The third release in Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes' Love Song Project is a solo album performed on a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, six beautifully peaceful and introspective improvisations revealing a calm side to Lopes' often assertive electric guitar work, instead allowing harmonics and notes express his curiosity of life and love of music.
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Catalog ID: SHH069CD
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Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
All composition and harmony arrangements by Luis Lopes, playing nylon strings acoustic guitar. Recorded June 30th 2021 by Joaquim Monte at Namouche Studios, Lisbon. Mixed by Luis Lopes, August 2021. Mastered by David Zuchowsky at Daver Noise Studios.
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"Averse to any linearity, the idiosyncratic Luís Lopes, a musician connected to Jazz, improvised and experimental music, has been building his career, a simple and singular story, characterised by a unique voice, free of corsets, formal ties or constraints and mannerisms regarding strict stilistical implications. He is an unfollower... experiments himself through paradoxes. Invokes teachings by following standards of subversion to any possibility of pre-established idea. Eminent self-subversion... Introspective timeless trance.
Running Multi-international groups, especially his Humanization 4tet (with Portuguese Rodrigo Amado and Texan's Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez), Lisbon Berlin Trio (with Germans Christian Lillinger, Robert Landfermann), and his "Noise" or "Love Song(s)" Solos, plus his highly recommended records he is growing as an international artist, playing at important Festivals and venues not just in Portugal but in Europe and U.S.
Coming from a rock/punk and blues background, while studying at local classic and rock schools, he began studying Jazz at Hot Club Portugal School and then was finalist at Escola de Jazz do Barreiro/Lisbon. Then did studies with Saxophonist Joe Giardullo who opened for him the doors of modern jazz harmony complexity through the George Russell's "Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization", plunging Lopes into the world of improvised and experimental music, without disregard for his fascination with distorion and guitar feedbacks, expressed in different incursions into noise music, while also canalizes energys towards projects where he can develop his composing abilities.
In more recent times, Lopes has played and / or recorded with different artists connected to jazz and improvised music, such as Noel Akchoté, Christian Lillinger, Robert Landfermann, Marco Von Orelly, Marc Unternahrer, Adam Lane, Igal Foni, Floros Floridis, Joe Giardulo, Harvey Sorgen, Benjamin Duboc, Phill Niblock, Ernesto Rodrigues, Paulo Curado, Sei Miguel, Rodrigo Amado, Hernâni Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Miguel Mira, Aaron Gonzalez, Stefan Gonzalez, Dennis Gonzalez, Elliot Levin, Alfred Hart, Daniel Levin, Reuben Radding, Daniel Carter, Jeb Bishop, Josh Abrams, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Samuel Blaser, Boris Hauf, Evan Parker, Olivier Benoit, Fred Lomberg-holm, Valentin Ceccaldi, Gonçalo Almeida, among many others."-Luis Lopes Website (http://www.luislopes.pt/?page_id=972)
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1. Coda 0:48
2. Emmentes Variations 3:49
3. Variations on Cerejeiras 7:46
4. Variations on Effigy 5:50
5. Variations on Paso 6:03
6. Variations on She 7:46
Variations on She Is 4:14
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"From someone working on the free jazz/noise rock side of things as the Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes, the
Love Song Projectcame at first as a bizarre surprise. At its third appearance in record we finally understand: even the most of histrionic musicians need to create an introspective, calm space to figure out all things in life, beginning with music itself.
That's what happens in Emmentes with only a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar being heard. Lopes questions music at its basis, the association of a note to another, the forming of a chord, the slow construction of a harmonic progression and, more than this, the feelings, the thoughts, the memories, the expectations behind, those immaterial elements that music tries to express because no words can.
The king of feedback guitar and distortion on the Lisbon underground music scene shows his vulnerability in this collection of pieces about love, for someone else and for life and all its aspects, be it a flower ("Variations on Cerejeiras"), a woman ("Variations on She" and "Variations on She Is") or music ("Coda"). Good for him, and good for us."-Shhpuma
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