Tense textures and shadowy interplay brought to 'light' from the quartet of father/son Rodrigues, guitarist David Stackenas, and saxophonist Nuno Torres; remarkably subtle sonic improvisation.
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: CS178
Squidco Product Code: 13386
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded October 2nd, 2008 at TCHA3 by Diogo Tavares.
Dsvid Stackenas-acoustic guitar, objects, fans & e-bows
Ernesto Rodrigues-viola, objects
Nuno Torres-alto saxophone
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1. 12'47'' 12:54
2. 11'29'' 11:35
3. 14'28'' 14:29
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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Objects and Home-made Instruments
sample the album:
"Light? There's never been any lightness to the Rodrigueses' playing. Physically, there's often a lot of pressure applied with the bow; intellectually, their music is consistently ripe with thought and pregnant with meaning - aerial perhaps, but light, never.
Yes, I know, it's not lightness this title is about. It's illumination, brilliance, luminance - all words aptly describing (in reverse order) the father-son duo's music, this particular quartet session, and the result of experiencing both.
Thought, focus, the resonance of each musician's soul with his instrument and his colleagues: all these factors are enlightening, casting - yes - a light on the music at hand. But they don't explain everything. How could they? How could one truly explain the magic ofgenuine collective improvisation? The act of performing as one yet as separate personalities? The feat of achieving cohesion without resorting to predictability? The incredible level of "telepathy/synergy/complementarity" between Ernesto, Guilherme, David, and Nuno? The uncanny way this quartet lays out and articulates sounds so that the listener may feel like a participant, someone as accountable for the success of the recording as the musicians involved? In following the Rodrigueses' adventures through the catalogue of the Creative Sources label, I have often tried to explain all this and know that I am doomed to fail, always.
Light, therefore. There shall be light as you listen to this CD. But the music itself is far from sunny. It has its dark corners, its shadows, its pitch-black Lovecraftian recesses - moreso than most of the recordings involving the Rodrigueses, and especially in the second piece, where a sense of impending doom (un)resolves in a very strange way. An ironic use of the word "light, then? Perhaps, although in this case, that which is absent (light) could hurt your eyes if it were used maliciously.
Speaking of maliciousness, David Stackenäs - the X factor in this aligment - is maliciously playing the agent provocateur part; his acoustic guitar work, gritty, grating, highly experimental and unique, sits wonderfully well between the tensed-up textures of the Rodrigueses' stringwork and the quiet, inner-reaching tones from Nuno Torres' saxophone.
But does it hurt, this wound? Revelations always hurt - at least a bit - our preconceived ideas, if nothing else. And that might happen to you, especially around the nine-minute mark inthe third piece, when Stackenäs chooses the path of most resistance, triggering the most unrulymoment of the album. That's when a lightbulb might come on in the heads of the most blasé oflisteners: "Oh my, they're having fun too!"
If you're all stuck up about non-idiomatic improvisation, that kind of enlightenment could leave a mark!"-François Couture, blog.monsieurdelire.com
• Show Bio for Ernesto Rodrigues
"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)
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• Show Bio for Guilherme Rodrigues
"Was born 1988 in Lisboa, Portugal and started playing cello and trumpet at Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa at the age of 7. In 1999 joined Conservatório Nacional de Música de Lisboa to study classical and music theory and in the current year recorded his first album - Multiples - with Ernesto Rodrigues and José Oliveira out on Creative Sources Recordings.
Apart from work in music ensembles ranging for contemporary classical to free improvisation, also works with live music poetry, theatre and film-music. After lengthy residency in Lisboa, (1988-2016) moved to Berlin and has been active as composer and improviser in the scene.
Worked with some international and renewed artists like Ernesto Rodrigues, Jean-luc Guionnet, Margarida Garcia, Manuel Mota, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Sei Miguel, Tim Goldie, Jeffrey Morgan, Oren Marshall, Gerhard Uebele, Klaus Kurvers, Gabriel Paiuk, Nicolas Field, Jaime Fennelly, Blaise Siwula, Will Guthrie, Pawel Grabowski, Michael Thieke, Wade Matthews, Leonel Kaplan, Diego Chamy, Gabriel Paiuk, Barry Weisblat, Joe Giardullo, Jassem Hindi, Tisha Mukarji, Masahiko Okura, Taku Unami, Toshihiro Koike, Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Abdelnour, Alexandre Bellenger, Carlos Zingaro, Romaric Sobac, Nuno Rebelo, Nuno Torres, Naoto Yamagashi, Heddy Boubaker, Gerhard Uebele, Guillermo Torres, Tomas Gris, Carlos Santos, Bruno Parrinha, Miguel Leiria Pereira, Miguel Ivo Cruz, Alberto Cirera, Nuno Morão, Mark Sanders, Dennis Gonzaléz, Alípio Carvalho Neto, Raymond Macdonald, Neil Davidson, David Stachenas, Lisa Ullén, D'incise, Cyril Bondy, Miguel Mira, Rodrigo Amado, Abdul Moimême, Monsieur Trinité, João Madeira, Álvaro Rosso, Gil Gonçalves, Marian Yanchyk, Filipe Passos, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Christian Wolfarth, Thanos Chrysakis, Bechir Saade, Kurt Liedwart, Miguel A. Garcia, Ilia Belorukov, Andrew Lafkas, Gao Jiafeng, Eric Wong, Johan Moir, Casey Moir, Magda Mayas, Matthias Muller, Alexander Frangenheim ...
Has performed and toured in all Europe. Released more than 30 albums of his own projects."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"Studied alto saxophone within a jazz tradition spectrum. His continuous solo experimental research explores a wide scope of sound material through the use of the extended technics. Participates in several ensembles of improvisational music, electro acoustics and reductionism. Collaborates with musicians such as, Ernesto Rodrigues, Ricardo Jacinto, Sei Miguel, Fala Mariam, João Castro Pinto, Rafael Toral, Manuel Mota, David Stackenäs, Travassos, Paulo Raposo, Carlos Santos, Shiori Usui, C. Spencer Yeh, Cyril Bondi and d'incise, and developed projects as CACTO and PinkDraft, In the recent years has been also collaborating in several different projects at the intersection of the performative areas of dance, theatre and the visual arts (PARQUE, Les Voisins, Eye Height, Adriana Sá, Beatriz Cantinho). Participates and curates experimental and community radio initiatives."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/artists/n_torres.html)
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