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Garfo (Tinoco / Almeida / Fragoso / Sousa): Garfo (Clean Feed)

Translating to "Fork", Garfo is a modern Portuguese jazz quartet led by tenor saxophonist Bernardo Tinoco, with João Almeida on trumpet, João Fragoso on double bass and João Sousa on drums, all 4 contributing compositions to their lyrically sophisticated music, effortlessly using complex structure and time signatures to propel first-rate free improvisation.
 

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Bernardo Tinoco-tenor saxophone

Joao Almeida-trumpet

Joao Fragoso-double bass

Joao Sousa-drums


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UPC: 5609063005707

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF570
Squidco Product Code: 30559

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at N Studio, in Lisbon, Portugal, in December, 2020, by Hugo Romano.

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"If you were still uncertain about the relevance and the freshness of Portugal's contributions to the worldwide jazz and improvised music circuits, this is for you: Garfo (Fork in English) is a band formed by four of the youngest generation of musicians active in the city of Lisbon. Lead by saxophonist Bernardo Tinoco, but with all members composing its repertoire, they play a empathic music with mind-puzzling structures and crossed time signatures, with lots of free improvisation to open up the frames.

Coming from a family with strong ties with classical and jazz music, Bernardo has a sweet tenor sax sound rather unnusual in these domains. A former pupil of trumpeter Peter Evans, Joao Almeida's sonic constructions give the maximum effect to his minimalist approach: just a few motives are enough to make a blast. Bassist Joao Fragoso and drummer Joao Sousa keep the motion with an energy that never dissolves. And that's it: jazz turned again a music made by twenty-something years old innovators, with urgency but also a very surprising maturity. And they're conquering the local scene, obliging the older musicians to keep the pace. It's predictable that a new Portuguese jazz boom will come from this."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

Bernardo Tinoco is a Portuguese saxophonist, leader of the group Garfo, Bernardo Tinoco Quintet, and a member of the João Fragoso Sexteto. At age 17 he was a finalist of the Hot Club de Portugal Regular Course, and was trained for classical music. He cites his influences as John Coltrane, Soweto Kinch, Ricardo Toscano , Miles Davis.

-Squidco 4/10/2024

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"João Almeida (1997) is a portuguese trumpeter, improviser and composer based in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. At the age of 8 he started his musical studies in the local philharmonic band and later started studying at the National Conservatory.

In 2015, he joined the Luiz-Villas Boas Jazz School and the following year he was accepted into the Jazz course at the Lisbon Superior School of Music, where he studied under Gonçalo Marques and João Moreira. During his degree, he had the opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the most relevant musicians in the mainstream jazz music scene, including Pedro Moreira, André Fernandes, Nelson Cascais, Luís Candeias, Hugo Antunes, João Mortágua, João Fragoso, Bernardo Tinoco, João Lopes Pereira, João Sousa, Diogo Alexandre, Pedro Branco, Gonçalo Marques, André Santos, André Carvalho, António Quintino, André Matos, André Rosinha, Eduardo Cardinho among others.

During this period, he started collaborating with the Jazz Orchestra of Hotclub of Portugal, where he had the opportunity to share the stage with Julian Arguelles, Perico Sambeat, Guillermo Klein and John Hollenbeck.

In the last year of his degree, he started taking classes with Peter Evans and started learning about Free Jazz and non-idiomatic improvisation, having collaborated withPeter Evans, Albert Cirera, Gabriel Ferrandini, Hernâni Faustino, Pedro Alves Sousa, Marcelo Dos Reis, Rodrigo Amado, Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, Gonçalo Almeida, Ricardo Jacinto, Nuno Morão, Angélica Salvi, Susana Santos Silva, Yaw Tembe, Ricardo Martins, Norberto Lobo, João Lobo, Abdul Moimême, Alvaro Rosso, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Yedo Gibson, Pedro Melo Alves, João Valinho, João Carlos Pinto, Mariana Dionísio, Maria do Mar, Péter Ajtai, Mia Dyberg and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

In May of 2020 he released his first album, 'SOLO SESSIONS *||||', an album centered on the exploration of extended techniques and the use of objects to manipulate sound.

He has now 7 releases on his own label, JARECORDS, a platform that he uses to present his work.

He has played in festivals and venues such as Teatro S.Luiz, Teatro do Bairro, Capitólio, Salão Brazil, Hotclube de Portugal, Sala Porta-Jazz, Zaratan, Café Dias, Sociedade Guilherme Cossoul, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Centro Cultural de Belém, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Culturgest Lisboa, Casa da Música, Outfest 2019, Guimarães Jazz 2020, Festa do Avante, Robalo Jazz Festival, QuebraJazz, ACUD Theater, Madame Claude, LOOPHOLE and has toured extensively through Europe."

-Joao Almeida Website (https://joaocostaesilvadealmeida.com/BIO)
4/10/2024

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João Fragoso is a Portuguese double bassist, composer and band leader. He is known for the groups Fragoso Quinteto and Garfo.

-Squidco 4/10/2024

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João Sousa, aka Drum Par, Johnny Dynamite, Verme, is a Portuguese drummer. He is known for the groups A-nimal, Cardíaco, Cicuta, Deslize, O Poema (A)Corda, Parpar, and Uivo Zebra.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/2669306-Jo%C3%A3o-Sousa)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Quadrado 4:48

2. Improv. 3:40

3. Terminal 1:46

4. Ciclo 5:47

5. T 4:38

6. Oito 2:37

7. Alderpoint 3:44

8. Piglet 3:14

9. Giraldo 3:52

10. Palavras 5:52

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Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Quartet Recordings
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz

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