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Pais, Afonso / Tomas Marques

The Inner Colours of Boglins Outline

Pais, Afonso / Tomas Marques: The Inner Colours of Boglins Outline (Clean Feed)

A relaxed and informed dialog between young generation Portuguese improvisers Tomás Marques on alto saxophone and Afonso Pais on guitar, demonstrating their experience from bands like L.U.M.E. and Joao Hasselberg / Pedro Branco, these five expressive and intuitively melodic improvisations were recorded by the artists in 2022 and are presented without edits.

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UPC: 56093063006162

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF616
Squidco Product Code: 32937

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live in 2022 by the artists.


Afonso Pais-guitar

Tomas Marques-alto saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"In 1995, Afonso Pais studied at the Hot Clube de Portugal. He joined the Big Band made by students and partners of H.C.P ("Big Villas Band"), where he was chosen to be school representative on the 8 th meeting of the "International Association of Schools of Jazz" (Siena, Italy, 1997).

He proceeded to go to study in the New School University/Mannes College of Music, New York. On December 2000, he graduated with a degree in Performance in the program of "Jazz and Contemporary Music".

The first work of Afonso was "Terranova" a record which came out through Trem Azul/Clean Feed. This group features Carlos Barreto (double bass) and Alexandre Frazão (drums). Edu Lobo wrote a laudatory text as an introduction to the album.

His second work was "Subsequências", again with Carlos Barreto, Alexandre Frazão and Edu lobo (voice). The project was presented in Culturgest (Lisbon), Festival de Jazz do Valado de Frades (2006) and at the principal room of Teatro São Luiz (Lisbon, 2007).

In 2010, the musician released "Fluxorama" (JACC Records) with Albert Sanz and RJ Miller."

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"Tomás Marques (1999) is natural from Estarreja, Portugal. He started his musical studies at 3 years old in Music Band in Loureiro, starting with piano and moving to clarinet. Later he moved to the Musica Band in Salreu, opting for the soprano saxophone.

At 9 years old he entered in conservatory of Aveiro. He studies jazz in the Superior School of Music in Lisbon. Currently he is part of the Big Band Estarrejazz, where he has worked with musicians such as Maria João, Mário Laginha, Carlos Azevedo, José Eduardo. And in Orquestra Hot Clube of Portugal, where he has also worked with Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenón, Julian Argüelles and Perico Sambeat.

He is part of the sextet of Bernardo Moreira, Pedro Moreira Sax Ensemble, LAB, Paula Oliveira 5tet, Fanfarra Kaustika and his own quartet. Recently he received the "Músico dos Anos 2018 Nacional Revelação" award from JazzLogical, "Artísta Revelação 2019" from RTP/Festa do Jazz, also he gained the 1st Place of the Award "Prémio Jovens Músicos" in the jazz category with his quartet."

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track listing:

1. Impro #1 10:28

2. Impro #2 5:32

3. Impro #3 11:34

4. Impro #4 7:18

5. Impro #5 8:57
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"To trust is to accept the metamorphosis. For several years before the onset of this motto, up until Afonso and Tomás cojoined to search for a musical path to express themselves as a Unit, concepts such as pulse, timbre or spontaneity had already been an intrinsic part of their life and musical explorations, individually. Sharing the thought that improvising is to a large extent the art of being able to flip oneself on one's own head, in other words, finding the many eloquent (musical) voices within, brought them together into a whirlpool of ideas and possibilities each time a playing / recording session took place.

Two things were clear from the get go: the music was highly susceptible to the moods, entirely different from session to session and take to take, and specially pleasurable to play on, if no words were exchanged prior to the recording; every audition of the music made it clearer how much each of the instrument's purpose or place in the collective soundscape was embedded in the Impro's end result, as if it were for some kind of 'already written` sophisticated musical piece, except that it was 'written on the go`.

Boglins are mythical creatures, some say the reason why they are so elusive is that they seldom play the music, and when they do, rarely is a recorder on."-Clean Feed Records

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