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Greetings from Ponta Delgada


A few weeks ago I traveled to the island of São Miguel in the Azores. I conducted a series of conversations at the Tremor Festival, a celebration of music and art that takes place every year in the city of Ponta Delgada. In addition to conducting two public talks (more info on those here), I also spoke with two people who live and work in the Azores—Rafael Carvalho, a classical musician known for playing the traditional Azorean viola da terra, and Catarina Branco, a visual artist who builds sculptural works completely out of paper, a process she learned from her Grandmother and other women on the island. It was a pleasure to speak with two people whose work is deeply rooted in their own specific cultural landscape.

This week we are publishing both interviews in English and Portuguese.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

— Cole