Pieris Napi (2021)

© Bruno Simão

Papillons d'éternité, Tânia Carvalho and Matthieu Ehrlacher, find in portuguese traditional music - through the choice of excerpts, notes, sounds, melodies, harmonies and rhythms that characterize it - a starting point to open their musical adventure. 


The instruments played, including the saxophone and eco-erhu, make us embrace this new way of experiencing tradition with a different voice. The songs are dismembered from their original form to be placed, part by part, in the construction of a sound journey, where the echoes of the past resonate in a plunge of voices that come from the inside out, in an atmosphere that refers to tradition through experimental music that fills the space of the Now.


Pieris Napi, initially conceived in 2021, is a concert in constant transformation, where the format is maintained but the content changes according to the groups with which the Papillons d'éternité collaborate. To date, there have been two concerts as part of BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Arts: at MNAC (Lisbon) and Teatro Lethes (Faro). In 2024 they will premiere their new version in Aveiro.

Creation and performance Papillons d’éternité

(Tânia Carvalho & Matthieu Ehrlacher)

Eco-ehru, shruti box and effect pedals, voice Tânia Carvalho

Soprano, alto and baritone saxophone, clarinet, synthesizer

and effect pedals, voice Matthieu Ehrlacher

Sound design & Technical direction Juan Mesquita

Executive production Vítor Alves Brotas

Administration Janine Lages

Communications coordinator Maria João Bilro

Production Agência 25

Coproduction residencies Fábrica da Criatividade/Município de Castelo Branco,

O Espaço do Tempo

Project funded by República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes