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Sirius (Tembe / Trinite)

Acoustic Main Suite Plus The Inner One

Sirius (Tembe / Trinite): Acoustic Main Suite Plus The Inner One (Clean Feed)

A beautifully complex album of resonant improvisation from Swazi born trumpeter Yaw Tembe, who is committed to bring Africa to the Portuguese free music scene, Yaw, along with Paris veteran percussionist/objects manipulator Monsieur Trinitee, blend patient sonic environments with percussive platforms and both meditative and scrabbly trumpet work; an absorbing release.

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UPC: 5609063004540

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF454
Squidco Product Code: 25209

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Namouche Studios, in Lisbon, Portugal, by Joaquim Monte.


Yaw Tembe-trumpet, voice

Monsieur Trinite-percussion

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"Two generations gather in this surprising project: from one side a young Swazi born trumpeter who is committed to bring Africa to the Portuguese free music scene, Yaw Tembe, and from the other a veteran percussionist / objects manipulator, Monsieur Trinitee (Francisco Trindade), a former emigrant in Paris who brought home the Situationist concepts he discovered in France. Nothing on their respective careers prepared us for the music of the duo Sirius, which we can describe as a psychedelic kind of improvised music.

Tembe is involved in bands like Zarabatana, with its tribalistic approach to free jazz (he calls it "dirty garage world jazz"), and Gume, a mix of hard bop with other ancestral forms of the african diaspora such as the afro-cuban Rumba to the haitian Rara, also collaborating with the "weird folk" guitarist Norberto Lobo.

Trinitee played in the Seventies with Carlos "Zingaro", as a member of the non-idiomatic violinist's band Plexus, and later he was associated with two other key figures in Portugal in what concerns creative jazz and minimalist improvisation, Ernesto Rodrigues and Sei Miguel (who as producer plays a pivotal role on the conception of the album). A man of many projects (Welcome to Silkeborg, Dark Magus - a tribute to Miles Davis -, Psico-Free and Manicomio, etc.)

Neither of them has something like we hear in Acoustic Main Suite plus The Inner One: imagine Bill Dixon with the resonance of the National Pantheon, in Lisbon, where the recording took place, in a ethereal proto-musik journey with percussive drones all along, and you'll still be far from this welcomed proposal. It's different from everything else you heard before and it's so beautiful you'll want to listen to it again and again and again."-Clean Feed

Artist Biographies

"Yaw Tembe is a swazi born artist and trumpeter living in Lisbon for several years, were he has developed an artistic career as a musician and sculptor,through a quick passage to Oporto he attended the sculpture course at the Faculty of Fine Arts (2010). Back to Lisbon, he has developed a work characterized by fragility and the exploitation of the ephemeral in a process that has crossed the various areas where he articulates. As a trumpeter he has developed a work based in the exploration of timbre possibilities of this instrument through acoustic resources such as self made mutes and "prepared trumpets" and the implementation of electronic pedals, drifting around influences such as Jon Hassel , Axel Dorner, Pierre Bastien and Toshinori Kondo. He has participated in several group exhibitions; in 2014 he was resident artist with the Mecanicantu Project in Musibéria - International Center for Music and Dance of the Iberian World (Serpa/Portugal) developing electroacoustic instruments. In addition to promoting workshops and art laboratories. Yaw Tembe has been marking is identity in numerous participations in musical projects such as GUME, Zarabatana, SIRIUS Cículo de3 Pontas, IKB (Ernesto Rodrigues) among others involving theater,video performance and visual arts."

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Monsieur Trinité is based in Lisboa, Portugal, and is a member of Equinox Quartet, IKB, Potlatch, and Variable Geometry Orchestra.

-Squidco 9/20/2023

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Track Listing:

1. King Before Kings (5:26)

2. Delta (6:46)

3. Trial (2:08)

4. A Kind Of Jester's Kindness (4:45)

5. Inner Suite One / Seed (2:45)

6. Inner Suite Two / Muted Song Form (4:21)

7. Inner Suite Three / Magnificent Ride (6:39)

8. Au Noir (4:31)

9. The End (Sleepy Idol) (5:20)

10. No Body (10:12)

Related Categories of Interest:

Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Duo Recordings
Recordings featuring brass instruments - trumpets, trombones, tubas, other horns
Percussion & Drums
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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