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DUOT & ZARM Ensemble (Cirera / Prats / Zingaro / Alves / Mitzlaff / Rosso): DUOT with Strings (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

The DUOT pairing of Argentinian, Barcelona-based sax player Albert Cirera and Spanish drummer Ramón Prats is joined on their 6th album by the Portuguese string quartet ZARM Ensemble of Carlos Zingaro on violin, David Alves on violin, Ulrich Mitzlaf on cello and Alvaro Rosso on double bass for a dynamic concert at Igreja do Espírito Santo in Caldas Da Rainha, Portugal.
 

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Albert Cirera-saxophones

Ramon Prats-drums

Carlos Zingaro-violin

David Alves-violin

Ulrich Mitzlaff-cello

Alvaro Rosso-double bass


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UPC: 5904441617405

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: 15/2023
Squidco Product Code: 34230

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Igreja do Esp’rito Santo, in Caldas Da Rainha, Portugal, on December 11th and 12th, 2021, by Ricardo Pimentel.

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"Saxophone player Albert Cirera, one of the most important Spanish improvisers, works with Ramon Prats fascinating drummer from many years. They both are one of the shinest points on the European musical scene. On the other hand ZARM Ensemble. ZARM Ensemble is an award-winning string quartet started by legendary Portugal violin master Carlos "Zingaro", David Magalhaes Alves (Violin), Ulrich Mitzlaff (Cello), and Alvaro Rosso (Double bass).

From an almost compulsive fascination with sound, the overwhelming resonance of large acoustic spaces, and the subtleties of false emptiness. We are left with the collective exploration of strings and wood, in constant vibrations in their reflected silences.

A different string quartet sacralizes the profane. Or profane the sacred. Founded as StringChamberPot, later renamed ZARM Ensemble, has performed at Galeria Monumental, Lisboa(2018); the MIA festival, Atouguia da Baleia ( 2019); Faroeste EMCII, Caldas da Rainha (2021); Culturgest - Caixa Geral de Depositos, Lisboa(2022); Ciclo de Polinizacao, Paredes de Coura (2022); and was part of the "Renova" project led by Musician Carlos Zingaro and Choreographer Paula Pinto, winner of Renova Art Commissions (RAC) 2021 curated by Martim Sousa Tavares."-FSR



"DUOT is the duo of Argentinian, Barcelona-based prolific sax player Albert Cirera and Spanish drummer Ramón Prats, coming from Banyoles in northeastern Catalonia. The sixth album of DUOT is a meeting with the Portuguese groundbreaking string quartet ZARM Ensemble (called before StringChamberPot) comprised of violin master Carlos "Zíngaro", violinist David Magalhães Alves, German-born cellist Ulrich Mitzlaff and double bass player Alvaro Rosso, who collaborated a few times before with Cirera. This meeting was recorded live at Igreja do Espírito Santo in Caldas Da Rainha, Portugal, in December 2021.

The origins of this meeting can be traced to Cirera's previous recorded meeting with "Zingaro", Mitzlaff and Rosso with Swedish baritone sax player Olle Vikström, Cròniques 5: Ao Vivo! (Discordian, 2016), or to the first recording of "Zingaro", Mitzlaff and Rosso with fellow Portuguese clarinetist João Pedro Viegas, Day One (JACC, 2014). Such a summit meeting focused on acoustic instruments, relying on the extensive experiences of the six musicians in the collective art of the moment allows a careful exploration of contrasting, resonant and reverberating sounds.

The six pieces of DUOT with Strings stress the immediate and adventurous dynamics as well as the common language of DUOT and the ZARM ensemble. The music sounds as if made by a highly empathic, brotherly union, and suggests unpredictable urgent, but poetic, nuanced and layered dramatic narratives. It clearly follows the ethos of ZARM Ensemble that sacralizes the profane or profane the sacred. This kind of bold, powerful and uncompromising dynamics highlights even the slow-burning and more subtle pieces of this meeting like "Sky Skating" and "Roaring Jellyfish", but even these pieces affirm that DUOT and ZARM Ensemble can not but gravitate eventually into ecstatic and wild dynamics. It ends in an even wilder, raw and chaotic mode with "Crumbled Time" that already justifies a second meeting of DUOT and ZARM Ensemble."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts


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Artist Biographies

"Saxophonist, renowned for his vigorous sound, melodic and abrupt phrasing, and great versatility in terms of musical styles, collaborates in numerous projects of the most diverse nature, from the most classic to the most contemporary and risky jazz, even in some of them closer to pop National or song author.

He began his musical training at the age of six with the violin as his main instrument. A few years later, by the hand of Professor Alfons Carrascosa, will change this by the tenor sax. After years of classical training at the Music School of Igualada and many others in modern music schools in Barcelona, ​​he continues his formative career at the Catalan School of Music where he receives classes from Eladio Reinon, Xavi Figarola, Dani Pérez, Agustí Fernández among others. He also moved to The Hague (Holland) to study for a year at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with John Ruocco, graduating finally in 2007. During these years he also receives advice from Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin, Bill Mchenry, Perico Sambeat ..

