Three groupings and three large works from Portugese trumpeter Sei Miguel, in bands including Rafael Toral, Erenesto Rodrigues, Nuno Tores, &c., performances of scores that he's written over the past 30 years that have never or have rarely been heard previously.
Label: Clean Feed
Released in: Portugal
"Sei Miguel looked dead serious when he told me that in the future he doesn't plan to write any new music. Instead, he wants to bring to daylight dozens of scores that he has stored for over 30 years on a drawer. Some of this music had been performed a few times live. Some have been performed just once. And most have never seen a stage at all. From this large collection, only a handful have been recorded professionally and these old recordings were not released.
Salvation Modes is the first chapter of this long story. Featuring just one recent piece, the record you hold in your hands is Sei's first push at presenting his well-kept secrets and it is an amazing sample, a well-balanced choice of contrasting material with great sound work."Prelúdio," as fits its title, opens for the explosive "Cruz de Sala", in a kind of a mantra way. Sei's Unit Core features Pedro Gomes' exquisite guitar, as he burns while respecting the pace and space of these tunes. Fala and César have very precise and beautiful lines over the six (ascendant) parts of Cruz de Sala. It starts and closes with much fire.
Listening to "Fermata" is like coming back home to Sei's more introspective world. It is, in fact, a great introduction to what his work is about, and a sort of deep breath to prepare our ears for what comes later. A cleaning tune so to speak. Don't mistake this for some kind of tepid music. That's not at all the case. Common to all his work is the superb use of timbres, picking up the right ingredients to cook the vision he has in mind. This is a great example of the Sei Miguel sound of music. Cool.
"Cantata Mussurana" is based on a creole purification ritual. You can almost see that, as you listen to the varying tensions and intensities in the music. Through the three movements of the Cantata you sense the snake -Mussurana- that is brought to the place where the ceremony will occur. The snake, which is not poisonous, cleans up an entire world of speculation, eating the poisonous snakes and, in the end, bringing safety and peace to the people. This exotic mood is set through the careful orchestration of ten instrumental voices around a human voice.
Such a masterpiece released from this obsessive workaholic, who is playing better than ever, makes us eagerly anticipate the next surprise from his musical treasure chest, revealing just a bit more of his huge course."-Clean Feed
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"Michael Pisaro was born in Buffalo in 1961. He is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble and founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop, Calarts. His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues. It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days festivals (Copenhagen,1996; Manchester, 1998) and has also been part of festivals in Hong Kong (ICMC, 1998), Vienna (Wien Modern,1997), Aspen (1991), London (Cutting Edge, 2007), Glasgow (INSTAL 2009), Huddersfield (2009), Chicago (New Music Chicago, 1990, 1991) and elsewhere.
He has had extended composer residencies in Germany (Künstlerhof Schreyahn, Dortmund University), Switzerland (Forumclaque/Baden), Israel (Miskenot Sha'ananmim), Greece (EarTalk) and in the U.S. (Birch Creek Music Festival, Wisconsin). Concert length portraits of his music have been given in Munich, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Vienna, Merano (Italy), Brussels, New York, Curitiba (Brazil), Amsterdam, London, Tokyo, Austin, Berlin, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Zürich, Cologne, Aarau (Switzerland), and elsewhere.
He is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2005 and 2006 Grant Recipient. Much of his music of the last several years is published by Edition Wandelweiser (Germany). Several CDs of his work have been released by such labels as Edition Wandelweiser Records, Compost and Height, confront, Another Timbre, Cathnor, Nine Winds and others, including most recently "transparent city, volumes 1-4", "an unrhymed chord", "hearing metal 1", "A Wave and Waves" and "harmony series (11-16)".
His translation of poetry by Oswald Egger ("Room of Rumor") was published in 2004 by Green Integer. He is Co-Chair of Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles. He has performed many of his own works and those of close associates Antoine Beuger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey and Manfred Werder, and works from the experimental tradition, especially John Cage, Christian Wolff, James Tenney and George Brecht."-Wandelweiser (http://www.wandelweiser.de/michael-pisaro.html)
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Track 1 recorded, edited and mixed at Teatro Maria Matos by Rafael Toral (Noise Precision Mobile, Noise Precision); Track 2 recorded January 2005 at Musicorde Studios by Paulo Feijão and mixed (summer 2013) by Rafael Toral and Joaquim Monte.
1. Preluedio e Cruz de Sala (2002, 2012)
2. Fermata (2005)
Sei Miguel-trumpet/Andree Goncalves hammond manipulation
Ceesar Burago-percussion, radio
3. Cantata Mussurana (1996 - 2012)
Sei Miguel-trumpet, direction
Rafael Toral-modulated feedback
Nuno Torres-alto saxophone
Fala Mariam-alto trombone
Pedro Lourenco-bass guitar
Monsieur Trinitee-bandoneon de Osaka, ganzae, afochee"
Ceesar Burago-bandoneon de Osaka, claves, agogo
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1. Preludio E Cruz De Sala 27:07
2. Fermata 9:46
3. Cantata Mussurana 18:16