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  • The Portuguese Conspiracy presents Rafael Toral & Bezbog (Favela Discos) at MK Gallery

    • Music
    • Saturday 24th August 2019
    • MK Gallery (Milton Keynes)
    • Doors Open - 8:00 pm
    A season of concerts and screenings throughout the Summer to complement Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance. An MK Gallery Commission, with support by the Camões Institute. Buy Tickets
  • 24th August 2019

    Rafael Toral’ performs “Wave Field” Surround AV Version

    Rafael Toral has been intrigued by the potential of sound and the functions of music since he was a teenager. As a composer and performer, he has been deeply involved with Rock, Ambient, Contemporary, Electronic and Free Jazz music in different periods of his life.

    After Drag City’s recent LP reissue of “Wave Field”, Rafael Toral responds to the challenge of revisiting this seminal album of Ambient music that he recorded with the guitar in 1994. Its transformative character and expansive crossing of genre boundaries remain intact a quarter of a century later.

    Website // Vimeo // Bandcamp

    Bezbog is music with amplified and electronically transformed saxophone, trumpet and percussion.
    In a live setting it is a flux of sound and music sculpting time with timbre, form and pulse.
    Its latest work  “Chernobog” is a computer game and a Single with two compositions released under Favela Discos.

    Website // Youtube // Bandcamp

    Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance at MK Gallery

    13 June to 22 September 2019

    Showing works spanning her entire career since the 1960s, this will be the first major retrospective of Rego’s work in England for over 10 years. The exhibition includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs.

    About the season:

    “The events programme for the exhibition has been deeply infused by Paula Rego’s independent spirit of defiance: Collaborative, diverse and explorative, the path trailed by the generation of artists present, has been opened up and enlightened by Paula Rego’s beacon of creative autonomy and freedom.

    We feel the programme is therefore, as much an atmospheric companion for the retrospective, as it is a tribute to Paula Rego’s deep, and long lasting influence in cutting through the thick air of Portugal’s “dusty” legacy of political dictatorship at many levels. Then and now, Paula’s fearless art touches, enlightens and expands.”

    Generously supported by Camões Institute.

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