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Brennan, Patrick / Abdul Moimeme: Terraphonia (Creative Sources)

Portuguese guitarist and experiementer Abdul Moimeme, once a student of US free jazz saxophonist Patrick Brennan, now joins him as Moimeme employs two electroacoustically altered guitars played simultaneously with objects, Brennan performing on sax and cornet, as they create unusual and assertive abstract sonic environments, intensely detailed and gripping.
 

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UPC: 5609063405798

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs579
Squidco Product Code: 26726

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Namouche studios, in Lisbon, Portugal, on April 8th, 2018, by Joaquim Monte.


Personnel:

Patrick Brennan-alto saxophone, cornet

Abdul Moimeme-electric guitars, objects

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Artist Biographies:

"Patrick Brennan [born 1954] listens to, wonders at, wonders about, imagines & plays music. He coordinates ensembles, composes & plays the alto saxophone. He's recorded eight albums of original music as a leader."

-Patrick Brennan / Sonicsphere Website (http://www.sonispheric.net/PatrickBrennan.html)
8/14/2019

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"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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track listing:


1. Terraphonia 11:31

2. Nilch'i . Telespire . Nilch'i 11:05

3. Ndu Enweghi Ihe Abuo / No Two 10:39

4. Gatabrilhar 5:41

5. Mycellerate 11:31

6. Tactiludic 5:19

7. Witness Ampersand 8:52
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"Somewhere on a timeline that includes studying guitar in Madrid and architecture in Boston, Portuguese native Abdul Moimême studied saxophone with American artist Patrick Brennan. Moimême has been prolific as part of almost two-dozen leader/co-leader releases since his debut Nekhephthu (Creative Sources, 2008). Brennan is lightly recorded with four leader dates over the past two decades. What they have in common is a penchant for free improvisation and unusual constructs, physical and aural. Terraphonia is the pair's first recorded collaboration.

Several years ago, Brennan told All About Jazz "I'm never very satisfied with describing music...." More recently, Moimême told this publication something in a similar vein: "My work...lends itself to being perceived as a 'soundscape.' I don't intend it as such...." Not surprisingly, the seven spontaneous pieces on Terraphonia defy clarification, let alone categorization. Brennan's alto saxophone is enigmatic and abstract; Moimême's guitars-of his own design-are played together, with bow, mallet, or hand, and prepared with various objects. The interaction between musicians is not any easier to explain than the music itself. Moimême's guitars behave as completely foreign devices; the territory they occupy is no more familiar than the instruments. Who is pushing, who pulling, becomes a debatable point.

The title track and "Nilch'i . Telespire . Nilch'i" are the two opening pieces, each exceeding eleven-minutes. The first has Moimême generating industrial noise, and Brennan dodging melodies before they can take hold. The saxophonist comes closer-in a fragmented manner-on "Nilch'i . Telespire . Nilch'i," where Moimême creates an amazing array of percussive effects. Brennan provides tangible phrases on "Ndụ Enweghị Ihe Abụọ / No Two" as he overrides the guitarist's humming buzz saw. The saxophonist's breakneck approach on "Gotabrilhar" suggests the opening of Albert Ayler's "Holy Ghost," and "Mycellerate" is a study of near silence and penetrating commotion, coexisting in close quarters.

Terraphonia is often intense, with even the occasional stillness having a penetrating effect. Moimême and Brennan are different types of virtuosic free players but they flawlessly combine their individual maneuvers into shared creativeness. That is the quality that makes Terraphonia consistently intriguing and a challenging listen. Not an album for everyone, but one that will appeal to those with open ears and an enterprising spirit."-Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz


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