On a high note at the Monte
Fundação Oriente will be organising the 16th edition of Monte Music Festival this year, with a line-up of extraordinary performances to woo the audience. As Fundação Oriente gets the stage set at the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount, Old Goa, Café catches up with the Director of Fundação Oriente, Maria Inês Figueira, to learn more
It took just three hours from the time of announcement for people to claim all available passes to the 16th Monte Music Festival; this show the appeal of the festival, the status of one of Goa’s most renowned music festivals. Organised by Fundação Oriente along with Cidade de Goa, the annual festival will be held from February 2 to 4, 2018 at Chapel of Our Lady of Mount, Old Goa and its courtyard. “Every year, we select artistes with a different focus. Last year our focus was on voices from India and the theme was Indian Divas. We receive around ten proposals from different artistes throughout the year and we add our own ideas and work according to the budget that we obey to. It is a fine balance. Some performances are very good and we try not to repeat the acts. It is an annual event and the only time we get to showcase the musical talent of the Portuguese artistes to our very own audience; it has to be something new,” says Director of Fundação Oriente, Maria Inês Figueira. Fundação Oriente will be completing 30 years of operation on March 18, 2018, which makes this edition of Monte Music Festival even more special. On the opening night of the festival, Dancing Sculptures will be performed by traditional Odissi dancers Mitali D’Souza and her two daughters, Diya and Risa, at 6pm at the courtyard, followed by Konkani Hymns of Goa Revisited by the Aradhon Choir, conducted by Omar de Loiola Pereira, at 7:30pm at the Chapel. On February 3, Manipuri Folk songs will be presented by Mangka and The Laihul Ensemble at 6pm at the courtyard and a Cappella through the Ages, Choral music by the Bangalore Men conducted by Jonas Olsson. One of the masterpieces of the festival will be the Fado performance by Pedro Moutinho on vocals, Andre Dias on Portuguese guitar, Tiago Silva on Fado guitar and Daniel Pinto on bass guitar, which will be held on February 4 at 6pm at the courtyard. The concluding performance of the festival will be Variations on a theme with the Trio Inferno Marialena Fernandes on piano, Barna Banfi on saxophone and Mareike Jankowski on mezzo soprano at 7:30pm at the Chapel. Internationally acclaimed Portuguese fadistas – Pedro Moutinho accompanied by Andre Dias, Tiago Silva and Daniel Pinto will give voice to 25 poems that explore the various dimension of fado, a much awaited performance of the Portuguese soulful genre. “After their performance in Goa, Pedro and the musicians will be performing in Mumbai on February 5, which is also organised by Fundação Oriente. Besides Mitali D’Souza, all the artistes are performing at Monte Music Festival for the very first time. The Chapel concerts require passes due to the church seating limit, which is 300 people only. After announcing the passes are available at the office, within three hours, all the passes were out. The courtyard concerts are open to a larger audience and hopefully the number of the audience will also grow annually,” concludes Maria Inês.
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