Since 2011 leads su propio quartet Albert Cirera & Tres Tambor forming part también en proyectos as Duot, Agusti Fernandez Liquid Trio / Quintet, Free Art Ensemble, Landspace, Javier Galiana & the Spice berberechos, Wooookam, Triot, IED'8, Nelson Projecte, Free Orchestra Association, Esther Condal, El Petit de Cal Eril, etc, receiving with some of them prizes such as the AMJM (Association of Jazz Musicians and Modern Music of Catalonia) in 2011 to the best jazz group with Duot and also, That same year, the Enderrock prize of the critic to the best disc of jazz by "Vol.2 Mode Joe" of Nelson Project.

He has played and continues to do so with musicians like Joe Morris, David Mengual, Joe Smith, Agustí Fernandez, Johannes Nästesjö, Massa Kamaguchi, Carlos Zingaro, Ulrich Mitzlaf, Dani Perez, Jaume Llombart, RJ Miller, David Soler, Celeste Alias, Alessandra Patrucco, Marc Egea, Tom Chant, Pablo Rega, Vasco Trilla, Olle Vikstrom, Julian Sánchez, Sonia Sanchez, etc., in various clubs and other jazz venues in the Iberian peninsula, Belgium, Hungary, Italy and Portugal as well as in festivals Jazz of Barcelona, ​​Vic, Tarrasa, Egido, Girona, Granollers, Banyoles, Lleida, Ibiza, Ezcaray, Sant Juan Evangelista, Hurta BCN color, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Skodra, Hungary), Noth Sea Jazz (Holland), Rocella Jonica (Italy) and Minde (Portugal).

He currently resides in Lisbon where he integrates into the eclectic music scene by playing and building new projects with musicians such as Hernani Faustino, Miguel Mira, Luis Vicente, Vasco Furtado, Fededico Pascucci, Marcelo Dos Reis, Marco Franco, Big Band Reunion, Francisco Andrade, Joao Lencastre or Gabriel Ferrandini."

-Albert Cirera Website (http://www.albertcirera.com/)
4/22/2024

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"Ramon Prats - drums, percussion

As a student:

-Isaac Albéniz Conservatory of Girona: flute and solfeo.
-Workshop of Banyoles Music: drums, saxophone and combo.
-Workshop of Musicians of Barcelona: combo, musical language and harmony.
-ESMuC (School of Music of Catalonia); Jazz drummer upper degree (2007).

As a teacher:

-Class classes, solfeo and combo at the Besalú Music School, the Banyoles Music Workshop, the Cerdanyola del Vallès Municipal Music School and the Conservatory of Girona (from 2000 to 2011).
- Seminars of Avignon (from 2007 to 2016), Almería (2011), Málaga (2011), Tenerife (2013) and Monforte de Lemos (2010 and 2011), Gijón (2016), La Línea de la Concepción (2016).
-Currently teaches drums and rhythmic improvement at the Conservatory of Music of the Liceu, and the EMMB of Banyoles.

As a musician:

People
He has worked with such musicians as Lee Konitz, Seamus Blake, Dave Kikoski, Esperanza Spalding, Agustí Fernández, Guillermo Klein, Bob Mintzer, Greg Ward, Perico Sambeat, Martirio, Carme Canela, Jordi Rossy, Dayna Stephens, Roberta Gambarini, Deborah Carter, Eric Alexander, Mats Gustafsson, Rene Hart, Bill McHenry, Sheila Cooper, Ryan Blotnick, Andrea Motis, Martín Leiton, Jaume Llombart, Marco Mezquida, Ernesto Aurignac, Enrique Oliver or Julian Sánchez.
In 2012 he was awarded by the AMJM (Association of Jazz Musicians of Catalonia) as a group of the year with DUOT.
In 2014 he was awarded by the AMJM (Association of Jazz Musicians of Catalonia) as Musician of the Year, Disc of the Year (by Ramon Prats Quartet) and Group of the Year (by Ramon Prats Quartet).

Places
At international jazz festivals in Barcelona, ​​Brussels (Belgium), Quito (Ecuador), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Barquisimeto (Venezuela), Sardinia (Italy), Gibraltar, Perpignan, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Valencia, Getxo, Menorca , Zarautz and Vigo."

-Ramon Prats Website (Translated by Google) (http://www.ramonprats.cat/bio-press/)
4/22/2024

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"Carlos Zíngaro (or Carlos "Zíngaro" Alves, born 1948 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese violinist and electronic musician active in free improvisation.

