What’s on at MK Gallery

Posted 9th August 2019


MK Gallery has teamed up with The Portuguese Conspiracy to host a season of live music to complement their current acclaimed exhibition Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance.

These exclusive gigs explore the depth and range of contemporary Portuguese music from trip hop electronica to more traditionally derived acoustic sounds and take place in MK Gallery’s stunning Sky Room.

Negro Branca & Filho da Mãe

Saturday, August 10

Negro Branca is Marlene Ribeiro who, as a member of the psychedelic group Gnod, brings melodic and tonal dreamscapes to the band. Her solo work concentrates on sombre pop harmonies and deep bass lines reminiscent of early Tricky and has drawn comparisons with Grouper and Inga Copeland.

Filho da Mãe, (Son of a Gun) aka, Rui Carvalho, lives up to his name as a virtuous guitarist. His mesmerising acoustic guitar, takes listeners on a gorgeous unplugged journey creating glorious soundscapes that rework traditional Portuguese folk traditions.

Rafael Toral & Bezbog

Saturday, August 24

As a composer and performer, Rafael Toral’s fascination with the potential for sound and the function of music has led to him crossing the boundaries between rock, ambient, contemporary, electronic and free jazz. For this exclusive gig in Milton Keynes Toral’ will revisit his recently reissued seminal ambient LP ‘Wave Field’. Originally recorded in 1994 it remains as innovative a quarter of a century later.

Lovers of favela rhythms are in for a treat with Bezbog (Favela Discos) live set which fuses with amplified and electronically transformed saxophone, trumpet and percussion into a rhythmic flux of sound and music.

Norberto Lobo & Tropa Macaca

Saturday, September 7

Prodigious acoustic and electric guitarist Norberto Lobo is truly a treat for the ears. Under his instruction, the guitar tells many colourful stories, and his sense of structure and narrative is incredible. Listeners will be enveloped by his creativity with the strings.

Tropa Macaca, André Abel (guitarist) and Joana da Conceicão (synths/electronics) have been a musical force for nearly 15 years releasing their poetic music through a range of creative labels with a keen ear for electronica including Siltbreeze, Software and The Trilogy Tapes.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets for each event are £8 (adv), £10 (on the door).

For further details of events at Milton Keynes Gallery, and to book tickets visit www.mkgallery.org or call 01908 676900.