A darkly ritualistic, scrabbly album of darkly ritualistic improvisation from the Portuguese trio of saxophonist Mestre Andre, also on electronics, percussion, mbira and voice, double bassist Bernardo Alvares and drummer/percussionist Raphael Soares.
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Catalog ID: SHH029CD
Squidco Product Code: 23828
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded by Alforjs at A Bruxa Teatro, Evora, in December, 2015.
Mestre Andree-tenor saxophone, electronics, percussion, mbira and voice
Bernardo Alvares-doublebass, voice
Raphael Soares-drums, percussion
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1. Ajiba 14:14
2. Denis Prelude 1:32
3. Abajo 12:55
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"The first recording of the project Alforjs, Jengi, gave us the idea that, if there's an urban shamanism, the origins of this magical practice of invocation through music are in the African forests and the Mongolian steppes. A shaman music of the city could only include elements of those ancient world views.
In this new album, the Lisbon trio formed by Mestre Andre, Bernardo Alvares and Raphael Soares gives this a higher evidence: we hear the Baka pigmies behind the obsessive- compulsive beat of the drums and the knife-cutting arpeggios of the double bass, alluding also the krautrock band Can, and we recognize in this hypnotic and enchanting music the spirits of Saint John Coltrane (very present in the interventions of the tenor saxophone), of Lemmy during the times of the psychedelic collective Hawkwind and also of the still very alive Steven Stapleton with the electro-acoustic and industrial Nurse With Wound format.
Ritualistic, tribal, neo-primitivist and retro-futurist, Alforjs has a very special place among what is out there of more intriguing and radical in this final stretch of the 21st century's second decade."-Shhpuma
"Bernardo (double bass) and Raphael (drums) met in the workshop Carla Bozulich did at the Out.fest in Barreiro, Portugal. Soon they realized they had a friend in common, Mestre André (electronics). ÄLFORJS was born."-Alforjs Facebook page