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Parrinha, Bruno / VINE LEAF (Parrinha / Lopes / Valinho): Tales of Sense (Clean Feed)

Named for the translation of alto saxophonist Bruno Parrinha's last name into English--"Vine Leaf"--the trio of frequent working partners Luís Lopes on electric guitar and João Valinho on drums are heard in two recordings at SMUP, in Parede, PT and one studio recording in Lisbon, for sophisticated collective improvisation that indeed flows like a beautifully intricate vine.

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UPC: 5609063006384

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF638CD
Squidco Product Code: 33470

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Track 1 and 3 recorded in at SMUP, in Parede, Portugal, on February 4th, 2022, by Claudio Rego.

Track 2 recorded at Namouche studios, in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 26th, 2022, by Joaquim Monte.


Bruno Parrinha-alto saxophone

Luis Lopes-electric guitar

Joao Valinho-drums

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"Assuming the leadership of the band, Bruno Parrinha named this trio after the translation of his name to English (Parrinha in English: VINE LEAF).The partnership with guitarist Luís Lopes was already being worked on in the "Garden" trio (also released by Clean Feed) exploring in depth the personal aesthetics of each instrumentalist with a possible greater approximation to total freedom, free from any influence. This time with drummer João Valinho instead of Ricardo Jacinto on cello, the work continues in the same direction, taking into account the difference in timbre and rhythmic approach. In this new context, the premise consists of a narrative, composed in real time, based on the duality of lyrical and prosaic discourse. Without premeditation, beyond a vague declaration of initial intention, the music reveals itself with the suggestions of the three musicians carried away by emotion and echoic memory. "Tales Of The Senses" are episodes sung in troubadour style, improvisations of a fictional, lyrical reality, focused on details that are positioned between figuration and abstraction, all based on the senses. Stories that evolve from the body of the path, in the beauty of the words that come together to express the experience of the search for the object of the end for which they are intended.

Influenced by his father, an architect, musician and painter, and his drummer brother, saxophonist and clarinetist Bruno Parrinha has been working and developing his own language. He studied at the Academia de Amadores de Música. In 1988 he worked with Sei Miguel on the LP "Songs against love and terrorism". Since then he has dedicated himself to free improvisation, or composition in real time, participating in numerous concerts, including formations with dancers in synergies of spontaneous composition and structured improvisations with musicians such as Rodrigo Amado, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Miguel Mira, João Lucas, Paulo Curado, Ernesto Rodrigues, Nuno Rebelo, Gabriel Ferrandini, Hernâni Faustino, Carlos Zíngaro, Luís Vicente, João Lencastre and many others.

Luís Lopes is a musician connected to Jazz, full improvisation, experimental and noise music, and he leads several groups that soon positioned him in the international scene: Humanization 4tet (with Rodrigo Amado and Texans Stefan and Aaron Gonzalez), Lisbon Berlin Trio/Quartet (with Rodrigo Pinheiro and Germans Christian Lillinger, Robert Landfermann), Guillotine (with french cellist Valentin Ceccaldi and norwegian drummer Andreas Wildhagen), the newest 10 elements multi nationalities based in Lisbon Abyss Mirrors (witch he leads and produces); Valentin Ceccaldi's BonBon Flamme (plus with Ethienne Ziemniak and Fulco Otterwanger). Still has his solo works, characterized by a full experimental attitude and can range from Noise to Pianissimo. Plus, he cherishes and privileges duo projects, examples are collaborations with Jean-Luc Guionnet, Fred Lonberg-holm, Jasper Stadhouders, Noel Akchoté and Julien Desprez.

Coming from the suburbs of Sintra, João Valinho began a career in music after completing his studies in Fine Arts, seeking to conceive it in his experimental practices, active in the dazzling panorama of Lisbon's improvised music, from jazz to near-silence music, as well as in interdisciplinary approaches with dance and theater. Music combines activity in the production of artistic objects in installation and photography. He has had the opportunity to work, both in studio and live, with musicians of excellence like Yedo Gibson, Felipe Zenicola (the three of them have the outstanding trio MOVE), Rodrigo Amado Refraction Quartet, Fashion Eternal, Rodrigo Brandão Outros Espaço e Anthropic Neglect."-Clean Feed

