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Talk with Yvette Janine Jackson, Judith Hamann and Rui Miguel Abreu




The commissioning of new works has been a trademark of Semibreve festival throughout its short history, which has been particularly intensified in recent years. The 2021 edition has seven new commissions, to be presented at Semibreve as world premieres. Through a series of three talks, Semibreve includes in its program a discussion about the processes underlying three of these new works. The remote collaboration between Yvette Janine Jackson and Judith Hamann, as well as the development of a durational piece by Flora Yin-Wong will be the focus of dedicated sessions moderated by Portuguese journalist Rui Miguel Abreu. Artist and researcher Heitor Alvelos will discuss the collaboration process between Rabih Beaini and harpists Angélica Salvi and Eleonor Picas.



Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer and installation artist who brings attention to historical events and social issues through her radio operas. She studied at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center during its transition into the Computer Music Center and blends these experiences with her work as a theatrical sound designer into a narrative style of composition. 

Judith Hamann is a cellist and performer/composer from Naarm/Birraranga (Melbourne), Australia, now based in Berlin. Judith’s performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, contemporary classical, experimental, and popular music.

Rui Miguel Abreu has been a journalist for 25 years and currently writes for Blitz magazine, where he has worked for more than a decade. Works in radio on Antena 3 and RDP Africa and is the founder of the Rimas e Batidas website. In addition, he has a long curriculum in the area of record editing and the production of musical events.