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Sassetti, Bernardo: Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon (Clean Feed)


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UPC: 5609063000702

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF070
Squidco Product Code: 7277

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock foldover


Bernardo Sassetti-percussion

Alberto Roque-baritone sax

Alexandre Frazao-drums

Angelina Rodrigues-flute

Antonio Augusto de Aguiar-bass

Antonio Sérgio-percussion

Helder Vales-frhn

Jean-Michel Garetti-oboe

João Cunha-percussion

João Tiago-percussion

José Lopes-alto sax

José Massarrão-alto sax

Jose Salgueiro-drums

Lurdes Carneiro-bassoon

Mario Marques-tenor sax

Miquel Bernat-percussion

Nuno Aroso-percussion

Nuno Inácio-flute

Pedro Oliveira-percussion

Perico Sambeat-alto sax

Rui Rodrigues-percussion

Rui Rosa-bass clarinet

Sergio Carolino-tuba

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"Bernardo da Costa Sassetti Pais (24 June 1970 - 10 May 2012) was a Portuguese jazz pianist and film composer.

Sassetti was born in Lisbon. He was a great-grandson of Sidónio Pais, President of the First Republic. He initially played guitar, then began studying piano and music theory at age nine. He became interested in jazz after hearing Bill Evans. By the late 1980s, he was backing visiting musicians and teaching jazz piano in Lisbon (and, later, taught throughout other lusophonic areas). During the 1990s, he worked in London, where he recorded three albums with Guy Barker's group. Anthony Minghella invited them to appear as the Napoli Jazz Sextet in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

His 2006 album Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon received a four-star rating (of a possible four) in The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.), and was selected for The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums.

In addition to his jazz work, Sassetti has composed numerous film scores.

Bernardo Sassetti was married to actress Beatriz Batarda, with whom he had two daughters.

He died on 10 May 2012, after falling off a cliff in Guincho Cascais (Portugal), where he was reportedly shooting pictures for his next book."

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"Alexandre Frazão is a Jazz drummer, born in Niteroi, Brazil, but residing in Portugal since 1987, where he has recorded and been playing and with many artists from jazz to rock to folk, like Maria João, Mário Laginha, Bernardo Sassetti, André Fernandes, Carlos Martins, Laurent Filipe, Pedro Abrunhosa, Rui Veloso, Camané, Ala dos Namorados, Cristina Branco, Rão Kyao, Carlos do Carmo, Dead Combo, Led On, Afonso Pais, among others."

-Discogs (

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"Miquel Bernat received his musical education at the conservatories of Valencia, Madrid, Brussels and Rotterdam, and at the Aspen Summer Music Festival (USA). He was granted the "Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera" at the Conservatory of Madrid, the Special Prize for Percussion at the Dutch Gaudeamus Competition, the 2nd prize at the Aspen Nakamichi Competitionand and he obtained the award for "researchers and Cultural Creators of the 2016 BBVA Foundation for the promotion of the collection Marimba Concerto Studies that will be published in early 2017.

Being a musician of great versatility, he has played with the Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, as well as in the contemporary music ensembles Ictus, Ictus Piano and Percussion Quartet, Trio Allures, Duo Contemporain, among others.

As a soloist in numerous performances, he has premiered the "Concerto pour Marimba et 15 instruments" by David del Puerto at the "Ars Musica Festival" in Brussels and at the "Ensems" Festival in Valencia, Spain. He premiered "Campos Magnéticos" by Cesar Camarero with the Orquesta Nacional of Porto, Portugal and the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid. Other concertos premiered are: Mantis Walk in a Metal Space by Javier Alvarez, for Steel Drums with ensemble and electronics, at IRCAM/Centre G. Pompidou in París, 2003; Sombrío by Luis de Pablo in Auditório Nacional de España/Música de Hoy, Madrid 2005; Night by Mauricio Sotelo in the Casa da Música of Porto 2007, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and Teatro Central de Sevilla 2008, and from the same composer Chalan (new version) at the Warsaw Festival 2009 with the Radio-Television Orchestra from Spain. Marlos Nobre Triple Percussion Concerto with Gulbenkian Orchestra from Lisboa 2011. Recently he premiered the Concerto for Percussion by Joan Guinjoan with Cadaqués Orchestra in Palau de la Música, Barcelona.

Formerly a professor at the Rotterdam and Brussels conservatories, he is currently engaged intensively in pedagogical activities at the "Escola Superior deMusica de Catalunya" in Barcelona, and the "Escola Superior de Música do Porto" and "Aveiro University" (Portugal).

