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Alves, Pedro Melo (Johnson / Nunes / Dionisio / Risser / Dresser / Moieme / Alves): In Igma (Clean Feed)

Constrast from shifts in sound, texture and dynamic in Pedro Melo Alves' commissioned work for the Jazz No Parque Festival, using 3 vocalists (Aubrey Johnson, Beatriz Nunes, & Mariana Dionisio) to layer and interact over a quartet of contemporary and improvised instrumentalists: Eve Risser (piano), Mark Dresser (bass), Abdul Moimeme (electric guitar), and Alves (drums & percussion).

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UPC: 5609063005547

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF554
Squidco Product Code: 29395

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Salao Brazil, in Coimbra, Portugal, on July 10th and 11th, 2019, by Joao P. Miranda.


Aubrey Johnson-voice

Beatriz Nunes-voice

Mariana Dionisio-voice

Eve Risser-piano

Mark Dresser-contrabass

Abdul Moimeme-electric guitar, objects

Pedro Melo Alves-drums, percussion

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Commissioned by the Portuguese Jazz no Parque series (Serralves Foundation, with Rui Eduardo Paes as the curator) in 2019, In Igma, the ensemble, and the opus now released, is a particularly accomplished example of the equating mind of drummer/percussionist and composer Pedro Melo Alves, who is more and more known for assembling musicians you don't expect to see together and with them to conceive something that comes from very different musical sources.

Besides Melo Alves himself, the instrumentalists are Mark Dresser, Eve Risser and Abdul Moimeme and there's three singers in (inter)action, Aubrey Johnson, Beatriz Nunes and Mariana Dionisio. The resulting music emanates from the interstices between jazz, contemporary music and experimentalism, in the process becoming this beautiful and quite intriguing object, described as a "quest for what is most primary and prior" and an "exploration of fresh influences, coming naturally from a broad aesthetic horizon"."-Clean Feed

Artist Biographies

"Aubrey Johnson is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and educator who specializes in jazz, Brazilian, and creative contemporary music with and without words. She holds a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory and will be releasing her debut album, of her own compositions and arrangements, in the fall of 2019. She currently teaches at Berklee College of Music in the Voice Department, and in the Jazz Masters Program at Queens College in New York City. She has also held faculty positions at the New England Conservatory and Montclair State University.

As an undergraduate student Western Michigan University, Aubrey was a member of Gold Company, the university's world- renowned vocal jazz ensemble, and studied classical and jazz voice. As a college student, Aubrey won two DownBeat Collegiate Student Music Awards for "Best Jazz Vocalist" and "Jazz Vocalist, Outstanding Performance." She recorded and performed the original compositions of pianist Ron DiSalvio, featuring legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. Her work with Cobb/DiSalvio can be heard on their 2007 Origin Records release "Essence of Green", and "Songs For Jazz Legends" (BluJazz, 2015).

In 2007 she relocated to Boston to pursue a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, Dominique Eade, Allan Chase, George Garzone, and Frank Carlberg. While at NEC, Aubrey founded, directed and arranged for an official vocal jazz ensemble at the school. In 2009, Aubrey graduated with honors, was awarded the "Gunther Schuller Medal" for "making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the school," and won her third DownBeat Magazine Collegiate Student Music Award, for outstanding performance in jazz voice.

In 2009 and 2010, Aubrey performed (singing wordlessly and playing auxiliary keyboards) with Lyle Mays (keyboardist of the Pat Metheny Group), including shows at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Also in 2010, she recorded on Bobby McFerrin's Grammy-nominated EmArcy release "VOCAbuLaries."

In 2011, Aubrey moved to New York City where she currently resides. In New York, she has made appearances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Kaufman Center, The Kitano, Cornelia St. Café, The Stone, Shapeshifter Lab, the Jazz Gallery, BAM Café, Rockwood Music Hall, Club Bonafide, Smalls, Mezzrow, Le Poisson Rouge, and the National Opera Center, with many different ensembles and artists including Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer), Fred Hersch's Pocket Orchestra, Sara Serpa's City Fragments, John Zorn's Mycale Vocal Quartet, Joe Phillips' Numinous Ensemble, Andrew Rathbun's Large Ensemble, Rose and the Nightingale, Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Jason Yeager, Randy Ingram, and with her own band (Tomoko Omura, Michael Sachs, Chris Ziemba, Matt Aronoff, Jeremy Noller). Her performing and teaching has taken her throughout the US and Canada, China, Taiwan, Europe, and South America."

-Aubrey Johnson Website (

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"Beatriz Nunes is a singer and songwriter. In 2018 he presents his first album of originals, CANTO PRIMEIRO, consisting of his own themes, new arrangements for some classic songs like José Afonso's "A song of patience", and creations for poems by contemporary Portuguese poets, as is the case of poem "For me to Repent the thought" by Angelo de Lima or "Senhora do Ó" by Margarida Vale de Gato.

He has been a vocalist for the Madredeus Group since 2011, with whom he recorded the album Essência in 2012, and performed on tour at the Barbican in London, Wien Konzerthaus in Vienna, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, AVO Sessions in Basel, Mimo Festival in Ouro Preto , Is Sanat in Istanbul, among others. In 2015 he recorded with the Madredeus the group's last album, Capricho Sentimental.

At the same time, it maintains activity in its own name, with the presentation of a repertoire of Jazz and Portuguese music. He has several collaborations in Jazz projects and new Portuguese music, namely in the albums Mau Sangue by José Ferreira / Nuno Moura (2011), Terra Concreta de Afonso Pais (2013); Tiago Sousa's Choir of Wills (2014), Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar by The Rite of Trio (2015).

