AIÊ - Edgar Valente

World Music


AIÊ, in Yorubá, is the name that defines the world of the Living, the multi-senso-rial side of reality where life becomes palpable and sound waves fuse and
diffuse together. It's the world of physical encounters, where we celebrate the presence and magic of improvisation under the laws of the impermanence of substance. Into this vibration, Edgar Valente [PT] and Luiz Gabriel Lopes  [BR] gathered for a generous and rich multicultural collaboration. Complementary creatives showcasing different facets of the same source, stitching together through the sounds of Lusophony and all its mysterious alchemy. Music as a portal for contact with the spirit, and a major force for the invention of new worlds.

From North Atlantic shores, Edgar Valente multiplies himself within a body of many artistic abilities. Through his broad voices to the sounds of his keyboard and adufe, the multi-talented artist combines a movement which ranges from the new Portuguese popular music to the explosion of funk and afro beat. Coming from the south side of the same ocean, Luiz Gabriel Lopes is a versatile Brazilian artist who brings through his voice and guitar strings the sunny rhythm of the tropics. Latin American syncretism expressed in deep and balsamic songwriting.

Edgar Valente is a multi-talented artist and one of the most evident young guardians of the rich Portuguese multicultural heritage. His most devoted work, Criatura, a Portuguese band which the first album, ‘Aurora’, was described by the British Roots Magazine as a prime example of Portugal’s current outburst of energy and creativity.’
Combining his many and vast artistic abilities, the Lisbon based artist transmutes himself into different projects and performances which range from the funk music of Os Compotas and participation in Afrobeat bands to his parallel work as a dancer and actor.

As a musician, he sings fado and plays the piano since his childhood and have extended his music capabilities to the adufe, cajón and hand flute.
After being introduced to the ‘Medicine Music’ by Mariana Root in Peru, the artist has been working as a facilitator of‘Every Body Sings/ Quem Tem Corpo Canta, a series of workshops and retreats focused on authentic voice, body and creative expression. Under the same project, Edgar Valente currently directs the ‘Coro dos Anjos’, a weekly open choir held in one of the most lively and multicultural neighborhoods of Lisbon.

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