Sunday, November 7, 2021



Last night we heard one of the most wonderful concerts in our lives at Theatro Circo. It's hard to explain the music - it was so original and so hypnotic; simply mesmerizing. We were spellbound for an hour and a half. The group is called Nopo Orchestra - 7 musicians in a collaboration between Norway and Portugal. Absolutely haunting. What was amazing: the performers just walked in and took their places; then the music began and swept us away.

The stage before the musicians
came in. You can see that, for 7 
musicians, the instruments were 

Rajan being shown our
seats before the main
audience arrived. 

            The seven musicians were: 2 guitarists - one, Francisco Sales has an international reputation, but the other was great, too; two drummers, but the drum sets were far more than drums, and the drummers were true artists ; a violinist, who wrung so much emotion out of the violin (and who also sang at times); and then two world famous horn/flute and horn/saxaphone artists who achieved a breathtaking range of sound and rhythm with their instruments. the first I mentioned was Rão Kyao who played mainly a range of long, bamboo pipes that reminded me of Ecuadorian music, and then at the very last, a traditional flute; the other was Karl Seglem who played the saxaphone at times and equally played a goat horn, which achieves amazing music and sound effects. You would not believe the spell these two particular musicians could cast. Again, so much emotion was poured into the music. 
            The melodies seemed almost Celtic at times, but the rhythm often sounded Brazilian, and the combination just swept a listener into a magical world.
I only took three pictures of them and their instruments, and then four more of the Theatro Circo itself, and elegant theater that is 150+ years old. Enjoy.
And, BTW, all three of the main musicians mentioned above are on FB and have websites if you want to learn more about them and where you can get their music.

A staircase to the next
leverl (there are three
more altogether.)
This is an elegant theater
as you can see. Red and 
ivory and gold, with 
paintings and sculptures.

And the magificent ceiling. This 
theater is over 150 years old

Have you ever attended a concert, expecting to like it and be interested, and then found yourself simply astonished by how beautiful it was?


Kate Larkindale said...

Sounds amazing! I love concerts that sweep you away like that.

Carol Kilgore said...

I love doing things like this! Their music sounds fabulous. Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a wonderful November.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Kate, yes, music really lets you enter another world. Most music is like that. We really loved the world of this music. Norway to Portugal, Celtic tone and Brazilian beat. It was just "WOW"

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Carol, fabulous is the right word. Thanks for coming by! You have a good November, too. (It's hard to believe it's already November, isn't it!

Sandra Cox said...

The music sounds amazing and the theater looks magnificent.

Rosi said...

Wow. This sounds quite extraordinary. Glad you had a good time.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Sandra, I love this theater. We haven't been here very often, just twice: once for the culmination of a photography exhibition, and once for a folkdance program. Both times I was struck by the theater's interior.