensemble Hanging’ from the Strings (tuba & string quintet), the Funky Bones Factory! with Paulo Perfeito, Ruben da Luz, Daniel Dias and Rui Bandeira (trombones), Acácio Salero (drums) & Miguel Moreira (guitar), Conical Brass with Jeff Nelsen (horn), TUBA&DRUMS DOUBLE DUO with Oren Marshall (tuba) and Alexandre Frazão and Mário Costa (drums). More recently Sérgio formed the duo Moderato Tangabile with Argentinian pianist/composer Daniel Schvetz, SubWoof3r trio with Gil Gonçalves (tuba) & Miguel Moreira (drums), the DUO AR. with international acclaimed jazz singer MARIA JOÃO, member of the CROSSFADE Ensemble leading by Daniel Bernardes (piano) with Jeffery Davis (vibraphone), João Barradas (accordion), Ricardo Toscano & Mário Marques (saxophones), Hugo Assunção (trombone), the TransAtlantic Tuba Connection with Mike Forbes (tuba) and Pedro Silva (drums), YAMAHA TUBA DUO with Shimpei Tsugita (tuba) and a the project “T’NT” Tuba ’N Tuba with GENE POKORNY (principal tuba of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Sérgio is, since 2002, principal tuba with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and professor of tuba, artistic director and founder of the Portuguese Youth Brass Ensemble MASSIVE BRASS ATTACK! at the Porto Superior School of Music and Arts (ESMAE). Since 2010 he is also artist director of GRAVÍSSIMO! - Alcobaça International Summer Low Brass Academy & Festival. Sérgio received for Four times the Roger Bobo Award Prize for Excellence in Recording for his CDs: Steel aLive! (2008, Afinaudio Records), his debut solo album; Agreements & Disagreements (2010, TwoTubas Records), with the project 2tUBAS&friends with Anne Jelle Visser and Pop&Roll (2012, Loft Records), with his group The Postcard Brass Band and recently for his first double album with the project Sérgio Carolino presents Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang (2014, Afinaudio Records). In Portugal he as received the Award for the 2004 Emerging Jazz Artist by jazz critic José Duarte, and the Carlos Paredes Prize for the first disc with his jazz trio TGB - TubaGuitarra&Bateria (Clean Feed Label). In February of 2013, Sérgio won the SPA Award 2013 - Classical Music Category (Portuguese Author’s Society) for the works published in 2012 and for promoting Portuguese music through the World. The award ceremony was broadcasted on RTP1 (Portuguese TV Chanel). Mr Carolino was soloist with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, making the World Premiere of Portuguese composers António Victorino D’Almeida “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, Op. 144” (specially dedicated to him) and Paulo Perfeito’s “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra – Impermanentia” (also dedicated to him), this last one, conducted by Christian Lindberg. Sérgio has been guest soloist at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass 2006 premiering Paulo Perfeito’s “Hanging’ from the Strings – Fantasy for Tuba, Strings and Harp” with the Melbourne University Chamber and then later in 2007 with the Algarve Orchestra. Sérgio premiered “SoNotas – Concertino for Tuba & String Orchestra” by composer Francisco Loreto at the Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture, soloing with the Fundação Orquestra Estúdio and more recently Jorge Salgueiro’s “cONCERTO fOR tUBA, Op. 139” with the Santa Fé Municipal Symphony Orchestra (Argentina) at the international festival TrombOnanza. As Guest soloist, Sérgio performs, records and premiere new works regularly with the Portuguese world class ensemble Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa (BSP) (Portuguese Symphonic Wind Band): Jorge Salgueiro “cONCERTO fOR tUBA, Op. 139”, Telmo Marques “Guide to the Glory”, Luís Cardoso “Double Concertino for Tenor Saxophone, Tuba & Band” (with Mário Marques), Daniel Martinho “Constellations” concerto for low orchestral brass solo & band, Daniel Moreira “Flashback”, Samuel Pascoal “Double Concertino for Euphonium, Tuba and Band” (with Ricardo Antão), Andrew Batterham “Concertino for Tuba and Band” & Frank Steckar “Les Trois Mousses de Terre” for three jazz tubas and concert band (with the European Tuba Trio). Mr Carolino plays with his own signature MoMo Atelier (Osaka - Japan) Mouthpiece Collection Models: SÉRGIO CAROLINO SC-FL, SC-F210, SC-1BL & SC-0C made by master Hirotaka Nakai, also using his own design “Mushroom Cup Mute Model”, manufactured by the Austrian maker Johannes Schlipfinger. In 2010, Sérgio has conceived a new instrument, based on British virtuoso tuba player Oren Marshall's Orenophone, made by North Americans brass makers, Tim Sullivan and Harold Hartman, which he called Lusophone & 'Lucifer'! Sérgio enjoys going to the cinema, fishing crabs and octopus, spending time with his good friends and since three years, with his loyal friend SPARKY – the Basset Hound.

