Sunday, February 28th
A Sunflower and a Daisy
@ 20h Lisbon
(online via zoom for max 35 people)
A sunflower and a daisy?
A sunflower for Edgar is a metaphor for new beginnings – which are more and richer than one may think. A daisy is a hidden caress to his grandmother, whose name Margarida is the name of this flower in Portuguese. It was Margarida who taught him the art of happiness that marked his artistic path, which he multiplies and shares with every concert. Then, the two flowers are similar in that they contain many flowers within. This is how Edgar feels about his music: what he sings and plays is a collection of his own compositions mixed with the bloom of other artists’ creativity.
Indeed, during this concert he will present the flowers he carries within: the songs by his band Criatura that has just released its new album called Bem Bonda, as well as the songs lovingly borrowed from his fellow musician friends.
Who is Edgar Valente?
It was on top of a table in his grandfather's tavern. Edgar was four years old, and what the dining audience heard him sing was fado.
No, not at all, this tavern was not in Lisbon. Edgar’s family is from Beira Baixa, a Portuguese region in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where not only do they have their own fado, but also keep uninterrupted the tradition of playing adufe - the square drum that through its many mediterranean cousins can be traced back to the Assyrian empire four thousand years ago.
Part of Edgar’s family comes from Angola, so as a kid his audio world was made of Cape Verdean, Angolan and Colombian vinyls. His grandfather was locally known for singing fado while serving food in his tavern. His uncle used to run the only house of fado in Fundão while his mother imitated Whitney Houston to such perfection that little Edgar was convinced the radio was all about her. Then came the teenage summers of playing in English for the tourists of Algarve, which helped him realise that his own creativity needed reconnecting with his native language and its oral tradition. This gave birth to the mission he has been developing to this day: mixing ancestral vocal expressions of Portugal with his own storytelling. The result of this awakening are the two albums he has released with his band Criatura: Aurora and, just a few weeks ago, Bem Bonda.
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 100 euros to the artist. 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!
Do you have MBway? Is your preferred method not working? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we do the impossible to help you join us!