Portugese harpist Eduardo Raon uses harp, daxophone, electronics, voice & percussion to create dramatic music that applies his classical training to improvisational methods, using real-time electronic processing to create encompassing yet intricate and unusual sonic environments.
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Catalog ID: SHH007
Squidco Product Code: 20397
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve with insert
Recorded, mixed, mastered and produced in Ljubljana in 2012-13, except Cicadas, recorded in Bairro do Alvito, Lisboa in 2010.
Eduardo Raon-harp, daxophone, electronics, voice, percussion
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"Although he has a classical harp education, Eduardo Raon has always been unsatisfied with standing with both feet on the same recognizable ground. Contemporary, experimental, ethnic, noise, pop, retro, rock and electronic music are all part of a kaleidoscopic baggage brought by Eduardo Raon onstage. Either improvising, composing or interpreting and with a mixed attitude that oscillates between the visceral and the delicate/minute, his harp is squelched, stretched, melted, lit, consumed, blossomed, caressed.
He has frequently toured and recorded with I-Wolf, POWERTRIO, Maria João & Mário Laginha, Bypass, Ela Não É Francesa Ele Não É Espanhol, Hipnótica, O Espectáculo d'Ontem as well as solo. Besides Portugal he has performed in Germany, Austria, France, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Russia, Holland, Belgium and Macau (China).
As an interpreter he has premiered both solo and chamber works by Eurico Carrapatoso, Clotilde Rosa, Ivan Moody, João Lucas, Joana Sá, Daniel Schvetz, Eli Camargo, Sebastian Duh and Fernando Lobo.Raon regularly composes for Cinema, Animation, Theater, Dance e Fine Arts projects.In 2009 he was granted a grant by the Portuguese state for an international internship in Improvised Music/Neue Musik, working with Professor Paulo Álvares at the Hochschule für Musik Köln (GER).
More recently, he composed and performed live soundtracks at Slovene Kinoteka, for the following films:- "L'Impossible" for Sylvain George's retrospective;
- a collection of Émile Cohl's animated films;
- "49 Flies" by Piérre Hebért;
- "Text of Light" by Stan Brakhage;
- "Die Puppe" by Ernst Lubitsch;
- "Metropolis" by Fritz Lang;
- "Enthusiasm - Symphony of the Donbass" by Dziga Vertov;
In late 2013, he made his solo debut with the album "The Drive For Impulsive Actions" released by the Lisboa based label SHHPUMA (powered by Clean Feed)."-Eduardo Raon Website (http://www.eduardoraon.com/about)
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1. Intro K (Constant)
2. Impulses Connect And Interact
3. I Hear Voices In My Head
4. "Hey!" And Other Everyday Melodies
5. Reflexive Or Impulsive Behavior?
6. "Sorry For The Bullet. I'm A Very Impulsive Person..."
8. Sighing Makes Breathing Rhythm Regular
9. Aptitude For The Truculent
10. "Do I Bore You? Why Is Everyone Yawning?"
11. The Drive For Impulsive Actions
12. Laughter Is Slightly Contagious
sample the album:
"By now, violins and cellos may be emancipated from its classical connotations, considering its use in jazz and even rock situations, but not the harp. The weird-looking instrument continues to have a symphonic status, despite the efforts in contrary by the likes of Zeena Parkins and Rhodri Davies, both responsible for giving it other vocabularies and purposes.
In that short list of transformative harpists you should add the name of Eduardo Raon, Portuguese musician living in Ljubljana. Either in the circuits of free and experimental music with Powertrio or playing in a jazz context with singer Maria JoAo and pianist Mario Laginha, Raon's contributions for a new understanding of that musical tool gained a wider projection. Now he has his first solo album, and everything we heard from him seems clearer, brighter and more accomplished than ever.
If it's your first contact with his music, prepare yourself for a surprise: the classical background is there, of course, but the applied extended techniques, the real-time electronic processing of its sounds and the adoption of improvisational methods brings the harp to other and very different pathways - the concept chosen for the recording relates the apparent impulsive behavior of insects with human irrationality and its tendency to be viral. That common characteristic, of bugs and humans, is translated to specific sonic situations. And if you question yourself about how he manages to do what you hear, there's the images revealing the close truth of every gesture and every act.
This is a real treat, not to be missed."-Shhpuma
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