Calíope, the muse of epic poetry, was the motto for yesterday’s concert at Teatro Maria Matos, on International Women’s Day, which brought creative and powerful women to the stage, for a fantastic concert.
A Garota Não, Aline Frazão, Ana Bacalhau, Elisa Rodrigues, Joana Alegre, Joana Espadinha, Joana Machado, and Marta Hugon were the muses who took all their creativity and poetry to the Maria Matos Theater that received them whit a full house.
The concert was promoted by Akto – Human Rights and Democracy, and has the support of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality and the Portuguese Society of Authors and was attended by the Prime Minister, António Costa, and the Minister of Culture, Pedro Adão e Silva, on International Women’s Day.
It also served to launch the album with the same name, a celebration of women as a creative muse, through original songs written by some of the most important voices in Portuguese music, and the most creative.
Calíope took eight muses to Teatro Maria Matos, A Garota Não, Aline Frazão, Ana Bacalhau, Elisa Rodrigues, Joana Alegre, Joana Espadinha, Joana Machado and Marta Hugon, accompanied by Diogo Duque, on trumpet and flute, Ana Isabel Dias on harp, Sofia Queiroz, on double bass, André Sousa Machado, on drums and Luis Figueiredo on piano and keyboards, who also assumed the musical direction.
The concert was conceived by Marta Hugon, responsible for bringing these fantastic artists together on the album and on stage.
Calliope – source infopédia
Calliope is the muse of epic poetry. Daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne (memory), she is one of the nine muses whose mission is to inspire human beings to become creative in art and science. The other muses are Clio (Muse of history), Talia (Muse of Comedy and light poetry), Melpomene (Muse of tragedy and musical harmony), Erato (Muse of erotic poetry), Urania (Muse of astronomy), Polymnia ( Muse of sacred poetry), Terpsichore (Muse of dance and song) and Euterpe (Muse of lyric poetry). From her union with Eagro, king of Thrace or Apollo (god of music), Calliope was the mother of Orpheus (mythical poet and musician). Loved by Apollo, she had two more children: Hymenaeus (god of nuptial songs, of marriage) and Iálemo (god of sad songs for those who die young);
Calliope, in Greek mythology, is represented with a stylus and writing tablets in her hands. Of majestic bearing, she appears to be a young woman, crowned with gold, with supremacy among her sister muses.
Camões, at the beginning of Canto III of Os Lusíadas, asks Calliope to inspire him to better tell the history of Portugal, as Vasco da Gama related it to the King of Malindi.
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