INDIAN AND PORTUGUESE MUSIC
Between the European and Indian musical tradition, traditional songs in Konkani and Portuguese. A classical and erudite approach to the traditional and sacred Goan and Portuguese music. Two voices, a soprano and mezzo-soprano, in a happy syncopation with the piano. A performance of fusion and contemporaneity.
The Trio PortuGoesas is composed by the soprano Verónica Milagres da Silva, the mezzo-soprano Carolina Figueiredo, and the pianist Carlos Garcia. The Portuguese trio interprets with a unique sonority, traditional and erudite Goan music, respecting the essence of the root.
Classicall trained singers that worked together for more than 15 years in the Gulbenkian Choir. By cultural and ethnic inheritance and also given a familiar musical connection between both parents; both decided to give life to the music of Goa, with Indian and Portuguese themes. From traditional Goan songs, to the slow and sweet mandó, the fast and satirical dulpodas, the kunbi of the reapers or the dekni of the dancers; where they play memorable themes such as: Farar Far, Touca, Kaiboreló, San Francisco Xavierá and the unforgettable Adeus/Goodbye.
SOPRANO | Verónica Milagres da Silva began her musical studies in 1988 and joined the National Conservatory in 1992. Verónica attended a Singing Course at the High University of Music in Lisbon, and was part of the Singing and Dancing Group of the House of Goa in Lisbon, currently the EKVAT. In 1995 she made the first of three intensive courses in Coral Direction and began her work as a children's choral conductor, which she directed until the year 2005. She worked alongside the well-known pianist Maria João Pires in the first steps of the Children's Choir, in the Belgais project. She participated in several discographic works, and in numerous discs of children's music as singer and vocal director. She does cartoon dubbing and professional voiceover. She also participated in the area of musicals for theater with the project "Sons em Cena". She has been a member of the Gulbenkian Choir since 1998. She graduated in Basic Education in the area of Music Education at the Lisbon Higher Education School, and has a post-graduate degree in Portuguese Sign Language for Teaching Deaf people from the Portuguese Catholic University. In 2015, she started a project of her own "Rádio Miúdos", the first Portuguese-language radio for children, of which she is Director.
MEZZO-SOPRANO | Carolina Figueiredo graduated in Singing at the School of Music of the National Conservatory of Lisbon in 2005, working regularly with Manuela de Sá and working closely with Susan Waters and Lucia Mazzaria. After a 15-year career as a member of the Gulbenkian Choir, she chose to pursue a solo career, currently collaborating with major choirs and national orchestras, in works by Bach, Haendel, Charpentier, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Schumann, Franck, Berlioz, Respighi and Mendelssohn. She worked with conductors such as Leonardo García Alarcón, Michael Corboz, Enrico Onofri, Aapo Häkinnen, João Paulo Santos, Cesário Costa, Pedro Neves, Paulo Lourenço and Jorge Matta. In the Opera field, she integrated the cast of several productions on the TNSC, Gulbenkian Foundation, TNDM II and CCB, with pieces by composers such as Mozart (Bastien and Bastienne), Puccini (Madama Butterfly) Ravel (L'enfant et les sortilèges), Zemlinsky (Der Zwerg), Poulenc (Dialogues des Carmelites), Sousa Carvalho (L'Angelica), Leal Moreira (Ester) and Pedro Amaral (Beaumarchais). She also performed in recitals of baroque and romantic music, next to Adriano Jordão, Olga Prats, João Paulo Santos, José Manuel Brandão and Anna Tomasik. She premiered and recorded works of contemporary music (Carlos Marecos, Jorge Salgueiro). Carolina has a law degree and a postgraduate degree in legal translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguistics of London, dedicating herself to legal translation, while pursuing in parallel a musical career.
PIANIST | Carlos Garcia holds a degree in Music and Jazz (Piano) from the High University of Music of Lisbon. Throughout his training he had the pleasure of learning and working with Luís Gomes (clarinet); Rui Paiva (organ); Eurico Carrapatoso (analysis and composition techniques); Pedro Moreira (big band); Lars Arens (arrangements); João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Antoine Hérve (piano jazz); Afonso Pais, André Fernandes, Bernardo Moreira, Bruno Pedroso, João Moreira (jazz); Vasco Pearce de Azevedo, Ernst Shelle, Jean-Marc Burfin and Yibin Seow (orchestra direction). He was music teacher at the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional | Music School of the National Conservatory for 8 years, also directing several children's and young orchestras. He is currently an assistant professor at the Escola Superior de Música | High University of Music of Lisbon, lecturing in the courses of Choral Direction/ Music Education and Community Music. As a freelance pianist, Carlos participates in projects of different music styles and regularly writes original pieces and arrangements for different types of groups. He had the pleasure of working with known artists such as Luís Represas, Ricardo Ribeiro, Rão Kyao, João Gil, Jorge Palma, Ana Moura, Mafalda Arnauth, Vitorino, Janita Salomé, Ritinha Lobo, Paulo Flores, Toto ST, Marito Marques, Cícero Lee, among others. In his composition work, also stand out the sacred works "Missa Breve" (2011) and "Stabat Mater" (2013). He is a regular composer in the Orquestra Geração project, where he has written several original arrangements and pieces over the last few years. In the field of music for children, in addition to regularly performing concerts staged for children with different projects, in 2014 Carlos launched, through Porto Editora and Constróisons, his songbook "Cancioneiro da Bicharada" in a CD-book format.
CONCERTS & EXHIBITIONS
04/06/2018 - Leiria Festival in Marinha Grande | Portugal
10/09/2017 - Capuchos Hospital Church, in the Todos 2017 Festival | Portugal
04/24/2016 - CCB, Belém Cultural Center, in Lisbon | Portugal
01/21/2016 - Foz Palace in Lisbon | Portugal
11/07/2014 - Soares dos Reis National Museum, in Porto | Portugal
06/19/2014 - Miguel Franco Theater, in Leiria | Portugal
05/02/2014 - Museum of the Orient | Portugal
14/01/2013 - Kala Academy, in Panjim, Goa | India
07/12/2013 - Museum of the Orient | Portugal
10/27/2013 - Eduardo Brazão Theater, in Bombarral | Portugal