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Hifiklub: E Lisboa (Shhpuma)

A collaborative French instrumental rock band led by and with compositions from the core quartet of Anthony Belguise (drums), Jean-Loup Faurat (guitar), Regis Laugier (bass) and Nico Morcillo (guitar), with a list of 22 international guests across 8 songs and instrumentals, including Rafael Toral, Maria Radich, Paulo Furtado, Carlos Zingaro, Rui Carvalho, &c.

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UPC: 5609063800470

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH047
Squidco Product Code: 27002

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Black Sheep Studios, in Sintra, Portugal, except The Round Around and Jeu Dit Sous Le Vent, recorded at Namouche Studios, in Lisbon, Portugal, by Guilherme Goncalves.


Anthony Belguise-drums, electronics

Jean-Loup Faurat-effects, guitar

Regis Laugier-bass, vocals

Nico Morcillo-guitar

Bernardo Devlin-vocals

Guilherme Goncalves-guitar synth

Luis Fernandes-electronics

Joana Gama-piano

Lula Pena-vocals

Ana Deus-vocals

Joao Cabrita-saxophone

Paulo Furtado-guitar

Afonso Rodrigues-vocals

Paulo Segadaes-drums

Marta Angela-vocals

Joao Artur-electronics

Joao Cabrita-saxophone

Pedro Oliveira-prepared drums

Maria Radich-vocals

Rita Braga-vocals

Yaw Tembe-trumpet

Rafael Toral-modified amplifier feedback

Carlos BB-drums

Rui Carvalho-guitar

Bhob Rainey-vocals

Carlos Zingaro-violin

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Hifiklub is a French instrumental ensemble open to collaboration and experimentation. Since 2007, the band has been building a protean work that evolves through encounters. Hyperpeactive, the quartet from Toulon has a wide catalog, constantly changing, unveiling the fertile artistic friendships that the group has been able to establish and perpetuate for ten years to explore the field of possibilities of music, image and of text."-Revolvy

"With "E Lisboa", French experimental rock quartet Hifiklub goes to the last consequences in the application of their collaborative program. They once again develop a project in the "home" of their own guests, something they did before, for instance, with Lee Ranaldo for the creation of "In Doubt, Shaddow Him!", a movie about Ranaldo himself, but now they give a big step further, so rare that it comes as an absolute novelty: they also manage to show an incredible understandment of a whole musical scene, mobilizing people coming from several genres, styles and tendencies (from pop and rock to experimental music and free improvisation) of a country living now a very particular explosion of creativity: Portugal.

It isn't the first time Anthony Belguise, Jean-Loup Faurat, Regis Laugier and Nico Morcillo show an interest in the Portuguese musicianship, as their previous partnerships with The Legendary Tigerman (blues-rock singer and guitarist Paulo Furtado, who is again a contributor) and the rock-fado-country-jazz band Dead Combo testify, but now they have some of the most distinctive personalities of this very special activity with them, like Carlos "Zingaro", Joana Gama, Rafael Toral, Ana Deus, Lula Pena, Rita Braga, Von Calhau (Marta Angela and Joao Artur), Bernardo Devlin, Yaw Tembe and Maria Radich, to name just a few.

Never before such different artists had the opportunity to do something in the middle-ground. Four pairs of ears from other geographic origin were necessary to find connections and ensemble them, resulting in this mind-blowing work which we can expect will change everything in the most Western territory of the European continent."-Shhpuma

Artist Biographies

Drummer Anthony Belguise has been associated with the groups Big Fat Papa'z, Oil Carter, El Botcho, Fallow, Frauds, Charlie Winston, and Hifiklub.

-Discogs (

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"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 (

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"Pedro Oliveira began to play drums in 1995. He joined the band Kafka in 1997, with which he toured the country in concerts, one of the most emblematic being the "Sudoeste" festival in 2001. In 2004 he joined the Submarine, and in 2005 enters like effective member in the band Green Machine where it makes several international incursions. In the same year the activity of supporting musician begins with the artists Old Jerusalem and The Partisan Seed. In 2007 he formed the fish: airplane, one of the most emblematic bands of the new rock sung in Portuguese. It reaches the national sales tops with the discs "Madrugada" and the namesake "fish: airplane", thus reaching the recognition of the specialized critic. Over time, he performs several works for film and television, including the soundtrack to the movie "What's New in Love"; and the music film "Ménilmontant" for the festival Short of Vila do Conde, both realized by the band fish: airplane. In 2010 he founded the publishing house and group of artists Pad / Easy Pieces and, along with André Simão and Graciela Coelho, created the Dear Telephone. Currently, with the duo Ozo (together with the pianist Paulo Mesquita), PO + AL (together with Alexandre Soares) and his solo project Krake, uses a more exploratory language based on electronics and signal processing, always as a source battery pack.

