To break up with tradition, today we had neither interviews nor workshops, so we could finally sleep for a little bit longer in the morning! The day was reserved to prepare the screening of the documentary 'Fáça-e luz!' [Light up!] by Cristina Vieira and Nuno Filipe.
The idea of the work is simple: to ask a huge number of musicians from Madeira 'how can we export musicians and music from Madeira to the outside?'. As to the experiment's result, things got a bit entangled.
At the last minute, there comes Nuno Filipe running down the road with a hard drive on his hand. That little box brought inside the result of months of work, weighing 8 GB just out of the oven, miraculously in time of being projected today, for the first time, at PIPINOIR, before a very special audience.
After hearing the opinions of 54 musicians, with an intermission due to the austere hot weather (climatically as much as socioculturally), the audience gathered to discuss the problems and suggestions that arose during the whole film. Several topics emerged on the importance of social networks, the production quality, mobility costs, the investment in live concerts, the financial local and regional support structures, the lack of collective spirit, the gender issues (since only 2 women's voices were heard amidst 54 interviewees) etc. etc... There was a lot of turmoil, confusion, dispersion and even shouting. In the end, the general impression was of some conventions being reached about the fragilities of the music production system in Madeira. At least, now we know that there is in fact a problem, even if the solutions are not yet neither many nor clear.
We were glad about the openness and availability demonstrated by both PIPINOIR and Baltazar Dias in regards to screening the documentary in various public sessions. This action can really be a good vitamin towards the cultural health of this land.
In the end, conversations were kept going, as lively as ever, at the Beer Garden by Formosa Beach, amidst picados [traditional spicy sauce meat tray] and pregos [traditional beef sandwich].
Photographs by Rui A. Camacho