Double Release: Old Mountain “Parallels” (NIS0012) and “This Is Not Our Music” (NIS0013)

We are thrilled to be announcing not one, but two records by the fantastic Old Mountain, a project led by musicians and composers Pedro Branco (guitar) and João Sousa (drums).

Check out how the duo has managed to create two stunningly mind-blowing albums in one year, each with very distinct sound characteristics and different guest musicians.

“Parallels” (NIS0012), recorded with Gonçalo Marques (trumpet).
More info: Old Mountain – Parallels

“This Is Not Our Music” (NIS0013), recorded with Nicolò Ricci (tenor sax), Mauro Cottone (doublebass) and George Dumitriu (viola).
More info: Old Mountain – This Is Not Our Music

 

2020-02-25T15:24:54+00:00 February 19th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

New release: André Fernandes’ Centauri – Dianho (NIS0010)

André Fernandes’ project Centauri will present their latest album Dianho tonight at Hot Club de Portugal in Portugal.
First set at 22h, second set at midnight! Join us at Praça da Alegria 48, 1250-004 Lisboa

More info on the album here: André Fernandes’ Centauri – Dianho (NIS0010)

2020-02-15T20:00:50+00:00 February 15th, 2020|Categories: Live, News, Releases|Tags: , , , , |

Isabel Rato – Histórias do Céu e da Terra (NIS0008)

Pianista, compositora, arranjadora e produtora na área do Jazz Português.

A pianista lança em Maio de 2019 o seu segundo disco “Histórias do Céu e da Terra”, editado pela Nischo Records.
O conjunto de canções que estão presentes neste seu novo trabalho têm o seu foco principal na Língua Portuguesa e no Jazz.

Isabel Rato tornou-se num dos nomes femininos mais destacados da nova geração de compositores portugueses na área do Jazz.

2020-02-02T23:14:58+00:00 May 1st, 2019|Categories: News, Releases|Tags: , , |

New release: Eduardo Cardinho – In Search Of Light (NIS0006)

New release: Eduardo Cardinho – In Search Of Light (NIS0006)

Eduardo Cardinho – Vibraphone and Compositions
Ben Van Gelder – Saxophone
João Barradas – Midi Accordeon
André Rosinha – Double Bass
Bruno Pedroso – Drums

Ana Ribeiro – Violin
Miguel Simões – Violin
Joana Nunes – Viola
Fernando Costa – Cello
Igor Silva – Live Electronics

Released on Nischo
Apoio Fundação GDA

CD available at Fnac Portugal and by mailorder (hello@nischo.com)!

2019-05-07T17:13:42+00:00 February 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Releases|Tags: , |

New release: André Fernandes’ Centauri “Draco” (NIS0005)

New release: André Fernandes’ Centauri “Draco” (NIS0005)

André Fernandes – Guitar
João Mortágua – Alto and Soprano Saxophone
José Pedro Coelho – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
Francisco Brito – Doublebass
João Pereira – Drums

Artwork by Travassos
Recorded July 23, 24 2017 by Luis Candeias at Timbuktu Studios, Lisbon.
Mixed by Pete Rende
Mastered by André Fernandes
All compositions by André Fernandes except Finger, by Ty Segall

CD available at Fnac Portugal and by mailorder (hello@nischo.com)!
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/draco/1361068390
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1AcP08uJD9Vq7ydBvB5mqp

Nischo 2018

2018-04-05T13:24:57+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: News, Releases|Tags: , , , |

Best Albums of 2017 – Público

So proud! Our two very first releases made it to the selection Best Albums of 2017, by Nuno Catarino (Público)!

Congratulations to Pedro Melo Alves to be in the Top Ten with “Omniae Ensemble” and to João Barradas to have made it to the Top 3 with his debut “Directions”!

We wouldn’t be anything without our artists, so thank you all for the inspiration and for this wonderful first year!
We are looking forward to an incredible 2018!

2017-12-22T18:16:33+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Out now! Mário Franco – Rush (NIS0004)

Out now!
Mário Franco – Rush

Special Edition (CD+11 photographs) available at Fnac Portugal and by mailorder (hello@nischo.com)!

iTunes: http://apple.co/2j2Uz3o
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2CidoqQ
Apple Music: http://apple.co/2j2Uz3o
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2AO1n0a

Mário Franco – double bass, electric bass, samples
Sérgio Pelágio – electric guitar
Óscar Graça – piano, electronics
Luís Figueiredo – rhodes, hammond organ, philicorda, other keyboards
Alexandre Frazão – drums, percussion

Recorded at Vale de Lobos Estúdio, Portugal
Released on Nischo

Cover-Photo: Guta De Carvalho Photography
Artwork: Carlos Bártolo

2019-05-20T18:34:37+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: News, Releases|Tags: , |

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 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: , , |