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Almeida, Goncalo / Rutger Zuydervelt: Eventual (gusstaff records)

The first full-length collaboration between Portuguese double bassist Gonçalo Almeida and Netherlands sound artist Rutger Zuydervelt, aka Machinefabriek, born from the soundtrack to Lex Reitsma's documentary about photographer Koos Breukel, including additional recordings to create this beautiful long-form drone merging rich electronics with Gonçalo's powerfully textured harmonics.
 

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Goncalo Almeida-double bass

Rutger Zuydervelt-electronics, editor


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UPC: 5050580818767

Label: gusstaff records
Catalog ID: GRAM2403
Squidco Product Code: 34717

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Poland
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Lex Reitsma.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Eventual is the first album by double bass player Gonçalo Almeida and 'knob twidler' Rutger Zuydervelt. It's not exactly their first collaboration though, having released two EPs, 'Doze Ruinas' and 'Jangadas', and being colleagues in Hydra Ensemble (with cellists Lucija Gregov and Nina Hitz).

When film maker Lex Reitsma commissioned Rutger Zuydervelt for the soundtrack of his documentary about photographer Koos Breukel, Zuydervelt proposed to involve Gonçalo Almeida. Reitsma agreed and visited Almeida to record a selection of double bass improvisations. The plan was for Zuydervelt to weave these recordings into the score, but in the end not much of it was used.

Both Almeida and Zuydervelt felt that the wealth of recorded material was too beautiful to lay to waste, and since they had plans to create more music as a duo anyway, it was logic step to give this session a new purpose.

After a few false starts (and more than a year after the recording), Zuydervelt found a successful angle and constructed Eventual; a long-form drone composition, created by combining multiple edits of Reitsma's recordings, and making use of the gorgeous harmonics and overtones of Gonçalo's playing.

While Almeida is also a master in furious skronk, 'Eventual' highlights his more minimalistic and patient side, combined with the detailed and multi-layered sound design by Zuydervelt. The icing on the cake is the beautiful mastering by Jos Smolders."-Gustaff Records



"Gonçalo Almeida (Lisbon, 1978) is a Portuguese musician and composer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With a strong interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to his work, Gonçalo plays in a variety of projects that go from modern jazz, freejazz, jazzcore and free improvisation music, having shared the stage with improvisers such has Ab Baars, Balasz Pandi, Chris Speed, Carlos Zíngaro, Ig Henneman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jasper Stadhouders, Jorrit Dijkstra, Luis Vicente, Luis Lopes, Martin van Duynhoven, Nina Hitz, Peter Jacquemyn, Rodrigo Amado, Rutger Zuydervelt, Susana Santos Silva,Tobias Klein, Wilbert de Joode, among others.

He is the founder/main composer/ bass player of Hydra Ensemble, Lama Trio, Albatre, The Attic and member of Spinifex, Tetterapadequ, The Selva, Roji, Almeida/Duynhoven/Klein trio. Gonçalo Almeida also collaborates frequently with audio-visual artists, modern dancers, poets and theatre makers, such as Arnold Dreyblatt, Julyen Hamilton, Rita Vilhena,Ricardo Jacinto, Pierre Bastien, among others.

Since 2001 has been touring internationally within several of these projects, in Europe, U.S, India and Japan. Adding to a prolific publication of records on international labels from his various projects, Gonçalo Almeida created also his own digital label, Cylinder Recordings, in order to document and share material from his frequent and experimental encounters with other improvisers, making crossovers between musicians from different projects and researching on new collaborative paths."



"Rutger Zuydervelt resides in Schiedam, and is active as an electronic musician/composer as well as graphic designer. He operates under the name Machinefabriek often, and released a great amount of albums on various labels, numerous of them collaborations - with artists such as Peter Broderick, Chantal Acda, Dirk Serries, Vasco Trilla, Michel Banabila, Gareth Davis, and many more.

Rutger also regularly does commissioned work for dance pieces, film and television, and art projects. He worked with choreographers like Iván Pérez, Yin Yue, Alexander Whitley, and Roshanak Morrowatian, and with film makers Makino Takashi, Jessica Gorter, Margarida Cardoso, Lex Reitsma, and more. He regularly scores documentaries for VPRO, and composed his first video game score in 2016, the successful Astroneer.

For live performances Rutger's setup is mostly analogue, using oscillators, cassette players, contact mics and effects panels to create -improvised- sonic environments."


Artist Biographies

"Gonçalo Almeida born in 1978 Lisbon, Portugal. Lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he followed studies at Rotterdams Conservatorium, having studied with Heyn van Geyn, Stefan Lievestro, Marius Beets and Peter Leerdman, finishing his master degree in 2008.

Plays in a variety of projects that go from modern jazz, freejazz, jazzcore and free improvisation music, having shared the stage with improvisers such has Chris Speed, Carlos Zíngaro, Wilbert de Joode, Martin van Duynhoven, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rodrigo Amado, Tobias Klein, Jasper Stadhouders among others.

Also has been working in collaboration with multi media such as video artists, modern dancers, poets, and theater makers.

In the main projects that he is involved as double bass player, he has a deep input as a composer."

-Goncalo Almeida Website (http://gonzobass.wixsite.com/gonzoalmeida/biography)
5/23/2024

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"Machinefabriek is the alias of Rutger Zuydervelt. Rutger's music combines elements of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic experiments. His pieces can be heard as an attempt to create sonic environments for the listener to dwell in. Finding tension in texture, tone and timing, the result can be very minimalistic at first glance, but reveals itself upon closer listening. The devil is in the details.

Rutger was born in 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and now resides in Rotterdam. He started recording as Machinefabriek in 2004. After a series of self released cd-rs, his official debut Marijn was issued in 2006, with great critical acclaim. Since than, a solid stream of music was released on labels such as Type, Important, Home Normal, 12K, Entr'acte, Dekorder, Miasmah, Consouling Sounds, Experimedia and Staalplaat. He performed all over the globe, from Canada to Israel and from Russia to Japan.

Rutger collaborated (on record and/or live) with numerous artists, such as Steinbrüchel, Jaap Blonk, Aaron Martin, Peter Broderick, Frans de Waard, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Roden, Gareth Davis, Stephen Vitiello, Michel Banabila, Dirk Serries and Dead Neanderthals, amongst many others.

He frequently works with film makers, like Makino Takashi, Mike Hoolboom, John Price, Paul Clipson and Chris Teerink, for whom he composed a soundtrack for his documentary about Sol LeWitt. Rutger also recorded the music for the Canadian drama The Cold and the Quiet from 2014. Furthermore, his music was used in Edward Burtynsky's Watermark, the drama Stone (with Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton) and Josh Fox' influential Gasland and Gasland Part II documentaries. Besides films, Rutger also composes music for dance pieces, like Alix Eynaudi and Kris Verdonck's EXIT (premiéred at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Alexander Whitley's The Measures Taken (for the Royal Opera in London) and Beheld (for Candoco Dance Company), and multiple pieces by Spanish/Dutch choreographer Iván Pérez. Then there's Rutgers installation work, in which the dialogue with the environment plays an important role. He did projects for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NAi (Dutch Architecture Institute), the new Armando Museum MOA, Sounds Like Audio Art in Saskatoon (Canada), the Into the Great Wide Open Festival, Netwerk in Aalst (Belgium) and children's museum Villa Zebra in Rotterdam."

-Machinefabriek Website (http://www.machinefabriek.nu/about/biography)
5/23/2024

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