He studied classical music in Lisbon and began working with a number of leading improvisers in the mid-1970s, becoming one of the European top improvisers presently. He has worked with such musicians as Richard Teitelbaum, Joëlle Léandre, Peter Kowald, Barre Phillips, Daunik Lazro, Derek Bailey, Jon Rose, Ken Vandermark, Ken Filiano, Rodrigo Amado, Ned Rothenberg, Rüdiger Carl, Dominique Regef, Evan Parker, Annick Nozati, Theo Jörgensmann and Paul Lovens.

Zíngaro has performed at new and improvised music festivals in Europe, Asia, and North America, produced several film scores, and collaborated with dance companies.

He is also a prolific illustrator and comics author."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Zingaro)
4/22/2024

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David Alves is a violinist, a member of ZARM Ensemble along with Alvaro Rosso, Carlos Z’ngaro, and Ulrich Mitzlaff.

4/22/2024

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"Ulrich Mitzlaff completed his cello studies in the seventies at Tübingen (Germany) with Professor Stefan Zarnescú. Since 1996 he lives at Lisbon, Portugal, where he works as cellist and composer of contemporary and experimental music, improvisation, free-jazz, conceptual composition and sound-art. He collaborates with various artists in multidisciplinary and electro-acoustic projects and he is member of the art-association "granular".

At the moment, he participates in music-projects like: the Duo Ulrich Mitzlaff / Miguel Mira, with a new and very surprising CD "Cellos" that was presented early springtime this year; Separados Frutos, an experimental music and spoken word formation with Nuno Rebelo, Vera Mantero and Manuel Guimarães; the Open Speech TRIO with Carlos Bechegas and Miguel Feraso Cabral; the Duo Carlos "Zingaro" / Ulrich Mitzlaff and the Fruit Music Quartet with Franziska Schroeder, Pedro Carneiro and Pedro Rebelo.

With Carlos "Zingaro" he was performing in many different constellations and formations that had a significant impact on his playing. The same is to say about his collaborations with Nuno Rebelo, Carlos Bechegas, Miguel Mira and Carlos Santos.

He was interpreting the original music composed by Nuno Rebelo in 2001 for "como rebolar alegremente sobre um vazio interior", choreography by Vera Mantero for the Ballet Gulbenkian, and in 2003 for "Silicone Não", choreography by Paulo Ribeiro for the Companhia Paulo Ribeiro. He was collaborating in 2000 and 2001 with Américo Rodrigues in his multi-dimensional piece "...como um relâmpago...".

He composed and presented live in 2008 the music for the choreography created by Romulus Neagu "The Invisibility of the Small Perceptions". With Romulus Neagu he works also in the duo "ImproFormance", an instant dance-performance.

In 2008 he created and interpreted the music for the documentary film by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos over the choreographic project of Romulus Neagu "The Invisibility of the Small Perceptions", and in 2009 he composed and interpreted the music for the dramatic short film by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos "Pedrinez". He interpreted the original music written by Paulo Curado for the animation film "Cândido" by "Zepe" - José Pedro Cavalheiro in 2007.

He participated in many international festivals like "Festival LEM Primavera" (Barcelona 2009), "Festival Portugal and the World" (Brussels 2007), "Metasonic LX" (Lisbon 2006), "Metasonic III" (Lisbon 2010), "Festival Músicas do Mundo" (Sines 2006), "Festival Alkantara" (Lisbon 2006), "Sonorities" festival of contemporary music (Belfast, Northern Ireland 2005), "CAMP 03 - international festival for electronic music, sound art and visual arts" (Tübingen, Germany 2003) and "CAMP 05" (Montemor-o-Novo 2005), "Encontros de Música Experimental- EME" (Setúbal 2000 and 2001), "Ó da Guarda" (Guarda 1999, 2005 and 2008) among many others.

He was playing in various concerts with Fried Dähn, Rodrigo Amado, Emídio Buchinho, Reinhold Friedl, Vitor Joaquim, Thomas Maos, Stefano de Bonis, Josep-Maria Balanyà, Bart Maris, Miguel Cardoso, Pedro Lopes, Hernâni Faustino, Stefano Zorzanello, Gregg Moore, Liba Villavecchia, Paulo Curado, Bertrand Gauguet, Miguel Leiria Pereira, Ernesto Rodrigues, Mark Whitecage, Phill Niblock and many others. He worked in the duo I/O with Carlos Santos (MAX/MSP) in the field of electro-acoustic improvisation and he was collaborating with the Lisbon Improvisation Players of Rodrigo Amado."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/artists/u_mitzlaff.html)
4/22/2024

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Alvaro Rosso is a Portuguese double bassist, a member of Variable Geometry Orchestra, ZMVR 4tet, Orgonite, Croniques 3, and String Theory.

-Squidco 4/22/2024

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1. A Kind Of Trees 05:58

2. Crunchy Trails 09:25

3. Pinky Chocolate 06:11

4. Sky Skating 04:14

5. Roaring Jellyfish 12:03

6. Crumbled Time 03:18

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