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Chaparreiro, Antonio & Alcada: Opus Macaronicorum (Creative Sources)

Sometimes frenetic, always exhilarating duo work between Portugese electric guitarist Antonio Chapparreiro and drummer/percussionist Pedro Alcada, succinct tracks, some as short as 36 seconds, where the two spar and unite over angular rhythms and abrupt changes, with a twisted sense of humor and a wealth of adventurous spirit.

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UPC: 5609063402999

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: CS299
Squidco Product Code: 21608

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at ZoarkSt/Estudio do Bairro, in December, 2013, by alcada.


Antonio Chaparreiro-electric guitar

Pedro Alcada-percussion

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"The brand new Opus Macaronicorum marks the debut of the duo formed by two notable musicians who are still waiting for a wider and fair recognition, Antonio Chaparreiro and Pedro Alcada.

The former has been developing his activity in the areas of improvised music and experimentalism, having collaborated repeatedly with figures such as Ernesto Rodrigues and Emidio Buchinho.

Alcada divides his attention between independent pop-rock, in projects like Coty Cream, and the same languages of his partner in this CD, along with musicians like Paulo Alexandre Jorge and Carlos Ferrao, among others.

What comes here is a collection of pieces as a general rule of short or even very short duration (13 altogether, defying superstition), associating the electric guitar of Chaparreiro and the battery of Alcada, that also adds here notes of baroque and harmonic flute.

Along the disc varying the preparations and the signal processions of the guitar, as well as the references of style - there are here echoes of Robert Fripp, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey and Keith Rowe, but not happening of this same, given the very character Of the approaches of Antonio Chaparreiro. This has a sound clearly grounded in rock, but his exploratory propensity frees him from any allegiance to that language.

The same can be said of Pedro Alcada: if this does not have the same type of jazz play of many improvisation drummers, it also goes beyond the rhythmic primacy introduced in this circuit by those who moved from rock, indulging in a textural work.

This results in a restless and questioning song that keeps us alert from beginning to end, with ideas and outcomes that often surprise us."-Rui Eduardo Paes, (translated by some program somewhere)

Artist Biographies

"António Chaparreiro, guitarist and compositor from Almeirin, Portugal, now living in Lisbon.

Self-taught musician, he has developed a multifaceted musical activity, favoring free improvisation, in which the guitar appears as a generator of sounds, noises and sonic textures, and he has focused on listening idea compositions.It has a Degree in Musicology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University Nova of Lisbon.

As a musician and composer, he has participated in several projects in the area of ​​New Improvised Music among which are: Lumpen Trio with Ernesto Rodrigues, Viola, Miguel Sá, Electrónica and Jorge Serigado, Baixo, A Parte Maldita with Abdul Moimême, Saxofone, Nuno Rebelo, Guitar and Hernâni Faustino, double bass, Monorquestra with Fala Marian, João Castro Pinto, Nuno Rebelo, Pete Bastian, Pedro Gonçalves, Rui Alves, Rui Viana, Sei Miguel; Variable Geometry Orchestra. During his activity as a musician he has played with Rui Cardoso, Jorge Palma, Ernesto Rodrigues, Nuno Rebelo, Emidio Buchinho, Carlos Zingaro, Carlos Santos, Miguel Sá, Jari Marjamäki, among others.

He has several works published in his own name and as a participant in collaborative discographic records. Master of Musical Arts - Music and Technology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences."

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Percussionist Pedro Al¨ada lives in Lisboa, Lisbon. He is recorded on labels: Ananana, Musica Alternativa, Farol Musica, Rudimentol Records, Mouraria Records, Claremont56, Internasjonal. He is also a producer and sound engineer.

-Squidco 5/31/2023

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Track Listing:

1. Awakening In The Snows Of Alaska 3:36

2. The Stress And The New Year Resolution 0:58

3. One More Tweet For The World 0:35

4. Hamelin Calling 1:35

5. Laughing Stock 2:18

6. A Talk With Talking Drums 2:19

7. Walking Down The Valley 3:55

8. Looking For Clues With Philip Marlow 2:10

9. Terror From Outer Space 2:18

10. Hitchiking With A Black Monk In A Black Suite (Lo-Fi Version) 2:33

11. I'm A Lonesome Cowboy 2:51

12. Tintin Et Tonton 4:31

13. Night Breeze InBeyond Taje (Under An Oak Tree) 5:15

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