It is already on November 3rd, at the Espinho Auditorium – Academia, that the NOPO Orchestra will make its debut in Portugal as part of the Misty Fest.
This is a supergroup of excellent Portuguese and Norwegian musicians, led by Rão Kyao, Karl Seglem and Francisco Sales and who have four musicians of both nationalities in their training. Popular music from each of these countries and jazz are at the base of this unique show, which debuts at MISTY FEST and which takes place between 3 and 8 November in Espinho, Lisbon, Coimbra, Braga, Setúbal.
Music is the most universal of languages, invisible engineering made of sounds and melodies, of rhythms and counterpoints, of harmonies, which make it possible to sustain true bridges, strong links between peoples and cultures. This is the starting point of NOPO Orchestra, a project that marks the reunion of masters Rão Kyao and Karl Seglem, from Portugal and Norway.
Rão, of course, is the greatest reference in the last decades of Portuguese music history, one of its most important ambassadors and a man who used to dialogue with the world, from Asia to South America and from Africa to all of Europe. Karl Seglem, on the other hand, is one of Norway’s most revered musicians, composers and poets. Both root saxophonists, both Rão and Karl, sought other sounds in other instruments as a way of connecting with a perhaps more mystical or ancestral feeling: bamboo flutes, in the case of the Portuguese master, the goat’s horns, in the case of the Norwegian. In both cases, instruments that go back in time, that carry history and tradition, but that can also translate the future.
In this concert, Rão Kyao and Karl Seglem will have by their side Francisco Sales, a Portuguese guitarist who recorded two highly applauded works internationally, Valediction and Miles Away. Two passports allowed him to play with various exponents of the international jazz scene, from his career base in London.
In this concert, popular music from Norway and Portugal merge in a game of emotions, mastery and complicity, seeking, through “spaces and surprises”, as Seglem says, to illustrate what both nations have in common, namely a certain melancholy inclination that draws nostalgia. With several excellent young musicians on stage, the true transnational orchestra will play music by the two prominent authors, but also recognizable gems from the traditional repertoire of each of the countries. For the beginning of next year, the transition from the stages to the studio is planned for the recording of a new album.
3 NOVEMBER | THORN
SAN FRANCISCO CONVENT
NOVEMBER 4 | LISBON
MUSEUM OF THE EASTERN
NOVEMBER 5 | NOPO
SAN FRANCISCO CONVENT
6 NOVEMBER | BRAGA
NOVEMBER 8 | SETÚBAL
MUNICIPAL THEATER LUISA TODI