★ ★ ★ ★ ★ album review: Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble

Read this ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ review on our release Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble!
Find the full article in Portuguese here or below a translated excerpt (originally published in Ípsilon/ Público by Nuno Catarino).

“(…) The three original compositions present a blend of classical music and improvisation without abandoning the jazz matrix. The tracks are long and reveal a rare complexity, a writing that combines multiple environments within the same track, alternating between very structured and carefully designed collective unisono parts, but also moments open to free improvisation.
The rich sound of the brass section feeds the grandiosity of the compositions’ structure. When it comes to the individual musicians, the electric guitar player Mané Fernandes stands out, exploiting the effects pedals during his solos. In general, the music is characterized by moments of tension, energy and high intensity, between unisonos, crescendos and decrescendos, a kind of a musical “rollercoaster”.
The record contains arrangements of two compositions by Bernardo Sassetti: Reflexos, Movimento Circular (of the record Motion) and Da Noite (of the masterpiece Ascent). The former maintains the original structure, that melodic essence, but adds other colors. Melo Alves is showing good use of the diverse resources that the septet has to offer to turn it into the base of his music. The latter remains as the closing track of the album – a minimal, slow and contemplative version of Da Noite, contrasting the rich (and energetic) harmonics that characterize the overall record. This choice accentuates the elegiac tone of the original composition, leading to a perfect farewell.
The originality and excellence of Pedro Melo Alves’ compositions along with the band’s interpretative quality turn this record into a remarkable milestone for Portuguese jazz, a reference for contemporary music with broad horizons, bold music, open-minded and adventurous.” – Nuno Catarino

 

2017-12-07T13:03:17+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

New release on NISCHO Records!

 

We are proudly announcing our next release “HOME – AN END AS A NEW BEGINNING”, the second album of the incredible João Barradas, accordionist and rising star of the Portuguese jazz scene.

After his celebrated debut „Directions“, this album unfolds with a musical approach somewhere between jazz, improvised music and rock where the passion for complex bars really shows.

Featuring exclusively the MIDI version of the accordion, this project became a home to new concepts in the rich musical universe of João Barradas – where an ending does not necessarily means to stop but instead creating the possibility for new beginnings.

The youth of the band leads to a very particular power in stage that becomes evident particularly during their live performances. Therefore this album will be realeased as a special edition including both the album and exclusive video footage, recorded live at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

 With:
João Barradas (MIDI Accordion)
Mané Fernandes (Guitar)
Eduardo Cardinho (Vibraphone)
Gonçalo Neto (Guitar)
Ricardo Marques (Bass)
Guilherme Melo (Drums)

Compositions by João Barradas
Produced by João Barradas
Recorded at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Mixed and Mastered by Pedro Vidal at Estúdios Vale de Lobos, Sintra, Portugal

2017-11-22T14:17:27+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: News, Releases|Tags: , |