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Octopus: Cyanea (Creative Sources)

A concise and essential concert from the Octopus octet, recorded in performances at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, Portugal during the Creativefest XII, the ensemble of mostly acoustic instrumentation (cello, viola, flute, clarinet, classical guitar, piano, percussion and synthesizer) carefully evolving a shade of blue in subtle details of tense restraint.
 

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Yu Lin Humm-cello

Andre Holzer-clarinet

Miguel Almeida-classical guitar

Paulo Curado-flute

Joao Valinho-percussion

Andre Hencleeday-piano

Carlos Santos-synthesizer

Ernesto Rodrigues-viola


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UPC: 5609063406108

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs610
Squidco Product Code: 28195

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 9th 2018, by Miguel Azguime.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"[...] To conclude the linked set of three entries opening this renewed page, then, and to continue a June entry surveying recent work from Rodrigues (e.g. Krypton), there are still more albums I want (at least) to note: Not only is there more from larger ensembles such as Variable Geometry Orchestra (now with Mare Tranquillitatis, consisting of one track of around a half hour, on which Rodrigues himself does not play an instrument, but "only" engages in conduction, forging various "episodes" around instrumental subgroups) & the more modestly sized Octopus (now with Cyanea, a sparse & watery album under a half hour in length, following Mimus & Dofleini as described here in January, but with some ensemble changes) - both from CreativeFest #12 last November [...]"-Todd McComb's Jazz Thoughts


Artist Biographies

Cellist Yu Lin Humm is a member of String Theory and Suspensão. She studied music at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in the field of study of classical music.

-Squidco 6/12/2024

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Guitarist Andre Holzer is known for his work in groups Diceros, Isotope Ensemble, and Octopus.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/6583839-Andre-Holzer)
6/12/2024

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"Guitarist Miguel Almeida is also a researcher and educator, locate in the Lisbon area of Portugal. He is associated with Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Conservatório de Música de Sintra, and was educated at Universidade Nova de Lisboa."

-Linked In (https://pt.linkedin.com/in/miguelalmeidamusic/en)
6/12/2024

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"Flutist, saxophonist, improvisateur, composer.

With classical and jazz training at the Amadores de Música Academy, the Conservatório Nacional and the Portugal Hot Club school of jazz, Paulo Curado works within jazz and improvised music.

"O Lugar da Desordem" is a trio founded by Paulo in 1995, which comprises drummer Bruno Pedroso and bassist Pedro Gonçalves."

-Last.fm (https://www.last.fm/music/Paulo+Curado+E+O+Lugar+Da+Desordem/+wiki)
6/12/2024

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"João Valinho is a percussionist and Visual Artist based in Lisbon, Portugal."

-Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/joaovalinho)
6/12/2024

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"Andre Hencleeday is interested in detail and simplicity using improvisation, field recording, acousmatic and intuitive composition as main sonic languages. He is a member of Variable Geometry Orchestra, OWWK, &c."

-https://soundcloud.com/ahencleeday (Soundcloud)
6/12/2024

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"Studied painting with António Sena (Ar.Co, 1988 -1992), worked in advertising for a period of time, but nowadays works as graphic designer in corporate identity, packaging, web and audio-video production.

Started sound/music activities in 1989 when formed the VITRIOL project with Paulo Raposo, a laboratory for experimental sound actions, in a first stage with studio work followed in 1994 by live output, mainly live electronics, concrete music with a improvised or graphic score oriented approach. Uses the laptop with software written in MaxMsp, small resonant objects, microphones and piezo elements to produce a music that deals with space and its sound characteristics. Interests in "soundscape" and field recordings are a huge part of his work, for piece preparation or just for archival purposes, Always recording, events, spaces or music. Multi-channel acusmatic music and radio pieces.

Presents himself solo in site-specific audio-video works, or in duos with João Silva (video, sound, photography), "Inhabitaded Spaces" with Ricardo Guerreiro (computer, mics), "Venús Pistolletto" with Emídio Buchinho (elec. guitar, mics, objects) and trios with Ernesto Rodrigues (violin) and Guilherme Rodrigues (cello) or ZNGR electroacustic trio with Carlos "Zíngaro and Emídio Buchinho. Member of several formations, "(Des)Integração" laptop ensemble (2001-2003) or in more electroacoustic sets, uses live-electronics and sampling which is the case of "Suspensão" septep, VGO, variable geometry orchestra and specially a trio close related to the "near silence" aesthetics, with Ernesto Rodrigues (violin, harp) and Guilherme Rodrigues (cello) with already several CD releases, always with at least one international improviser guest. Presented his work in Portugal, Spain, France, UK and Germany. Worked with artists from several media: dance, performance and video. Music and sound design for video and animation. Video and sound editing for comercial projects. Played live or in recording projects throughout the years with a lot of musician and sound artists. His sound work is documented in several CD releases. Belongs to the Granular board of directors, a portuguese association for experimental art and does the image of Creative Sources label. Broadcasts "Boca Doce" show at Rádio Zero (web) and other special shows. Workshops and seminars in digital audio manipulation, Maxmsp programming and sound art practise."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
6/12/2024

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"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.

His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.

The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.

Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.

Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.

Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.

Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Cyanea 27:27

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Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Octet Recordings

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