23 MAY — 02 JUNE 2024

23 MAY — 02 JUNE 2024

IndieMusic 2019: Miles Davis, Swans, Karen Dalton and a lot of Portuguese music

Here is the (almost full) program of this year’s IndieMusic, the section that is entirely dedicated to music within the IndieLisboa programming. We invite everyone to immerse themselves in the moving images of this year’s films in the teaser below and embrace the section’s songs and artists in our playlist.

It is a strong year for Portuguese music. Ela é uma Música is a journey through the world of rock in Portugal, through the voices of its illustrious unknown women. We explore the suburbs of Lisbon in which there’s a series of musicians and producers from different generations and origins. Batida de Lisboa goes from Angola to São Tomé, passing through Cape Verde and Guine Bissau. The trip ends in Alvalade, the neighborhood of Um Punk Chamado Ribas, one of the most important names in Portuguese music and one of the main drivers of the punk movement.

Also in Portuguese and in a very special screening, the return of Rollana Beat. The band invited 13 directors, including some of our festival’s familiar faces such as Edgar Pêra, Isabel Aboim Inglês or Leonor Noivo, to create videos for 13 songs made between 1998-2002.

From the rest of the world comes the folk of Karen Dalton (The Bright Light – Karen and the Process), the free jazz of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra (Fire Music), the coolness of Miles Davis (Birth of the Cool), the DIY music from bands such as Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu or Fugazi (Parallel Plans), the return of legendary rock band from Zambia, WITCH, with the help of Jacco Gardner (We Intend to Cause Havoc) and the indescribable energy of the Swans (Where Does a Body End?).

The jury of IndieMusic’s competitive section, which awards a prize of 1000€ for its best film, is composed of musician Bruno Pernadas, journalist and music publisher Isilda Sanches and music critic and illustrator Tiago da Bernarda (aka O Gato Mariano).

To ready our bodies for music, we will be celebrating the release of IndieMusic’s programming with an IndieLisboa warm-up party at Casa Independente next Saturday, March 9, with the songs of all these bands and artists.

Here is the list of the confirmed films so far:


A Bright Light – Karen and the Process (Emmanuelle Antilles)
Batida de Lisboa (Rita Maia e Vasco Viana) – World Premiere
Ela É Uma Música (Francisca Marvão) – World Premiere
Fire Music (Tom Surgal) – International Premiere
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Stanley Nelson)
Parallel Planes (Nicole Wegner)
Um Punk Chamado Ribas (Paulo Antunes) – World Premiere
We Intend to Cause Havoc (Gio Arlotta)- World Premiere
Where Does a Body End? (Marco Porsia) – World Premiere

Special Screening
Vídeos: Rollana Beat (several directors) – World Premiere