for Booking, more information, please visit and contact:
(Mr Milton Sampaio)
palco.improvisado@gmail.com
www.palcoimprovisado.com
https://www.facebook.com/Sergio.Carolino.Musician
https://soundcloud.com/sergio-carolino

Hugo Assunção

Tenor Trombone

Born in Vestiaria (Alcobaça) in 1969. In 1983 joined the National Conservatory of Music, in the Class of Professor Emídio Coutinho. During his academic career, he studied with the most diverse young orchestras, including the Portuguese Youth Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra and Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. He was a guest musician with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra; Régie Symphony Orchestra; Classical Orchestra of Porto; São Carlos Theater National Orchestra; Madeira Classical Orchestra; Orchestra of Algarve; Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra; Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra; Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música; Warsaw Symphony Orchestra; Jazz Orchestra of Matosinhos and Jazz Orchestra of Hot Clube de Portugal. Between 1988 and 1992 he was the First Trombone place in the São Carlos Theater National Orchestra. He was a member of Orchestrutópica. He was a founding member and main promoter of some of the first metal groups created in Portugal: Hot Brass Quintet , Lisbon Brass Decatect , Portuguese Trombones Ensemble, Portuguese Brass Quintet, Brass Quintet of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 he created the APPIS Newspaper Trombonists Nucleus, the first specialized publication created in Portugal, distributed to more than 300 trombonists throughout the country. He taught at the Aveiro University, ESMAE – Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment (Porto), Espinho Professional Music School and Gualdim Pais Professional School in Tomar. He was Professor of Trombone and Chamber Music in the Music Courses of Pousos (Leiria), Loures and Caldas da Rainha. He is regularly invited to teach Masterclasses in Portugal and abroad. He organized courses with several trombonists, including the renowned American jazz trombonists Conrad Herwig, Ed Neumeister and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's First Trombone – Joseph Alessi. In 2006 he recorded two CDs for Afinaudio label, a solo project – Vox Gabrieli, and another as leader of the Trombones Portuguese Ensemble – A Different Era. In 2012 he recorded a double CD with Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang. In August of 2014 he recorded a second album with the group Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang, participating as soloist alongside names like Eugene Pokorny (tuba solo of the Chicago Orchestra), Shimpei Tsugita (tuba solo of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra), Eijiro Nakagawa (trombone/composer and Yamaha artist) and Demondrae Thurman (euphonium, Sotto Voce Quartet). In November 2016 he recorded an album with the band Crossfade in collaboration with Daniel Bernardes (piano and project leader), João Barradas (accordion), Sérgio Carolino (tuba), Ricardo Toscano (saxophone and clarinet), Jeffrey Davis Mário Marques (saxophone). In 2016 he was the Musical Director of The BellsBrass Ensemble during the recording of an album in which the international soloist Sérgio Carolino participated. In 2017 he was the Music Director invited to lead the metal ensemble Massive Brass Attack (ESMAE) in a record with international soloists Sérgio Carolino and Nimrod Ron. Along with tuba player Sérgio Carolino, he is Musical Director of one of the most prestigious international low brass festivals, GRAVÍSSIMO! Low Brass International Academy and Festival, held annually in Alcobaça. He teaches Trombone and Chamber Music subjects at Lisbon Superior Music School. Currently he is Musical Director of The BellsBrass Ensemble and the ensemble of brass and percussion ESML Brass Crew, and Artistic Director of the group Mr. SC & the Wild Bones Gang. He is First Trombone/Section Coordinator of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra.

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