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Mazam (Mortagua / Azevedo / Angelo / Costa): Pilgrimage (Clean Feed)

Using simple motives to guide remarkably complex and lyric collective improvisations clearly in the jazz tradition, the Portuguese quartet of João Mortágua on alto & soprano saxophones, Carlos Azevedo on piano, Miguel Angelo on double bass and Mário Costa on drums approach their music with concise expression and a clear exuberance for the music they create.
 

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Joao Mortagua-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Carlos Azevedo-piano

Miguel Angelo-doublebass

Mario Costa-drums


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UPC: 5609063005936

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF593
Squidco Product Code: 31666

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at CARA studios, Matosinhos, Portugal, in September, 2020, by Joao Bessa and Nuno Couto.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Some of the most interesting artists of the Porto jazz scene in Portugal, namely Joao Mortagua, Carlos Azevedo, Miguel Angelo and Mario Costa, join forces as the band Mazam to celebrate the idea of path, discovery and adventure. But if you understand this purpose as a way to deal with factors concerning process and its complexities, this concept comes with a surprise: Pilgrimage is all about playing, and in the double sense of the word. Playing an instrument to create music and playing with toys or games like children do.

The quartet even quote violinist and philosopher Stephen Nachmanovitch to highlight this approach: "Musicians play with sound and silence. Eros plays with lovers. Gods play with the universe. Children play with everything they can get their hands on." Acting as kids, these four amazing musicians use simple motives to arrive at unexpected places, as far from the starting points as you can (not!) imagine."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"With his own very personal view of jazz, João Mortágua has rapidly established himself as one of the most complete and challenging modern-day saxophonists in Portugal. His elegant compositions offer space both for solo improvisation and mesmerizing group dynamics. Mortágua recorded his first album "Janela" in 2014. Recently, he published "MIRRORS" (Live at Guimarães Jazz) and "AXES"."

-Joao Mortagua Bandcamp (https://joaomortagua.bandcamp.com/)
2/26/2024

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"Carlos Azevedo (b. 1964, Vila Real) is a portuguese composer also active as a jazz conductor and pianist. Since 1997, he has been active as composer, conductor and pianist for the Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra, and is also leader of the Carlos Azevedo Ensemble. In 2001, his work "In Motion" was played by the Porto Symphony Orchestra in honor of Porto being the European Cultural Capital. He received a Highly Commended prize at the British and International Bass Forum Composition Contest 2001 and won The Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Contest in 2004. Carlos Azevedo is currently a teacher of Analysis at the Escola Superior de Musica e Artes do Espectáculo in Porto."

-Editions Bim (https://www.editions-bim.com/composers/carlos-azevedo)
2/26/2024

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"About Miguel Ângelo

He started his musical activity with the "Tuna Musical de Fi?es", where he attended lessons in music education, guitar and double-bass. He initiated a project in the area of rock, called "Curtes Baldei-me", in which he played bass guitar. He continued his musical studies at Escola de Jazz do Porto, learning electric bass with the Professor Alberto Jorge. Although rock music had been his field of artistic interest during some time, it was undoubtedly the Jazz music that conquered all of his attention. He resumed his bass studies under the guidance of the bassist Alberto Jorge, and had combo lessons with pianist Paulo Gomes, at Escola de Jazz do Porto. Later, he continued to study with the bassist Pedro Barreiros, and afterward he received support from the bassist António Augusto Aguiar. He attended the Official Music Course with the Professor Alenxander Worf up to the 5th degree. Some years after completing his degree in Computer Science / Applied Mathematics at Universidade Portucalense, he returned to higher education to study Double-Bass.

In 2008, he completed his Degree in Double Bass / Jazz at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo, where he had the opportunity to work with António Augusto Aguiar, Damien Cabaud, Carlos Bica, Zé Eduardo, Michael Lauren, Nuno Ferreira, Carlos Azevedo, Pedro Guedes, Telmo Marques, among many others. He participated in several workshops under the guidance of the bassists Carlos Bica, Zé Eduardo, Thomas Morgan, Dan Weiss,...

He has participated in several concerts in Portugal and abroad, among which he emphasizes the Angrajazz, 6º Kriol Jazz Fest (Cabo Verde), Porta Jazz Festivals, Jimmy Glass Jazz Club (Valência - Spain), Hot Clube - Lisboa, Douro Jazz, Viseu Jazz Festival, Jazz Marin Festival (Spain), Pontevedra Jazz Festival (Spain), Antena 2 Open Concert, São Luís Jazz Festival, Avante Festival, Europarque, CCB, Vilar de Mouros Festival, Paredes de Coura,...

