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Rodrigues, Guilherme: Acoustic Reverb (Creative Sources)

58 Compositions for Cello as part of a sound investigation process from Portuguese cellist based in Berlin, Guilherme Rodrigues, recording in 11 locations with interesting resonant properties, capturing several brief improvisations at each space, the architecture, delay, decay, and interaction affecting his approach and the sonic response to his playing.

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UPC: 5609063407624

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs762
Squidco Product Code: 32974

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, between May and October, 2022. Spaces in Berlin where the pieces were recorded: Passionskirche; Magdalenenkirche; Christuskirche; Herz-Jesu-Kirche; Evangelische Stephanus-Kirchengemeinde; St. Christophorus Kirche; Ms Heimatland; Zwinglikirche; Sophienkirche; Zionskirche; Marthakirche.


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"The Rodrigues family and I seem to share a distant personal connection. The father, violist Ernesto, was among the first people to alert me to the fruits of his labor on the ever-magnificent Creative Sources imprint. His talented cellist son Guilherme, besides collaborating with illustrious comrades already at the age of 15 or so, launched his webpage in the early 2000s with a somewhat naive introduction scribbled by a still-young Massimo Ricci. Twenty years later, with more experience and more sophisticated improvisational and compositional skills, Guilherme Rodrigues exhibits a significant advancement in his own musical development. I'll go right to the point: this CD is superb, one of the few in recent months that were revisited time and again in this writer's house.

The album's title is quite straightforward, and easily understood since the inaugural listen. Except for a single episode captured within a historical boat, the recordings took place inside ten different churches, whose spaces facilitated the natural extension of the cello's voice, enriching it with an air that is indeed sacred, but of a "clean" sacredness, unsoiled by religious or faux-otherworldly implications. Although the audio quality would make ECM's Manfred Eicher jealous, it fortunately lacks the German label's trademark coldness that sometimes shields the sonorities from revealing their throbbing hearts. There is no feeling of excessive fragmentation or lack of structural consistency despite the program consisting of 58 tracks (!), many of them fleetingly concise. On the contrary, what is heard is, in all actuality, suggestive of a full-fledged suite for solo cello.

When the soul of an instrumentalist is tuned to a concept of whole vibration - meaning both inner and outer - they are able to extract from the instrument, with firm yet sensitive touch, all the myriad nuances that define it. This is exactly how it sounds as one's ears get used to Rodrigues' acumen, always in line with the expressive signal's deepest connotation, not overly virtuous, eventually capable of transmitting to the listener a sense of sober solemnity that is hard to find nowadays. Whatever you hear in Acoustic Reverb will comprehensively satisfy your psychosomatic nature, whether it be combinations of singing partials, melody fragments flavored with Bachian canon, minimalist cues, rattling drones bathed in glissando, or string and wood noises that nearly let you smell the cello itself. It is music that puts the audience in a calm mental state, entirely open to consistent evidence of evolution. A reminder to get back on track and resume paying attention to the pitch's oscillating core, the diaphanous halo around it, the resonating silence currently not included in the lingo of the dominant auditory mediocrity. Thankfully, Guilherme Rodrigues has never been a part of that ridiculous anthropomorphic microcosm."-Massimo Ricci, touchingextremes

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Artist Biographies

"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."

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Track Listing:

1. Passionskirche I 0:41

2. Passionskirche II 0:57

3. Passionskirche III 1:17

4. Passionskirche IV 1:27

5. Passionskirche V 3:08

6. Magdalenenkirche VI 1:24

7. Magdalenenkirche VII 1:06

8. Christuskirche VIII 2:49

9. Christuskirche IX 1:14

10. Herz-Jesu-Kirche X 1:26

11. Herz-Jesu-Kirche XI 2:28

12. Herz-Jesu-Kirche XII 2:15

13. Herz-Jesu-Kirche XIII 2:00

14. Herz-Jesu-Kirche XIV 1:21

15. Evangelische Stephanus-Kirchengemeinde XV 1:02

16. EvangelischeStephanus-Kirchengemeinde XVI 1:38

17. Evangelische Stephanus-Kirchengemeinde XVII 0:57

18. Evangelische Stephanus-Kirchengemeinde XVIII 1:33

19. Evangelische Stephanus-Kirchengemeinde XIX 2:34

20. St. Christophorus Kirche XX 1:06

21. St. Christophorus Kirche XXI 1:15

22. St. Christophorus Kirche XXII 1:01

23. St. Christophorus Kirche XXIII 0:59

24. St. Christophorus Kirche XXIV 1:08

25. St. Christophorus Kirche XXV 0:45

26. St. Christophorus Kirche XXVI 1:12

27. St. Christophorus Kirche XXVII 1:09

28. Ms Heimatland XXVIII 1:16

29. Ms Heimatland XXIX 1:19

30. Ms Heimatland XXX 2:07

31. Ms Heimatland XXXI 1:19

32. Zwinglikirche XXXII 0:44

33. Zwinglikirche XXXIII 3:18

34. Zwinglikirche XXXIV 0:43

35. Zwinglikirche XXXV 0:59

36. Zwinglikirche XXXVI 1:32

37. Zwinglikirche XXXVII 1:13

38. Zwinglikirche XXXVIII 1:54

39. Zwinglikirche XXXIX 2:22

40. Zwinglikirche XL 0:59

41. Zwinglikirche XLI 2:44

42. Sophienkirche XLII 0:34

43. Sophienkirche XLIII 1:21

44. Sophienkirche XLIV 0:54

45. Zionskirche XLV 1:04

46. Zionskirche XLVI 0:58

47. Zionskirche XLVII 1:24

48. Zionskirche XLVIII 0:32

49. Zionskirche XLIX 1:42

50. Zionskirche L 1:01

51. Zionskirche LI 0:37

52. Marthakirche LII 0:33

53. Marthakirche LIII 0:29

54. Marthakirche LIV 1:30

55. Marthakirche LV 0:45

56. Marthakirche LVI 1:18

57. Marthakirche LVII 1:47

58. Marthakirche LVIII 0:58

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