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Gustavo Costa (Most People Have Been Trained To Be Bored)

Percussionist and composer Gustavo Costa is a longstanding figure in Portugal's music scene; since the early 90´s he has wandered the fields of grind core, experimental and contemporary music, free jazz or electroacoustics,  performing in the United States, Lebanon, Japan and Europe with or under the direction of artists like Damo Suzuki, John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Jamie Saft, Alfred 23 Harth, Barbez, Carlos Zíngaro, Steve Mackay, Mark Stewart, Massimo Pupilo and Adolfo Luxúria Canibal.

He studied classical percussion, music technology, sonology and composition with Miguel Bernat, Clarence Barlow, Konrad Boehmer, Dimitris Andrikopoulus and Frederick Gifford, and attended masterclasses and short term courses with Fritz Hauser, Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Kaaija Saariaho, Jonathan Harvey and Wolfgang Mitterer. Gustavo Costa explores his interests in the area of contemporary music practice, employing sources such as percussive objects, prepared piano and electronic synthesis in a body of work influenced by Iannis Xenakis and Giacinto Scelsi, but also by the political commentary of Crass and Dead Kennedys.

Zweimal, einmal Zwei

15 Jun 2014 - 20:00
15 Jun 2014 - 23:00

Zweimal / einmal Zwei

Gustavo Costa / Anthony Pateras and Erkki Veltheim (duo) / Alexander Garsden

doors: 20h | start: 20.30h


Sonoscopia / Tisha Mukarji and Sabine Ercklentz

20 Jun 2015 - 20:30

 An Evening with Sonoscopia (PT) / Tisha Mukarji and Sabine Ercklentz

Doors - 20:30h / Start: 21:30h 

Phonopticon / Hartmann / Zapparoli / Tuerlinckx

28 Jun 2016 - 20:00
28 Jun 2016 - 23:59

Phonopticon in collaboration with Hanna Hartman, Marta Zapporoli and Anaïs Tuerlinckx.

Doors:  20h  

Start:  21h 

Taking Things Apart : Day 1

19 Oct 2018 - 20:00

specification enables further specification:  a three day festival with new and developing sound works / taking apart the notion of composition and putting things back together.

“Phobos” from Sonoscopia:  Gustavo Costa, Alberto Lopes and Tiago Angelo

Liz Kosack

Mieko Suzuki & Claudia Rohrmoser

doors:  19h30 

concert:  20h00


Taking Things Apart / Friday

26 Nov 2021 - 19:00
26 Nov 2021 - 23:59
design by Mitchell Gilbert Messina

Taking Things Apart is a three day micro-festival around sonic practices and scores.

On Friday, November 26th there will be three concerts by:

Holland Andrews

Lea Bertucci & Gustavo Costa