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Barradas, Joao

Solo II - Live at the Festival D'Aix-En-Prevence

Barradas, Joao: Solo II - Live at the Festival D'Aix-En-Prevence (Clean Feed)

Active in both contemporary music and as an improviser, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas is heard live at the 2022 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in France, performing solo on a chromatic accordion, MIDI chromatic accordion and voice for an expansive, un-interrupted six-part improvisation that showcases both his technical skills and his emotional passion.

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Includes a 4 page color insert with liner notes by Pedro Melo Alves

UPC: 5609063006438

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF643CD
Squidco Product Code: 33474

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Hotel Maynier D'Oppede, in Aix-en-Provence, France, on July 12th, 2022, by Sergio Milhano.


Joao Barradas-accordion, MIDI controller, voice

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Let me start by how it presents itself to you, a solo recital of totally improvised music: the paradoxical music format that stands somewhere between the ultimate display of intimate frailty on the one hand, and unbounded, ephemeral experimentation on the other, yet which often ends up being the superlative affirmation of an artist. However, it gets even more particular, as this wasn't merely a solo recital of totally improvised music. It's one thathappened at a world-class festival of classical music, hosting such an event of unknown outcome for the first time, side by side with contemporary music commissions and early, common practice and 20th century classic works. Being released on the 75th anniversary of Aix-en-Provence Festival, this is a considerable achievement by João Barradas, which implies the improvised concert getting the same distinguished consideration as the composed concert and the reinforced connection between the universes of classical, folk and jazz music, in a modern perspective of globalized past and future languages. It is indeed a recording with many nuclear subjects on it, confirming Barradas as a definitive central figure of the accordion worldwide."-Pedro Melo Alves, from the liner notes

Includes a 4 page color insert with liner notes by Pedro Melo Alves

Artist Biographies

"João Barradas is one of the most reputable and widely acknowledged European accordionists, working simultaneously between classical music, jazz and improvised music.

He has won some of the most prestigious international classical accordion contests of which, among others, the World Accordion Trophy (CMA), which he has won twice, the Coupe Mondiale of Accordion (CIA), the International Castelfidardo Contest and the Okud Istra International Competition, stand out.

Despite his young age, João Barradas was the first ever classical accordionist to perform solo recitals in some of the most prestigious concert halls such as WienerKonzerthaus, Tonhalle Maag Zurich, Sage Gasteshead, Festival d'Aix en Provence, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Culturgest and he has played in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kolner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Casa da Música Porto, Bozar Brussels, Philharmonie de Paris, L'Auditori Barcelona, Mupa Budapest, La Monnaie, Stuttgart Opera House, Sadlers's Wells Theatre London, Onassis Cultural Center Athens, L'Arsenal Metz, Sava Center Belgrade, Centro Cultural de Belém, Tribeca Performing Arts Center New York.

Alongside his activity as a classical musician, Barradas is one of the most active musicians in Jazz accordion nowadays. His first album as leader with the New York label Inner Circle Music, "Directions", produced by saxophonist Greg Osby, was praised highly by the critics all over the world and made to the restrict Downbeat's Best Albums of the Year.

At the same time, he starts being noticed by some of the top names of American Jazz, such as Joe Lovano, Nicholas Payton, Randy Brecker, Lenny White or Walter Smith III and his name comes up at the most important national and international Jazz festivals and venues.

As an outstanding improviser he has collaborated with various renowned musicians, namely Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Peter Evans, Aka Moon, Mike Stern, Rufus Reid, Gil Goldstein, Fabrizio Cassol, Jacob Sacks, Miles Okasaki, Jerome Jennings, Ben Van Gelder, Francesco Cafiso, Federico Malaman, Stephanne Galland, Fabian Fiorini, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Wayne Escoffery, Philip Harper, Florian Arbenz, Tineke Postma, among many others.

João Barradas was nominated ECHO Rising Star 2019/2020 by the European Concert Hall Organization and BBC Music Magazine nominated the accordionist as one of the current year's classical music rising stars."

-Joao Barradas Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Solo II, Pt. 1 11:18

2. Solo II, Pt. 2 6:09

3. Solo II, Pt. 3 9:49

4. Solo II, Pt. 4 8:55

5. Solo II, Pt. 5 10:13

6. Solo II, Pt. 6 9:25

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