As Lecturer and Master Class Professor he has been invited to Darmstadt Summer Course (Germany), Instrumenta de Oaxaca (Mexico), the International Summer Course of Brasilia, among many other universities in Argentina, South Africa, the USA, UK and Australia.

In Porto, he founded DRUMMING: Grupo de Percussão, which was selected as the Resident Music Group when Porto was the 2001 Cultural Capital of Europe. Drumming-GP has become one of the leading percussion ensembles in the world, uniquely expanding interactions between music and other art forms.

Miguel is regularly invited to the most reputed international contemporary music festivals and concert halls, such as the Opera de Paris, the Citè de la Musique, the festival "Música" in Strasbourg, the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Barbican Center of London, the Auditorio Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Darwin Guitarre Festival, the Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn, NewYork, the Helsinky Festival, and the Parco de la Música in Rome. He has also performed as soloist, ensemble player and/or leader of master classes in Turkey, Japan, Thailand, and South Africa.

He has performed extensively with various dance companies, including as soloist in "Just Before" by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her company ROSAS. With ROSAS, he has also performed "Drumming Live", "Rain", "Steve Reich Evening" and April me. "Psappha", by the Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, and the Ballet Gulbenkian of Lisbon, was another successful collaboration with dance and percussion.

A passionate performer of new music, Miquel Bernat has worked with numerous composers (many works have been dedicated to him) thus contributing to the expansion and evolution of the contemporary repertoire for percussion."

-Miquel Bernat Website (

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"A percussionist dedicated to contemporary music, Nuno Aroso was born in Porto in 1978.

Recognized as one of the most creative and active percussionists of his generation, Nuno Aroso solo activity has taken on a fundamental role in his artistic life. Strongly focused on the research of new techniques, renewed instrumental resources and scenic aspects inherent to percussion performance, Nuño Aroso has actively collaborated with numerous artists and composers from the most varied aesthetic fields and parts of the world, resulting in the growth of personal, idiosyncratic repertoire and contributing simultaneously to the development of the percussion literature.

More then 100 world premieres were held by Nuno Aroso, who first recorded a great deal of this repertoire. Peter Klatzow, Peter Ablinger, Oscar Bianchi, João Pedro Oliveira, Amanda Cole, Kumiko Omura, Luís Antunes Pena, Matthew Burnter, Martin Bauer, are some of the many composers who wrote for Nuño.

He performs, teaches, and is jury member alongside the most prominent artists, conductors, and composers of our days, in Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Brazil, China, Thailand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Sweden, Greece, England.

Particularly motivated by the enrichment and renewal of the concept of the concert as an whole experience, Nuno Aroso frequently forms artistic relationships with other disciplines: Dance, Cinema, Theatre, Literature. The commitment with chamber work, improvisation, and experimentalism leads Nuño to collaborate with many different ensembles and personalities all over the world. At the moment he is part of the german based project Ruido Vermelho trio (Luís Antunes Pena - Elect, Francesco Dillon-Cello).

Having completed the percussion course at the Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho, Nuno Aroso pursued his studies at the Escola Superior de Música do Porto and at the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg, obtaining a Soloist Diploma in Marimba and Vibraphone. In Paris, with Jean Pierre Drouet, he approached the repertoire of the contemporary musical theatre for percussion. In 2001, he was awarded with the Academic Merit Prize of the António de Almeida Foundation and in 2008 he was given a Creators Prize by The National Centre for Culture for the project Technicolor, a solo project and a cd in collaboration with a group of relevant composers, about the universe of cinema."

-World Percussion Movement (

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"Pedro Oliveira began to play drums in 1995. He joined the band Kafka in 1997, with which he toured the country in concerts, one of the most emblematic being the "Sudoeste" festival in 2001. In 2004 he joined the Submarine, and in 2005 enters like effective member in the band Green Machine where it makes several international incursions. In the same year the activity of supporting musician begins with the artists Old Jerusalem and The Partisan Seed. In 2007 he formed the fish: airplane, one of the most emblematic bands of the new rock sung in Portuguese. It reaches the national sales tops with the discs "Madrugada" and the namesake "fish: airplane", thus reaching the recognition of the specialized critic. Over time, he performs several works for film and television, including the soundtrack to the movie "What's New in Love"; and the music film "Ménilmontant" for the festival Short of Vila do Conde, both realized by the band fish: airplane. In 2010 he founded the publishing house and group of artists Pad / Easy Pieces and, along with André Simão and Graciela Coelho, created the Dear Telephone. Currently, with the duo Ozo (together with the pianist Paulo Mesquita), PO + AL (together with Alexandre Soares) and his solo project Krake, uses a more exploratory language based on electronics and signal processing, always as a source battery pack.

