xjazz

art and culture
XJazz

xjazz

Since 2012, XJAZZZ- Encontros do Jazz nas Aldeias do Xisto has invited Portuguese and international artists for immersive experience in the villages, through artistic residencies and concerts, crossing cultural identity, landscapes and the sounds.

Presentation

XJazz – Jazz Series in the Aldeias do Xisto started in May 2012, by JACC – Jazz ao Centro Club and ADXTUR – Schist Village Network Tourism Development Agency. In the cosmopolitan spirit of openness, the musicians are invited to immerse themselves in the reality of the villages, through artistic residencies and concerts, crossing cultural identity, landscapes and the sound arts. The opening up of this territory to creativity and artistic expression is further reinforced by XJazz, strengthening Aldeias do Xisto’s assets and values as a brand that welcomes experimentation, innovation and the connection between humans, places, art and nature. XJAZZ creates a matrix of identification of the territory with artistic enjoyment and creation of an experimental nature, with special emphasis on jazz. This journey has been made by combining the creative dimension with the territory's indigenous resources – heritage, tradition, cuisine, nature, and natural and cultural landscape – linking them with non-material ways of enhancing their quality, uniqueness and differentiation.

Sacred heroes and emerging names

Throughout its existence, dozens of concerts, artistic residencies and four albums’ releases, XJAZZ has already established itself as one of the most important musical moments of the year. Throughout these events, several “big names" in world jazz have visited and played in the Aldeias do Xisto, such as Bill Frisel, Evan Parker, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Joëlle Léandre and Paolo Angeli. A pantheon, where emerging names also shine, that will continue to grow, affirming the Aldeias do Xisto as a place of culture, creation and inspiration open to the world.

Album publishing

Four records were released as part of the XJazz artistic residencies. In 2014, the quintet consisting of Marcelo dos Reis, Angélica Salvi, Nuno Torres, Miguel Carvalhais and João Pais Filipe recorded "Xisto". At the end of the same year, "Guitolão", by Carlos Barretto and António Eustáquio, was released. Both works are the result of artistic residencies developed in the Aldeia do Xisto of Cerdeira, in Lousã. In 2015, Slow is Possible release their self titled album, recorded in Aldeia do Xisto of Fajão, in Pampilhosa da Serra. In 2021 the album "Fonte Grande” was launched by María Villanueva, Vânia Couto, Yoshida Carvalho, Lucas de Centi and Sandra Pérez, recorded in Fundão, in the context of the residency held in the Aldeia do Xisto of Barroca, in the summer of 2019. Different sounds, but with common points: creativity, authenticity and sharing.

Rich and diverse artistic programme

Year after year, XJazz has a rich and diverse programme which, although focused on jazz, includes other zones and is an advocate for “sound ecology”. With an arts programme that is rooted in the culture of the places, the Encounters are deeply anchored in the context of the places, benefiting from their social and environmental context for unique moments of creation, enjoyment and sharing.

Artistic residences – Giving and receiving

The implementation of a project with the nature and scope of XJAZZ, in a territory with the characteristics of the Aldeias do Xisto, implies the proximity and involvement of the local inhabitants, economic and cultural agents. The immersion in artistic residencies and the public presentation of the resulting work assumes a dual role. If, on the one hand, it nurtures feelings of belonging and local identity in the musicians, which contribute to the creative process, on the other hand, it brings together and involves the community that welcomes them and sees part of their identity reflected in the creations and performances. In the end, the objective is always the same: to value people and places, and to open up the villages to new audiences.

editions

XJazz invites portuguese and foreign artists to explore and share culture, landscapes and musical arts.

explore

restaurants
Casa da Ti Augusta
Casa da Ti Augusta
Figueira
restaurants
Fiado
Fiado
Janeiro de Cima
restaurants
Restaurante O Pascoal
Restaurante O Pascoal
Fajão
restaurants
D. Sesnando Restaurante
D. Sesnando Restaurante
Penela
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
restaurants
João Brandão
João Brandão
Oliveira do Hospital
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Ponte Velha
Ponte Velha
Sertã
restaurants
Quinta da Palmeira Romantic Boutique Restaurant
Quinta da Palmeira Romantic Boutique Restaurant
Cerdeira, Arganil
lodging
Casa Cova do Barro
Casa Cova do Barro
Janeiro de Cima
lodging
Casas de Água Formosa
Casas de Água Formosa
Vila de Rei
lodging
Aldeia Oliveiras
Aldeia Oliveiras
Proença-a-Nova
lodging
Quintal de Além do Ribeiro
Quintal de Além do Ribeiro
Ceira dos Vales, Lousã
lodging
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Caldas de São Paulo
lodging
Mountain Whisper
Mountain Whisper
Gondramaz
lodging
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casal Novo, Arganil
lodging
Quinta da Fonte Agro-Tourism, Bed&Breakfast
Quinta da Fonte Agro-Tourism, Bed&Breakfast
Fontaínha 3260-328 Figueiró dos vinhos
lodging
Casa Lausus
Casa Lausus
Talasnal
village
Sobral de São Miguel
Sobral de São Miguel
offer
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
Geological Walk in Sobral Fernando
offer
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
village
Figueira
Figueira
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
village
Ferraria de São João
Ferraria de São João
heritage
Ponte Medieval de Alvoco das Várzeas
Ponte Medieval de Alvoco das Várzeas
tour
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
heritage
Church of São Bartolomeu
Church of São Bartolomeu
heritage
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
tour
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
tour
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3

next events

event
4.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Pedrógão Pequeno
4.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Pedrógão Pequeno
11 dec 2022, 09:00
Pedrógão Pequeno
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3.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Figueira
3.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Figueira
27 nov 2022, 13:00
Figueira
event
Campeonato Nacional de Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Circuito Aldeias do Xisto
Campeonato Nacional de Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Circuito Aldeias do Xisto
13 nov 2022 - 11 dec 2022, 13:00
Miranda do Corvo
event
2.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Sobral de São Miguel
2.ª Prova do Circuito Aldeias do Xisto Carrinhos de Rolamentos 2022 - Sobral de São Miguel
13 nov 2022, 13:00
Sobral de São Miguel
event
Oficina de Destilação Artesanal de Óleos Essenciais
Oficina de Destilação Artesanal de Óleos Essenciais
01 oct 2022, 10:00
Lousã
event
Escalada no Zebro
Escalada no Zebro
16 jul 2022 - 17 dec 2022, 14:00
Estreito
event
Project@X – Viagem à Luz das Estrelas
Project@X – Viagem à Luz das Estrelas
25 jun 2022 - 24 sep 2022, 22:00
Fajão