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Upcoming release: Mário Franco – “Rush”

We are proud to announce our upcoming release “Rush” by bass player and composer Mário Franco with a fantastic lineup!
Released as a special edition with a unique selection of 11 photographies, handpicked by the artist himself – 1 for every song.
More info coming soon!

2017-12-07T13:13:50+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 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: , |

4,5 star review in Downbeat Magazine for João Barradas’ debut album “Directions”!

Thank you Downbeat Magazine for the amazing review!
4,5 out of 5  stars for João Barradas “Directions” – Released by Nischo Records/ Inner Circle Music

Review by Josef Woodard/ DownBeat Magazine:

“One of the reasons João Barradas stands apart from the fairly slender ranks of virtuoso jazz accordionists is his taste for adventure, in a field not necessarily given to same. Concurrently, his roots are intact and entrenched in jazz and classical traditions, as well as other niches in the musical musical world where accordion is known to travel. We get a winning introduction to the young Portuguese dynamo on his aptly named debut album, Directions, a sensitive, open-minded, multi-directional and undeniably chops-endowed set of music.
Our first indication of venturesome thinking arrives at the outset, as Barradas spins off a philosophical essay on the fly. Alto saxophonist Greg Osby, also the album´s producer, lends his gymnastic, spidery instrumental voice to the mix on this track, titled “Expressive Idea”, and later cameos on “Unknown Identity” and the album´s finale, “Ignorance” – all tracks that lean into a more angular, harmonically exploratory zone. Poised balladic beauty is at hand on “Varazdin´s Landscape”, and elsewhere on the album, he latches on to an odd-metered Slavic folkloric groove on “Amalgamat”, and nods to the Piazzola-ish realm of nuevo tango on “The Red Badge of Courage”.
Among Barradas’ many champions is Gil Goldstein, who embarks on a thrilling accordion duet with the younger player to the tune of Goldstein´s “Tiling the Plane”, loosely built off the changes of “Giant Steps”. Here, as throughout Directions, the nimble young accordionist acquits himself like the new, true musical sensation his nascent reputation promises him to be.”
– Josef Woodard/ Downbeat Magazine (4,5 stars/ 5)

 

2017-09-28T13:46:24+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Live review: João Barradas live at Funchal Jazz (DownBeat Magazine)

(Photo: Courtesy Funchal Jazz Festival)

Read the detailed review of João Barradas´ performance at the Funchal Jazz Festival, presenting his debut album “Directions” with a special appearance by Greg Osby, published by Ted Panken/ DownBeat Magazine:

“(…) the first concert at Santa Catarina Gardens on the first night of Funchal’s 18th edition (Acosta’s fourth), as 25-year-old João Barradas improvised on button accordion to the pitches and rhythms of a verbal dialog between Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano about the pleasures of, as Shorter put it, “drawing on all the sounds that exist in the world.”

Barradas executed a brief fanfare as Shorter said, “Leave some room for the accordion!” Then, as Lovano riposted, “It’s the spirit of the players that translate your expressive ideas …,” he cued a brief drum solo by Bruno Pedroso, and left a few bars of silence as Lovano finished, “…to whatever it is that you play, and the fantasy and imagery that comes through.”

This was an apropos metaphor for what Barradas, who usually plays trio with Pedroso and bassist André Rosinha, accomplished with a strong sextet: fellow Portuguese musicians João Paulo Esteves da Silva on piano and André Fernandes on guitar, along with alto saxophonist Greg Osby, whose imprint label, Inner Circle, released Barradas’ early 2017 album Directions, on which Gil Goldstein and Sara Serpa join the aforementioned personnel.

Titled “Expressive Idea/Unknown Identity,” the opening piece began with all members playing their sounds as Da Silva articulated a disjunctive Andrew Hill-like melody. It coalesced into a freeboppish swing motif over which Barradas played a fleet, saxophonistic line. The time broke apart, a pause ensued, Barradas and Osby played a fleet one-voice unison. Osby broke off into an improvisation of shifting densities and rhythms, setting up his protégé’s solo, in which the accordionist mirrored Osby’s tonality and phrasing at high velocity while also comping for himself. He switched into a not-quite-rubato section, then reaccelerated, weaving in and out of the rhythm with compression-and-release figures.

Throughout the remaining five numbers, Barradas deployed prodigious chops towards entirely musical ends. On “Letter To Mother’s Immersion,” a simmering Astor Piazzolla-esque tango, he followed a piano-guitar dialog with winding lines over Pedroso’s fragmented beats, ending with a pointillist passage. He switched to Midi accordion on “Varazdin’s Landscape”—it began with a rubato a cappella introduction that evoked the tones of harpischord and organ before the tempo settled into a medium-slow groove that propelled Osby into several choruses on which he navigated the alto’s lower register with pellucid tone. There followed an interweaving alto-accordion section in which it was hard to distinguish one timbre from the other. Da Silva unfurled a lovely, romantic solo episode, then improvised as the group developed his motif, then cued Barradas into a guitaristic, percussive solo.

Imperatives of tonal conversation and sonic speculation infused the remainder of the set, comprising “The Red Badge Of Courage,” “Manners Of Normality” and “Ignorance,” on which Barradas displayed an admixture of formidable chops, rhythmic legerdemain, a comprehensive vocabulary spanning Bach to Bird to … well, Osby …, and an unfailingly compositional sensibility.”

Find the full article here: http://downbeat.com/news/detail/funchal-fest-presents-music-at-the-intersection-of-story-and-sound

2017-10-24T10:58:02+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

NISCHO at Rampa Jazz Festival in Porto

After 2 amazing concerts of João Barradas` Home and Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble last weekend at the Festival de Jazz Valado dos Frades, next week we are going to Porto to the Festival ESMAE Rampa Jazz with 3 concerts by Nischo artists:
16.5.17: João Barradas “Home”, 22h45, Café-Concerto Francisco Beja
17.5.17: João Mortágua “Dentro da Janela”, 22h45, Café-Concerto Francisco Beja
18.5.17: Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble, 22h45, Café-Concerto Francisco Beja

See you in Porto!

2017-11-04T12:08:50+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |