Transculturalism is defined as "seeing oneself in the other".[1] Transcultural [2] is in turn described as "extending through all human cultures"[2] or "involving, encompassing, or combining elements of more than one culture".[3] 

This is the essence of the Orquestra's approach to music. Not only each member brings his or her own cultural background into the project; each one's point of view is also willing to find a reflection in the other, resulting in a brand new sound. 

Click or tap the images below to know more about each member:


Nicolás Farruggia - Argentina
Voice & Guitar

Considered by Chico Buarque de Hollanda as a "craque" (hotshot, outstanding talent), achieves his classical music degrees in Bloomington (USA) and at the Royal Academy of Music (UK). Then spends a decade in Brazil where he dedicates himself to singing and composing inspired by its popular culture and rhythms.
Mili Vizcaíno - Estremadura
Spain - Voice

A remarkable singer in terms of sensitivity, lyricism and technique, Vizcaíno is also a gifted composer and improviser.
Rolando Semedo - Cape Verde
Bass & Voice

Former bassist of Cesaria Evora's, Semedo is one of the most active bass players from Africa, often on tour with Paulo Flores and Sara Tavares, among others.

He is also a refined composer, with many songs recorded by contemporary Cape Verdian artists.
Alberto Becucci - Italy

Probably Italy's most lyrical and inspired accordionist and composer, counting with a long-held collaboration with Vinicio Capossela and Banda Bardó.
Timoteo Grignani - Greece & Italy

One of the Orquestra's youngest and most talented, Grignani mixes the complexity of the near eastern rhythms among which he grew up (back in Greece) with the feeling and swing that come from his passion of Latin and African grooves.
Olmo Marín - Basque Country
Spain - Guitars

With a degree from Rotterdam's Codarts Conservatory (Holland), Marin has an unbeatable groove, whether on the Brazilian 7-string or on the funk-powered electric guitar.
Diogo Duque - Portugal
Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Flute

Hard to find another trumpet player at this age with such outstanding combination of smooth timbre, virtuosity and imaginative improvisational freedom.
Diogo Picão - Portugal
Saxophone & Voice

One of Portugal's youngest and most promising songwriters, Picão counts with a long list of collaborations with many Orchestras, such as: Carlos Barreto in Loko Band, Jungle Jazz Orchestra and Big Band do Oeste.
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Jul 15, 2017

7:30 PM

Bairro Intendente em Festa

Largo Intendente - Lisbon - Free Admission


Jul 22, 2017


FMM - Sines

Largo Marquês de Pombal - Porto Covo - Free Admission

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The Orquestra will be back in the fall for its regular monthly concerts in Lisbon. Check its Facebook Page for regular updates. 



Mouraria, Lisboa


In the heart of the multicultural city of Lisbon, a collective of classical, jazz and popular musicians gets together, in the right place at the right time – the year in which Lisbon is Ibero-American Capital of Culture – to create a new sound. Their compositions and arrangements are the result of their Lusophone, Mediterranean, Latin-American and African origins, as well as their passion towards World Music. 
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