João MacDowell in three continents

IBOC resident composer and Artistic Director João MacDowell is having a great month.

In New York:

September 21 2019

João MacDowell will be featured as the closing act for the Burle Marx Concert series.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the composer performing solo, in an intimate setting.

The program will showcase songs that influenced his formative years, as well as rarely performed original gems.

NY Botanical Garden

3 sets from 1 to 4pm.

Admission to the Garden includes concert:

Adults: $28
Seniors (65+): $25
Students (with valid ID): $25
Children (2–12): $12
Children under 2: Free
Members: Free*

In Medelin, Colombia:

September 17 2019

“The Transeuntis Mundi Project proposes to capture the sound and visual memory of peoples, cultures and cities of the world. In this way, it portrays diversity, mobility and generates an archive of human cultural heritage, which circulates around the world in a performative installation with immersive image and sound.”

Conceptualized and curated by IBOC resident composer Candida Borges, João MacDowell will be presenting the sound installation “4 fugues in 4 voices for 4 soundscapes in 4 chanels.” Also present in the concert will be works by Richard Abbot and Kerry Priest (UK), Rafael Rivera y Natalia Henao (Colombia), and Chai Tamayo (Philippines)

Sanremo, Italy:

October 03 2019

The Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo will present:

The Seventh Seal Symphonic Suite Part 1

a new work by João MacDowell.


November 21st 2019

The Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo will also present

Anita Di Laguna Suite

A work by Luigi Porto,

IBOC resident composer, based on his opera of the same name.

November 26, 27, 28 2019

Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung

New York Philharmonic

Directed by Bengt Gomér,
featuring the soprano Nina Stemme.

Bengt Gomér, an IBOC collaborator since 2015, is the dramaturgue for The Seventh Seal, an opera by João MacDowell adapted from the film script by Ingmar Bergman.

João MacDowell has been noted by the Swedish press as “a new thinker in the genre”

(Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter),

and The New York Times:

“The Brazilian composer João MacDowell was more direct in his admiration for “The Seventh Seal,” adapting it into an opera”

the Brazilian composer has a career that spans from punk to opera.

Coming up:

March 3rd 2020

Carnegie Hall: Port of Entry

Pianist Jasna Popovic and the International Brazilian Opera Company perform contemporary works dedicated to New York City. Guitarist Nemanja Bogunovic, along with his chamber ensemble, performs his latest album Bogunovic Plays Bogunovic with Strings Attached influenced by music from the Mediterranean, Latin America, Asia, and elements of Serbian folklore.

The program will feature works by Nemanja Bogunovic, Jordi Barcelo, Luigi Porto, Dina Pruzhansky, Petar Krstajic, Oriol Cruixent, and João MacDowell