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Intricate interactions in free improv from the Portugese trio of violist Joao Camoes, cellist Miguel Mira (Open Field String Trio, Nuovo Camerata), and pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro (Red Trio), focused on the balance between contrasting counterpoint, polyrhythms and fluid soundscapes.


Earnear: earNear (Tour de Bras)

Label: Tour de Bras    
Released in: Canada    

"Earnear is a free improvisation trio from Portugal formed by Joao Camoes (viola), Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano) and Miguel Mira (cello). The trio's music is focused on the balance between a contrasting counterpoint, polyrythms and fluid soundscapes, exploring the instruments' extended acoustic properties while invoking the european chamber music heritage"-Tour de Bras

"Recordings, dating from 2010-2011 (Namouche Studios, Lisboa), by a Portuguese trio ended up last year as a CD-release for the Canadian Tour de Bras-label that concentrates on new and improvised music mainly of Canadian origin. I'm glad they made an exception with this charming release.

Cellist Miguel Mira is the veteran of the three. A multi-disciplinary artist who plays jazz and improvised for many years now. Joao Camoes (violin) is classically trained but discovered improvised music after moving to Lisboa. He is involved in numerous initiatives and has also his own projects around (Open Field String Trio, Nuovo Camerata, etc.). Pianist Pinheiro also has a background in classical music before entering improvised territories.

Their eight improvisations on this record are all of a subtle and delicate nature. You have to concentrate while listening to their excursions in order not to miss something. And that is a rewarding experience I can say. The use a wide range of dynamics and intensity. In their own words the music is "focused on the balance between a contrasting counterpoint, polyrhythms and fluid soundscapes". They use extended techniques in a relevant manner, as an integrated part of their musical vocabulary and grammar. Pinheiro is fantastic in pieces like 'Airfall'. But above all it are their intimate musical constructions that impress and are completely convincing. Hope this trio is still around!-DM, Vital Weekly

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Product Information:

Label: Tour de Bras
Catalog ID: TDB0912cd
Squidco Product Code: 20296

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Canada
Packaging: Plastic Gatefold sleeve with fold-over insert
Recorded at Namouche Studios in Lisbon, Portugal on December 13th, 2010 and January 1st, 2011 by Joaquim Monte.


Joao Camoes-viola

Rodrigo Pinheiro-piano

Miguel Mira-cello

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Track Listing:

1. Imprint 6:24

2. Dreams Theory 10:42

3. Time Leak 6:52

4. Theoretical Morning 7:15

5. Gomboc 8:26

6. Airfoil 7:06

7. Stifling Contremps 4:02

8. Triage 3:04