A vocal, sound and performance trio
2019 – ongoing

COBRA’CORAL is a Porto-based vocal trio, formed by three artists: Catarina Mirandachoreographer, who approaches voice as an essential component in her stage work; Clélia Colonna, singer and performer researching on eastern and mediterranean polyphonic singing; and Ece Canlı, artist and musician working with extended vocal techniques. 

COBRA’CORAL is a vocal project for 3 distinct interrelated voices working within an organisational system. A structure of transference that keeps the cohesion of a common pulse as well as sundry dynamics of reaction and adaptation to variation, establishing rhythmic, imagetic* (imagetíca) and narrative landscapes. A practice of placing signs and codes within a string of time, drawing circular states of mirroring, association and rupture, building up a live and common vocabulary for an ever-changing pyramid. By sustaining this progressive Pulsing System, the artists elaborate “an indeterminate composition” over which they are simultaneously reliant and independent, within a common responsibility for a living vocal landscape. 

In 2020, for the Walk&Talk Festival (Azores), COBRA’CORAL created a piece Corvo-Cabras-Formigas which proposed a series of vocal improvisations based on the names of animals that give the title to some islands and islets in the Azores.

In January 2021, COBRA’CORAL was invited to create a 10-min vocal piece for the 89. Anniversary of Teatro Municipal do Porto (Rivoli). The piece was filmed by Rita Barbosa and Jorge Quintela, with the assistance of Alex Barone, mixed and mastered by Nuno Aragão, and produced by Matéria Prima.

In 2020, COBRA’CORAL got awarded by Criatório – an annual competition to support artistic creation in Porto. Within this scope, through a series of artistic residencies, the artists will compose a sound piece for three voices and perform it live, which will also be recorded and published as an album, accompanied by a graphic partition.

Photo credits: Catarina Miranda, Paulo Vinhas