(John Manuel Marques Carrilho, n . Lisbon, 14 Nov. 1981)
Composer, Musicologist & Improviser (computer, kyma x, supercollider, max/msp, piano, violin, khomus, electronic multi -instrumentalist).
He studied Physics and Mathematics at the Instituto Superior Técnico, and simultaneously attended the violin course with Leonor de Sousa Prado. He has a degree in Sonology (Composition, Research and Performance of Electronic Music) by the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (the Netherlands), with composition teachers G.M. Koenig , Konrad Boehmer and Clarence Barlow .
He is currently finishing a PhD in computer music in Portugal, with thesis Aesthetics of Computer Music: Unrealized Musical Energy (School of Arts of the Catholic University of Porto, Portugal).
He created, with Jorge Lima Barreto, the duo Zul Zelub in 2007, an experimentalist conceptual proposal for piano and computer music, inspired by a philosophy of music theory invented by both: the unrealized musical energy. Relying on open form, indeterminacy, intuition and improvisation, this conceptual field explores all that precedes musical creation, all expenses of creative energy that has not yet found concrete materialization. This approach is the conceptual foundation of both the first album of Zul Zelub (edited by Clean Feed), and the second – Ultimaton – (edited by Plancton Music). Zul Zelub held concerts in major national halls (e.g. Culturgest, Casa da Música) with internationally renowned musicians in the world of new improvised music, total improvisation or free music, as Jac Berrocal and Eddie Prévost. The concerts often included multimedia components, either in video art (e.g. Om by António Palolo ), slideshow or performance.
Jonas Runa performed several concerts with the musician, philosopher and shaman, Spiridon Shishigin, one of the world's greatest virtuosos khomus (jew’s harp), and he was appointed representative of the khomus music in Portugal. He composed music for traditional orchestral instruments, with or without electronics, but also for unconventional instruments (e.g. Sagres, for 8 whistles and Kyma, a piece presented on the ship Sagres, on the day of its 75th anniversary). He uses Kyma X – an instrument which is both hardware and software – and one of the most advanced sound programming languages available today. He composed original music and invented software for performances of contemporary dance, including three works by the choreographer Clara Andermatt: Dez Mil Seres, Fica no Singelo, and Dance, Bailarina, Dance!, the latter performed by the Companhia Nacional de Bailado. In 2013, he performed two concerts at the Venice Biennale, at the invitation of the artist Joana Vasconcelos: 1) Jonas Runa Cosmic Ensemble (Eddie Prévost + Jonas Runa + Spiridon Shishigin + Jin Hi Kim); 2) Robot Solo with Orchestra (using the orchestra of robots by the Logos Foundation, Belgium).
He has published articles in Portuguese journals (e.g.: Revista Atântida, Entre as Artes e as Letras), and has lectured in prominent cultural events (e.g. Venice Biennale 2013), and European centers for the study of electronic music (e.g. Institute of Sonology, the Hague, the Netherlands, Scuola di Musica Elletronica, Benedetto Marcello Conservatory, Venice, Italy, the School of Arts, Catholic University of Porto, Portugal).
Concerts at the Venice Biennale, 2013 | Jonas Runa Cosmic Ensemble
Concept: Jonas Runa | Musicians: Jonas Runa (Portugal): Kyma; Spiridon Shishigin (Yakutia, Siberia, Russia): Khomus; Eddie Prévost (the United Kingdom): Tam-Tam, Snare drum; Jin Hi Kim (South Korea): Komungo
Place and Date of Premiere Performance: June 1 2013, Venice (Italy); Joana Vasconcelos' Cacilheiro “Trafaria Praia”. Portuguese Official Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
Jonas Runa: Solo with Robot Orchestra
Composition, Performance/Improvisation: Jonas Runa
Instruments: 7 instruments from the Logos' M&M Robot Orchestra (Logos Foundation)
Place and Date of Premiere Performance: October 11 2013, Venice (Italy); Joana Vasconcelos' Cacilheiro “Trafaria Praia”. Portuguese Official Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
Zul Zelub Main Performances (Jorge Lima Barreto & Jonas Runa):
Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Grand Auditorium, July 17, 2008
Culturgest, ‘Isto é Jazz?’ Cycle, Lisbon, December 10, 2010 (with Eddie Prévost) | EXTERNAL LINK
Casa da Música, Porto, November 14 de Novembro, 2009 (with Jac Berrocal and video by A. Palolo) | EXTERNAL LINK
Chiado Museum, Jardim das Esculturas, Lisbon, July 29, 2010 | EXTERNAL LINK
Avante Feast, 1st of May Auditorium. September 5, 2009 (with Eddie Prévost, Vitor Rua and Jamie Coleman)
Trem Azul, Lisbon, May 26, 2009 | EXTERNAL LINK
15th Cerveira Biennale, Vila Nova de Cerveira, September 27, 2009 (with video by A. Palolo) | EXTERNAL LINK
Avante Feast, 1st of May Auditorium, September 6, 2008 (with Steve Noble and Vitor Rua)
Khomus Performances / Kyma (Spiridon Shishigin & Jonas Runa)
Côa Museum, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, September 15, 2011 | | EXTERNAL LINK
16th Cerveira Biennale, Vila Nova de Cerveira, September 17, 2011(with performance by Manoel Barbosa) | EXTERNAL LINK
Ajuda National Palace, Valquíria Real Hall, Joana Vasconcelos' exhibition, March 28, 2013 (with Ivan Alexeev)
O Espaço do Tempo, Convent of Our Lady of the Salutation, Montemor-o-Novo, March 30, 2013 (with Ivan Alexeev) | EXTERNAL LINK
Portuguese Music Museum, Casa Verdades de Faria, Monte Estoril, April 7, 2013 (with Ivan Alexeev) | EXTERNAL LINK
55th Venice Biennale, Italy, Joana Vasconcelos' Cacilheiro "Trafaria Praia", Portuguese Official Pavilion, June 1, 2013 (with Eddie Prévost and Jin Hi Kim) | EXTERNAL LINK