Portuguese music projects Lina_Raül Refree, Miramar, Pongo and Sensible Soccers are performing this week at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival, which starts this Monday in Groningen, the Netherlands.
According to information available on the festival’s official website, Sensible Soccers are the first to perform on Thursday at Vrijdag. For the same day, but at Der AA-Kerk, an old church in the city center, the performance of the Portuguese-Spanish duo Lina_Raül Refree is scheduled.
Miramar and Pongo concerts are scheduled for Friday, both at the Grand Theater.
Eurosonic Noorderslag, which runs until Saturday, is both a music festival and a European music outreach platform, with conferences and meetings between players in the music industry from around the world.
In the case of Sensible Soccers, the trip to Eurosonic is made at the invitation of public radio Antena 3, one of the festival’s partners.
The band released last March’s third album, ‘Aurora’. In an author’s edition with GDA support, ‘Aurora’ was recorded in residence at Casa do Soto in Arouca.
Sensible Soccers, whose discography also includes ‘8’ and ‘Villa Soledade’, are Hugo Gomes (keyboards), Manuel Justo (keyboards and synthesizer) and André Simão (bass and ‘drumpads’).
Last week the band performed in Spain, France and Luxembourg. After the concert in the Netherlands, Sensible Soccers will be in Porto (Casa da Música) on Saturday.
Spanish musician and producer Raul Refree, who has worked with artists such as Rosalía, Lee Ranaldo and El Niño, joined Portuguese fado singer Lina and last year edited the debut album together, which will be released this month on Glitterbeat Records.
Miramar is an instrumental project that brings together guitarists Peixe (from Ornatos Violeta) and Frankie Chavez. The debut album of the same name was released a year ago.
In the genesis of this musical meeting was, in 2017, the initiative Guitarras ao Alto, created by Vasco Durão, in Alentejo, thinking about unpublished guitar duos.
Fish and Frankie Chavez took refuge for two days in a house in Miramar, working on songs for Alto Guitars concerts, months later they replicated this studio work and the result was edited on disc, with eleven songs of one and two. from another.
Pongo, who collaborated with Buraka Som Sistema, giving voice to the theme ‘Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)’, acts on Eurosonic under the European Commission’s Music Moves Europe Awards, which distinguish emerging artists who represent “today’s European sound and of tomorrow “.
The singer, who was born in Angola but moved to Portugal as a child and last year edited her debut EP, ‘Baía’, is among the nominees of this year’s edition.
Each year, “eight top performers receive the award in recognition of their international success, as well as being awarded a performance at Eurosonic, a training and financial support program for touring and promotion.”
The prize has a value of ten thousand euros, “to be spent in view of the international career”.
There will also be a public prize of 5,000 euros.
The winners will be announced on Friday, the day of Pongo’s Eurosonic performance.
In addition to Pongo, this year are also named: 5K HD (Austria), Anna Leone (Sweden), Au / Ra (Germany), Beast in Black (Finland), Charlotte Adigéry (Belgium), Flohio (United Kingdom), Foitaines DC (Ireland), girl in red (Norway), HARMED (Hungary), Hugo Helming (Denmark), Kimberose (France), Medusa (Italy), Naaz (Netherlands), Perfect Son (Poland) and Tribade (Spain).
Music Moves Europe is the structure of the European Commission that brings together initiatives and actions dedicated to supporting the music industry.