Artist Biographies

"Bruno Parrinha - alto sax / soprano, Clarinet Sb / Alto, flute

Around the age of 10 began playing the clarinet. At 17 he bought a flute and entered the Academy of Music where he Amateurs solfeggio and instrument with Paulo Curado for two years . Later he was always playing clarinet and tenor saxophone ( self-taught ) and at age 21 he was invited to join the band Pop Radar Gaddafi with whom he recorded . Later he was cast of musicians on the play " Vieux Carré " in teatro da Graça playing tenor sax . Spent a year on the scene . At 87 he began to attend formations of Sei Miguel resulting in vinyl LP recorded at 88 " Songs love and against terrorism ." Since then he has dedicated his commitment to free improvisation and has participated in numerous trainings and concerts with illustrious musicians including Rodrigo Amado , Rodrigo Pinheiro , Miguel Mira , João Lucas , Paulo Curado , Ernesto Rodrigues , Guilherme Rodrigues , Ulrich Mitzlaff , Manuel Guimarães Cyril Bondi , " D' Incise ," Raphael Ortiz , Nicolaus Gerwinsky , Phill Niblock , Raymond McDonald , Victor Nubla , Nuno Rebelo , Marco Franco, Gabriel Ferrandini , Hernani Faustino , Luís Lopes , José Oliveira , Carlos Santos , Carlos " Zingaro " João Pedro Viegas , Victor Rua , Abdul " moimême " , Luís Vicente , João Lancaster , Luis Gil , Paulo Pimentel , Francisco Andrade , Albert Cicera and many others.

Presently a part of groups : ARGUE, IKB , VGO , Miguel Mira Quartet , Open Mind and Puma. "

-Bruno Parrinha MySpace Page (

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"Averse to any linearity, the idiosyncratic Luís Lopes, a musician connected to Jazz, improvised and experimental music, has been building his career, a simple and singular story, characterised by a unique voice, free of corsets, formal ties or constraints and mannerisms regarding strict stilistical implications. He is an unfollower... experiments himself through paradoxes. Invokes teachings by following standards of subversion to any possibility of pre-established idea. Eminent self-subversion... Introspective timeless trance.

Running Multi-international groups, especially his Humanization 4tet (with Portuguese Rodrigo Amado and Texan's Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez), Lisbon Berlin Trio (with Germans Christian Lillinger, Robert Landfermann), and his "Noise" or "Love Song(s)" Solos, plus his highly recommended records he is growing as an international artist, playing at important Festivals and venues not just in Portugal but in Europe and U.S.

Coming from a rock/punk and blues background, while studying at local classic and rock schools, he began studying Jazz at Hot Club Portugal School and then was finalist at Escola de Jazz do Barreiro/Lisbon. Then did studies with Saxophonist Joe Giardullo who opened for him the doors of modern jazz harmony complexity through the George Russell's "Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization", plunging Lopes into the world of improvised and experimental music, without disregard for his fascination with distorion and guitar feedbacks, expressed in different incursions into noise music, while also canalizes energys towards projects where he can develop his composing abilities.

In more recent times, Lopes has played and / or recorded with different artists connected to jazz and improvised music, such as Noel Akchoté, Christian Lillinger, Robert Landfermann, Marco Von Orelly, Marc Unternahrer, Adam Lane, Igal Foni, Floros Floridis, Joe Giardulo, Harvey Sorgen, Benjamin Duboc, Phill Niblock, Ernesto Rodrigues, Paulo Curado, Sei Miguel, Rodrigo Amado, Hernâni Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Miguel Mira, Aaron Gonzalez, Stefan Gonzalez, Dennis Gonzalez, Elliot Levin, Alfred Hart, Daniel Levin, Reuben Radding, Daniel Carter, Jeb Bishop, Josh Abrams, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Samuel Blaser, Boris Hauf, Evan Parker, Olivier Benoit, Fred Lomberg-holm, Valentin Ceccaldi, Gonçalo Almeida, among many others."

-Luis Lopes Website (

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"João Valinho is a percussionist and Visual Artist based in Lisbon, Portugal."

-Soundcloud (

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Track Listing:

1. Tale One 27:58

2. Tale Two 6:44

3. Tale Three 11:00

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