VELA 6911 is a piece written by composer, musician and instrument designer Victor Gama. Based on the diary of Lindsey Rooke, a woman officer who was part of a secret nuclear test undertaken by South Africa in 1979, the piece was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered on the 5th of March 2012 at Harris Theater as part of the CSO's MusicNOW concert series. It had its European premiere at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on the 20th of January 2013. Written for eight orchestral instruments and Victor's own instruments acrux, toha and dino, the piece was conducted in Chicago by Cliff Colnot and in Portugal by Rui Pinheiro. The video component was shot in Antarctica by Victor Gama and Álvaro Barbosa during January 2012.

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Victor Gama is a composer and designer of new musical instruments as well as a producer, initiator and organizer of numerous projects in Africa (mostly in his home country Angola), South America (Colombia and Brazil) and throughout the world (including…


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Victor Gama is a composer and designer of new musical instruments as well as a producer, initiator and organizer of numerous projects in Africa (mostly in his home country Angola), South America (Colombia and Brazil) and throughout the world (including Antarctica). His latest work Vela 6911 is a 1h 30m composition and show for 10 musicians with a mix of orchestral instruments and his own creations, the toha, acrux and dino.

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