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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF059
Squidco Product Code: 6450
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Jean-Marc Charmier-trumpet, flugelhorn
Alipio C. Neto-tenor saxophone
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• Show Bio for Joao Hasselberg
"I am a doublebass/electricbass player currently living in Lisbon, trying to learn and play as much as I can. I'm teaching doublebass at the "Villas-Boas Jazz School" from the Hot Clube de Portugal.
Just released my first album as a leader called "Whatever It Is You're Seeking, Won't Come In The Form You're Expecting" for Sintoma Records.
Some of my projects are:
•My own band
feat. Luis Figueiredo piano ; Bruno Pedroso drums ; Ricardo Toscano sax ; Diogo Duque trumpet ; João Firmino and Afonso Pais guitar ; Luisa Sobral and Joana Espadinha vocals
feat. Nuno Ferrira guitar ; Chris Kase trumpet ; João Mortagua alto sax ; Luis Cunha trombone ; Abe Rabade piano ; Joel Silva drums
feat. André Santos guitar ; Ricardo Toscano sax ; João Pereira drums
•João Firmino Trio
feat. João Firmino guitar ; Luis Candeias drums
feat. Luisa Sobral vocals ; João Salcedo piano ; Carlos Miguel drums
•Spyros Manesis Trio
feat. Spyros Manesis piano ; Kaspars Kurdeko drums
•João Firmino 5tet
feat. João Firmino guitar ; Desiderio Lazaro sax ; Oscar Graça piano ; Luis Candeias drums
feat. Mariana Norton vocals ; Bruno Santos guitar ; Oscar Graça piano ; Luis Candeias drums
•Bruno Santos Ensemble
feat. Bruno Santos guitar ; Rodrigo Gonçalves piano ; Luis Candeias drums ; Jorge Reis alt/soprano sax ; Cesar Cardoso tenor sax ; Paulo Gaspar bass clarinete ; Gonçalo Marques trumpet ; Luis Cunha trombone ; Mariana Norton vocals.
I was born on a cold January 1986 morning in Lisbon...
Piano was my first try to get in touch with music when I was a kid living in the countryside of Alentejo but soon I found out that this was not my instrument but something else. It wasn't until my 16th easter that I got my first electric bass as a gift. A gift that changed my future as nothing else did before.
During this period I studied with Gregg Moore and Miguel Amado who taught me the fundamentals of electric bass playing as well as the masters of this instrument, but as soon as I finished High School I moved back to Lisbon to study jazz in the Hot Clube de Portugal "Luis Villas-Boas Jazz School".
When I turned 20 I found out that I couldn't express what I wanted with an electric bass and so I decided to learn double bass with Nelson Cascais as a teacher.
One year later I moved to Holland to study in the Amsterdam Conservatory, with 3 great teachers: Franz van der Hoeven, Arnold Dooyawerd and Ernst Glerum and I graduated in June 2010 with 9 out of 10.
During the period I studied in Amsterdam I got the 3rd Prize in the "Bucharest International Jazz Competition" and went to the semi-finals of the "Keep an Eye Jazz Award 2009" - nothing really came out of it, but I met some great people on the way. Recently I won the "Premio Jovens Musicos 2011" jazz combo category with Ricardo Toscano Quartet.
I had the opportunity to play in some major jazz Festivals around the world like London Jazz Festival (UK), Cully Jazz (switzerland) , Den Hague Jazz Festival, Jazz Ahead (germany) IJ Jazz Festival, Breda Jazz Festival, Meer Jazz festival, Trytone Jazz Festival, (Holland), Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Festival de Jazz de Cartagena, Europa Fest (Romania), Sudoeste TMN, CoolJazzFest, Festa de Jazz do S.Luis, Festival de Valado dos Frades, Jazz no Castelo, Seixal Jazz (Portugal).
I had the pleasure to learn with John Clayton, Larry Grenadier, Reuben Rogers, Ben Street and Clemens Van der Feen.
I'm currently beeing taught by Alejandro Oliva."-Joao Hasselberg Website (https://joaohasselberg.wordpress.com/about/)
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1. Proof Boum Boum
2. Frevo Sonoris Causa
3. Snug as a Gun
4. Fucked Up
7. The Hole in My Sole
8. Thierry na Caatinga
10. Pão De Deus
sample the album:
"If you still think jazz is an American music, think again. This is jazz indeed, and none of the artists involved was born on the United States. A Brazilian, tenor saxophonist Alípio Carvalho Neto, a Belgium, vibraphonist Elsa Vandeweyer, a French, trumpeter Jean-Marc Charmier, and two Portuguese, bassist João Hasselberg and drummer Rui Gonçalves (with another Brazilian on one track, zabumbist and singer Paulo Matricó), play this New World turned All World music, and they do it with drive and purpose. And no, this is not a proof of the so called American Imperialism or a consequence of the economical Global Age we're living in - simply put, there's no boundaries for creative music. "Snug As a Gun" is not an experimental record, but the sax can be polyphonic and the vibes deal with free harmonics more than you would expect from something under the jazz banner. With the rhythm section grooving and swinging like hell on the back, compositions (themes by all IMI members) functions only as the margins for a improvisational work that likes to go through secondary water courses, zig-zaging along the way. There's an Afro-Brazilian flavor in this music, of course (have you ever listened to a Brazilian musician who wouldn't sound, well, Brazilian?), but these sounds are universal and could have been imagined and played by anyone around the planet. Or almost anyone, namely all those who feel that inovation, and the development of a distinct identity, doesn't imply a disrespect of the tradition. The IMI Kollectief takes the history of jazz, without renegating anything, and builds from it. "Ancient to the future", that's what this music is."-Clean Feed
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