February 4th | 21:00 (next session 05/20)
Location: Municipal Library of Lagos
Organized by: CM Lagos
Class. age: M12
Free participation, but subject to room capacity limit. Pre-registration by calling 282 767 816, the Library’s Facebook page or email Biblioteca@cm-lagos.pt
What is a reading concert? One of the many chronicles by Rubem Alves about reading ends this way: “There are music concerts. Why not reading concerts? I imagine an unthinkable situation: a teenager is getting ready to go out with his girlfriend, and his mother asks: “Where are you going?”. And he replies: “I’m going to a reading concert. Today, at the theatre, the story “A Terceira Mar do Rio”, by Guimarães Rosa, will be read. Why don’t you and Dad come?” And so, embarrassed father and mother turn off the television and prepare to leave…”
In everything similar to a music concert, in the reading concert only the nature of the score changes. The rest remains: the presentation of a program and a soloist as a channel through which the music of the texts passes. More than an actor, the sound reader is a director who shares with the public a reading according to their sensitivity, as reading aloud, when interpreting works of art, can be an art, but it is not a science. Just as a piece of music is interpreted differently by two performers, so too is a reading concert. However, the main objective remains: to amplify literature by voice and make the music of books heard before an audience.
Miguel Gouveia was born in Tirsense with a pair of Douro ribs. If you remember correctly, it was in the last years of high school that he began to take an interest in reading aloud, a practice that he has been studying and developing over the years. As a sound reader, he performs in libraries, schools, bookstores, associations and festivals with the “Reading Concerts”, a designation borrowed from the Brazilian writer Rubem Alves. In addition to reading aloud, he dedicates himself full time to editing, translation and oral narration. He is currently also a bookseller at Bruaá / Livraria do Convento, in Coimbra, where he regularly presents “Sound Readings” for adults.