The Collective

Mosaicollective was founded in 2018 by the illustrator Elide Gramegna and the musicians and pedagogues Kristina van de Sand and Elena La Conte with the goal of exploring cross-overing arts, in particular visual arts and music. Our research is based on sustainability topics, and a poetical, interdisciplinary approach to performing for a multi-generational audience.

At the end of 2018 we realized our first production, the audiovisual concert “O Canto da Baleia – the Song of the Whale”. This production has been performed in Germany, Portugal and Italy (Kölner Philharmonie, Museu das Marionetas, Festa do Intendente, Festival Navicelle, a.o.). In addition to the performances, we realized various pedagogical workshops, linked to the topics of “O Canto da Baleia”:

  • Musikschule Hildesheim (Masterclass for the conservatory pedagogues)
  • KiTa Lemwerder (Music Workshops for preschool children and pedagogues)
  • GWA St. Pauli (Music Workshops for families)
  • Festival Bairro do Intendente em Festa (Interactive Baby Concert, Recycling Arts Workshop)
  • Play School Cascais (Interactive Concert for PreSchool Children)

At the end of 2019, we recorded the Songs of the Whale and Elide designed a beautiful Leporello, putting the aquatic adventures of our protagonist into images: https://mosaicollective.com/portfolio/whale-package/

In 2020, we will be working on our second production, exploring new themes and interdisciplinary possibilities. Meanwhile, the whale will continue to travel throughout Europe…

 

Elide Gramegna (illustrator and graphic designer) She studied Philosophy (University of Turin) and Illustration (European Institute of Design) in Turin (Italy), where she worked as a freelance in publishing and advertising and for some years in the infographics division of the newspaper La Stampa. She has been living in Lisbon since 2010 where she works with publishers, agencies and institutions in Portugal, Italy and France (children’s publishing, education, magazine, event advertising, infographics, webdesign). She also runs workshops for school-age and preschool children.
 

 

Elena La Conte (flute, vocals) was born in Turin (Italy). She studied anthropology of music in Paris (Université Vincennes Saint-Denis) and in Berlin (Freie Universität), Pedagogy of Music at the Université Paris 11 in Orsay (Paris) and jazz studies in Conservatoire de Villejuif and Montreuil. Passionate of Brazilian music, she studied Choro and Brazilian folklore in Paris and Brazil. She teaches music since ten years in creches, primary schools and conservatories. Now a days she’s living in Lisbon and performs with different bands like Faya, Circular and Ensemble Libê, among other projects.
 

Kristina van de Sand (violin / viola / vocals) was born in Mönchengladbach (Germany). She studied Applied Cultural Sciences at the University of Hildesheim, Jazz Violin at the HMTM Hannover and the ESMAE in Porto and Elementary Music Education with Jule Greiner (UdK Berlin). Before and during her studies, she traveled to Ecuador, Peru and Brazil and has since become passionate about South American folklore. With the string quartet Quartett PLUS 1 she realized interdisciplinary concert formats for Herbstgold Festival, Sanssouci Musikfestspiele, Kölner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin (a. o.) and worked in several theatre productions as a stage musician. She has been living in Lisbon since 2017 where she also performs with the world music ensembles FAYA and LIBÊ.