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A 46-member orchestra of electroacoustic improvisers performing live at St. George's Church in Lisbon in 2015, for an extended and dynamic tapestry of sound conducted by leader Ernesto Rodrigues, with an impressive list of artists familiar to those following the CS label.

Variable Geometry Orchestra

Variable Geometry Orchestra: Quasar (Creative Sources)

Label: Creative Sources    
Released in: Portugal    

"The Variable Geometry Orchestra is a large electroacoustic ensemble with a fluid, international membership spanning three generations. For this release, recorded in November 2015 at St. George's Church in Lisbon, Portugal, the group was made up of forty-six members. The thirty-one minute performance was conducted by VGO leader Ernesto Rodrigues.

Maneuvering a heterogeneous ensemble of this size in a way that maintains cohesion, a sense of movement and textural variety without undue clutter is a significant challenge. Rodrigues succeeds on these counts-helped in no small part by the accomplished improvisers he conducts-and the result is an integrated performance that nevertheless is constantly in flux.

The theory behind the ensemble's process seems to be to improvise an overall architecture by arranging complexes of sounds moving in relation to each other. In practice this means modulating the dynamics and density of the background to allow different instruments or instrumental combinations to shift to the foreground. One may, for example, hear reeds skittering over the top of quiet chords underscored by a rich foundation of low strings; pizzicato double basses and guitars outlining the upper and lower boundaries of the ensemble's aggregate compass; or brass exclamations over a simmering and thickening bed of soft-edged timbres. The collective sound is always engaging, as this version of the VGO benefits from a very rich palette of sound colors and a wide range running from double bass-no less than five of them-to flute."-Daniel Barbiero, AMN Reviews

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UPC: 5609063403589

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs 358
Squidco Product Code: 22064

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at St. Georges Church in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 29th, 2015, by Andre Silva and Pedro Serrano.


Ernesto Rodrigues-conduction, harp

Maria da Rocha-violin

Emanuela Lioy-violin

Maria do Mar-viola

Guilherme Rodrigues-cello

Miguel Mira-cello

Alvaro Rosso-double bass

Adam Pultz Melbye-double bass

Hernani Faustino-double bass

Adriano Orru-double bass

Joao Madeira-double bass

Miguel Ivo Cruz-viola da gamba

Emidio Buchinho-acoustic guitar

Flak-acoustic guitar

Abdul Moimeme-electric guitar

Paulo Duarte-electric guitar

Antonio Chaparreiro-electric guitar

Stephan Sieben-electric guitar

Guilherme Carmelo-baritone guitar

Maria Radich-voice

Paulo Curado-flute

Paulo Chagas-oboe

Bruno Parrinha-clarinet, alto clarinet

Ricardo Ribeiro-bass clarinet

Paulo Galao-bass clarinet

Luiz Rocha-bass clarinet

Albert Cirera-soprano, tenor saxophone

Nuno Torres-alto saxophone

SeiMiguel-pocket trumpet

Yaw Tembe-trumpet

Luis Vicente-trumpet

Fala Mariam-alto trombone

Eduardo Chagas-trombone

Fernando Simoes-trombone

Carlos Santos-electronics

Joao Silva-electronics

Nuno Moita-turntable

Armando Pereira-toy piano

Manuel Guimaraes-church organ

Silvia Corda-melodica

Nuno Morao-drums

Monsieur Trinite-percussion

Carlos Godinho-percussion

Hakon Berre-percussion

Andre Hencleeday-percussion

Pedro Castello Lopes-percussion

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