Vitor Joaquim, laptop experimentalist, sound and visual artist, graduated in Sound and Film Studies. Started performing improvised music and working with contemporary dance by the late 80's. Since then, he has created extensively for dance, theatre, video, installations and cross media platforms, having worked with such collectives and creators as Vera Mantero, Paulo Ribeiro and Rui Horta, amongst many others. With Rui Horta he created the music for “LP” and the widely acclaimed and prized “Pixel”, among other works. Recently he has been collaborating with the Spanish choreographer Guillermo Weickert, with whom he co-directed the also acclaimed and prized “Go With The Flow”, a dance stage adaptation of "Flow".

In 1997, his cd “Tales From Chaos” (under the alias "Free Field") was considered one of the 10 best records of Portuguese electronic music of all time. “Flow”, his latest solo cd, was considered by the Wire magazine as one of the best electronic records of 2006. Until now, he has four solo releases and several other collaborations in different labels, all over the world. He collaborated with many international artists, such as @c, Scanner, Stephan Mathieu, Simon Fisher Turner, Phil Niblock, Colleen, Pure, o.blaat, Ran Slavin and Greg Haines. Over the years, on most of his solo acts, Joaquim has opted to play in total darkness (as a way to increase the sense of sound) or with visual artists such as the long time collaborators Lia and Hugo Olim.

Even though he loves to plays solo, it’s in the electronic real time collaborations and live sampling that Joaquim has being mostly involved in the last decade while playing and touring all over Europe in music and dance performances at festivals such as: CocArt (Torun), Madeira DIG (Madeira), Atlantic Waves (London), Ultrasound (Huddersfield), Lem (Barcelona), Mes de Danza 14 (Sevilla) and MU.DA 08 (Malaga). He has also been invited to present work in places such as MC2 (Grenoble), Mercat dels Flors (Barcelona), Instants Chavirés (Paris), Casa Encendida (Madrid) and KHM (Cologne). In Portugal he has presented work in virtually all the regular places for experimental art: ZDB, CCB, Culturgest, Gulbenkian Foundation, Serralves Foundation, Casa da Musica, etc

He is also the producer and programmer of EME Festival (Portugal) since 2000, a festival dedicated to experimental arts and non-standard music. In parallel to his own artistic work, he has been teaching and coordinating sound and audiovisuals in art schools since the 90’s. Now he is a PhD student in Computer Music at the UCP, Porto, where he is also teacher at the School of Arts.

Vitor Joaquim - Sunset Boulevard
Trepok Rec. May 2009

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