A Great Musical Weekend: GAR2012

GAR2012 posterHi there!

Yes, I know what you’re thinking… “Not this guy again, please!” You thought you’d gotten rid of me, did you? Sorry to inform you that after a week I’m back and this time with 10 (ten!!!) artists on my luggage.

This weekend a progressive music festival took place in the beautiful city of Gouveia, on the side of Serra da Estrela (our biggest continental peak), the Gouveia Art Rock 2012. To celebrate the 10 years of the festival, they brought 10 artists, and I couldn’t miss it!

The atmosphere in the place was amazing and very open, I got to talk with the artists, even have a beer with them (and 100 more people :P) in the theater’s bar, and have them sign my festival’s programme 😀 It was really amazing to see live and even shake hands with bands I’ve been following for some years now, as well discovering new bands for my library 🙂 Now, for the music itself (click on the photos to see a music video):

(WARNING: Some of the pieces posted here are really unorthodox and require an open mind and careful listen)

 Click to see the video of Abîme Lazuli

A relatively new, dark and dense French band with very good musicians and a unique instrument: the léode.Great concert. The singer spoke (tried to) Portuguese.

Curved Air

A british band who, back in the 70’s, had a few minor hits and is fronted by the energetic and (back then) beloved Sonja Kristina. Very nice concert, showcasing every musician’s abilities. To note: Paul Sax the violinist, Kit Morgan the guitarist and Robert Norton the keyboardist.

 Click to see the video of Marie Antoinette
 Click to see the video of A Presença das Formigas A Presença das Formigas

The surprise of the festival. A breath of fresh air and simultaneously a very traditional Portuguese band. Loved the show, the voices, the instrumentation, the complex and still folksier sound.


An avant-garde, jazzish Italian band. Very tight musicianship, complex arrangements and a drummer who speaks Portuguese with brazilian accent. Really nice concert.

 Click to see Parliamone
 Click to see Jordrok Änglagård (garden of angels)

This band was one of the most influential in the genre to be born on the 90’s. Sadly, they stopped making music in 94 and touring in 03. 9 years later, they reformed and played their 2ndconcert here in Portugal. On the luggage they brought 2 new songs that they’re going to release in the upcoming album.Amazing show, intricate arrangements, and a mix of brutal and quiet sound that make this Swedish band so special.

Univers Zéro

These guys were the founders (along with Henry Cow, and others) of a music movement, the Rock-in-Opposition back in the late 70’s.They are heavily influenced by dark, intense 20th century chamber music. Their music is not for everybody’s ears, but, then again, almost none of these bands are. Breathtaking show, with a lot of improvisation and amazing, very disciplined musicianship.

 Click to see them live at GAR
 Click to see Ile des Fievre Shylock

This is another comeback. These guys haven’t played live in 33 years, since the release of their second album, Ile de Fièvre. However, they still sound fresh and original, with very complex and unorthodox arrangements. Sadly the guitarist was with a terrible cold, but it didn’t transport into the music. Great show and an historical moment. Loved the energy of the drummer!

Patrizio Fariselli

This guy here founded one of the most important, and strange, I must say, Italian bands of the 70’s: Area. He is also an accomplished soundtrack composer and pianist. It was a thrill to see him play, alone with his piano, Area’s tunes, including a ancient greek piece with more than 2200 years!!

 Click to see Efstratios
 Click to see New World Strawbs(Acoustic)

I need not introduce this guys again, as I already did here.Their show was awesome! Dave Cousins guided us through their 40 years history like a story-teller, with many humorous moments in the good british way. Loved them!


Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go to this 70’s dutch band concert, because of the 4/5 hours trip back home. However, I was able to shake hands with the very interesting Mr. Thijs Van Leer, the leader of the band. They play mostly instrumental rock, sometimes almost rock and roll, sometimes more mellow and melancholic. Worth listening to, really! Oh, I just remembered, you probably heard them in the Nike Commercial Write the Future in the part when Rooney misses a pass.

 Click to listen to Harem Scarem

Here and here are (portuguese) tv snippets about the 2009 and 2010 (where Hackett from Genesis played) editions.

Thank you for reaching this far in such a long post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it 🙂


5 comments on “A Great Musical Weekend: GAR2012

  1. nuninho89 says:

    I already know that you usually post songs with a minimal length of 10 minutes, but in a post with 10 songs you could have chosen shorter songs =P it would take a while to listen to all of them entirely!
    But nice post 😉

    • Lourenço says:

      Come on! Only Shylock’s, Univers Zéro’s and Anglagard’s songs are greater than 7 minutes 🙂
      Give it a shot on some of the shorter ones, like Strawbs’, Focus’ or Calomito’s.
      Anyway, it would be really hard to find short songs from most of these bands 😛
      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. pedroganco says:

    Nice post! You just gave me an enormous list of bands to discover.
    I’ll start with Strawbs

    • Lourenço says:

      Thanks! Probably the least unorthodox place to start along with Focus. If you need anything, you know were to find me 😛

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