• MADEIRADiG Festival 2022 — Save the date: Thursday, 8th – Tuesday, 13th December

  • Phew
    Phew is a Japanese singer and analogue electronics improviser working in the areas of experimental and avant-garde music. A founding member of the legendary Japanese punk band Aunt Sally, in the 1980s she gained international recognition as an electronic artist in a remarkable solo career. The influential noise artist was recently featured on the cover of June’s issue of The Wire magazine. Listen!

    Gabriel Ferrandini
    Portuguese drummer Gabriel Ferrandini is usually found in freely improvised music contexts being part of Red Trio and Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio in the celebrated Lisbon scene, but more recently has turned his hand to composition. Listen!

    Richard Skelton
    Richard Skelton is an English composer and musician. Over the past seventeen years he has recorded over fifty albums and EPs of music. A DIY advocate, having recorded and mostly self-released over fifty albums and EPs in the span of the last 17 years. Listen!

    Charo Calvo
    Charo Calvo is a Spanish electro-acoustic composer, sound designer and teacher, living in Brussels. After having performed as a dancer with the influential Belgian dance company Ultima Vez, she started her studies on electro-acoustic composition in 1992 with Annette Vande Gorne at Brussels Conservatory (now ARTS2 Mons), where she graduated in 1999. From 1992 her work as composer is being developed through different media, widely diffused on international venues and festivals, dance performances, theatre, film and radio. Listen!

    Luciano Chessa
    Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist, music historian. Chessa’s compositions include A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy; Cromlech, a large organ piece he wrote for Melbourne’s Town Hall Organ; and the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago, a work merging experimental theater with reality TV which required from the cast over 55 hours of fasting. More!

    Tren Go! Sound System
    Madeiran native Pedro Pestana is the steel driving man behind Tren Go! Sound System’s guitar, fx and loop driven locomotive whose music can be described as moving landscapes. Also guitar player for 10 000 Russos, he has released records in Europe, UK and USA and often collaborates with other musicians and artists. Listen!

    Raven Chacon
    Raven Chacon is a Navajo artist known as a composer of chamber music – for which he received this year’s Pulitzer prize – as well as a solo noise musician and member of indigenous collective Postcommodity. Listen!

    Sofie Birch
    Sofie Birch is a Danish sound artist and producer known for her extensive work with soft ambient releases, live shows, animation films and art installations, creating melodic compositions. Listen!

    Alison Cotton
    Alison Cotton is a London-based violist and vocalist using an array of instruments to create long, haunting folk drones, as heard in her recent and critically well-acclaimed album ‘Only Darkness Now’. Listen!

    Bob Ostertag
    San Francisco-based Bob Ostertag is an experimental sound artist, political activist, and writer using the focus of his diverse and plentiful projects to promote marginalised groups and topics. Listen!

    Silvia Tarozzi & Deborah Walker
    Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker have emerged as one of the most interesting duos in contemporary improvised music with their finely tuned sound, making even the most adventurous tones compelling. Listen!

    Thursday, 8th (JDP)
    Tren Go! Sound System

    Friday, 9th
    Richard Skelton
    Luciano Chessa
    Charo Calvo

    Saturday, 10th
    Alison Cotton
    Phew

    Sunday, 11th
    Sofie Birch
    Raven Chacon

    Monday, 12th
    Gabriel Ferrandini
    Bob Ostertag

    Tuesday, 13th (JDP)
    Silvia Tarozzi & Deborah Walker