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Slow Is Possible (Pontiifice / Figueira / Fonseca / Clemente / Santos Dias / Sousa): Moonwatchers (Clean Feed)

A stunningly beautiful album of langurous jazz from a sextet collective of young Portuguese musicians, self-described as a chamber band for the new century, in their 2nd album using melodic elements alongside classical contemporay music, post-rock, alternative metal, intelligent pop, free improvisation and more, creating a rich and embraceable music.

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UPC: 5609063004472

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF447CD
Squidco Product Code: 24976

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Namouche Studio, Lisbon, Portugal, on December 10th and 11th, 2016, by Joaquim Monte.


Andre Pontifice-cello

Bruno Figueira-alto saxophon

Duarte Fonseca-drums

Joao Clemente-electric guitar, electronics

Nuno Santos Dias -piano

Ricardo Sousa-double bass

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Artist Biographies:

"Andre Pontifice began his musical studies at EPABI (Beira Interior School of Arts) in the class of teachers Miguel Matias and Rogério Peixinho, where he participated in masterclasses and orchestra stages. He continued his cello studies at ESMAE (School of Music and Performing Arts) in the class of teacher Jed Barahal and later with teachers Pedro Neves and Paulo Gaio Lima at the Metropolitan School of Lisbon. He is a various groups such as Slow is Possible, Co and and Cigarettes, Silver Penicos, Opus Diabolicum, Salad Ensemble, Shadow with the Moonspell, among others."

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"He began his studies in a larsonic association at the age of 12 in the Municipality of Pombal in Clarinet. Attends the Conservatory of Coimbra two years later and finishes the 3rd degree there. It suspends activity and, 18, joins the Pro- sional School of Covilhã in the class of Professor César Ramos. Subsequently he makes tests for the School of Arts of Castelo Branco where he finishes the degree in Clarinet under the class of Professor Carlos Alves and Pedro Ladeira. In parallel, he attends a masterclass with professors such as António Saiote, Josep Fuster, Arno Piters, Juan Ferrer and Hans Collber. Participates in programs in the Orchestra Classical Center, ESART Symphony Orchestra, EPABI Symphony Orchestra, Orfeão de Leiria Symphony Orchestra and was soloist in the ESART Baroque Orchestra. At the moment he attends the Master of Music Teaching at the School of Arts of Castelo Branco and in parallel he plays Saxophone in several projects outside the Scholar World. Record and practice improvised music with regularity searching for new ways in the World of Sound Environments. Invites with the Co and and Cigarettes and participates assiduously in the Salad Ensemble improvisation ensemble. He is a saxophonist in Slow is Possible, Animalia and TwoStep."

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"Duarte Fonseca currently has five musical projects: Slow is Possible, Sideways, Salad Ensemble, Xaral's Dixie and Xaral's Band. As a native of Minde, he also collaborates with the Mindense Musical Society."

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"João Clemente began his musical studies at the Beira Interior School of Arts studying percussion and classical guitars. He attended the course of Music Production and Electronic Music at the School of Applied Arts. The community sense of his work gained in this phase the first forms, creating bonds with musicians with whomuntil today it maintains an energetic artistic activity.His professional vitality goes through multiple fields of action, composer of soundtracks for plays and lmes; founder of the Salad Ensemble and musician in several groups, among which the following stand out: Slow is Possible, Sideways, Turn Me On! Dead Man !, Co ee and Cigarettes, Woom, Kat in a Bag.

Highlights: The Thing About Silence and Why Flamingos Fly to the Salad Ensemble; Animalia for quartet of three (clarinet, saxophone, cello, double bass); The Eternal Life of the World, liturgical poem for sextet, narrator and choir."

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"Nuno Santos began his musical studies at the Regional Music Conservatory of Covilhã, continuing his education at the Lisbon Higher School of Music, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the New University of Lisbon, the University of Évora and the Open University. As a pianist he has developed his artistic activity between recitals of chamber music and free improvisation in different formats. A piano teacher at the Regional Music Conservatory of Covilhã, he has collaborated as an accompanist pianist at the Covilhã Pro-sional Arts School."

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"Born in the city of Covilhã, he was born in 1989 and began his musical career at Pro- sional School

of Arts of Beira Interior, in the class of double bass of Prof. Romeu Fabião. He began his studies of double bass at the National Academy of Orchestra and completed his degree at ESART, School of Applied Arts, under the guidance of Prof. Adriano Aguiar. During his 89 years of training, he worked as a masterclass and worked with different teachers, including Catalin Rotaru, Janne Saksala, Manuel Rego and Nuno Arrais (masterclasses); Jean-Marc Bur n, José Eduardo Gomes, Pedro Neves and Rui Pinheiro (teachers).

In a variety of musical contexts, he grew up with participation in projects such as the Pró-Clássica Orquestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil, soundtrack of the videogame Murder in the Hotel Lisbon.

Throughout his career he integrated formations of different musical genres with special interest in two distinct areas. Improvisation and Ancient Music.In the area of ​​Ancient Music, and at the invitation of João Paulo Janeiro, he has collaborated in the project Concerto Ibérico - Baroque Orchestra, highlighting the participation in the International Course of Ancient Music 2015 in Idanha-a-Velha, , at the VIII West Coast Early Music Festival 2015 - Winter Cycle and in the I Cycle of concerts of Interparliamentary Organs of Vila Nova de Famalicão and Santo Tirso.In the area of ​​Improvisation, João Clemente integrates projects such as Playground in 2011, Salad Ensemble with presentations in the city of Fundão in 2010 and 2011 and in the city of Castelo Branco in 2012, Animalia (a quartet for three elements in light of the theme of William Burroughs) in 2014 and Eternal Life of the World, a Liturgical Poem inserted in the Forty (Cycle of Traditions of Lent and Holy Week of the Council of Fundão).

He is a member of the Slow is Possible project and is finishing his Masters in Music Teaching at ESART in the city of Castelo Branco."

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track listing:

1. The Lion Dance 14:30

2. Catching Bukowski 6:54

3. Hunting Weather 11:02

4. At Land 13:11

5. Barely Visible 7:54

6. Moonwatchers 14:13

7. Therefore (reprise) 3:49

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"At their second opus, one of the most surprising projects emerging these last years from the very dynamic and rich cauldron of Portuguese jazz are capable to go very far beyond what they showed us before. Embracing a kind of cinematic jazz vaguely influenced by John Zorn's compositional work for the big and the little screens, the band Slow is Possible is simultaneously accessible, due to the sugestibility of the melodic work and the directness of the rhythmic propulsion, and experimental, presenting a multitude of progressive resources coming from the most disparate of sources: classical contemporay music, post-rock, alternative metal, intelligent pop, free improvisation and more.

Self-defined as a chamber band for the new century, this collective of young musicians living in the interior of Portugal is much more than that: it's a blow of fresh air, a box of secrets to discover, a slap in the face of conformism. A good part of the enchantment provoked by Moonwatchers comes from the refined compositions by all the six members, but the instrumental work is no less precious."-Clean Feed

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