Festival Corda no Pico takes unique guitars to the center of the earth

The Torres cave, on the island of Pico, in the Azores, will be the stage for two concerts of the Festival Cordas, which runs from September 12 to 16 with a calendar of 20 events, from concerts to talks and workshops.

According to the association MiratecArts, which promotes the third edition of Festival Cordas, the concerts scheduled for September 13 and 14, at 6:00 p.m., bring unique guitars to the center of the earth, in the Gruta das Torres, in the parish of Criação Velha , which extends for about 5,150 meters.

According to the association, which has as artistic director Terry Costa, the third edition of this initiative, created with the aim of projecting in the world Viola da Terra, will host players from various islands, especially the São Miguel musician Rafael Carvalho , of the Violas da Terra Youth Association, which will present a new CD and also play in the pens of the vineyards of Pico, emblematic landscape of the island.

In a note sent to the newsrooms, the MiratecArts association also highlights “Resonator guitar, acoustic resonant guitar, which produces sound by conducting string vibrations from the bridge to one or more metal cones spun into the hands of the multifaceted Dutch artist Pieter Adriaans” a musician who “already makes the island of São Jorge his residence” and “returns to the festival after having participated in the first edition with a program that covered the schools and with a display of various stringed instruments.”

The program includes, among others, the pianist Bruno da Rosa, who presents himself with a Gretsch electro guitar.

With concerts at the Wine Museums, Baleeiros and Madalena’s auditorium, the festival’s program includes Rabeca, Carolina Umbelino (Brazil) and Maija Kauhanen (Finland), with a typical strings instrument of Finnish folklore, Kantele.

The Festival Cordas has received nominations for Best Small Festival, Best Programming and Best Tourist Promotion in the 2018 Iberian Awards, having reached the list of TOP Best New Festivals and has several partners and support from the Regional Directorate for Tourism.

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