Tuesday 19 February 2019, 7.30pm
Since the debut of QUEST in the beginning of 2014, a concert that originated an album in the same year released by Clean Feed/Shhpuma, Joana Gama and Luís Fernandes have maintained a regular collaboration that merges piano and electronics.
The album release was followed by several concerts in the main concert halls in Portugal, Novas Frequência Festival (Rio de Janeiro), MADEIRADIG (Madeira), Rooster Gallery (New York) and Book Fair (Praia, Cape Vert). In recent years, the duo has made two soundtracks - "The Glory of Filmmaking in Portugal” (2015) by Manuel Mozos and “Penúmbria" (2016) by Eduardo Brito - and a version of "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos" by John Cage for the series "Old New Electronic Music Sessions ", promoted by Digitópia / Casa da Música (Porto). With artist and cellist Ricardo Jacinto, they created HARMONIES, an experimental tribute to the life and work of Erik Satie, in the form of a show and a record (Shhpuma, 2016) commissioned by four Portuguese leading cultural institutions. In the context of BRG Collective, the trio made concerts in Berlin, Valência and Dumfries.
In 2017, responding to a comission by the Westway Lab Festival, they composed an original work for piano, electronics and ensemble, that was premiered in April with the local orchestra (Orquestra de Guimarães). The orchestration and arrangements by José Alberto Gomes amplified the sonority that characterizes QUEST and the orchestra was taken out of its comfort zone. This work, titled “at the still point of the turning world” - a verse of poem “Burnt Norton” by T. S. Eliot -, that was released as an album by Australian label Room40. In July they presented the concert in CURTAS, Short-film Festival of Vila do Conde - Portugal with visuals by Miguel C. Tavares.