Wednesday, August 30
Fogo Island Arts presents a special concert by Mike Penton, Fogo Island singer, song-writer and guitar-player. The self-taught 19-year old musician recently completed a two-month residency with Fogo Island Arts in Europe, during which he underwent professional voice training and played live performances in Vienna, Berlin and Budapest. Alexandra McIntosh, Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Fogo Island Arts will join Penton for an introductory conversation about his experiences, musical development and future projects.
Born on Fogo Island, Mike Penton is a musician who grew up in the community of Joe Batt’s Arm. Penton’s love of music started early—his mother and two sisters are both musicians themselves. There was always a guitar in the house. Penton has played several concerts locally, and performs regularly at the Fogo Island Inn. In May 2017, Penton first travelled abroad to Vienna and performed with great success for the opening of Kunsthalle Wien’s large-scale group exhibition How To Live Together.
This new residency initiative to send a young artist from Fogo Island abroad builds on Fogo Island Arts’ deep-rooted ambition to foster powerful connections between people and places. FIA’s residency program on the island and now elsewhere strives to facilitate exchange between diverse perspectives in order to strengthen the cultural and economic resilience of Fogo Island.