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Velkro (Simon / Meidell / Candeias): Too Lazy to Panic (Clean Feed)

Hazy free jazz in an hallucinatory blend of passionate music influenced as much by experimental and rock forms as traditional improv, from the trio of Bostjan Simon on sax & electronics, Stephan Meidell on guitar, bass, percussion & electronics and Luis Candeias on drums.

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UPC: 5609063004045

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF404CD
Squidco Product Code: 23383

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at HQ Studio, Lisbon, Portugal by Luis Candeias.


Bostjan Simon-saxophone, electronics

Stephan Meidell-guitar, bass, percussion, electronics

Luis Candeias-drums, percussion

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"Stephan Meidell (born 17 December 1982 in Kristiansand, Norway) is a Norwegian guitarist and composer living in Bergen.

Meidell studied jazz at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (2004-2008), and uses his background in jazz and improvised music within rock, pop music, noise and sound art in bands like Cakewalk, Krachmacher, Velkro, The Sweetest Thrill, and Vanilla Riot.

Meidell started the concert series Playdate in 2009 and has been chairman of Ny Musikk Bergen (New Music Bergen) in the period 2012-2014. He got brilliant reviews for his solo debut album Cascades (2014), and for his commissioned opening concert Voice & Strings & Timpani for the 2016 Nattjazz. In addition to co-composer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde, with musicians like Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Eva Pfitzenmaier, Kim Åge Furuhaug, and Stein Urheim. He is also a music critic for the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende."

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"Luis Candeias graduated in Jazz / Drums at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2008. He has performed several workshops and master classes with figures such as Aaron Goldberg, Ali Jackson, Omer Avital, John Ellis, Matt Penman, Gerald Cleaver, Greg Tardy, Jonathan Kriesberg, Gary Versace , Rufus Reid, Bruno Pedroso, Billy Hart, Pedro Madaleno, Jim Black, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Erskine, Richard Bona, John Clayton, Martijn Vink, Greg Bissonette, Marcel Serierse, Victor Oskam, Steve Cardenas, Kiko Feirtas, Nelson Faria and SF Jazz Collective.

He toured in Portugal, Norway, Holland and Luxembourg with Fundbureau, concerts at Jazz Festival and CCB. He toured in Portugal with Italian pianist Franco Piccinno and with New Zealand pianist Duncan Haynes. He participated in concerts with pianist Paula Sousa, namely in the Hot Clube de Portugal, Seixal Jazz and JACC Jazz Festival, tours with Mr. Eart in Germany, Luxembourg, Holland and Switzerland, concerts with Vasco Agostinho (one of them at the Jazz Festival JACC), concerts in Portugal with the French trombone player Michael Joussin, with bassist Eddy Slap (one of them with the BassaB project at the Jazz Festival on the High Sea). He also played with Boss AC (Portugal and Cape Verde), Trisonte (Portugal and Spain), Hybrid Jazz Project, saxophonist Christine Corvisier (France), British guitarist Jonny Philips, saxofonis quartet Ta Jasper Blom with Jesse van Ruler and Frans van der Hoeven (Holland) and Italian saxophonist Francesco Bearzzatti."

-Luis Candeias Website, translated by Google (

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track listing:

1. Joint Effort 2:25

2. Circle Haze 6:46

3. Human Element 2:55

4. Tune Out 4:34

5. Too Lazy To Panic 10:17

6. Dragons 5:56

7. Well Balanced Salad 2:57

8. Towards The Gorges 8:14
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" "Lean back and give it time to grow", asks Velkro to the listener in the liner-notes of their new CD, "Too Lazy to Panic". In fact, the compositions by the trio with Bostjan Simon, Stephan Meidell and Luís Candeias need your attention to develop. They may be intense, but there's no hurries. This hybrid of jazz with psychedelic jamming rock and experimental electronic music - mostly, the kind of electronica triggered by a guitar - is slow, and even when things start to get agitated you feel that behind all the unquietness is a steady heartbeat. It seems that someone is watching you, immobile, from the shadows, and yes, that's a dark feeling, in spite of all the colors called to action. There are beautiful melodies and there are harsh noises, there are contagious grooves and there are abstract dreamy sequences - everything searching for a balance and only finding it precariously. The music is always at the imminence to fall, but keeps flowing and flowing, hypnotically imprisoning us inside."-Clean Feed

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