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In Layers  (Marcelo Dos Reis / Onno Govaert / Kristian Martinsson / Luis Vicente): Pliable (FMR)

Portuguese guitarist Marcelo Dos Reis and trumpeter Luís Vicente, Icelandic pianist Kristján Martinsson and Dutch drummer Onno Govaert release their 2nd album, moving from the studio to a live concert at Salão Brazil in Coimbra in 2018, performing six collective improvisations of explorative and technically advanced, cutting edge free improv.

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UPC: 748079797369

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 591-1020
Squidco Product Code: 29908

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: UK
Recorded live in concert by Rafael Silva on May 17th, 2018 at Salao Brazil in Combra.


Marcelo dos Reis-electric guitar

Onno Govaert-drums

Kristjian Martinsson-piano

Luis Vicente-trumpet

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"Marcelo dos Reis, Lisbon 1984.

He's one prominent voice in the new generation of european improvisers. All his work have been widely acclaimed, and beside all the achievements, was nominated one of the best five guitar players at the El Intruso - 8th Annual International Critics Poll.

His idiossincratic approach to the guitar, puts him as one of the key figures of the portuguese improvised music scene.

He works in groups like Pedra Contida, Open Field, Staub Quartet, in duo with Angélica V. Salvi, Chamber 4 and Fail Better!, this last two were considered two of the best newcomer bands in the last years.

Beside his projects he worked and shared the stage with dozens of musicians, such as : Burton Greene, Elliott Sharp, Burkhard Beins, Liz Allbee, Evan Parker, Carlos "Zíngaro", Toshimaru Nakamura, Andrea Neumann, Théo Ceccaldi, Werner Dafeldecker among many others.

Apart from work as musician, Marcelo organises the Double Bill - Concert Series, and runs the record label Cipsela."

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Onno Govaert is a drumer from Amsterdamn performing free jazz, swing and rock. He is a member of Cactus Truck with Jasper Stadhouders and Wilbert de Joode, and has also recorded with Andy Moor, Colin McLean, and John Dikeman, and with Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly.

-Squidco 11/30/2022

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"Kristján Martinsson, a striking multi-instrumentalist, has a lot to offer. In 2008 he won the renowned Young Nordic Jazz Commets prize with the band K tríó. The following year he plays at the North Sea Jazz Festival with his trio K tríó with which he has now released four records. This trio's record Meatball Evening won three Icelandic Music Awards in 2014. It received awards for: best jazz composer, best jazz album and best jazz composition for the song Strokkur. In 2015 the album Vinstig was released with the record company TryTone. This record was very well received in the Netherlands and abroad.

Today, Kristján is active in various projects in Amsterdam. On stage he is a real multi-instrumentalist: piano, flute, accordion, bass and vocals are Kristján's specialties.

Wilbert de Joode described Kristján's music style as: "Capricious and explosive, with great movements. Ear for the collective. He takes risks, creates genuine hectic and has a beautiful unpredictability. Musician and composer with self-reflection." "

-Kristjian Martinsson Website (Translated by Google) (

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"Luis first picked up a trumpet when he decided to participate in a Philarmonic Association. Later he had private classes with Tomás Pimentel.He attended the Escola de Jazz Luís Villas Boas/ Hot Club de Portugal, where he had the chance to study with João Moreira, Tomás Pimentel, Vasco Mendonça, Afonso Pais, Filipe Melo, Bruno Santos e André Fernandes. During these years, he also participated in workshop with musicians such as Evan Parker, Chris Speed, Mário Laginha, David Binney, Jesse Davis, Julian Arguelles, Ohad Talmor, André Fernandes, Pedro Madaleno e Phil Grenadier.

He already played in dozens of venues and festivals in Portugal and across Europe. He performed and recorded with Carlos Zingaro, Wilbert De Joode, Akira Sakata, Johannes Bauer, Oori Shalev, Jorrit Dijkstra, Kaido Yutaka, Jasper Stadhouders, Giovanni Di Domenico, Mary Oliver, Nuno Rebelo, Jonathan Hafner, André Fernandes, Joost Buis, Marco Franco, Steve Heather, Mette Rasmussen, John Dikeman, Roberto Negro, João Lobo, Hugo Antunes, Valentin Ceccaldi, Seppe Gebruers, José Ernesto Rodrigues, Onno Govaert, Rodrigo Amado, Tó Trips, Luís Lopes, Federico Pascucci, Théo Ceccaldi.

Currently he plays his own tunes in trio and quartet and is a member of : Vicente|Marjamaki; Clocks& Clouds; Fail Better!; Twenty One 4tet; Deux Maisons; Chamber 4; W.A.S?; Jasper Stadhouders' International Improv Esnsemble."

-Luis Vicente Website (

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track listing:

1. Supple 8:51

2. Malleable 5:23

3. The Whippy 9:33

4. Elastic 6:11

5. Ductile 7:07

6. Pliant 3:46
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Pliable is the second album of the pan-European quartet In Layers - Portuguese guitarist Marcelo Dos Reis and trumpeter Luis Vicente, Icelandic pianist Kristian Martinsson and Dutch drummer Onno Govaert. Pliable, like the self-titled debut album (FMR, 2016), was recorded live, this time at Salao Brazil in Coimbra - the hometown of Dos Reis, in May 2018.

The six pieces are credited to the four musicians. The title of the album captures well the atmosphere of these fast-shifting, free-improvised, and free-associative pieces. In Layers like to develop its music in a slow-cooking manner, patiently building a healthy tension, and gravitating almost methodically from a sparse interplay that allows timbral explorations and solo excursions into an urgent and dense interplay. The quartet performance is in top form, playing an inspired set as a close and mature working band.

The opening "Supple" affirms its improvisation strategy. Vicente suggests a series of melodic veins, Dos Reis punctuates his melodic stream with spiky, electric lines while Martinsson and Govaert add fragmented gestures to the interplay until all collide. The following "Malleable" builds on that kind of tense, confronted interplay, and highlights the tension between the dissonant, thorny gesture of Dos Reis to the angular, machine-gun-like Vicente. Martinsson introduces "The Whippy" but soon it shifts into a series of heated but playful duels between Martinsson and Dos Reis, later between Vicente and Govaert, and then the whole quartet intensifies this fierce improvisation.

"Elastic" offers a mysterious, reserved atmosphere, stressing the imaginative extended breathing techniques of Vicente, and minimalist implied comments of Dos Reis, Martinsson and Govaert. "Ductile" deepens this atmosphere with a quiet and playful conversation of Martinsson and Govaert, later Dos Reis and Vicente enrich and color this rhythmic interplay with intense, poetic contributions. The last, title-piece, brings a poetic yet distorted version of the angular, call-and-answer West African music, played only by Dos Reis and Govaert, and emphasizing, again, the wide sonic horizons of In Layers."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Collective Free Improvsation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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