Constança Capdeville and the ColecViva Group: Alejandro Erlich Oliva in Interview with Filipa Magalhães

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This article explores the ColecViva activities from the perspective of founding member and double bass player Alejandro Erlich Oliva (b. 1948). The group was founded by the composer Constança Capdeville in 1985 with the aim of performing her music and theatre works and as a pioneering project in Portugal. Interviewed by Filipa Magalhães on two occasions (in 2018 and 2023), Erlich Oliva details the first steps of the group’s actions, discusses the ongoing collaborative work among members of ColecViva, and addresses the ‘pedagogy of deconditioning’ concept that he forged. In the 1980s, Capdeville guided stimulating study programs at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in which Erlich Oliva, as a lecturer, defined the contents within the scope of non-conventional procedures for obtaining sound from the double bass. Capdeville dedicated the music theatre work Amen para uma ausência (1986) for a solo double bass to him. At the composer’s request and in close collaboration with her, Erlich Oliva created the graphic score with specific writing notes for the double bass. This last interview attempts to shed light on his perceptions as a performer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-282
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Music Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Alejandro Erlich Oliva
  • ColecViva
  • Constança Capdeville
  • double bass
  • performance
  • Portuguese music theatre


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