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Medusa Unit (Ricardo Jacinto): Umbra, Antumbra & Penumbra (Shhpuma)

Originally a solo project for cello, electronics and resonant objects, Ricardo Jacinto (Pink Draft, String Theory, LFU) expands his concept that focuses on the relationship between sound and space with this septet, captured live at CCC in Portugal and featuring an instrument developed for the project using multiple microphones on the cello connected to resonant objects.
 

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Ricardo Jacinto-cello, electronics

Alvaro Rosso-double bass

Andre Hencleeday-prepared piano

Eleonor Picas-harp

Nuno Morao-percussion

Joao Almeida-trumpet, electronics

Yaw Tembe-trumpet, electronics


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UPC: 5609063800807

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH080CD
Squidco Product Code: 33154

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at CCC (Centro Cultural e de Congressos), in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, on December 18th, 2021, by Suse Ribeiro and Nelson Carvalho.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"MEDUSA Unit is an ensemble created by the prolific Ricardo Jacinto, a multidisciplinary artist working as a sound artist and cellist focusing on the relation between sound and space. The ensemble expands the original ideas of his solo project (for cello, electronics and resonant objects) that Ricardo Jacinto has been presenting since 2014.

This project included the development of an electroacoustic device that, using an amplification system with microphones placed on different points of the cello and a diffusion system with several contact speakers connected to resonant objects.

Recorded live, "Umbra, Penumbra and Antumbra" presents itself as a continuation of the initial premises of the solo project but now also focused on the possibilities of hybridization of various acoustic instruments through an electroacoustic system of resonant interaction, where signal interferences and feedback networks are the basis for a sound that seeks to interpret the specific characteristics of the concert spaces, resulting in a strongly textural music, with roots in minimalism and spectralism.

The outcome is huge, the music is very dynamic, sonically rich and special. Undoubtedly an important step in Jacinto 's career."-Shhpuma


Artist Biographies

"Ricardo Jacinto / Lisbon (1975). Lives and works in Lisbon and Belfast. Working as an artist and musician mainly focusing on the relation of sound and space. Currently pursuing a PHD at the Sonic Arts Research Center / Belfast. Graduated in Architecture at the University of Lisbon-Faculty of Architecture, and Sculpture and Advanced Visual Arts at Ar.Co / Lisbon. Graduate courses at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Musical studies at the Hot Clube de Portugal and Academia de Amadores de Música / Lisbon. Since 1998 has presented his work in individual and group exhibitions, concerts and performances, in Portugal and abroad. Has collaborated extensively with other artists, musicians, architects and performers. Founder of OSSO - Cultural Association

Presented is installation work in several contemporary art venues in Portugal and across Europe: Projet Room CCB_Lisboa, Círculo de Belas Artes em Madrid, MUDAM_Luxemburgo, Centro Cultural Gulbenkian_Paris, Manifesta 08_European Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Itália, Loraine Frac- Metz, OK CENTRE_Linz_Austria, CHIADO 8_Culturgest_Lisbon, Casa da Música / Porto e Bienal de Arquitetura de Veneza de 2006.

As a cellist has mainly worked in the field of free improvised music playing in several formations and with different musicans: Nuno Torres, Rodrigo Pinheiro, David Maranha, Hernani Faustino, Ernesto Rodrigues, Luis Lopes, Ricardo Guerreiro, C Spencer Yeh, Shiori Usui, Manuel Mota, Pedro Rebelo, Franziska Schroeder, Simon Rose, Paul Stapletton, Jean Luc-Guionnet, Gabriel Ferrandini, Orquestra de geometria variável, PinkDraft, Cacto, FOIRMFADA, among others. Has played in different venues in Portugal and abroad: Fundação de Serralves / Porto, Palais Tokyo / Paris, SARC / Belfast, Festival VERBO / São Paulo, Festival Temps d' Images_Lisbon, Festival Rescaldo_Lisbon, Festival BigBang_CCB_Lisbon, Culturgest_Porto e Lisboa, ZDB / Lisboa, Dança Base_Edimbrugh, Kabinett 0047_Oslo, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Paris, among others."

-Ricardo Jacinto Website (http://www.ricardojacinto.com/about)
5/23/2024

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Alvaro Rosso is a Portuguese double bassist, a member of Variable Geometry Orchestra, ZMVR 4tet, Orgonite, Croniques 3, and String Theory.

-Squidco 5/23/2024

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"Andre Hencleeday is interested in detail and simplicity using improvisation, field recording, acousmatic and intuitive composition as main sonic languages. He is a member of Variable Geometry Orchestra, OWWK, &c."

-https://soundcloud.com/ahencleeday (Soundcloud)
5/23/2024

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Eleonor Picas is a Portuguese harpist, known for the group Medusa Unit.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1281490-Eleonor-Picas)
5/23/2024

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"Nuno Morão: Musician | Sound engineer, Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

• Scratch Built Studio | CABO Studio; • The Selva; • Hamar Trio; • Joana Barra Vaz; • Ar.Co - Center for Art & Visual Communication; • ECOSAcademic education; • University of Évora

He was born in Lisbon in 1976. In 1983, he began his musical studies at the School of Music of Loures. He was later student at the Gregorian Institute of Lisbon, Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, University of Aveiro, School of Music of Lisbon and University of Évora (where he is about to graduate in Jazz).

He studied composition, organ of tubes, piano, drums, varied percussion and a panoply of plastic instruments. In the company of several musicians and projects, he practices improvisation and exploratory music (PARK, PINKDRAFT, IKB Ensemble, VGO, Hamar Trio, The Selva).

He works as a musician, composer and sound engineer (in theater, dance, performance, installation, cinema, web, audiobooks and new media), as well as operator, director, editor and sound mixer. In addition to the musical projects mentioned above, he is also an active member of Ensemble JER, Common Name, Nuno Sanches and co-editor of BOCA (audiobooks). He enjoys walking, collecting varied documentation and photographing the national railway. 40 years old. Born in Lisbon, where he lives and works as a musician, composer and sound designer (theater, performance, installation, cinema, web and new media), as well as a sound recordist, mixer, editor and director."

-Linked In (https://pt.linkedin.com/in/nmorao)
5/23/2024

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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)
5/23/2024

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"Yaw Tembe is a swazi born artist and trumpeter living in Lisbon for several years, were he has developed an artistic career as a musician and sculptor,through a quick passage to Oporto he attended the sculpture course at the Faculty of Fine Arts (2010). Back to Lisbon, he has developed a work characterized by fragility and the exploitation of the ephemeral in a process that has crossed the various areas where he articulates. As a trumpeter he has developed a work based in the exploration of timbre possibilities of this instrument through acoustic resources such as self made mutes and "prepared trumpets" and the implementation of electronic pedals, drifting around influences such as Jon Hassel , Axel Dorner, Pierre Bastien and Toshinori Kondo. He has participated in several group exhibitions; in 2014 he was resident artist with the Mecanicantu Project in Musibéria - International Center for Music and Dance of the Iberian World (Serpa/Portugal) developing electroacoustic instruments. In addition to promoting workshops and art laboratories. Yaw Tembe has been marking is identity in numerous participations in musical projects such as GUME, Zarabatana, SIRIUS Cículo de3 Pontas, IKB (Ernesto Rodrigues) among others involving theater,video performance and visual arts."

-Queering Style (http://queeringstyle.com/evento/raquel-lima-poesia-e-voz-yaw-tembe-trompete/)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Antumbra 21:23

2. Penumbra 17:11

3. Umbra 17:20

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Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Jazz
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Septet recordings
Recordings Utilizing the Natural Resonance of a Space
New in Improvised Music

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