During his career Pedro had the pleasure of sharing recordings and concerts with musicians as emblematic as Ana Deus, Manuela Azevedo, Bernardo Sassetti, Alexandre Soares, Sérgio Nascimento, Jorge Coelho, Sensible Soccers, Madame Godard, Nobody's Bizness, Rose Blanket, among many others. He shared the stage and opened concerts for bands like Massive Attack, AIR, Tame Impala, Morcheeba, Guano Apes, Einstürzende Neubauten, Swans, Mike Patton, Black Lips, No Age, Kurt Vile, among many others national and international.

Pedro Oliveira is also the creator of the Ensemble Insano Collective, which brings together 19 musicians from the city of Barcelos, as well as the "Barcelos Music Market" and the "Prata da Casa" Festival, which brings together all professionals in the area of ​​music in the city of Barcelos offering the population several free concerts.

In 2016 you will also be in cooperation with Barcelos Town Hall and the "O Burgo Divertido" Association in the creation of "Jazz ao Largo", a jazz festival that will take place in Barcelos during the month of September."

-RUA (Translated by Google) (

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"Perico Sambeat: In 1980 he began playing sax self-taught. He moved to Barcelona in 1982, where he ended his flute classical studies. At the same time he started attending Taller de Mùsics, where he studied harmony and arrangements with Zé Eduardo. In 1991 he moved to New York, where he attended New School. There he had the chance to play with great musicians such as Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Chambers, etc. He also worked professionally with Steve Lacy, Daniel Humair, Fred Hersch, Bob Moses, Louis Bellson, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Pat Metheny, Kenny Wheeler, etc. He has been tecahing in some of the most important jazz schools in Spain: Taller de Músics, Musikene, ESMUC, etc, and has been doing workshops all around the world. He has played in festivals and jazz clubs all around the world. Nowadays he combines teaching in Berklee College of Music Valencia Campus with his activity as a jazz performer and Big Band conductor."

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"Sérgio Carolino is a Portuguese tuba player, born October 26, 1973 in Alcobaça (Portugal), known for groups Estardalhaço Da Geringonça, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, TGB, and Tubab."

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track listing:

1. Prólogo

2. Conjuntivo Plural do Iniciativo

3. Ernesto - Misterioso - Obsessivo

4. Dona Antónia ( Movimentos Oblíquos)

5. Interlúdio: Experiências Tec- Efeitos Secundários

6. Coreografia de um jogo lento

7. Evidence ( T. Monk)

8. I left my heart in Algândaros de Baixo

9. Si te Contara ( F. Reina )

10. Conjuntivo Caminho

11. Domínio da Música

12. Macâncios. Alquimias . Indumentária

13. Sidewalk Cartoons
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Known for his film soundtracks as much as for his straight-ahead jazz recordings, Portuguese pianist and composer Bernardo Sassetti has with the new "Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon" his most ambitious work ever, comprising the two aspects of his musical output, from the mainstream to the cinematic and beyond. In every aspect: the disk is accompanied by a surprising and beautiful book of photo assemblages (he did it all himself, photography and digital manipulation), and the music tell us a story in an almost narrative way, with lots of non-sense and humour, gathering musicians from both the jazz and the classical contemporary music scenes. There's a percussion ensemble, Drumming (eight performers playing marimbas, vibraphone, glockenspiel, steel drums, cymbals, Chinese bells, tam-tam, woodblocks, etc.), a woodwind / brass quintet, Cromeleque (with clarinets, oboe, bassoon, flutes and French horn), a saxophone quartet, Saxofínia (going from alto to baritone), two of the most important jazz drummers around, also active in other music genres, like rock and world music, Alexandre Frazão and José Salgueiro, the internationally known, specially in classical contexts, tubist Sérgio Carolino, a double bassist in ascension, António Augusto Aguiar, a flute soloist, Nuno Inácio, and finally the Spanish saxophonist / flutist, and Sassetti's regular partner, Perico Sambeat. And, of course, Bernardo Sassetti conducting and sitting at the piano, besides contributing to the polyrhythmic platform of all events with more vibes, steel percussion and gongs. A superb achievement in terms of arrangement and orchestral direction, there's many layers here to discover, making us remember Max Roach's percussion group experiences, some of the flavour we find in "Cape Verdean Blues", by Horace Silver, and the most advanced writing for percussion, the one by Xenakis for instance. It could be pretentious and megalomaniac, but it's not, thanks to the general irony and to the apparently "easiness" of everything that happens, track by track. "Unreal" is the definitive affirmation of a musical genius and one of the best records coming from Portugal in many years. Very highly recommended."-Clean Feed

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January 2007

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