Grupo de Percussão
Dedicated to contemporary music, the Drumming Grupo de Percussão, founded and directed by Miquel Bernat, has established itself as one of the most important collectives of its kind at an international level, since its début in 1999. Drumming GP challenges sound innovation by proposing performances of a diverse nature. The group travels from classical percussion to jazz, through electronics and rock and also trying to develop stage music for theatre, opera and ballet. Its constant creative activity also has didactic-pedagogical and social aspects. Drumming GP is a pioneer in the creation of a timbila orchestra (a traditional African instrument and ancestor of the Marimba) that performs both oral tradition music (of Mozambican origin) and music conceived by contemporary composers who write especially for the group. He also created the first ensemble of steel drums (a traditional instrument from Trinidad and Tobago) in the Iberian Peninsula. It was a resident group at Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture, and regularly performs in the most prestigious national venues, including the Gulbenkian Foundation, São João National Theater, Culturgest, Belém Cultural Center, Rivoli Theater, Serralves, Casa da Música. Abroad, he performed in Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa and Brazil.