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Rose / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Kneer: Birds and Humans (Creative Sources)

Recording in Berlin in 2021, the quartet of English saxophonist Simon Rose, here on baritone sax and German double bassist and Evil Rabbit label leader Meinrad Kneer join with Creative Sources father/son string improvisers Ernesto Rodrigues on viola and Guilherme Rodrigues on cello for seven delicately commanding, chamber-oriented free improvisations.
 

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Simon Rose-baritone saxophone

Ernesto Rodrigues-viola

Guilherme Rodrigues-cello

Meinrad Kneer-double bass


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UPC: 5609063407266

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs726
Squidco Product Code: 31606

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, on May 13th, 2021, by Guilherme Rodrigues.

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"Another portion of free chamber music is a quartet meeting from May last year, from Berlin. Here are the musicians: Simon Rose - baritone saxophone, Ernesto Rodrigues - viola, Guilherme Rodrigues - cello and Meinrad Kneer - double bass. The improvisation is formed here in seven episodes, which last over 65 minutes.

The English-Portuguese-German story is built on a certain dramatic dissonance. On the one hand, there are two intimate stringers - a cello and a viola, and on the other hand, a saxophone and a double bass dripping with post-jazz, which seems to stand in a slight stride. The latter quite quickly catches the common front with the baritone, but also often reaches for the bow and then becomes a very intimate weapon. The musicians take many steps towards the defiant, saturated with prepared sounds narration, on the other hand, a large part of their activity finds its outlet in pure, almost neoclassical phrasing. The initial phase of the recording raises a lot of question marks, but above all it dazzles with a very effective sound. It provides a lot of intimate emotions, sways in the wind and is saturated with a lot of bright interactions, a series of agile questions and even more cunning answers. In the second part, an impatient dynamic is born on the string bars, while the saxophone builds calm and balanced drones, but it needs one deep breath to bring improvisations to an almost free-jazz level. The next improvisation focuses on small, interrupted phrases, also feels full of nervous dynamics, and reaches full compatibility in the final phase, which emanates with pure phrases.

The fourth and fifth stories seem to be the crème de la crème of the entire album! First, a galaxy of winds, gasps, and string jerks. The story flows along a slight hill, upon reaching which a bitter viola serenade begins. The narrative becomes more delicate, cooler, at times charmingly fermented with the post-Baroque double bass string and again finds relief in pure phrases. In the fifth part, the musicians offer us some friction mechanics and jerking physics. On the one hand, a baritone as a troublemaker, on the other, small stringers that are successfully looking for a melody. Inside the narrative there is an intriguing, nervous pace that creates additional quality. The sixth improvisation begins sensational, built thanks to prepared short-cuts, then it goes into a rather bland development, to hide behind a dark ambient curtain in the final stage and weave one of the most beautiful moments of the recording. The final improvisation seems to be a sharp extra-time for its predecessor. Lots of dark drones, cool reactions, but also the lively singing of birds that may have settled on the window frames during the recording, becoming one of the components of the album's title."-Andrzej Nowak, Tribune of Spontaneous Music, translated by Google



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Artist Biographies

"Simon Rose is a musician, author and researcher from London, England based in Berlin, Germany. He performs on baritone and alto saxophones in numerous collaborations and as soloist. He also collaborates beyond music with dancers, visual artists, mixed media, built instruments, site specific performance and more. His research interest is in creative processes."

-Simon Rose Website (https://www.simonrose.org/)
4/17/2024

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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)
4/17/2024

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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)
4/17/2024

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"Meinrad Kneer is a double bass player, composer, improviser, band-leader and label owner. His music moves along the musical boundaries of jazz, improvised, contemporary-composed and ethnic music.

He studied double bass and music in the Netherlands (conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam), where he quickly entered the Dutch jazz- and subsequently the international scene of free improvisation.

In 2002 he receives one of the most prestigious Dutch music awards: the 'Jur Naessens Music Award' for the project 'New Anatomy', realized with his band 'Dalgoo' and inspired by the work of the Russian writer Daniil Kharms.

His compositional work has been supported between 2001-2011 by the Dutch 'Funds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst' (today 'Funds Podiumkunsten') and in 2013 he recieved a grant from the Berlin senate to compose music for his Phosphoros Ensemble.

From 2007 to 2011 he organized the concert series 'U-Ex(perimental)' devoted to free improvisation, in cooperation with flutist Mark Alban Lotz, the Centraal Museum and the SJU Jazz Podium in Utrecht (NL).

Since 2011/2012 he lives in Berlin.

He currently leads the Meinrad Kneer Quintet, the Trio Baars / Kneer / Elgart, the Phosphoros Ensemble, and works as a co-leader in the groups Dalgoo, Rose/ Kneer/ Barrett and Sequoia.

He also plays a.o. with the following ensembles: Julie Sassoon Quartet, Andreas Willers Septet, Peter Van Huffel Octet and Bite the Gnatze, and worked with musicians as Najma Akhtar, Richard Barrett, Johannes Bauer, Han Bennink, Iva Bittová, Axel Dörner, Bill Elgart, Ceylan Ertem, Fred Frith, Tristan Honsinger, Paul Lovens, Roscoe Mitchell and Jon Rose, and ensembles as different Baraná formations, the Ab Baars Quartet, House of Mirrors, the Gravitones, Play Station 6, the Astronotes, the Joost Buis tentet, the AXYZ-Ensemble, the bigtet Tetzepi, the Ig Henneman String Quartet, the Marc Sinan Company, the KNM Ensemble and realized, with his own bands and as a side man, about 30 records.

During the last years he has been touring extensively in most countries of Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa and Mexico.

His internationally renowned label 'Evil Rabbit Records', founded together with pianist Albert van Veenendaal in 2006, is dedicated to contemporary improvised music rooted in the European culture."

-Meinrad Kneer Website (https://meinradkneer.eu/bio/)
4/17/2024

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Track Listing:



1. I 7:56

2. II 6:31

3. III 11:42

4. IV 15:55

5. V 7:34

6. VI 11:20

7. VII 5:17

Related Categories of Interest:


Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
Quartet Recordings
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Chamber Jazz

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