|Categories||Aleatoric, Contemporary, Electronic, Jazz, Minimalist, Soundtrack/Film Music|
Carlos Zingaro undertook classical music studies at the Lisbon Music Conservatory from 1953 to 1965, and during the two years 1967/68 he studied pipe organ at the High School of Sacred Music. Also, during the 1960s, Zingaro was a member of the Lisbon University Chamber Orchestra. In 1967 he formed Plexus, the only Portuguese group at the time to have developed a new musical approach based on contemporary music, improvisation and rock; the group recorded a 45rpm single for RCA-Victor in 1968.
From 1975 onwards Carlos Zingaro has performed with a wide variety of improvising musicians, including: Barre Phillips, Daunik Lazro, Derek Bailey, Joëlle Léandre, Jon Rose, Kent Carter, Ned Rothenberg, Peter Kowald, Roger Turner, Rüdiger Carl, Dominique Regef, Evan Parker, Günter Müller, Andres Bosshard, Jean-marc Montera, and Paul Lovens. In 1978 he was invited by Wroclaw Technical University in Poland to participate in the 1st Instrumental Theatre Meeting, and in 1979 he won a Fulbright Grant and was invited by the Creative Music Foundation in Woodstock, New York to participate in meetings, classes and performances with such composers as Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, Leo Smith, Tom Cora and Richard Teitelbaum (a regular collaborator and with whom he premiered his piece GOLEM at Ars Electronica 1990). He also gave lectures on New Notation Concepts, Movement and Sound, and the inter-relationship of Improvisation and Body Attitude. As a soloist, or with other musicians and composers, Carlos Zingaro has performed at many of the most important new music and improvising festivals in Europe, Asia and America.
A substantial level of Carlos Zingaro’s musical activities is associated with theatre, film and dance. In 1975 he completed Stage Design studies at the Lisbon Theatre High School and later served on the board of directors of the School. From 1974 to 1980 he was musical director for the Lisbon-based theatre group Comicos, being responsible for most of the original music scores performed during the period. In 1981 Carlos Zingaro received the Portuguese Critics Award for best theatre music and in 1988 he worked with the Italian theatre director Giorgio Barberio Corsetti on his Kafka Trilogy. He has also been stage and costume designer for several other theatre productions. He has produced several film scores and worked extensively with dancers and dance companies such as the Gulbenkian Dance Company, the Opéra de Genève Dance Company, Michala Marcus, Aparte, and Olga Roriz.
Carlos Zingaro was a founding member of the Lisbon-based art gallery Comicos, his work has been exhibited, and he has received several prizes for his cartoons, comics and painting, samples of which can be seen on a number of CD sleeves.
Since 2003 he is the founder and president of experimental arts / music association GRANULAR.
1974/75, Beauvais Cathedral, Emanem 4061. Kent Carter.
1978, La contra basse, Le chant du monde. Kent Carter.
1980, Live, Ictus LP 0012/rdc 5047. Andrea Centazzo Mitteleuropa Orchestra.
1983, Sweet Zee, hat Art 2010. Daunik Lazro.
1984, The Willisau suites, ITM Pacific 970077/Emanem 4105. Kent Carter String Trio.
1987, Once Incus CD 04. Company
1987/1992, The sea between Victo CD03. Duo with Richard Teitelbaum.
1989, Solo in situ ADDA 590076.
1990, Écritures, in situ 038. With Joélle Lèandre.
1991, Café noir, GRRR 2019. Trio Pied de Poule.
1992, Pour garder l'adn en état 110, GRRR 2020. With Un Drame Musical Instantané.
1992/1993, Musiques de scène BBB001CD.
1992, L'Histoire de Mme. Tasco, Hat art 6122. Canvas trio.
1992, The arrow of time, Ano Kato Record 2005. Floros Floridis; one track a duo with CZ.
1993, Periferia, in situ 164. With Daunik Lazro, J. Bolcato, Sakis Papadimitriou.
1993, Sound on stage part 1, Musicworks 58. With Joelle Lèandre.
1993, Hallelujah, anyway: remembering Tom Cora Tzadik TZ 760s. Tom Cora/Leo Smith/Richard Teitelbaum/Carlos Zingaro: one track on this compilation.
1994, Lisboa! a soundscape portrait,