EcoMusicalis Lauraceae is an annual cycle of four concerts in a natural environment dedicated exclusively to the Municipality of Porto Moniz. As such, the Porto Moniz City Council is considered a strategic partner for the realization of the same, being even the exclusive sponsor for these concerts.
One of the particularities of this cycle has to do with the fact that it is carried out exclusively in the four parishes of Porto Moniz (Achadas da Cruz; Porto Moniz; Ribeira da Janela; Seixal). Another of the peculiarities inherent to this cycle is related to the principle of attributing, as a tribute, to each of the concerts, the name of one of the Lauráceas (Til; Vinhático; Barbuzano; Loureiro) well present in our Laurissilva. As such, the following names were given to the different concerts, according to the predominance by parish:
· Til's Concert | Ribeira da Janela;
· Loureiro Concert | Seixal;
· Concerto do Vinhático | Porto Moniz;
· Concert by Barbusano | Findings of the Cross
Where does it take place?
One of the peculiarities of this cycle has to do with the fact that it is carried out exclusively in the four parishes of Porto Moniz (Achadas da Cruz; Porto Moniz; Ribeira da Janela; Seixal), in places of high natural and scenic interest, such as:
· Fanal | Parish of Ribeira da Janela;
· Candeeiro Well (Chão da Ribeira) | Parish of Seixal;
· Porto Moniz Natural Pools | Parish of Porto Moniz;
· Calhau das Achadas da Cruz | Parish of Achadas da Cruz;
Another of the peculiarities inherent to this cycle is related to the principle of attributing, as a tribute, to each of the concerts, the name of one of the Lauráceas (Til; Vinhático; Barbuzano; Loureiro) well present in our Laurissilva. As such, the following names were given to the different concerts, according to the predominance by parish:
· Til's Concert | Ribeira da Janela | Fanal;
· Loureiro Concert | Seixal | Candeeiro Well;
· Concerto do Vinhático | Porto Moniz | Natural pools;
· Concert by Barbusano | Findings of the Cross | Calhau das Achadas da Cruz
Why does it happen?
The Municipality of Porto Moniz, being the municipality that absorbs the largest laurel forest in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, adds a high potential for Nature that consolidates within itself a wealth of options consistent with the EcoMusicalis concept.
On the other hand, having its headquarters in the municipality of Porto Moniz, Retoiça established a protocol with the local authority in order to, as far as possible, enhance and enhance through musical art, this territory with 82.93 Km2. of them enveloped in the purest and most intact nature.
When does it take place?
EcoMusicalis Lauraceae aims to hold an annual cycle of four concerts spread over the months of April, June, July and October of each year.
How is it done?
Like any other concert within the EcoMusicalis concept, the EcoMusicalis Lauraceae concert cycle takes place, above all, in a natural space that symbolizes the natural beauty of each parish.
The variant EcoMusicalis Lauraceae arises from a proposal by Retoiça - Cultural, Sports and Recreation Association readily accepted by the Porto Moniz City Council (then led by Mr. Emanuel Câmara), to hold a cycle of concerts (one for each parish) in emblematic places in the municipality of Porto Moniz with landscape relevance. The first cycle had the following groupings:
Presentation Concert (Porto Moniz Aquarium) | 07/02 | Con(m)text(s)to;
Barbusano concert | 01/05 | Elisa Silva & Gonçalo Caboz;
Loureiro Concert | 21/06 | Sax In Duo & friends;
Concerto do Vinhático | 27/07 | Con(m)text(s)to (extended format);
Til's Concert* | 03/22 | 13/09 | EcoTrio;
*Concert held at the Eira da Achada viewpoint
Barbusano concert | 01/05 | Elisa Silva & Gonçalo Caboz;
Loureiro Concert | 19/06 | EcoTrio;
Concerto do Vinhático | 25/07 | Elisa, Gonçalo & Bernardo;
Til's Concert** | 18/09 | 13/09 | Clara & Carolina;
**Concert held at the Eira da Achada viewpoint
Presentation Concert (Porto Moniz Aquarium) | 11/02 | The Grumpies;
Til's Concert | 02/04 | Fire Pocket Band;
Loureiro Concert | 11/06 | Susana Brandão & Vítor Anjo;
Concerto do Vinhático | 27/07 | Elisa Silva & friends;
Barbusano concert | 28/10 | Wilson Correia & Sarah Borges;
Til's Concert | 07/04 | **;
Loureiro Concert | 24/06 | Elisa Silva & Tiago Silva;
Concerto do Vinhático | 7/23 | Triangle;
Barbusano concert | 27/10 | **;
**Concert canceled for meteorological reasons
Til's Concert | 13/04 | Kairos;
Loureiro Concert | 6/23 | Wheat;
Concerto do Vinhático | 22/07 | Quartet Moritz;
Barbusano concert | 26/10 | Upright Ntet;
The most common plants in Laurissilva and which gave rise to its name are the lauraceae, namely: the Laurel; the Tilt; the Barbuzano and the Vinhático.
The Loureiro, whose scientific name is Laurusnovocanariensis is a tree up to 20 meters tall, with evergreen, fairly dense canopy, with small yellowish-white flowers (featuring flowering from November to April) and the fruits are ovoid and black form when ripe.
In the trunks it is common to find the madre-de-laurel (cecidia) which is widely used in folk medicine, and which results from the action of a specific fungus.
The laurel leaves are widely used in cooking, the branches serve as skewers in the “espetadas”, and with its berries, the laurel oil is produced, which is widely used in popular medicine.
Til is another lauraceae, whose scientific name is Ocoteafoetens . It is an exclusive tree from Madeira, Azores and Canaries, occurring between 400 and 1400m on our island. It has a persistent leaf and reaches 20 to 30 m in height and in some cases 40 m. Its trunk is rough and irregular, and its wood is dark and hard and gives off a characteristic odor when cut. The flowers are whitish with hints of green and pale yellow releasing a slight sweet odor (it blooms from June to August). The fruit is a hard, fleshy berry, dark green in color that darkens as it matures, having covered its anterior half with a cupola, resembling an acorn. These fruits serve as food for several birds, as is the case of the exchange pigeon.
Vinhático , whose scientific name is Persea indica, is also a persistent-leaf lauracea that reaches 25 m in height, with a wide and rounded crown, with light green lanceolate leaves that turn reddish with age and with equally reddish petioles. It has small whitish flowers (flowering occurs between August and November) and the fruits are ovoid-ellispsoid berries. It is a tree endemic to Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands.
The wood of this tree, yellowish or shallow, known as island mahogany was highly valued over time and used in joinery and its bark was used to tan skins.
Barbusano is a lauracea endemic to Madeira, Azores and Canaries, whose scientific name is Appoloniasbarbujana . It is large and can reach 25m in height, with a persistent dark green leaf, rounded crown, small greenish-white flowers (with flowering between October and May), and ovoid and dark berry. It has a characteristic on its leaves that is the existence of protuberances that resemble warts resulting from the bites of a specific mite.
Its wood has been used throughout time in shipbuilding, manufacture of agricultural tools and mill spindles.
Text kindly provided by the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation