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Lobo, Joao (Lobo / Lobo / Kempeneer): Simorgh (Shhpuma)

Drummer Joao Lobo's trio with guitarist Norberto Lobo and double bassist Soet Kempeneer perform the drummer's dynamic compositions, along with one traditional works, a tight trio of highly interactive playing and a sense of familial interplay as the band weaves around Lobo's layered drumming and emphatic grooves, taking time for introspection among their energetic spontaneity.

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UPC: 5609063800616

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH061
Squidco Product Code: 29796

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Les Ateliers Clau, in Brussels, Belgium, by Christophe Albertijn.


Joao Lobo-drums

Norberto Lobo-guitar

Soet Kempeneer-double bass

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"From jazz to gnawa music, electro-acoustic trance to total improvisation, in solo or in a big band, collaborating on dance and theatre productions and making soundtracks for movies (including "John From" which got him a nomination for Best Original Music at the Fénix Awards 2016 in Mexico), João Lobo maintains a versatile career as a musician mainly playing the drums.

He is the co-founder of Oba Loba, Going, Tetterapadequ, Norman, Mulabanda, and a proud member of Giovanni Guidi Trio, Mâäk, MikMâäk and Ghalia Benali & Mâäk: MwSOUL.

He has recorded more than 40 albums, some self-produced and others for labels such as ECM, Clean Feed, CamJazz, De Werf, El Negocito, three:four records, Challenge, NEOS.

He has performed and/or recorded in many countries around the world with many musicians including Enrico Rava, Marshall Allen (US), Rosewell Rudd (US), Carlos Bica (PT), Nate Wooley (US), Maalem Hassan Zogari (MA), Thomas Morgan (US), Chris Corsano (US), and collaborates intensely with Norberto Lobo (PT), Giovanni Di Domenico (IT), Lynn Cassiers (BE), Manolo Cabras (IT), Giovanni Guidi (IT) and Laurent Blondiau (BE)."

-Joao Lobo Website (

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"Norberto Lobo is an musician who was born in Portugal (Country).

He started his musicianic career in 2007 with Mudar De Bina. Then he would continue with Pata Lenta in 2009 (after 2 years). It has 8 record productions in CD and Vinyl formats.

His various Norberto Lobo styles are: Folk (For example, on his album Mudar De Bina), Bluegrass (For example, on his album Mudar De Bina), Acoustic (For example, on his album Pata Lenta), Experimental (For example , on his album Fala Mansa), Avantgarde (For example, on his album Fala Mansa), Psychedelic Rock (For example, on his album Mogul De Jade), Instrumental (For example, on his album Fornalha) and Contemporary Jazz(For example, on his album Oba Loba).

His style is framed in the genres: Blues , Electronic , Folk, World, & Country , Jazz and Rock.

Norberto Lobo has performed as: Acoustic Guitar (For example, in the single Mudar De Bina), Bass (For example, in the single Bragança), Music (For example, in the single Mudar De Bina), Recorded (For example, on the single C Alto Da Faia) and Slide Guitar (For example, on the single Morte (Poor Camel Long Way From Home)).

He has worked with the following record labels: Bor Land , Mbari Musica , Shhpuma , Silent Water and Three: four Records.

Some of Norberto Lobo's collaborations were with Various in 2007 with the single Mudar De Bina and with Filipe Felizardo in 2014 with the single Morte (Poor Camel Long Way From Home)."

-BumbaBlog (Translated by Google) (

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track listing:

1. 10 de Novembro 5:02

2. Cumulonimbus 4:44

3. Chosta 8:01

4. 71/72 9:23

5. A Porta Das Almas Santas 4:36

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"Early summer 2019, Joao Lobo started recording his compositions at les Ateliers Claus in Brussels, with guitarist Norberto Lobo, bassist Soet Kempeneer and recording engineer Christophe Albertijn. The recording sessions were planned over the course of one week, however the job was mostly done in just a few takes. With the addition of some overdubs, the whole process was finalised in a spontaneous wave. It is too simplistic to define Joao Lobo's compositions with one term, and the association of the album Simorgh with this ingenious partnership's new creations, is inevitable.

While the mix of genres and styles may be easy to distinguish, the focus centres on the result of the mixing: a highly grooving and an occasionally paused and introspective music that seems out of time and out of space. It is difficult to grasp or define a specific period in time or a geographic origin in this fusion of references, as what you listen to is a bold creation of original and surprising elements. Drummers - such as João Lobo - employ a multi-layered concept in their music, weaving the different tracks into a linear wash of sound. He plays the song with the drum set while the other members fly in and out of the compositions, always gathering around their phoenix in order to attain enlightenment.

What João Lobo and many of his contemporaries are up to, can be explained through simple terms as a future exploration of the emotionally expressive possibilities of sound. It breaks away from the conventional order providing space for the discovery of a new order. Simultaneously it allows a more profound and broader expression of what the current reality of music is and represents. It was instantly clear for me that we had to share his music with our audience and create this medium for happiness.

This release is the trio's debut record, which is the impetus for their personal development in the realisation that features Joao as a mentor in the creation process. The featured compositions highlight the musicians' unique physical aspect to control their instruments and their hidden techniques that underlying these tracks. The result is an ongoing aural interplay. It was love at first sound."-Shhpuma

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