WGC is an artistic enterprise founded in 2011 that combines new music by living composers, innovation, sustainability, and integration with audiences worldwide. WGC combines music, social networking, sustainability, community actions, and other local and global fronts of human action.
2011-2017 | WGC 'On the Road': New Music, World Tours, Innovation.
The first phase of WGC was formed by many innovations in music-making, including new music, sustainability, and numerous world tours in five continents. Comprised of three seasons (WGC Premiere, WGC Beyond, and WGC Heritage), in its first phase, WGC covered a huge conceptual field of what can be done in music. The sustainable action 'Re-program!', of reusable concert programmes by audiences in many countries, is still one of the biggest achievements of WGC's first phase, becoming a great example of how sustainability can be explored in music projects.
2021- | WGC 'Glocal': A local enterprise with global inspirations.
WGC's second phase is comprised of local events in London that connect diverse cultures through conceptual programmes and will develop in the following years in response to our fast-changing society. WGC will also act more directly with local communities in London and elsewhere, always following its collaborative essence, in opposition to the competitiveness that still dominate our societies. WGC is still closely connected to new music, and is open to collaborate with exciting projects and musicians from around the world.
The Colours of Eden is a musical trilogy exploring the lives of three imagined women.
In every woman, lives a girl. Throughout their lives, they will experience many different colours of emotion, some of which the woman will dominate and others, the girl. We have chosen three paths for the lives and experiences of these women: the Red Velvet path, the White Silk path, and the Black Leather path, each with its own set of pieces and its own storyline. We are free to travel between completely different music styles, and the songs are performed in seven different languages, creating a unique cross-cultural musical experience for our audiences.
These are some of the instruments that belong to the Spencer Collection, in photos provided by the Royal Academy of Music.
M I N I - R E C I T A L
In October 2020, Fabricio Mattos was invited by the AALGA - Asociación Argentina de Laúdes y Guitarras Antiguas to give a talk and record a mini-recital as part of their Ibero-American conference.
The Influence of Layouts and Event Dynamics on the Terminology of Performance
This PhD research project comprises an analysis of the influence of performance layouts and dynamics on performers’ understanding of four basic elements of performance: stage, audience, performer, and performance itself. The project is based on both theoretical and applied concepts, approaching creatively fields as diverse as history, aesthetics and anthropology in order to help us explore alternative ways of delivering music performance events in the 21st century.
The PhD thesis is currently in its writing-up phase, and will soon be submitted to the Royal Academy of Music / University of London.
New Stages Series
The New Stages Series is a series of experimental performance events conceived and curated by Fabricio Mattos as part of his PhD project at the Royal Academy of Music. All events happen in London and explore alternative layouts and dynamics between performers and 'audience' members, based on intensive research on history and aesthetics of performance and its spaces.
B I O G R A P H Y
Fabricio Mattos is a classical guitarist and researcher in music performance. Being deeply committed to finding new paths for music-making in the 21st century, he has been performing regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in a great range of countries in five continents, from major music centres such as England, Italy, Switzerland, and the US, to countries with rising concerts tradition such as China, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Zambia. He has launched many recordings, played numerous concert tours worldwide, and won prizes such as the acclaimed ‘Julian Bream Award’, which in parallel to his other personal projects in music-making helped him to reach an increasingly higher level of performance and research.
Mattos has collaborated with dozens of composers, performers, poets, dancers, and other artists of many nationalities, backgrounds, and styles over the last few years, adding in quantity and quality to the present and future of guitar performance. Recently, Fabricio Mattos has only been involved in essentially collaborative projects; this attitude generated a healthy artistic output that could only be achieved through serious, creative, and passionate work in collaboration with other creative professionals. The most impressive results of such artistic view came with the creative enterprise WGC - Worldwide Guitar Connections, founded in 2011 and with which Mattos has travelled to 27 countries so far. WGC has contributed in numerous creative ways to expand the possibilities of music-making while recognising the work of talented composers from many countries through specially tailored commissions.
Fabricio Mattos was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and began his musical life at the age of six playing percussion instruments at carnival parties with his father, saxophonist Elio Mattos. After studying the flute, violin, and choir, he took classical guitar lessons with Dirceu Saggin, and afterwards with Luiz Cláudio Ferreira at the School of Music & Fine Arts of Paraná. In 2013 Mattos graduated with Distinction from the Masters of Music-Performance & Research programme at the Royal Academy of Music, having received a full scholarship from that institution. At RAM he received instrumental tuition from Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker, David Russell, Fabio Zanon, and Julian Bream, and developed a research project on gestural processes in the performance of music by Toru Takemitsu under the academic guidance of Sarah Callis and Neil Heyde. Fabricio Mattos is currently a PhD student at the Royal Academy of Music, researching the influence of spaces, dynamics, and layouts on the basic terminology of Performance. During his studies at the Royal Academy of Music he ran two series: ‘New Stages’, with experimental performance events part of his PhD research; and ‘Spencer Series’, performing on historical guitars and exploring rare prints and manuscripts from the world-renowned Spencer Collection. Recently, Fabricio Mattos has been invited to work as creative director in a wide range of projects, in collaboration with diverse institutions, ensembles, and individual artists. One of these projects is ‘Marés-Journeys into Brazilian Music’, a series of live events and music documentaries commissioned by the Embassy of Brazil in London, with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.