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Almeida, Goncalo

Improvisations on Amplified and Prepared Double Bass

Almeida, Goncalo: Improvisations on Amplified and Prepared Double Bass (Shhpuma)

Performing on double bass, amp and a volume pedal, Gonçalo Almeida (LAMA, Albatre, The Attic) explores new sonic environments and possiblities for the large strings, using feedback that modifies based on the physical location between the amp and the resonator of the double bass, Almeida improvises with bowing strokes, pizzicato and unusual string preparations.

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UPC: 5609063800753

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH075
Squidco Product Code: 32671

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Atelier Le Sud, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


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"Gonçalo Almeida born in 1978 Lisbon, Portugal. Lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he followed studies at Rotterdams Conservatorium, having studied with Heyn van Geyn, Stefan Lievestro, Marius Beets and Peter Leerdman, finishing his master degree in 2008.

Plays in a variety of projects that go from modern jazz, freejazz, jazzcore and free improvisation music, having shared the stage with improvisers such has Chris Speed, Carlos Zíngaro, Wilbert de Joode, Martin van Duynhoven, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rodrigo Amado, Tobias Klein, Jasper Stadhouders among others.

Also has been working in collaboration with multi media such as video artists, modern dancers, poets, and theater makers.

In the main projects that he is involved as double bass player, he has a deep input as a composer."

-Goncalo Almeida Website (

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track listing:

1. Improvisations On Amplified And Prepared, Pt. 1 10:00

2. Improvisations On Amplified And Prepared, Pt. 2 2:46

3. Improvisations On Amplified And Prepared, Pt. 3 5:31

4. Improvisations On Amplified And Prepared, Pt. 4 2:36

5. Improvisations On Amplified And Prepared, Pt. 5 6:47

6. Improvisations On Amplified And Prepared, Pt. 6 2:45

7. Improvisations On Amplified And Prepared, Pt. 7 3:09
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"In the present album, Gonçalo Almeida questions the future of the double bass and of music in general, inventing a sound that has not yet been heard. Like many important discoveries, his invention required more imagination than equipment: "my setup is simple", he says, "just an amp and a volume pedal". Listening to the seven tracks of this album, one also imagines a subtle interaction between the amp and the bass: slight movements that change the position and distance of the resonator (the body of the bass) from the speaker to create controlled feedback. We also imagine something like a gymnopédie with the volume pedal, to modulate a distortion that enhances the bowing stroke, the pizzicato resonance and several mysterious preparations.

The improviser has the advantage over the traditional composer of hearing in great detail the specificity of the sound he invents. This live listening pushes him to other lines that he would not have imagined in the silence of a working room. Obviously, the new sound of the double bass discovered by Gonçalo Almeida has directed his music towards unexplored paths.The trio of timbres born from the combination of feedback, distortion and acoustics led him to lines and energies that he had not yet developed in his previous albums. Clearly, the music on this album is something else."-Pierre Bastien

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