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Rodrigues, Ernesto / Denis Sorokin / Guilherme Rodrigues : Loneliness In Saint-Petersburg (Creative Sources)

Fragile and understated with long spacious sections, the trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, harpsichord, e-bow guitar and field recordings, Guilherme Rordrigues on cello, and Denis Sorokin on ukelele and pitch pipes, distill the sense of isolation amid patient motion through the red city, sections defined by cars passing and augmented with birds; peaceful and beautiful.
 

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Guilherme Rodrigues-cello

Denis Sorokin-ukulele, pipe pitch pipes

Ernesto Rodrigues-viola, harpsichord, guitar, field recording


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UPC: 5609063406146

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs614
Squidco Product Code: 28199

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded between January and June, 2019, by Denis Sorokin.

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Fragile and understated with long spacious sections, the trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, harpsichord, e-bow guitar and field recordings, Guilherme Rordrigues on cello, and Denis Sorokin on ukelele and pitch pipes, distill the sense of isolation amid patient motion through the red city, sections defined by cars passing and augmented with birds. The recordings were made between January and June of 2019, and Sorokin is assisted by experimental sound artist and saxophonist Illia Belorukov. It is unclear which sections are improvised or if some portions are prepared in the studio.

The listener starts the experience with simple bird calls, and no instruments are heard before late in the 6th minute, when a viola and pitch pipe slowly intone. The music continues in cycles, at times near or in complete silence, punctuated by the sounds of passing automobiles, and inevitably leading to beautiful acoustic sections of restrained play. The structure of the composition leaves the listener attentive to minor change, waiting for the instrumental sections that are clear and consistent, peaceful yet employing unusual harmonics.

The album succeeds in evoking the sense of loneliness the title intends, in a journey of solitude punctuate by impressions of a quietly expansive environment. And somehow, the trio make that isolation alluring and rewarding.



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"Was born 1988 in Lisboa, Portugal and started playing cello and trumpet at Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa at the age of 7. In 1999 joined Conservatório Nacional de Música de Lisboa to study classical and music theory and in the current year recorded his first album - Multiples - with Ernesto Rodrigues and José Oliveira out on Creative Sources Recordings.

Apart from work in music ensembles ranging for contemporary classical to free improvisation, also works with live music poetry, theatre and film-music. After lengthy residency in Lisboa, (1988-2016) moved to Berlin and has been active as composer and improviser in the scene.

Worked with some international and renewed artists like Ernesto Rodrigues, Jean-luc Guionnet, Margarida Garcia, Manuel Mota, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Sei Miguel, Tim Goldie, Jeffrey Morgan, Oren Marshall, Gerhard Uebele, Klaus Kurvers, Gabriel Paiuk, Nicolas Field, Jaime Fennelly, Blaise Siwula, Will Guthrie, Pawel Grabowski, Michael Thieke, Wade Matthews, Leonel Kaplan, Diego Chamy, Gabriel Paiuk, Barry Weisblat, Joe Giardullo, Jassem Hindi, Tisha Mukarji, Masahiko Okura, Taku Unami, Toshihiro Koike, Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Abdelnour, Alexandre Bellenger, Carlos Zingaro, Romaric Sobac, Nuno Rebelo, Nuno Torres, Naoto Yamagashi, Heddy Boubaker, Gerhard Uebele, Guillermo Torres, Tomas Gris, Carlos Santos, Bruno Parrinha, Miguel Leiria Pereira, Miguel Ivo Cruz, Alberto Cirera, Nuno Morão, Mark Sanders, Dennis Gonzaléz, Alípio Carvalho Neto, Raymond Macdonald, Neil Davidson, David Stachenas, Lisa Ullén, D'incise, Cyril Bondy, Miguel Mira, Rodrigo Amado, Abdul Moimême, Monsieur Trinité, João Madeira, Álvaro Rosso, Gil Gonçalves, Marian Yanchyk, Filipe Passos, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Christian Wolfarth, Thanos Chrysakis, Bechir Saade, Kurt Liedwart, Miguel A. Garcia, Ilia Belorukov, Andrew Lafkas, Gao Jiafeng, Eric Wong, Johan Moir, Casey Moir, Magda Mayas, Matthias Muller, Alexander Frangenheim ...

Has performed and toured in all Europe. Released more than 30 albums of his own projects."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
11/27/2023

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"Denis Sorokin is an musician, improviser and artist from Saint-Petersburg. He was educated as classical and jazz guitarist. Studied modern painting with Eugene Orlov. As guitarist he performs a new academic music, pieces of Michael Pisaro and another composers from Wandelweiser, performs his own transcriptions for guitar of compositions of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Galina Ustvolskaya and another composers. As improviser he plays an experimental electronic music using no-input effects, prepared guitar and objects and also free improv using a cornet. Records released on lables Intonema (Russia), Poverty Electronics (USA), pan y rosas discos (USA), Linear Obsessional (UK), b-boim (Austria), etc. As an artist he works in abstract painting, drawing, photo, installation and performance. Also makes an artwork for covers of musical albums as such as british record lable Anoter Timbre, wich releases a new academic and improvised music. Participated in festivals of new music such as Sound Ways, Fin de siecle, Open Look, APosotion, Museum's Night, Teni Zvuka and others. Among the art projects - audiovisual installations and performances for loft Rizzordi, Museum of Nonconformist Art, New Alexandrinsky Theatre, Manifesta 10, Experimental Sound Gallery."

-Denis Sorokin Website (https://sorokinguitar.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html)
11/27/2023

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"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.

His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.

The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.

Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.

Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.

Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.

Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
11/27/2023

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Track Listing:



1. Loneliness In Saint-Petersburg 51:20

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Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Stringed Instruments
Trio Recordings

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