Sunday, May 2nd
Um pedido / A request
@16h Belo Horizonte / @20h Lisbon
(online via zoom for max 35 people)
She says it happens by “divine download”.
Melodies come to her mind, sometimes waking her up at three in the morning, begging to be written down.
For Andressa Versi music is a way to live. The first in the family to be possessed by the magic of the sound, she admits that her taste has been shaped by MPB – música popular brasileira, or popular Brazilian music – the “enlightened pop” which since the 60s has been blending such regional traditions as samba and bossa nova with the universals of jazz and rock. Since the day she first heard Tom Jobim as a little girl she knew she wanted to play, yet back then she could not find any female role models to follow.
Growing up in the 90s – the epoch of girl bands to which Brazil was no exception – curiously helped her gain confidence in the idea that apart from singing she could also play and instrument. She became a fan of every band where girls played a guitar, and at the age of 13 attempted to get into a local music conservatory. It took an initial rejection and overcoming her shyness to finally make that school her new home, attending every possible class and getting her hands on every instrument there was. By 16 she was already proficient at violão popular – the popular guitar – as well as percussion instruments characteristic of her native state of Minas Gerais: from numerous hand drums to the local mineiro drum.
She then spent a decade exploring every way music can have impact on others. She has performed at the Belo Horizonte Carnaval, continuing the tradition of occupying urban space as a political statement. She has provided music therapy in rest homes and health institutions and created soundtracks for a poet with whom she has travelled the country enchanting both kids and corporate bosses with their musical stories.
Still today some strangers when seeing her with a guitar wonder if she is a student and can actually play. Old stereotypes die hard. Yet that matters little to her. The girl who once wanted to create music is now preparing the release of her first album, while a new song is probably being born within her as you are reading this.
How do I see the concert?
Once you have made your donation, we’ll send you an online ticket with a secret code to our invisible private room in Zoom, for which we have a professional account for maximum quality. We do NOT RECORD the concerts and keep our virtual room intimate and cosy, limiting the participation to 35 people.
Will I have a good sound?
We make sure that the artists have the fastest internet connection possible and are properly geared. We run numerous soundchecks prior to the concert to make sure everything is tuned on the artist side! You can do your part: make sure your setup is as perfect as possible with our self-soundcheck guide.
How much should I donate?
We encourage you to make a donation on behalf of every person who participates in this online concert together with you.
We believe that 4 euros per person is fair, yet most guests usually contribute around 9 euros, so if you have the means and wish to support the artists and Invisible City further, we’d be grateful if your donation corresponds to what feels fairest to you.
You can also make a donation directly to the Invisible City account (for example, from your Revolut app or similar):
Account name: Invisible City MTÜ
IBAN: EE88 7700 7710 0336 8942
(When you make a transfer, please mention your email so that we send you the ticket!)
How much does the artist actually get?
Even before the gig starts, Invisible City guarantees a minimum of 100 euros to the artist no matter what. This is our investment into the performance which provides a safety net for the artist. We make sure it is never a lottery! These funds come from reinvesting the donations from the previous performances as well as from our private sponsors who support Invisible City directly (here is how you can become one).
What the campaign receives above the 100 euro mark, we share with the artist in equal parts. In this way, we provide a guaranteed income to the artist while staying sustainable and helping more artists run more wonderful gigs.
How do I pay in my currency?
Right next to the amount in euros you can change the currency by clicking on the arrow and choosing yours. This way the system will accept your card.
I need further help with donating!
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