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Silva, Andre B.: Mt. Meru (Clean Feed)

Known for his The Rite of Trio, guitarist Andre B. Silva releases his 2nd solo album featuring compositions in a chamber jazz mode, including long passages of composed music that open into improvisation, performed with Jose Soares on saxophone, Raquel Reis on cello, Sophie Bernado on basson, Paulo Bernardino on bass clarinet, Andre Carvalho on double bass & Ricardo Coelho on drums & vibes.

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UPC: 5609063005950

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF595CD
Squidco Product Code: 31668

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at ARDA recorders, in Porto, Portugal, on December 9 and 10, 2021 by Carlos Fuchs, assisted by Rui Velho Rebelo.


Andre B. Silva-guitar

Jose Soares-alto saxophone

Raquel Reis-cello

Sophie Bernado-basson

Paulo Bernardino-bass clarinet

Andre Carvalho-double bass

Ricardo Coelho-drums, percussion, vibraphone

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"André is a Portuguese guitar player/composer/teacher who currently resides in Porto, Portugal.

André is in love with music in all of its forms and shapes. You can find him listening, playing and composing in a myriad of styles and he's loving and being emotionally touched by all of them. He's also in love with novelty and unpredictabilty. Hence his compositional style would be described as post-modernistic in the real sense of the term, drawing influences from many musical styles, defying art authority and cannons of what art should feel like, breaking the fourth wall and, being very clear in his love for the art, the music, and the amount of work he is willing to put into it to defend his artistic visions.

As a performer he considers himself to be under the big broad and more relaxed conception of the term Jazz. You can find him playing the American songbook in straight ahead post-bop jam sessions in Manhattan or exploring experimental music possibilities in festivals in Europe. Music is music and André is continuously searching for a strong beautiful connection between his musical inner-frame and the end result that the listener is receiving in the audience."

-Andre B. Silva Website (

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"José Soares, saxophonist and composer, was born in Luxembourg in 1991. He moved to Portugal and began his musical studies at the local band in Figueira da Foz. Later he entered the Conservatório de Música David de Sousa to the saxophone class of the professor José Firme. He then moved to Espinho to study in Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho, an undergraduate professional school, where he studied with Fernando Ramos, Gilberto Bernardes and Francisco Ferreira.

In 2010 José entered ESMAE (Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo), the University of Music and Performing Arts, Oporto, where he holds the degree of bachelor in Jazz Saxophone Performance. There he studied in the Jazz Department with Mário Santos, Nuno Ferreira, Carlos Azevedo, Abe Rábade, among others.

In 2017 he began his Master Studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam being tutored by Ben van Gelder, Joris Roelofs and Jasper Blom which he finished in 2019.Soares is an active musician playing and touring around Europe with many international bands; he's a guest soloist in several large formations like OJM (Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos) and BSP (Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa).

As a composer, he's main focus is to convey his experience to specific set of musicians like his Quartet (with Youngwoo Lee on piano, Jort Terwijn on Bass and Sun Mi Hong on drums), he's trio (Gonçalo Neto on guitar and Alessandro Fongaro on bass) or he's co-lied trio with the mexican singer songwriter Fuensanta Mendéz and the astonishing trumpet player Alistair Payne. Soares also writes for his duo with Harmen Fraanje, a very intimate and boundary.less duo.

Beside his own projects, Soares has been a requested musician for several bands with whom he has been recording his work: Ensemble Super Moderne (winner of the Best Jazz Album 2015, JazzLogical), AXES (winner of the Best Jazz Album 2017), Liquid Identities (Keep and Eye Competition 2019), Eduardo Cardinho Quintet (winner of "Prémio Jovens Músicos" 2014), Jeffery Davis Quintet, João Grilo e a Longifolia, Mané Fernandes "The Mantra of The Phat Lotus", Pedro Melo Alves' Omniae Ensemble, AXES, Guy Tristan Salamon (Keep an Eye Records winner 2018), Giuseppe Campisi, among many others."

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"Raquel Reis studied cello with Isabel Boiça at the Conservatório de Música de Aveiro Calouste Gulbenkian and completed her degree at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, where her teacher was Paulo Gaio Lima. She received first prizes in the Caldas da Rainha Interpretation Competition, the Samuel and Elinor Thaviu Endowed Scholarship Competition in String Performance (Northwestern University) and the Winnetka Music Club Scholarship.

In 2007, she completed her Masters in String Performance at the Northwestern University School of Music in Chicago, with Hans Jensen. She was awarded scholarships by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Raquel Reis was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Spira Mirabilis Orchestra and has performed solo with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Orquestra Académica Metropolitana and the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho. She is a member of the Trio Pessoa, with which she recorded the CD Pessoa, dedicated to Portuguese music. She also recorded the CD of Portuguese and Brazilian music, Mundo Grande. She has been a member of the Gulbenkian Orchestra since September 2007."

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"Since September 2016, Sophie [Bernado, bassoon] plays alongside Hugues Mayot, Valentin Ceccaldi, Theo Ceccaldi, Joachim Florent in the new group of Hugues Mayot l'Arbre Rouge inscribed in the small forms of the ONJ Jazz Fabric and alongside Rafael Rinaudo and Hugues Mayot in the improvised trio Ikui doki , winners of Jazz Migration and tour JMF 2018.

