Edgar Guerreiro

Edgar Guerreiro is a Portuguese musician and sound engineer.

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Edgar was born in 1980 in the south of Portugal. From a young age, he has shown interest for music, and at the age of 12 he started playing the guitar. Having recently discovered Metal, he formed his first band at the age of 14 but, being from a small town and studying in a city where the vast majority of people were interested in other musical genres, struggled to find people with similar interests to experiment with. At the age of 16, Edgar moved schools to Loulé, where he found a very eclectic community of musicians, who exposed him to a vast variety of musical approaches. There, he discovered the works of King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle and John Zorn, to name a few, which opened his mind to how thin the line between genres can be.

Now part of a group of people who were far more virtuous instrumentalists than him, but still eager to be part of bands, Edgar picked up on the bass, drums (and other percussions), keyboards and became a singer. The insight on each of the instruments and their symbiotic connection ultimately developed into a taste for composition.

In 2001, Edgar moved to Caldas da Rainha to study Sound and Image in ESAD, a polytechnic mainly focused on arts. There, he was exposed to more radical and extreme approaches to music, and continued with his experimentations, to the point of having, in a particular performance, balloons and a feedback device as instruments, while part of an experimental improvised music collective.

In 2008, the desire to play an instrument that would be of benefit not only to himself, but any potential collaboration, started to grow, but wondered what would be the instrument that his friends didn’t play better than he could ever do already. The answer came with Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film “Delicatessen”, where the character Louison plays a lame sonore, a cousin instrument of the musical saw. The following day, Edgar went to both a hardware store and a music shop, bought a cheap saw and the cheapest violin bow he could find, and started practicing. 6 months later, alongside with Nelson Rodrigues, started Caldas Handsaw Massacre, a collective who played only versions of soundtracks of film and TV shows.

In 2012, motivated by a combination of wanderlust and the economic conjecture of the time, Edgar moved to Edinburgh to take part in the Fringe Festival, where busking in the streets made him known as “The Saw Guy”. Surprised for the fact that he managed to earn a modest living solely as a musician for the first time, and fascinated by Edinburgh’s morbid history, he decided to make the Scottish capital his place of residency. It seemed like the perfect place to finally pursue his long-desired objective of creating a Dark Cabaret show, which he did in 2014, in the form of Kabaret Bastardo.

 

 

Currently, Edgar is exploring satire and working on the second installment of what he calls the “Bastard Trilogy”, under the name A Rather Dashing Bastard, whose motto comes in the form of a toast:

“Here’s to pissing people off. And getting laid tonight”.

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Article by: ObscurenaFernando Simões

Repetição de alguns dias

Quando o sol nascer
Vestirei o melhor
Fato

O único que me resta da humanidade
Dos dias
E arranjarei um cavalo
Mecânico sem sentimentos
Bem oleado nas juntas
E resistente ao meu-mau tempo
Depois,
De estômago seco
Forrarei as mãos com geada
Atarei um vinco
Ao traço grosseiro do horizonte
Arranjo a gravata
Coço-me do dia anterior – os braços
Da apanha do figo
Componho a secretária
Desarrumo a papelada
Para me esconder melhor
E espero pelo fim do dia
Que ainda não começou.

Text by © Paulo Miguel Rema – Portuguese Version

Photo: Paulo M. Rema

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Gate to Hell

A group of Italian archaeologists  have found the legendary “Pluto’s Gate”, a portal filled with foul-smelling noxious fumes which inflicted a quick death on any person or beast that was driven into its embrace.

The ancient Plutonium,  was believed in Greco-Roman mythology to be the portal to hell.

D’Andria has conducted extensive archaeological research at the World Heritage Site of Hierapolis.

The archaeologists uncovered the ruins of a circular temple near a cave entrance, surrounded by Ionic columns. One of them held a dedication to the gods of the underworld – Pluto and Kore.

The excavations have also revealed evidence of a nearby thermal pool and courtyard which was a gathering-place for priests and visitors seeking prophetic visions or to speak with dead loved ones.

According to the archaeologist, there was a sort of touristic organization at the site. Small birds were given to pilgrims to test the deadly effects of the cave, while hallucinated priests sacrificed bulls to Pluto.

The ceremony included leading the animals into the cave, and dragging them out dead.

We could see the cave’s lethal properties during the excavation. Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes,” D’Andria said.

According to D’Andria, the site was a famous destination for rites of incubation. Pilgrims took the waters in the pool near the temple, slept not too far from the cave and received visions and prophecies, in a sort of oracle of Delphi effect. Indeed, the fumes coming from the depths of Hierapoli’s phreatic groundwater produced hallucinations.

A digital illustration shows the ancient Plutonium, celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology.

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Source: News.Com.Au,  Seeker