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Chagas / Halkvist / Sieben: Days Are Not Days (Creative Sources)

"When an improvised recording presents itself as a meteor, some foreign object from another civilization, like Days Are Not Days does, we should rejoice that it has entered our atmosphere and like a bolide, exploded upon contact. Okay, ...

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UPC: 5609063403800

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs380
Squidco Product Code: 23888

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at TubeAmpSpot in Peniche, Portugal, in October, 2014, by Mauro Madiera.


Paulo Chagas-alto saxophone, flute

Samuel Hallkvist-guitar

Stephan Sieben-guitar

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"Portuguese-born Paulo Chagas is a wilfully eclectic musician, having devoted much of his career to experimentalism. Being by nature a maverick, he has committed his life to the research of new (or renewed) solutions and links between the sounds he explores. Paulo is a dedicated composer, multi-instrumentalist (woodwinds, electronics), teacher, writer and music promoter. He is actively involved with Zpoluras Archives, a music label committed to various branches of contemporary improvised music and to working in partnership with musicians from all parts of the world, and MIA (Encontro de Música Improvisada de Atouguia da Baleia), which plays an essential role within the Portuguese improvisation circuit.

Paulo has a Classical Music background. He studied oboe, composition, acoustics and music history at the National Conservatory of Lisbon (1980-1985), where he joined Orchestra and Chamber Music groups. He has degrees in Special Education, Pedagogy of Music Education, and Music Therapy. He subsequently devoted himself to jazz, studying with saxophonists David Binney and Perico Sambeat. From his earliest years as a musician, Paulo has had a broad interest in all musical forms, from folk, pop and rock, through jazz, fusion, improvised music, and classical.

He has composed, performed and produced music for theater, film, and for educational purposes. He regularly performs and records with an ever-widening range of musicians and collectives, such as P.R.E.C., Variable Geometry Orchestra, Chagas Curado Viegas Wind Trio, Palimpsest Trio, Peixe Frito, Tania Giannouli, Fernando Guiomar and many others. He develops also a soloist career, having covered countries like France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Turkey, Brasil, both to play and to teach workshops and masterclasses.

Describing himself as a "music addict", Paulo is an avid performer, keen to experiment, record, perform, and to do whatever is necessary to further the cause of music. For him, music is an Art form that is intimately linked with the ongoing search for the meaning of life."

-Paulo Chagas Website (

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track listing:

1. Dolphins And Dark Alleys 2:38

2. Flying In The Storm 6:31

3. A Fog And A Frog 13:27

4. There Were People On This Planet 8:27

5. Trapezio 3:33

6. A Message On The Way 7:15
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"When an improvised recording presents itself as a meteor, some foreign object from another civilization, like Days Are Not Days does, we should rejoice that it has entered our atmosphere and like a bolide, exploded upon contact. Okay, this recording by Portuguese saxophonist and flutist Paulo Chagas, and guitarists Samuel Hallkvist, from Sweden, and Stephan Sieben, from Denmark, isn't a bomb. It is, though, an improvised explosive device, pieced together from chamber music debris, ambient dregs, noisy scraps, blues flotsam and rock jetsam. This trio was organized by Hallkvist for a festival in Portugal in 2014, and soon after recorded this session under the supervision of famed guitarist and producer David Torn, who has overseen discs by Tim Berne and Dave Douglas. Like Torn's Only Sky (ECM, 2015), this set juxtaposes harshness with mildness. Even the titles mash. "Era um nevoeiro e um sapo, dos jogos de computador, do spectrum, dos xizes e das cruzinhas, das varias vidas porbater" translated from the Portuguese "It was a fog and a frog, computer games, the spectrum, the exes (x's) and little crosses, of the various lives to beat," opens with spacey guitars and upper register saxophone squeal developing into an almost ballad that is then opened up into circular breathing saxophone and some conspicuous guitar shred. The noisy merger soon becomes a sort of meditative mantra of sound, then an imagined dance piece that implodes. The delight here is the fabrication of sounds. From the touch tones to the thunder, guitars (and woodwinds) extend their vocabularies to conjure in the mind's eye imagined spacetime and the possibilities of things beyond our meager three dimensions."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

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