During his career Pedro had the pleasure of sharing recordings and concerts with musicians as emblematic as Ana Deus, Manuela Azevedo, Bernardo Sassetti, Alexandre Soares, Sérgio Nascimento, Jorge Coelho, Sensible Soccers, Madame Godard, Nobody's Bizness, Rose Blanket, among many others. He shared the stage and opened concerts for bands like Massive Attack, AIR, Tame Impala, Morcheeba, Guano Apes, Einstürzende Neubauten, Swans, Mike Patton, Black Lips, No Age, Kurt Vile, among many others national and international.

Pedro Oliveira is also the creator of the Ensemble Insano Collective, which brings together 19 musicians from the city of Barcelos, as well as the "Barcelos Music Market" and the "Prata da Casa" Festival, which brings together all professionals in the area of ​​music in the city of Barcelos offering the population several free concerts.

In 2016 you will also be in cooperation with Barcelos Town Hall and the "O Burgo Divertido" Association in the creation of "Jazz ao Largo", a jazz festival that will take place in Barcelos during the month of September."

-RUA (Translated by Google) (

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Vocalist Maria Radich is a member of the Portuguese bands: Ensemble MIA, ikb, Variable Geometry Orchestra

-Squidco 9/20/2023

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"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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"Rafael Toral, born in Lisbon, 1967 has been intrigued by the potential of sound and the functions of music since he was a teenager. As a composer and performer, he has been deeply involved with Rock, Ambient, Contemporary, Electronic and Free Jazz music in different periods of his life.

Working with electric guitar and electronics, in the 1990's he created a blend of Ambient and Rock and recorded acclaimed albums like Wave Field or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance. By the early 2000's he arrived to a sense of accomplishment about his previous 15 years of work, also realizing the world needed a different creative response. He decided to start something new, as radically different from the previous phase as possible. In a transition to vulnerable action, he launched the alien-sounding Space Program in 2004, using experimental electronic instruments. It's been an ambitious long-term project exploring an approach to electronic music based on silence, through decision making and physical gesture, in a way inspired by post-free Jazz. The resulting music, "melodic without notes, rhythmic with no beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free - riddled with paradox but full of clarity and space", has been described as "a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers".

In the last 15 years he's been thinking and practicing an understanding of silence as "space", with a clear function in music creation but also as a metaphor for social relationships and a statement on information and sensory overload.

Performing solo or in numerous collaborations (including Jim O'Rourke, Jim Baker, Sei Miguel, Chris Corsano, John Edwards, Evan Parker, Tatsuya Nakatani, Manuel Mota, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Christian Marclay, Sonic Youth, Rhys Chatham, Lee Ranaldo, C Spencer Yeh, and many others), he has been touring throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Also active in visual and spatial arts, Toral has produced video and several installations from 1994 to 2003.

In 2014 he relocated to the mountains in central Portugal for a more sustainable life. In 2017, having concluded the Space Program's recording series, Toral is entering a wider field with multiple directions and possibilities. From his mountain studio, he also offers mastering services."

-Rafael Toral Website (

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"Carlos Zíngaro (or Carlos "Zíngaro" Alves, born 1948 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese violinist and electronic musician active in free improvisation.

He studied classical music in Lisbon and began working with a number of leading improvisers in the mid-1970s, becoming one of the European top improvisers presently. He has worked with such musicians as Richard Teitelbaum, Joëlle Léandre, Peter Kowald, Barre Phillips, Daunik Lazro, Derek Bailey, Jon Rose, Ken Vandermark, Ken Filiano, Rodrigo Amado, Ned Rothenberg, Rüdiger Carl, Dominique Regef, Evan Parker, Annick Nozati, Theo Jörgensmann and Paul Lovens.

Zíngaro has performed at new and improvised music festivals in Europe, Asia, and North America, produced several film scores, and collaborated with dance companies.

He is also a prolific illustrator and comics author."

-Wikipedia (

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Track Listing:

1. Sigilo 6:58

2. Jeu Dit Sous Le Vent 5:58

3. Natural 3:56

4. Better off Dead 3:29

5. Pesca da Unha 6:49

6. The Round Around 4:44

7. Equidistante 4:44

8. Continuar Sem Fim 9:04

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