In the sequence of the release of his first album as leader and composer, the GDA Foundation gave him a support for live shows and Tour.

He played with many musicians, standing out Ohad Talmor, Dan Weiss, Frank Vanagee, Virxílio Silva Yago Vasquez, Max Gómez, Vicente Macian, Miguel Fernandez, Carlos López, Voro Garcia, Maria Viana, Fátima Serro, Mário Santos, Carlos Mendes, Paulo Barros, Paulo Gomes, Carlos Azevedo, Sofia Ribeiro, Miguel Martins, Zé Pedro Coelho, João Guimarães, André Fernandes, Jeff Davis, Óscar Graça, Marcos Cavaleiro and many others.

Currently, he leads his own quartet, with which he released the album "BRANCO" in 2013, in 2016 "A VIDA DE X", considerer by national and international press as one of the best jazz albuns of the year, both on the label of Porta-Jazz. In 2917 he releases in first doublebass Solo album "I think I´m going to eat dessert" (Creative Sources Records). Integrates, among others, Ensemble Super Moderne (best Pt jazz album of 2014), MAP, Pedro Neves Trio, Bruno Macedo Quartet and Jogo de Damas."

-Miguel Angelo Website (http://www.miguelangeloctb.com/?im=7&op=conteudo&lang=UK)
2/26/2024

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"Mário Costa, was born in 1986 in Viana do Castelo. Starts the study of the drums at 7 years of age. His learning path passes through the Vocational School of Music of Viana do Castelo where he studies percussion with teachers Rui Rodrigues, Nuno Aroso and Pedro Oliveira. In 2008 he graduated in Jazz from ESMAE, under the guidance of Professor Michael Lauren. In that same year, he moved to the United States where he attended private lessons with Ian Froman, Rodney Green, Ari Hoening, Eric Harland, John Riley and Hal Crook. He attends and participates in workshops with Jeff Ballard, Adam Cruz, Ferenc Nemeth, Peter Erskin, Dom Famularo, Billy Hart, Alexandre Frazão, Marc Miralta, Allan Ferber, Chris Corsano, David Freedman, Billy Coabhan, John Riley, Dan Weiss, among others.

He is an award-winning drummer with a number of distinctions in the music scene, including the 1st Prize at the "II Young Performers Competition" in Spain, 1st prize at the "Tum-Pa-Tum-Pa" drum competition ) and the 1st prize in the "Yamaha Drum Sessions" in the category of over 18 years.

In 2010 he is invited by Casa da Música to present his project "Mário Costa - Homo Sapiens" in the cycle "New Values ​​of Jazz". At the same time he is invited to participate in various projects in festivals, such as: Serralves in Festa - "Adapt / Oppose", "Corsano - Queijo - Costa" and Trama - Festival of Performative Arts - "Improvisations / Collaborations".

Mário Costa is known for his diverse formations, such as: Hugo Carvalhais - Nebula, GS Quartet, Ensemble Super Modern, Carlos Mendes Quarteto, Metamorphose, Maria Mendes, Miguel Martins, Carlos Azevedo Trio, Mário Costa - Dual Experience, José Valente - Experience of Today.

Currently he is part of the project of Miguel Araújo and Ana Moura's latest album, where he has performed more than 140 concerts in the first year of the world tour of the album "Desfado", through Coliseu dos Recreios, Coliseu do Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém, Victoria Hall (Switzerland), Apolo Hall (Spain), SF Jazz Center (USA), Napa Valley Opera House (USA), Berklee Performance Center (USA), Barbican Center (UK), Paradiso Room (Amsterdam), Les Muzik Festival Elles (France), Opera Nationala Romana (Romania), El Lunario (Mexico City), Festspielhaus (Austria), Muffathalle (Munich), Festival Mawazine (Rabat), Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo Arts (Rio de Janeiro), Bansko Jazz Fest (Bulgaria), among others."

-Mario Costa Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/MarioCostaMusic/about/?ref=page_internal)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Sinuous 3:12

2. Atrium 1:36

3. Bugbear 1:00

4. Inception 1:30

5. Stubble 0:39

6. Pilgrimage 5:39

7. Pulley 2:42

8. Day Dream 1:38

9. Night Drive 4:11

10. Stubborn 1:58

11. Roundhouse 6:13

12. Anthill 3:58

13. Mist 1:43

14. Schism 2:12

15. Hollow 8:23

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European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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