This duo dedicated to the music of our time, is inspired by a piece written between 1958 and 1960 by Karlheinz Stockhausen for piano, percussion and electronic.

KontakteDuo started from a thorough reflection on the music of the 20th century and on the impact of technology in the western classical music. His target is to explore the new tendencies of this modern aesthetic with all sorts of musical performances between an artistic and personal approach.

Kontakte is a piece which promotes a break in musical thought, and take an important role in the emancipation of what we can call the “grammar of electronic music”. With the development of electronic music, the concept of “new virtuosity” is established where the interpreter, on the verge of his physical and cognitive capacities, interact with an identity with no face, neither limits nor breath. With the aesthetic of the artificial, as the creation/imitation of nature, the electronic music obtains a logic of interaction in the creation of new sounds and new musical forms. The work on stage transcends the normal boundaries of the traditional performance, and exceeds the human capacities, where a world of primitive stimuli is revealed.

Patrícia Martins and Carlos Puga, of Portuguese and Spanish nationalities met each other at High School of Music and Drama of Oporto. Pianist, she was born in Braga and obtained her bachelor’s degree in piano solo and a post-graduation in piano accompanying and coaching. Percussionist, he was born in Vila de Cruces, and obtained his bachelor’s degree in percussion solo.

KontakteDuo played in several international chamber music festivals as Harmos Classical; Euroclassical Music Festival; FIP – International percussion festival of Zaragoza; Made in ESMAE – Porto, Portugal; Ciclo de Quintas – Viana do Castelo, Portugal; 10th anniversary of Conservatorio Profisional de Música de St-Jacques de Compostelle, Espagne; Xornadas de música contemporánea de Santiago de Compostela; Festival Mihl-SonsXXI – Lugo, Espagne, Biennale musiques en scène, Lyon.

This chamber music group is admitted unanimously in master of chamber music at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon, in the class of Franck Krawczyk and Jean Geoffroy, where he actively collaborates with the research laboratory Laboratoire Scène/recherchE and with de composition department.

In the context of his master, KontakteDuo creates the spectacles Hommage, La femme moderne, Couleurs and Happenings with public presentations in Amphi de l’Opéra, Théâtre Kantor and in Salle Varèse of CNSMD, in Lyon. He was also invited to play in live-broadcasting in the program Génération jeunes interprètes presented by Gaëlle le Gallic on France Musique.

Sponsored by Mécénat Musical Société Générale and by the Portuguese foundation GDA, their purpose is the promotion of music composed today with an original and quite recent kind of group and bring together shared perspectives: a musical discovery in full collaboration, a gesture, an intention…