In the morning there came Lara Carolina to us again, followed by Roberto Moniz. Lara picked up her Rajão [a five-strings traditional chordophone from Madeira Island, which later gave origin to the Ukulele] and, as Rodrigo suggested, challenged herself at reinterpreting two little motifs over and over again, playing them up to the fastest speeds. Roberto, a true verse-improviser, jumped headful into a free-style outburst, only allowing himself to be guided by (simple, but tricky) seven lines of code.
Just before the lunch break, both of them still gave out a concert for two German tourists. They had arrived at PIPINOIR with the face of someone who brings bad news, and that was because they had to stay on land due to the ever more uncontrollable winds of Santa Cruz [the windiest part of the island, where the airport is]. Nothing that a highest category private concert, lots of curiosities about traditional chordophones from Madeira and a map of the city designed by Maria João (Sara's friend from Porto) - which took them certainly to Carlos Jorge's luthier workshop - could not get them exiting our door with a huge smile on their faces.
In the afternoon we received Paulo and Sophie, who got along in a double act to interpret a graph with some really nice grunting. Luis was the last one to record. He screamed as loud as the loudest we have ever heard. It completely snatched us.
Photographs by Rui A. Camacho