Miguel Azguime

@ Portuguese Music Information Center

Distinguished for his work’s originality and diversity, Miguel Azguime’s musical world reflects an approach that relies on his multifaceted capabilities as composer, performer and poet.

Together with Paula Azguime he founded the Miso Ensemble in 1985, a duo recognised by the public and by the critics alike as a landmark in the Portuguese contemporary music scene.

Miguel Azguime’s music relies “on aesthetic innovation and freedom, revealing an intensively emotive mix of acoustic instrumental writing and electronics, where his approach is challenging and innovative”.

As composer, poet and performer, Miguel Azguime relentlessly challenges the boundaries between music, text and drama, hence shaping new grounds in contemporary music and redefining music theatre and opera within the concept of New Op-Era. Miguel Azguime “handles words and music with a combination of genius and lightness, cleverly opposing the reputation of austerity not rarely associated with contemporary music”.

Miguel Azguime’s music has been performed all around the globe by renowned soloists, ensembles and conductors, being regularly presented at major international contemporary music festivals.

Besides his creative work, he his actively engaged in promoting Portuguese New Music, as artistic director of numerous projects, namely Miso Music Portugal, Música Viva Festival, Miso Records, the Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre, …, and also as a researcher.

In 2006 Miguel Azguime was DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin and this context allowed him to create and produce his multimedia opera Salt Itinerary, for which he was awarded, in 2008, at the UNESCO’s Music Theatre Now Competition as well as the Multimedia National prize.

His more recent opera A Laugh to Cry, where he continues to explore his interest in speech as music, music as speech, was commissioned and premiered at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music.