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Classical pianist Joana Gama and live electronic processing artist Luis Fernandes bridge compositional and experimental forms in this lyrical work, where Fernandes transforms, dissects, loops and otherwise mutates the Gama's playing in unexpected and elegant ways.

Gama, Joana / Luis Fernandez

Gama, Joana / Luis Fernandez: Quest (Shhpuma)

Label: Shhpuma    
Released in: Portugal    

"The piano / electronics format is not a novelty, coming from John Cage associations with David Tudor and having as a notorious example the recent Alva Noto / Ryuichi Sakamoto duos. What is really surprising in this Quest is the combination of a classical pianist, Joana Gama, with a live processing laborer and synthesist active in the experimental fringes of pop music, Luís Fernandes. Exactly: the soul behind the ambient act The Astroboy and a founder member of the song-oriented band peixe:avião, one of the most applauded projects in a new wave of the Portuguese "indie" creativity.

The result is neither a "contemporary" nor a "chill out" recording, and it isn't also a post-modern hybrid of both approaches, but something else. It's not the piano, nor the electronic manipulations, which are in focus, but the multiple ways in which the piano sounds are transformed, dissected, looped and put upside down. Like if a third instrument is phantomized by the two others in presence. This description may give the idea that the pieces assembled in this CD are a series of cold, dry and abstract deconstructions, but that's not the case: everything flows like Zen soundscapes in the inner world inside our heads, and the music has a poetic, lyrical dimension that makes us reconnect with the idea of Beauty of the Ancient Greeks."-Shhpuma

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063800111

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH011CD
Squidco Product Code: 20390

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve with insert
Recorded at Theatro Circo, in Braga, Portugal by Luis Fernadez.


Joana Gama-piano

Luis Fernandes-electronics

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Track Listing:

1. Twisted Movements 5:09

2. Sparks and Crackles 3:27

3. From Mist to Nothing 6:15

4. Dream 8:59

5. Interlude 2:02

6. Night Drive 5:02

7. Quest 5:25

8. Let Bygones Be Bygones 3:29

9. This Frozen Sea 4:50