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Made Of Bones (Fonesca / Clemente / Dias / Sousa): Handgun (Phonogram Unit)

Having collaborated over 15 years in bands including Slow is Possible and Cat in a Bag, the Portuguese quartet of Duarte Fonseca on drums, Joao Clemente on guitar, Nuno Santos Dias on Waldorf Zarenbourg electric piano and Ricardo Sousa on double bass, borrow from electric 70's jazz, rock and experimental forms through 10 diverse and intriguing concepts tinged with a dark wit.

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Duarte Fonseca-drums

Joao Clemente-guitar

Nuno Santos Dias-Waldorf Zarenbourg electric piano

Ricardo Sousa-double bass

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Label: Phonogram Unit
Catalog ID: PU17CD
Squidco Product Code: 34188

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Profound Whatever Studio, in Pesinho, Fundao, Portugal, on October 28th, 2022.

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"Made of Bones was formed in 2020 with: Duarte Fonseca on drums, Joao Clemente on guitar, Nuno Santos Dias on waldorf, and Ricardo Sousa on double bass. Drawing from rock, experimental, and noise influences, their music captivates listeners with its unique blend of genres.

The members of Made of Bones have been playing together for over 15 years in various bands, including Slow is Possible and Cat in a Bag (both released on Clean Feed), Salad Ensemble, Sideways, TMR and The Sea Wolves, and more. This shared history has fostered a strong bond between the musicians and honed their signature sound that reflects their individual strengths.

In the face of the pandemic's challenges, Made of Bones has shown remarkable perseverance, releasing three albums under the label Profound Whatever. Their latest offering, "Handgun," is their fourth release and their first collaboration with Phonogram Unit. The album showcases spontaneous, energetic, and idiosyncratic music that reflects the band's organic sound.

"Handgun" was recorded in October 2022 at Profound Whatever Studio, Pesinho. The secluded location provides a space where there is nothing to do except create, allowing the band to fully explore and express their musical vision. This setting captures the essence of Made of Bones' unique style and creative spirit.

The album "Handgun" stands as a testament to Made of Bones' innovative approach to music, embodying their diverse influences and the collaborative synergy that drives their creative process. Each track offers a fresh perspective, blending rock, experimental, and noise elements to deliver a captivating and immersive listening experience. The powerful bond between the band members and their unwavering dedication to their craft are clearly evident in the rich tapestry of sounds that define "Handgun."-Phonogram Unit

Artist Biographies

"Duarte Fonseca currently has five musical projects: Slow is Possible, Sideways, Salad Ensemble, Xaral's Dixie and Xaral's Band. As a native of Minde, he also collaborates with the Mindense Musical Society."

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"João Clemente began his musical studies at the Beira Interior School of Arts studying percussion and classical guitars. He attended the course of Music Production and Electronic Music at the School of Applied Arts. The community sense of his work gained in this phase the first forms, creating bonds with musicians with whomuntil today it maintains an energetic artistic activity.His professional vitality goes through multiple fields of action, composer of soundtracks for plays and lmes; founder of the Salad Ensemble and musician in several groups, among which the following stand out: Slow is Possible, Sideways, Turn Me On! Dead Man !, Co ee and Cigarettes, Woom, Kat in a Bag.

Highlights: The Thing About Silence and Why Flamingos Fly to the Salad Ensemble; Animalia for quartet of three (clarinet, saxophone, cello, double bass); The Eternal Life of the World, liturgical poem for sextet, narrator and choir."

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"Nuno Santos began his musical studies at the Regional Music Conservatory of Covilhã, continuing his education at the Lisbon Higher School of Music, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the New University of Lisbon, the University of Évora and the Open University. As a pianist he has developed his artistic activity between recitals of chamber music and free improvisation in different formats. A piano teacher at the Regional Music Conservatory of Covilhã, he has collaborated as an accompanist pianist at the Covilhã Pro-sional Arts School."

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"Born in the city of Covilhã, he was born in 1989 and began his musical career at Pro- sional School

of Arts of Beira Interior, in the class of double bass of Prof. Romeu Fabião. He began his studies of double bass at the National Academy of Orchestra and completed his degree at ESART, School of Applied Arts, under the guidance of Prof. Adriano Aguiar. During his 89 years of training, he worked as a masterclass and worked with different teachers, including Catalin Rotaru, Janne Saksala, Manuel Rego and Nuno Arrais (masterclasses); Jean-Marc Bur n, José Eduardo Gomes, Pedro Neves and Rui Pinheiro (teachers).

In a variety of musical contexts, he grew up with participation in projects such as the Pró-Clássica Orquestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil, soundtrack of the videogame Murder in the Hotel Lisbon.

Throughout his career he integrated formations of different musical genres with special interest in two distinct areas. Improvisation and Ancient Music.In the area of ​​Ancient Music, and at the invitation of João Paulo Janeiro, he has collaborated in the project Concerto Ibérico - Baroque Orchestra, highlighting the participation in the International Course of Ancient Music 2015 in Idanha-a-Velha, , at the VIII West Coast Early Music Festival 2015 - Winter Cycle and in the I Cycle of concerts of Interparliamentary Organs of Vila Nova de Famalicão and Santo Tirso.In the area of ​​Improvisation, João Clemente integrates projects such as Playground in 2011, Salad Ensemble with presentations in the city of Fundão in 2010 and 2011 and in the city of Castelo Branco in 2012, Animalia (a quartet for three elements in light of the theme of William Burroughs) in 2014 and Eternal Life of the World, a Liturgical Poem inserted in the Forty (Cycle of Traditions of Lent and Holy Week of the Council of Fundão).

He is a member of the Slow is Possible project and is finishing his Masters in Music Teaching at ESART in the city of Castelo Branco."

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Track Listing:

1. Usable With One Hand 3:01

2. The Few 3:33

3. Equal Unity 2:48

4. Legal Definitions 4:13

5. Effective Range 4:47

6. Matchlocks 7:47

7. The Serpentine 3:42

8. Reverse Spring 3:07

9. Gaseous Fuel 2:52

10. Birds Warning System 4:48

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Rock and Related
Quartet Recordings
New in Improvised Music

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