Referencing Ligeti's composition of the same name, Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente is joined by 2/3 of the RED Trio--Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano) & Hernani Faustino (bass)-- along with drummer Marco Franco, to record an album of lively collective improvisation of great skill.
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Catalog ID: FMRCD371
Squidco Product Code: 19035
Country: Great Britain
Recorded April 13th, 2013 at Namouche Studios, Lisboa, Portugal, by Joaquim Monte.
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1. Iridescence 11:40
2. Ophidian Dance 4:22
3. Strangely Additictive 5:28
4. Compression Test 18:02
5. Trios 3:55
6. Hunting Song 2:09
7. Smoke Blows Back 8:22
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"On Clocks and Clouds, Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente is joined by two-thirds of the RED Trio, pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro and bassist Hernani Faustino. Marco Franco, who started out drumming in metal bands, takes the place of Gabriel Ferrandini.
Clocks and Clouds refers to Ligeti's composition of the same name, which itself was a reference to philosopher Karl Raimund Popper's essay "On Clocks and Clouds." Popper wrote of natural processes that can be measured exactly ("Clocks") and those that are indefinite and can only be described in approximation ("Clouds").
Based on my limited experience with the RED Trio's music, I thought Clocks and Clouds was going to be a minimal, lower-case affair. Boy was I wrong, but gladly so, because this is a free improv record that has some muscle.
Vincente does a nice job expressing himself through both traditional and extended techniques, with the open horn and with a mute. Pinheiro sounds like two piano players at times, exploring the extremes of both the lower and upper registers of his instrument. The RED Trio is a group that's never really clicked for me for some reason, but with Franco in the driver's seat things really take flight. The whole group engages in lightening quick reactions to each other, and sounds animated and more assertive than I expected. Now I need to go back and reassess RED Trio's catalog, especially their recording with Nate Wooley, Stem.
Based on Popper's definitions, Clocks and Clouds is probably more "Clouds", an indefinite, in-the-moment process, but the structures the group creates in the moment work. If you're looking for free improv that's not afraid to get boisterous at the proper times, Clocks and Clouds is for you."-Craig Premo, Improvised Blog Spot
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• Show Bio for Rodrigo Pinheiro
"Rodrigo Pinheiro was born in 1973 in Covilhã, a small town in the center of Portugal. He started learning the piano when he was five at the Conservatory of Covilhã and later at the Conservatory of Lisbon until he was eighteen. He soon got involved with the free Portuguese improvisation scene, having played with Américo Rodrigues, José Oliveira, Nuno Rebelo, Rodrigo Amado, Luís Desirat, Bruno Parrinha or Ernesto Rodrigues. Pinheiro's intuitive approach to improvisation and exploration of the piano timbres, using both classical and extensive techniques, makes his music energic, polyrhythmic and full of contrasts. Moreover, he has honed his technique at workshops of improvisa- tion and composition where he has played with virtuous names, such as Carlos Zíngaro, Peter Kowald, Gunther Muller or Patrick Brennan. He has also performed with several musicians, like Hiroshi Kobayashi, Cristin Wilboltz, Nathan Fuhr, Blaise Siwula, Per Anders Nilsson, John Zorn, Nobuyasu Furuya, Jason Stein, Nate Wooley, John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Joe McPhee, Keir Neuringer, among others. In 2010 Pinheiro formed his project RED Trio, with Hernâni Faustino (bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums). The band has recorded four albums with Clean Feed and Nobusiness Records and performed live at jazz and improvised music festivals and concerts in Portugal, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland and Romenia. He is also a member of the Nobuyasu Furuya Quintet, which has two released albums by Chitei Records e Nobusiness Records. His most recent projects are his trio earNear, with João Camões (viola) and Miguel Mira (cello), and the Clocks and Clouds' quartet, with Luís Vicente (trumpet), Hernani Faustino (bass) and Marco Franco (drums)."-Luis Vicente Website (http://luis-vicente.wixsite.com/luisvicente)
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• Show Bio for Hernani Faustino
"After establishing his name during the Eighties as an electric bass guitarist in alternative rock bands, like the now legendary K4 Quadrado Azul, Hernani Faustino turned to avant-jazz and free improvised music and chose the double bass as his self-taught instrument. Two decades later of multiple interactions with Portuguese and international musicians, he's now considered one of the most intense and solid bassists in the Portuguese scene. The association he maintains with drummer Gabriel Ferrandini (RED trio, Nobuyasu Furuya Trio & Quintet, Rodrigo Amado Wire Quartet) has been pointed as a dynamic and powerful rhythm section. His visceral playing is well showed by the contortions of his face during a performance: he goes to the limits of pleasure and pain.
Music is his life: besides being a musician, he was one of the members of the label Clean Feed, considered one of the five more important on the planet in what regards jazz, and the Trem Azul Jazz Store, located in Lisbon. He also composed for theatre, produced radio programs, and wrote about music in a couple of magazines. A good part of his activity in photography is also music oriented: Faustino is one of the most accomplished stage photographers around. This says all about his passion and commitment.
Hernani Faustino's numerous meetings and collaborations with other improvisors is astonishing: John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Nate Wooley, Carlos "Zíngaro", Agustí Fernández, Sei Miguel, Rafael Toral, Jason Stein, Nuno Rebelo, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa, Rodrigo Amado, Albert Cirera, Manuel Mota, Luís Lopes, Jon Irabagon, Taylor Ho Bynum, Gerard Lebik, Piotr Damasiewicz, Harris Eisenstadt, Neil Davidson, Heddy Boubaker, Gerard Lebik, Elliott Levin, Katsura Yamauchi, Mats Gustafsson, Chris Corsano, Nikolaus Gerszewski, Rob Mazurek, Reinhold Friedl, Ernesto Rodrigues, José Oliveira, Helena Espvall, Nuno Torres, Ricardo Jacinto, Blaise Siwula, Virginia Genta, Elliott Levin, Daniel Carter, Federico Ughi, Floros Floridis, Matt Bauder, Dennis González, Vítor Rua, and many more, covering a wide range from free bop to extreme experimentation, going through electroacoustic improv, reductionism and noise."-Hernani Faustino Website, Rui Eduardo Paes (http://www.hernanifaustino.com/bio/)
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"Marco Franco is a Portuguese drummer and composer, born in 1972, living and working in Lisbon. He also plays the saxophone. He started his music career playing drums in metal & rock bands such as Braindead, Cães de Crómio, Bizarra Locomotiva, Peste & Sida. Later on, he started playing in the jazz, experimental, improvisational scene, both as a leader in Mikado Lab and as a member in Tim Tim Por Tim Tum, an all drummers group, Alek Rein, Memória de Peixe and Clocks and Clouds. He has played with different artists, ranging from rock to pop and jazz: Mazgani, Ernesto Rodrigues, Dead Combo, Loosers, Carlos Zíngaro, Nuno Rebelo, Kato Hideki, Maria João, Mário Laginha, among many others. Moreover, he has performed and/or recorded with musicians such as Kato Hideki, Gianni Gebbia, Jim Black, Chris Speed, Pete Rende, José Pedro Coelho, Shelley Hirsh, Audrey Chen, Peter Kowald, Rafael Toral, Damo Suzuki, Massimo Pupilo. Franco's work also includes composing for Portuguese theatre plays and improvisational/experimental dance performances. In the dance world scene he has played live in Europe for coreographers/dancers Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Julian Hamilton, Mark Tompkins, Boris Charmatz, David Zambrano, just to name some."-Clocks and Clouds website (https://nervoagency.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/nervo_clocks-and-clouds.pdf)
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