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Gama, Joana / Luis Fernandez: Quest (Shhpuma)

Classical pianist Joana Gama and live electronic processing artist Luis Fernandes bridge compositional and experimental forms in this lyrical work, where Fernandes transforms, dissects, loops and otherwise mutates the Gama's playing in unexpected and elegant ways.
 

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Joana Gama-piano

Luis Fernandes-electronics


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UPC: 5609063800111

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH011
Squidco Product Code: 20390

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve with insert
Recorded at Theatro Circo, in Braga, Portugal by Luis Fernadez.

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"The piano / electronics format is not a novelty, coming from John Cage associations with David Tudor and having as a notorious example the recent Alva Noto / Ryuichi Sakamoto duos. What is really surprising in this Quest is the combination of a classical pianist, Joana Gama, with a live processing laborer and synthesist active in the experimental fringes of pop music, Luís Fernandes. Exactly: the soul behind the ambient act The Astroboy and a founder member of the song-oriented band peixe:avião, one of the most applauded projects in a new wave of the Portuguese "indie" creativity.

The result is neither a "contemporary" nor a "chill out" recording, and it isn't also a post-modern hybrid of both approaches, but something else. It's not the piano, nor the electronic manipulations, which are in focus, but the multiple ways in which the piano sounds are transformed, dissected, looped and put upside down. Like if a third instrument is phantomized by the two others in presence. This description may give the idea that the pieces assembled in this CD are a series of cold, dry and abstract deconstructions, but that's not the case: everything flows like Zen soundscapes in the inner world inside our heads, and the music has a poetic, lyrical dimension that makes us reconnect with the idea of Beauty of the Ancient Greeks."-Shhpuma


Artist Biographies

"Joana Gama (Braga, 1983) is a pianist and a researcher. She was awarded the first prize at the Young Musicians Awards (PT), in 2008. Her performing activity unfolds in solo concerts and collaborations with different Portuguese groups. She was a student at Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian (Braga, Royal Academy of Music (London) and Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. In 2010, she finished a Masters in Piano Performance, in the class of Antonio Rosado, at the University of Évora, where she recently finished her thesis entitled "Performance studies on Portuguese contemporary music for piano: the particular case of evocative music of elements of the Portuguese culture", with a scholarship by FCT. As a pianist and performer, in the last few years, she has been involved in projects that associate music with dance, theatre, cinema and photography. QUEST, piano and electronics project shared with Luís Fernandes was released by Shhpuma and considered one of the best albums of 2014 by diverse Portuguese critics. During 2016, with the support of Antena 2, Joana is dedicated to SATIE.150 - a celebration in the shape of an umbrella, a series of concerts and events around Portugal that celebrate the 150th anniversary of the french composer Erik Satie. In this context she coordinated a special edition of the piano score "Embryons desséchés" by Erik Satie (Pianola Editores), lectured in several Portuguese schools and made an uninterrupted fifteen hours performance of the work "Vexations" in the Festival Jardins Efémeros in Viseu. She is preparing the launch of HARMONIES - an authorial project that departs from the music of Erik Satie - shared with Luis Fernandes (electronics) and Ricardo Jacinto (cello and electronics). (November, 2016)"

-Joana Gama Website (http://www.joanagama.com/biografia--biography.html)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Twisted Movements 5:09

2. Sparks and Crackles 3:27

3. From Mist to Nothing 6:15

4. Dream 8:59

5. Interlude 2:02

6. Night Drive 5:02

7. Quest 5:25

8. Let Bygones Be Bygones 3:29

9. This Frozen Sea 4:50

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Compositional Forms
Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
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Electronic Forms
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