25 · ABSTRAI ensemble – Série Tendências – Escola de Música da UFRJ – Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
24 · ABSTRAI ensemble – Concertos Didáticos – Colégio Pedro II – Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
Sax & Electronics
ENLARGE YOUR SAX is an interactive performance with sax, electronics and digital images. All the pieces in this project are for solo sax (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass) and electronics, and were premiered by Pedro Bittencourt.
Contemporary Chamber Music
ABSTRAI ensemble is dedicated to contemporary chamber music with electronics, in collaboration with composers from Brazil and abroad. ABSTRAI ensemble realizes concerts and didactic activities, such as workshops, master classes and commented concerts. The repertoire of the group combines traditional acoustic instruments with the last digital technologies.
ABSTRAI ensemble was founded in 2005 in France by Pedro Bittencourt, who besides playing the saxophone is also the artistic director of the group. ABSTRAI ensemble has done concerts in Paris, Karlsruhe and Lisbon from 2005 to 2009. Since 2011 ABSTRAI ensemble is based in Rio de Janeiro, brazil, and has done concerts and workshops in many Festivals in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Londrina.
The main goal of ABSTRAI ensemble is stimulating the production and circulation of new musical works, developing collaborations with composers from all over the world and thus contributing to raise the audience for contemporary music in Brazil.
Chamber Music, Video, Poetry
The project "Waves by Poets" is an assemblage of chamber music, electronics, poetry and video. The theme of the poems is the sea. As transitions between the musical pieces of the evening they will be read out in the original version (French, German, Spanish and Portuguese) and sometimes accompanied by videos. A number of the videos form an essential element of the compositions, which will be interpreted by ABSTRAI ensemble. The compositions were especially produced for this project.
Sax ensemble from the School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. From 2 to 12 saxes, the group has an eclectic repertoire with many new Brazilian pieces, and has already done many concerts in Brazil since 2009, such as the 5th International Sax Encounter of Tatui Conservatoire (São Paulo), Panorama da Música Contemporânea Brasileira (Rio de Janeiro), Preludio 21 concert series and Casa da Ciência (Rio de Janeiro).