vis essentially, a duo of flute and percussion with electronics in real time. In 1985, MISO ENSEMBLE was founded by the percussionist and composer Miguel AZGUIME and by the flute player and composer Paula AZGUIME.

Distinguished for their program's originality and the diversity of their musical work, the latter reflects an approach that relies on the multifaceted capabilities of its members (composers, instrumentalists and improvisers), this duo has built for itself a unique path.

In this way, MISO ENSEMBLE has re-affirmed since its creation a new way of doing and thinking music; where composition and improvisation are tools used to create different kinds of works; where the use of electronic in real time complements and extends upon the acoustic instruments. This has given place to pioneering work of investigation and creation in the field of electronic music. Paula and Miguel AZGUIME are award wining interpreters and composers.
Several public and private institutions, national and international, have commissioned them works, both for MISO ENSEMBLE and for other formations. Beyond their activities as musicians, they have developed since 1992 intense work promoting contemporary music and Portuguese composers, both as directors of the International Festival Música Viva and, more recently, as founders of the Online Information Centre of Portuguese Contemporary Music.

Apart from their contribution enlarging the repertoire for flute and percussion, the collective works of Paula and Miguel AZGUIME also include compositions for the cinema, theatre and dance as well as sound installations for architecture, sculpture and painting exhibitions. In parallel, Miguel AZGUIME develops a prolific activity as a composer in a more classic sense, composing for various instrumental and/or vocal formations.

Over 18 years MISO ENSEMBLE has done intense work in Portugal and abroad, more than 400 concerts, performing regularly in several different countries of Europe and Asia.

Nowadays, MISO ENSEMBLE is widely recognised, by critics and public alike, as one of the most important ensembles in Portuguese contemporary music and openly considered the most original, the most creative and a compulsive innovator.

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