As the album cover displays, basalto are the black rocks resulting from lava, here represented in the slowly flowing, hard toned electro-acoustic improv of the Portuguese trio of Ernesto Rodrigues onoctave viola & baritone violin, Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar, and Antez on percussion.
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs388
Squidco Product Code: 23896
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Scratch Built Studio, in Lisbon, Portugal, February 27th, 2016, by John Klima.
Ernesto Rodrigues-octave viola, baritone violin
Abdul Moimeme-electric guitar
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1. I 42:51
2. II 30:35
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Aptly called "Basalto", the black rocks resulting from lava, the music is hard, organic, ungiving, harsh and structured around a tonal center without much variation except for the timbral shifts grinding like tectonic plates under severe pressure, yet without any hope to get release from the relentless tension. Ernesto Rodrigues plays octave viola and baritone viola, Abdul Moimeme is on electric guitar and Antez plays percussion, although it is hard to identify what sounds come from which instrument on the two long tracks. The music creates a sonic universe that is broad and deep, giving something fundamental and strange, like the status of our planet even before life came to be, when only rocks and water and air and fire were fighting slowly and majestically and unavoidably for their own space. Rodrigues has become a real advocate for his kind of music, creating exceptional listening experiences to open-eared audiences, working to give other musicians the chance to release like-minded electroacoustic and avant-garde music on his Creative Sources label."-Stef, Free Jazz Collective
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"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.
His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.
The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.
Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.
Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.
Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.
Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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• Show Bio for Abdul Moimeme
"Abdul Moimême was born in Lisbon, in 1959, moving at an early age to New Mexico and later to Dublin, Ireland. He began studying the guitar at the age of 11, studying under various private teachers, in Madrid, Spain.
In 1979 he moved to Boston to study architecture, finally completing his degree at the University of Lisbon.
In the 90's he began studying the tenor saxophone with Patrick Brennan. In this period he became actively involved with Lisbon's improvised and alternative rock scenes, performing frequently with the Variable Geometry Orchestra since it's creation in 2003, as well as with various other local projects.
His main musical partners are from Lisbon and Porto, but he has also performed in public concerts with such artists as Gale Brand, George Haslam, Jon Raskin, Ken Filiano, Patrick Brennan, Steve Adams, and Wade Matthews.
In 1999 he started writing about jazz in various Portuguese publications and is currently a permanent collaborator of Jazz.pt magazine, and Publico newspaper, as a critic.
In 2006 he created Freemusic (http://freemusic.podomatic.com), a space exclusively dedicated to the promotion of Portuguese improvised music."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"Antez is a percussionist an sound sculptor who explores the sound and the matter by interviewing the physical perception of sound, his relation with the space and the kingdom. He is convinced that the capability of sonore experimentation of acoustic instruments are without limitl. He call his instruments a device, he diverts the objects of their use.
Current Projects: Continuum, performance solo for rubbed percussion. Vacuum: Yann Gourdon hurdy Gurdy, Antez drum or percussion A tizenkét téli nap, Denes Döbrei Dance, Antez percussion Duet with the clarinetist Joris Ruhl. Panta Rhei with the chordeograph Gero koenig. Pequod : Luca Santini, trumpet, Antonio Bertoni, double bass, Federico Robol sax, Massimo Valentinotti, guitar. The Rotating : Cyril Bondi, floortom rotatif, objets. D'incice, floortom rotatif, objets. Antez, percussion Nue Tête with Alexendre Turpin, voice & guitar, Ludovic Turpin, bass & synthe, Antez, drum & oxillator. Les Bouillons de Fréquences, sound installation. Perception & Interpretation, workshop."-Antez Website (http://www.antez.org/bio.html)
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