An Intersections of paths. A series of life coincidences. The proof that every being is exactly where it is supposed to be. This is Still Life, an original music project, based in Barcelona. Still Life was born as a violin solo project (2017), during a week of isolation at home due to João Silva being ill. It became a duo when João Silva met Margherita Abita as a result of one life’s coincidences. They met in the city of Porto (Portugal), in “Rua da Alegria (“Happiness Street”). This was the moment when Still Life’s music started to have a vocalist and lyrics.
The name of this project comes from the “still life” the duo uses in their music: pc, pedals, cables, effects, loops. João records the music background using a loop station, which gradually enriches it with effects and sounds, creating a magnetic and enveloping atmosphere, where simple melodies with pure meanings and emotions come to life. In January 2018 Margherita moved to Barcelona and they started to work together regularly. Everything has flowed so naturally that in June of the same year they released the first album Still Life, and in the beginning of 2019 the second album Dream Machine came out. With the lyrics connected to nature and primordial emotions, their goal is to share a message of hope, literally enclosed in the expression “Still Life”.
Still Life won Premio Andrea Parodi XIII in 2020 (1st prize, best music and interpretation, Premio Bianca d’Aponte International and “Premio Ragazzi”) and also were semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the United States of America. João Silva was a finalist in the Seifert Competition for jazz violin in Poland (2020), and also received an honourable mention from the Ponte de Lima Municipal Assembly (2020).
Photo by Érico Moreira