Prelúdio Submarino_Escola Secundária Augusto Gomes, 2015

Grand Sound Fishing 2016

The Grand Sound Fishing (GSF) embodies the educational project of LabJázzica – OJM’s educational services – and comprehends every actions (e.g. workshops, sessions, concerts) developed throughout the school year. Essentially, and having the music creation as the catalyst element, GSF brings music, image, body, voice and text together onto a common ground. It will be part of the working process taking chances that favor a ”creative process” that is rich and inclusive, believing that it is in that process that each one will be able to find his/her own way within the project and, generally speaking, create new bonds with Art and with Music in particular. Finally, in what will the Grand Sound Fishing culminate? It will end up in a series of concerts throughout the school year – ”Prelude”, ”2, 5, 1”, ”Interlude”, ”Grand Sound Fishing”, ”Postlude” – that integrate school communities, organisations and Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos. It’s mainly about collaborative creation performances, where everybody may find their own space and ”voice”.

Grand Sound Fishing: Mission to the Bottom of the Sea

This school year, after the First Improvisations edition (2014) and the Patterns and Crys edition (2015), the Grand Sound Fishing wanted to go to the bottom of the sea to seek new inspirations and thus reinvent itself. The bottom of the sea has to do with two main ideas: 1) the creative universe inspired by that subject vs the fact that most of the ocean is dark and therefore unknown; 2) going to the bottom of the sea as a metaphor for developing a meticulous work with a few elements.

Related to the first idea, elements such as seabed sounds, diving equipment, underwater videos, fish species, images, fins, oysters, treasures, submarines, stories, theories, puzzles, were brought to catalyse the initial creative work. The book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, was taken as a source of inspiration to aggregate musical, visual and literary materials. However, the imagery/video and actual images collections from institutions such as the Mbari (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) were also included. In relation to the second idea, one or two popular jazz tunes were well rehearsed, transformed and recreated. This meant that from those tunes we have composed new tunes, new harmonic textures or, for example, loose and free improvisation zones.

We took guidance in two artworks because they seemed pertinent, interesting and could be the result of a process like the one used in GSF: the Symphony by Berio and the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. We saw Berio’s Symphony as a possible embodiment of the Grand Sound Fishing, naturally adapted to our work and people. The reason for this has to do with the fact of the Synphony being a mix of themes and quotations, and likewise it can be glimpsed in the Sound Fishing a mix of themes and references to the musical themes that were at its groundwork. There are also in the Symphony a group of singers that besides singing also assume the role of narrator, something that interested us in the context of the Grand Sound Fishing as ”singers” of stories. In what concerns the visual and literary universe, we imagined a work that highlighted the Vernian world.


The Grand Sound Fishing included three concerts that took place at different times during the school year: the Prelude Undersea (December), the Interlude to the Galleon (March) and the Grand Sound Fishing (May).

How is it done?

The Grand Sound Fishing includes the regular and articulate work of two people related to music, a person related to video/image work and another person related to creative writing. In a later stage, it includes the rehearsal and the concert with Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos.

The work is developed with a fixed group of music students (e.g. two groups), with a fixed group of students dedicated to the visual arts, and with a fixed group of people dedicated to literature.

The musical work was developed with students from the Augusto Gomes Secondary School (ESAG); the visual work was developed with the class of the 2nd grade of Jardim-Escola João de Deus (J-EJD) and a group of the 12th grade of ESAG; fnally, the creative writing work was developed with the Organisation of Retired Fishermen of Matosinhos (APAM) and a group of students from the Gonçalves Zarco Secondary School (ESGZ).