One of the most interesting aspects of music is, in my opinion, the timbre. From early on, I was always fascinated with the production of unique timbres and sonorities. My initial contact with music was through the electric guitar: an instrument which has a wide range of sonic possibilities, digital and analog effects, techniques, amplification etc. The discovery of percussion took my attention to a broad family of instruments with such diverse and unique sound characteristics. During my career as a percussionist, I have come to gradually realize that every object or existing material can be used as a musical instrument. That revealed an infinite world of sonic possibilities in a way that, for me, one of the primary percussionist’s skills should be the ability to get a sound out of anything, which can be either a traditional musical instrument or an object of any sort.
— Luís Bittencourt

Luís Bittencourt is a Brazilian musician currently residing in Porto, Portugal. His most recent works are dedicated to contemporary and experimental music. In his performances, he uses a variety of instruments, from orchestral percussion (vibraphone, marimba, multipercussion, etc.) and popular and ethnic percussion (the brazilian pandeiro and cuíca, kalimba, darabuka, argentinian bombo legüero, etc.) to unusual instruments like the waterphone or other experimental sound sources (any sort of sounding objects or other materials like water, wood, stone, etc.).

The acoustic and electric guitar are also present in his training and therefore are included in his performances. Alongside music, Luis also has a special interest in visual arts, photography, dance and film. Through the integration of those different media into his performances, he seeks to establish new connections with the percussion.

He has performed in Portugal, Spain, Italy, England, Germany, Brazil, and USA. His performances include first auditions of his own compositions, and works by such composers as Christopher Deane, Tan Dun, Edson Zampronha, and Vinko Globokar.


Luís has participated in art and contemporary music festivals, and has performed and collaborated with Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer (Sonic Youth), Phill Niblock, Kuniko Kato, Ney Rosauro, Helga Davis, Katherine Liberovskaya, Jeffrey Ziegler (Kronos Quartet), Alegre Corrêa, Alessandra Pomarico, David Sheppard, Paola Prestini, Found Sound Nation, Ali Hossaini, Gabriel Prokofiev (Non Classical), David Cossin (Bang on a Can), Jon Rose, Miquel Bernat & Drumming GP, Srosh Ensemble, Angelica Salvi, Mina Tindle, Oh Petroleum, Emily Hall, among others.

Luís also has great interest in composition and improvisation. He composed and performed live soundtracks for theater and contemporary dance. His works seek to combine the refined timbres of contemporary classical music with the performative energy of musical genres such as rock, jazz, and minimalism. 

In addition to his activity as a solo performer, Luís integrates the groups N.O.F.P. (New Futuristic Orchestra of Porto) and Srosh Ensemble, both dedicated to contemporary experimental music; Gamelan Ensemble of Casa da Música (Indonesian traditional music); Tríptico (instrumental trio dedicated to the popular music of Platinum America); and a duo with the harpist Angelica Salvi, dedicated to contemporary music repertoire written for harp and percussion.

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