She also accompanies Emily Loizeau on her latest album and tour Eaux SombresSophie also performs with: Art Sonic wind quintet by Joce Mienniel and Sylvain Rifflet White Desert Orchestra by Eve Risser ,Manuel Delgado flamenco sextet, dance and singing.She is a co-writer, composer, musician and singer of children's tale (book) Les Symphonies Subaquatiques accompanied by Dominique A, Agnès Jaoui and Jacques Gamblin.

She is author and co-composer of 2 new current music projects:Belleville indus pop and L.A from Paris Electro hiphop with Marion Faure.Born in 1978, she grew up in southwestern France where she started playing piano at the age of 9. She joined the bassoon class of the Conservatoire de Toulouse at 16 years old.From the age of 17, she played in several orchestras including the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra.

She joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris in 2000.It is there that she learns Indian music from Patrick Moutal and jazz from Glenn Ferris. She graduated in 2003.

She then participated in first projects as an improviser with Gabriel Mirabassi and Ricardo Zegna. During her advanced studies in classical music at Konservatorium Richard Strauss of Munich, she participated in groups Johan von Brossa with Wanja Slavin, as well as Métisse Absynthe with Paolo Cardoso.

She takes part in such projects as the Jazz Orchestra of Sardinia and the project of Massimo Nunzi (Italian Composer). She is also following several seminars led by David Friedman, Paolo Fresu, Vito Maria Pia, Dave Liebman, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay.Sophie settles in Berlin and meets underground actors with whom she multiplies the projects as well as a singer / rapper as improvising bassoonist. She becomes co-leader of Nimpkeity with the artist ToyzRme (Rolax Label), Andromeda Mega Express (in collaboration with Notwist), The Fat Bertha, Das Rote Gras, flamenco project Flam'n Co and finally creates his first band Sir Chac Bulay Quartet.

Returning to France in June 2010, she performed with the Surnatural Orchestra, Filigrane by Edouard Ferlet, the Dark Horns (Daniel Casimir), Nosfell and recorded the album Rendez-nous les lumières by Dominique A with whom she went on tour."

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Paulo Bernardino is a Portuguese clarinetist currently living in Lisbon. He Studied Clarinet Performance at Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen and went to Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He works at SAMP, Orfeão de Leiria and Catraia.

-Paulo Bernardino Facebook (

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"Portuguese jazz bassist and composer André Carvalho is an active NYC freelancer whose works AllAboutJazz described as "both in bounds and out of this world." Nate Chinen of The New York Times dubbed Carvalho a bassist "you should get to know." André has played with Jazz stars Chris Cheek, Will Vinson, and Tommy Crane. And André's performance credits range from the Colors Jazz Festival (Paris), the Cairo Jazz Festival, and Jazz Festival Ljubliana, to venues such as Blue Note (New York), Konzerthaus Berlin, and Casa da Música (Porto).

Among the awards he has received are the "Carlos Paredes 2012" (a major annual prize that celebrates Portuguese music and culture) and the "Best Group" at Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2011. In addition, he has received multiple grants from the GDA Foundation to record ("Memória de Amiba") and to tour (2017 and 2019).

The scope of his work extends far beyond Jazz. With multi-Grammy award winner Gilberto Gil, André toured Europe performing his new opera "Prelúdio." The collaboration included Nova Ópera de Lisboa and the drumming ensemble Cortejo Afro, premiering portions of the new work in venues such as the Barbican Center (London) and Finlandia Talo (Helsinki). He has performed with classical conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Heinrich Schiff, and Franz Welser-Möst and collaborated with Fado singers Carlos do Carmo and Cristina Branco.


Mesmerised by Jazz, improvised music, and composition as a teenager, Andre's background was anything but traditional. Carvalho holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. André relocated to the US in 2014 as a Fulbright grantee. While finishing his first bachelor in Computer Science (Faculdade de Ciências Lisbon), he fell in love with music, leading him to study at the Hot Club de Portugal and Academia de Amadores de Música (with Fernando Flores)."

-Andre Carvalho Website (

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Ricardo Coelho is a Portuguese drummer and percussionist, known for the bands Criatura, Nook, his work with Sara Vidal, and with Andre B. Silva.

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track listing:

1. Caronte Em Chamas 7:57

2. 5-06 7:34

3. O Retorno De Saturno 10:53

4. Oleka 3:57

5. Expurgo E Catarse 16:45

6. Meditacao Da Montanha 13:49
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"Mt. Meru" is the second record under his own name by the guitarist of The Rite of Trio - one of the most brilliant projects coming from the small European country called Portugal. After his first record, The Guit Kune Do, which consisted of five electric guitars, he shuffles things around once again and presents us with a chamber music feeling, comprising instruments like cello, bassoon, bass clarinet and vibraphone and putting them side by side with his electric guitar, alto saxophone, double bass and drums. Andre B. Silva continues to devour different music genres and styles into a post-modernist jazz philosophy of his own, "defying art authority and cannons of what art should feel like". Novelty and unpredictability are assumed goals and nothing is put aside, be it Silva's love for melody, his vicious devotion for counterpoint or his punk-ish understanding of contemporary classical music and straight-ahead hard bop. One more step for his "eternal search for sounds, formations and solutions less explored" and one more challenge for us, listeners."-Clean Feed

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