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Rodrigues / Parrinha / Flak / Levine: Quadruple Quadrature Questions (Creative Sources)

While theremin & synth specialist Andrew Levine was on a 2023 tour of Portugal he met with a core trio of Creative Sources improvisers--Ernesto Rodrigues on viola & Crackle Box, Bruno Parrinha on bass clarinet & objects, Flak on electric guitar & effects--meeting in Flak's countryside studio for one detailed, extensive improvisation and 6 short works of differing sonic characters and colour.
 

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Ernesto Rodrigues-viola, Crackle Box

Bruno Parrinha-bass clarinet, objects

Flak-electric guitar, effects

Andrew Levine-theremin, modular synth, Crackle Box, Stereo Field


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UPC: 5609063407969

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs796
Squidco Product Code: 34114

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Alfarim, Portugal, on May 1st 2023, by Flak.

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"On my Spring tour to Portugal I played at Cossoul in Lisboa, traveled to Porto for the party at Sonoscopia and returned for the first gig at Sistema SMOP. By that time I was longing for a group session.

Come May 1st I met up with Ernesto Rodrigues and José Bruno Parrinha, or rather tried as (surprise, surprise there was a manifestação blocking the Praça Martim Moniz. Cars were blocked but I managed to cross and we drove over the Ponte 25 de Abril and onward to Flak's home and studio in the countryside.

I patched my modular, enjoying the sunshine and a drink on the terrace...

...and then it was time to set up in the cozy studio space.

Flak was at the recording station, playing lap guitar with FX and engineering the multitrack, Bruno was playing the bass clarinet on the opposite end, and me and Ernesto with his viola were snuggled up on between. I don't remember kneeling, but the pillow is proof that I must have spent the entire session in this position.

We began tracking with a 20-30 minute long, continuous, freely improvised deep dive. After that I suggested we record a sequence of miniatures between three and five minutes of length to explore different sonic characters and colours, with more focus on developing each one-rather than trying to cover all possible ground. I picked that up from Thomas Reuter when recording the al'kar​(​r​)​at SUITE. And on and on we recorded, until the evening culminated in a delicious affair involving black linguine, fried shrimp in a delicious sauce and me and Ernesto singing our favourite opera arias."-Andrew Levine



In mathematics, quadrature refers to the act of trying to find a square with the same area as a given circle.


Artist Biographies

"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.

His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.

The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.

Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.

Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.

Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.

Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
4/22/2024

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"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 (https://myspace.com/brunoparrinha/bio)
4/22/2024

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Flak is an improvising and rock guitarist, best known for the Portuguese rock band Rádio Macau.-Squidco 4/22/2024

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"Andrew Levine, born 1968 in NYC began playing violin at the age of 6; later studied voice. M.A. at the University of Trier. Lived in Berlin, now residing in Hamburg. Video productions since 1998, from 2003 with an increasing focus on live concert recordings.

Member of the VDT / Verband Deutscher Tonmeister, recipient of the Goldener Bobby award in 2014 and chair of the department of Music and Word Production of the VDT.

Since 2010, Andrew plays the Theremin (Moog Etherwave Plus, Moog Claravox, OpenTheremin & D-Lev) in free improvising configurations. Added a Make Noise 0-Coast synth in 2017, STEIM Cracklebox and polyphonic Haken Continuum in 2019. USA solo-tour and 4-day Theremin-100 festival in 2020.

From 2021-23 several grants allowed him to expand his sonic palette, including fluid manipulation of Theremin-timbre. Exploration of electronics + pipe organ & tour with Quatuor BRAC and light artist Katrin Bethge in 2022.

In 2022/3 a series of "in-ORGAN-ic" sessions in Weimar explored the realm of electronics plus spatialized & modified pipe organ. After a residency with Eric Cordier at La GŽnerale Nord-Est (Paris) in February Andrew toured Portugal in April / May, playing concerts and recording sessions in Lisbon and Porto.

Subsequently the collaboration with several pipe organ players continued: Michael von Hintzenstern (Weimar), Thomas Noll (Berlin) and Peer Schlechta (Kassel), resulting in a sequence of releases."

-Andrew Levine Website (http://andrewlevine.info/)
4/22/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Initiation | Whispers and Rumors | Kolibri 22:24

2. Peter's Wolves | Shimmer 06:32

3. Transmogrification 06:35

4. Wehklagend / Lamentoso 07:04

5. Dream of the Bumble Bee 07:32

6. Echolocution 05:49

7. I am a Leaf on the Wind | Interludium | In the Style of a Raga 13:00

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