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Dias, Jose : After Silence, Vol.1 (Clean Feed)

Portuguese guitarist Jose Dias steps away from his quartet and trio, and from the many scores for theatre, contemporary dance and animation film that he's composed, to focus on his solo electric guitar work, in this album that applies subtle affects and a warm, ethereal ambiance to expressive and passionate pieces, each conveying a sense of narrative and purpose.

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UPC: 5609063100105

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CFG010CD
Squidco Product Code: 27001

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Axis Arts Centre, in Crewe, UK, on April 21st, 2017, by Anton Hunter.


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"Part of the emerging new generation in Portuguese contemporary improvised music, Dias has worked with numerous jazz, world music and pop artists and performs now mainly with his quartet and trio.

Dias performed with David Murray in Lisbon in July 2012. In 2013 he released two albums: "360" and "Magenta" [Sintoma Records]. In 2015 he recorded his third album in Edinburgh: "What Could Have Been: The Seven Deadly Sins" [Sintoma Records, 2016].

As composer, Dias has scored music for theatre, contemporary dance and animation film.

His music is strongly inspired by the visual arts and literature. His projects deviate from the traditional language of jazz, and explore the dialogue between various contemporary sound universes, where experimentation is assumed as a central element.

José Dias is Senior Lecturer in Music at Manchester Metropolitan University. As academic researcher

he has developed research on European jazz networks, exploring the relationships between jazz practices, cultural identity and cultural policies in Europe. From his research experience, Dias has been appointed delegate for the 12 Points jazz festival (Dublin), Festa do Jazz (Lisbon) and Europe Jazz Network Annual Meeting.

He has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed publications and released his documentary on Portuguese jazz, 'Those Who Make It Happen', in 2016."

-Jose Dias Website (

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track listing:

1. Now He's The Hunter Now He's The One Being Hunted 2:57

2. She Had A Light Of Her Own 6:28

3. The Flickering Image Will Not Go Away 4:01

4. The Dark Place Within 3:38

5. Your Toes, Your Feet, Your Legs 6:45

6. Whilst Deciding Whether He Should Kiss Her Or Not 3:53

7. Scattering Her Torn Pictures On The Floor 11:09

8. The Men In Dark Suits Are Coming 3:03

9. The Light Could Almost Blind Him 3:03
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"Here's a solo guitar album that matters and makes a point. And here's a good surprise, marking a turn in the musical career of Portuguese guitarist Jose Dias (also a researcher of the Contemporary Arts Department at Manchester Metropolitan University), who has been until recently committed to inoculate a sense of modernity in the tradition of jazz. The focus now goes way beyond the post-bop format of his previous records, either because the vocabulary is related to rock (the use of delays and electronic effects reminding us of Bill Frisell) or because the process and the purposes are experimental.

Of course, Dias' personal guitar style is touched by the great historical jazz guitar players, but in After Silence he's more concerned with different elements, such as structure, shape, narrative and soundscaping, than with form, style or genre - the rock element coming only because Jose Dias adopts the kind of distorted and sustained sounds developed by rock guitarists. But that's it: he's not interested in the powerful capacities of the electric guitar, rather in exploring specific resources, an approach that reveals a rare poetic sense of economy. Each piece is the exploration and development of an idea, and Dias does so by contrasting conventional solutions with the unexpected, sometimes reserving to the little details the most important arguments of a composition or improvisation.

Rarely such organic kind of music is also so elegant, showing us that the sound of electricity can express a classical feeling of Beauty."-Clean Feed

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