70 CAVAQUINHOS 70
was at the Monestry of Jerónimos, Lisbon, on November 27th 2014,
that was first inaugurated the Collective and Travelling
National Exhibition - 70 Cavaquinhos 70 Artists - produced by
Associação Cultural e Museu Cavaquinho. It was open to the
public until January 11th 2015 and was seen by over 40 000
This exhibition imediately made its way to Theatro-Circo, Braga,
and it's going to be in Coimbra, at Sala da Cidade, during May.
It shall take place in 8 Municipalities which, for the most part,
cross-section the practice of the Cavaquinho: : BRAGA, COIMBRA,
FUNCHAL, GUIMARÃES, HORTA, LISBOA, PORTO, S.ROQUE DO PICO, VIANA
DO CASTELO e VILA FRANCA DO CAMPO.
Since the very beginning the Association has counted with the
support of several recognized visual artists, among them Pedro
Cabrita Reis, Júlio Pomar e Julião Sarmento. As a result of this
connection, the Association picked up this idea of making an
exhibition and invited 70 artists - most of them young artists -
from all over the country offering them a Cavaquinho as the
canvas for their creation.
Following the cities mentioned above, the Exhibition will be
available to all the Portuguese and foreign institutions that
This Exhibition was made possible through the patronage of an
industrial musical instruments factory – APC – which was then
joined by a handcraft workshop – Artimúsica – and ten individual
crafters: Alfredo Machado, António Faria Vieira, António
Monteiro, Carlos Jorge Pereira Rodrigues, Domingos Machado,
Fernando Meireles, José Gonçalves, Mário Estanislau, Nuno Russel
and Víctor Félix, who crafted the remainder cavaquinhos for «recreation»
by the participating artists.
The high quality of the pieces made
by the artists has prompted the need to produce a Catalogue Book,
with the same title as the Exhibition, produced by the
Association, showing each one of the pieces and its authors.
With photography by José Manuel Costa Alves and designed by
Salomé Nascimento, the catologue - four-color and hardcover -
has 160 pages with high graphic quality and appearence. It
contains photographs of each «recreated» cavaquinho - different
angles - and will be available not only at the exhibition, but
also ate bookstores and museums. Distributed by Tradisom.
AC MUSEU CAVAQUINHO
Cultural e Museu Cavaquinho, with Júlio Pereira - musician and
responsible for the renaissance of the cavaquinho - as President,
was created on July 2013 with the aim of documenting, preserving
and promoting the history of cavaquinho and its pratice.
Since then, the Association has done a lot of background work,
creating the necessary structure to the investigation of the
instrument through musicology experts, historians,
etnomusicology experts and anthropologists, signing protocolos
with the academic comunity and associations, Municipalities and
also Direcção Geral do Património Cultural.
It has also catalogued instrument-makers, musicians and groups
of Cavaquinho players. Yet without a builduing of its own, the
Association shows its work through its official website:
www.cavaquinhos.pt where we can find about 140 models of
portuguese Cavaquinhos, teaching material and galleries of
photographs and videos, learn more about the history of this
instrument in mainland Portugal, Islands of Madeira and Azores,
Hawaii Brazil, Cape Verde and Indonesia.
The Exhibition 70 Cavaquinhos 70 Artistas, produced by AC Museu
Cavaquinho belongs to a set of activities that the Association
is promoting with the aim of boost awareness of the population
for the rich heritage of this instrument and its pratice.