Since 2010 he has participated in the annual Opera Programs of the Sintra Opera Studio, namely in Himyneu, Salome and Il trionfo di Davidde Bowls

He started singing very early, at the age of 9, in the Choir of the Lisbon Academy of Music Amateurs, where he started studying classical guitar. In 2004 he started the singing course at the Conservatory of Music School, which he concluded in 2011. In 2014 he finished his degree in Music-Jazz variant Voz, at the Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa. In the same year he received a scholarship from the New York Voices Summer Camp in Toledo, Ohio (USA) where he studied vocal technique with Kim Nazarian and composition with Lauren Kinhan and Peter Eldridge, from Berklee College of Music.

In addition to her activity as a singer and composer, she has been a voice teacher at the Barreiro Jazz School since 2012 and at the Professional School of Arts in Montemor-o-Novo since 2015.

Beatriz Vieira Nunes was born in 1988, in Barreiro. Lives in Lisbon."

-Beatriz Nunes Website (Translated by Google) (

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"Mariana Dionísio, already described as one of the best kept secrets of music in Portugal, develops and participates in several projects as an improviser or composer, where experimentation and vocal exploration is evident. Born in 1993 in Lisbon, she began her musical studies on the piano in 1999 and continued them at the School of Music at the National Conservatory. She is a graduate of the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, in voice. Currently, he has dedicated himself to small training courses, with or without electronics, and to some solo experiences."-Viral Legend (Translated by Google) (

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"Eve Risser has her musical roots in chamber music as a flutist and pianist. While residing in Alsace, France, she merged in to the contemporary and jazz/improvised music world. In June 2008, she got the 1st Piano Price in Jazz & Improvised Music at National Conservatory in Paris, a soloist price at the International Competition of La Défense. From 2009 to 2013 she took part of National Jazz Orchestra of Fance (ONJ) directed by Danie Yvinec. Eve's multifaceted musical creativity has been heard in various settings, festivals and groups throughout the world.

She performs solo with piano or electric harpsichord and a her own improvisations or compositions. She leads and co-leads, plays, and composes in the Donkey Monkey with Yuko Oshima ; in the quartet The New Songs with the swedish singer and composer Sofia Jernberg, Kim Myhr and David Stackenäs ; in the trio EN-CORPS (Risser/Duboc/Perraud) ans many others.

Currently Eve's musical life is based out of Paris where she is involved in organizing creative music live performances and the label UMLAUT. Eve has had the possibility to play and collaborate with great musicians such as John Hollenbeck, Billy Hart, Benoît Delbecq, Jon Irabagon, Mickael Formanek, Médéric Collignon, Marc Ducret, Emile Parisien, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Mickael Zerang, Andreas Werliin, joel grip, eivind lohning, Wolfgang Mitterer, Quatuor Bela, MAGMA, Le Sacre du Tympan, Magnetic Ensemble, The Bridge #5, les solistes de l'Ensemble Intercontemporain Nicolas Crosse & Pascal Gallois, Pascal Niggenkemper Vision 7 and many others.Je suis un paragraphe. Cliquez ici pour ajouter votre propre texte et modifiez-moi. Je suis l'endroit parfait pour raconter une histoire, et pour vous présenter à vos utilisateurs."

-Eve Risser website (

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Mark Dresser is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred thirty CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD. From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton's Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke's book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded music of Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Ostertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn. Dresser most recent and internationally acclaimed new music for jazz quintet, Nourishments (2013) his latest CD (Clean Feed) marks his re-immersion as a bandleader. Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He was awarded a 2015 Shifting Foundation Award and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.

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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 magazine, and Publico newspaper, as a critic.

In 2006 he created Freemusic (, a space exclusively dedicated to the promotion of Portuguese improvised music."

-Creative Sources (

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"Pedro Melo Alves is one of the most unsettled new minds in Portugal, avid for something more, yet unknown.

Having been awarded with the Bernardo Sassetti composition award in 2016, distinguished as the National Musician of the Year in 2017 by and in 2019 with the Premio Internazionale Giorgio Gaslini he's been increasingly present in the European music scene, presenting his projects in events such as 12 Points Festival (2018), European Jazz Conference (2018) or Jazzahead (2019).

Born in 1991, in Porto, Portugal, Pedro starts studying music in 2000. Enrolls at the Jazz Drums superior course in 2011 at the Porto Superior School of Music (ESMAE), having lessons with Michael Lauren and Carlos Azevedo, and leaves the course in 2013 to study classical and jazz piano with Abe Rabade and Daniel Bernardes. The participation on several workshops in Portugal, Spain and Italy led him to meet and study with some of the contemporary jazz scene figures, such as Danilo Perez, John Escreet and Ralph Alessi. Enters in 2015 on the Musical Composition superior course at the Lisbon Superior School of Music (ESML), where he studies with Sérgio Azevedo, José Luís Ferreira and António Pinho Vargas.

Today he plays as a drummer and composer in innovative modern jazz bands (Omniae Ensemble, The Rite of Trio, In Igma), contemporary electroacoustic projects (his solo O, CACO.MEAL or his trio symph), improvised music (with João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Luís Vicente, Theo Ceccaldi, Ricardo Jacinto, Jacqueline Kerrod, Pedro Branco), instrumental rock (Catacombe), soundtracks for Theatre and Dance (with Schaubühne's Peter Kleinert, Carlota Lagido or his own art collective Caos) and erudite composition."

-Pedro Melo Alves Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Crack 5:12

2. In Igma, Pt. 1 - Code 8:03

3. Organum 6:51

4. In Igma, Pt. 2 - On Meaning 10:02

5. In Igma, Pt. 3 - On Void 9:52

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Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Septet recordings
Unusual Vocal Forms
Objects and Home-made Instruments
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz

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