The morning started early, for it was the beginning of our first workshop at PIPINOIR. There came along some of those who had already been with us, but some new faces showed up as well, like Fernanda Martins, Roberto Moniz and Lara Carolina. Manuel from PIPINOIR was the first one expanding on the question 'what is improvisation?', promptly concluding that, in fact, such thing does not exist. After passing through many other considerations, and leaving free-jazz aside, we dedicated ourselves to the exploration of sound in its most rudimentary form. Listening, attention and perception - not only of our own actions but also to those of others - took us to improvise with the nature of Rua dos Aranhas [where PIPINOIR is], especially when dialoguing with the pretty insistent bird next door.
In the course of a long improvised loop-based cycle, we managed to visit several musical genres, which reminded us of folk as much as of minimalist music, passing through various Madeiran regionalisms, or course. The final exercise ended with an imaginary moldable ball, to which various textures and sonic shapes were attributed, in the pursuit of developing an accessible real-time composition strategy.
Photograph by Rui A. Camacho