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A unique music experience joining deaf and hearing people on Tremor stage
Since 2019, we have been having the chance to come back to Tremor Festival (S.Miguel, Azores) to document a special project that joins deaf and hearing people on stage.
Invited by the organization of Tremor Festival, each year, the artistic collective Ondamarela directs a project of social inclusion through music.
Over 10 days, the Deaf Association of São Miguel Island, the Rabo de Peixe Music School and the local musicians rehearsed for the performance of the Festival official program.
On Pico Island the mother gave birth to a baby girl with green eyes and curly hair who liked to pick fruit from the trees. One night, the girl fell ill. The mother felt a great sorrow, a great sadness. She looked at the little girl and cried. The mother accepted me. We went on a long boat trip where there were other deaf children from other islands. Around me, I saw a lot of mime. They called me, we continued with the gestures but then they hit us on the hands. We had to speak. Mime was forbidden. We began to do it secretly. I fought back! I traveled to another world! I found Portuguese Sign Language, my language, I found my identity, my culture and I returned to the island of São Miguel. I met deaf people and friends, I taught Portuguese Sign Language, together we founded ASISM. Then the deaf group was invited to participate in a music festival. There were drums, piano… I did not like it at first, I hesitated with all that vibration. But in two years the group has grown. We came back to the third year and in this fourth year we have more young people and a choir.
— Ema Gonçalves, São Miguel Island Deaf Association President
foto by Alvaro Campos
Tremor is a chance to celebrate music and bring new sounds and inspiration to people. Through this project in particular, and the collaboration of Ondamarela and Galp Foundation, the scope of people reached by sound has become much broader, going beyond physical barriers or limitations. Deaf and hearing people alike were able to experience music together, through vibration, sound and a shared experience.
Over the years, barriers are broken and artists are formed. The Tremor festival, Ondamarela collective and the people who have been part of this initiative have proved that music is a place for everyone.
photos by José Guilherme Marques
This unique musical experience will perform for the first time at Rock in Rio on June 25th. Come celebrate the energy of music on the Galp stage.