News 2017-05-20T18:58:44+00:00

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!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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!

Nischo @Jazzahead

 

Preparing to go to the international jazz fair Jazzahead to showcase João Barradas! If you should be around, join us on Friday, 28 April at 21h20 at the European Jazz Meeting Hall 7.2. RSVP here

Record release concert of “Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble”

Record release concert of “Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble” at the Festa do Jazz 2017 at the Teatro São Luiz in Lisbon. Line up: Pedro Melo Alves (dr), José Soares (sax), Gileno Santana (tr), Xavi Sousa (tro), José Diogo Martins (p), Mané Fernandes (gui), Filipe Louro (db) plus live visuals by João Rodrigues.

Showcase FNAC João Barradas

João Barradas is presenting his album „Directions“ with a solo performance live at FNAC Chiado, where he will also be talking about the albums and sign records. Join us on Friday, 7/4/2017 at 18h30.

Showcase FNAC Pedro Melo Alves

After the beautiful record release concert at the Festa do Jazz, Pedro Melo Alves will be presenting the album Omniae Ensemble live at FNAC Chiado! Join us on Sunday, 9/4/2017 at 18h30!

NIS0002 – Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble

Our second release NIS0002 is, Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble“, an impressive debut album of Pedro Melo Alves, winner of the composition award Prémio de Composição Bernardo Sassetti. The album contains 3 winning compositions as well as arrangements by Pedro Melo Alves of compositions by Bernardo Sassetti. 

NIS0001 – Directions by João Barradas

We are presenting our very first release NIS0001 in collaboration with the New York-based jazz label INNER CIRCLE MUSIC, produced by the acclaimed Greg Osby: Directions by João Barradas. The 25-year old accordionist is already looking back on an impressive international career and has been recording his first album as leader and composer. 

Kicking off


NISCHO is kicking off with signing two extraordinary artists and their first releases with us will certainly be mind-blowing. More info soon!

Welcome to NISCHO

We are proudly announcing the creation of NISCHO, a new entity to promote unique artists and creative projects with characteristics that are far out of the ordinary. We want to offer a niche for artistic expression that is not easy to categorize. We will start working in the realms of improvised music but in the end, we want to think detached from genres and styles and be on the lookout for outstanding sounds, rhythms and textures. Welcome to NISCHO.

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!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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!

Nischo @Jazzahead

 

Preparing to go to the international jazz fair Jazzahead to showcase João Barradas! If you should be around, join us on Friday, 28 April at 21h20 at the European Jazz Meeting Hall 7.2. RSVP here

Record release concert of “Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble”

Record release concert of “Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble” at the Festa do Jazz 2017 at the Teatro São Luiz in Lisbon. Line up: Pedro Melo Alves (dr), José Soares (sax), Gileno Santana (tr), Xavi Sousa (tro), José Diogo Martins (p), Mané Fernandes (gui), Filipe Louro (db) plus live visuals by João Rodrigues.

Showcase FNAC João Barradas

João Barradas is presenting his album „Directions“ with a solo performance live at FNAC Chiado, where he will also be talking about the albums and sign records. Join us on Friday, 7/4/2017 at 18h30.

Showcase FNAC Pedro Melo Alves

After the beautiful record release concert at the Festa do Jazz, Pedro Melo Alves will be presenting the album Omniae Ensemble live at FNAC Chiado! Join us on Sunday, 9/4/2017 at 18h30!

NIS0002 – Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble

Our second release NIS0002 is, Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble“, an impressive debut album of Pedro Melo Alves, winner of the composition award Prémio de Composição Bernardo Sassetti. The album contains 3 winning compositions as well as arrangements by Pedro Melo Alves of compositions by Bernardo Sassetti. 

NIS0001 – Directions by João Barradas

We are presenting our very first release NIS0001 in collaboration with the New York-based jazz label INNER CIRCLE MUSIC, produced by the acclaimed Greg Osby: Directions by João Barradas. The 25-year old accordionist is already looking back on an impressive international career and has been recording his first album as leader and composer. 

Kicking off


NISCHO is kicking off with signing two extraordinary artists and their first releases with us will certainly be mind-blowing. More info soon!

Welcome to NISCHO

We are proudly announcing the creation of NISCHO, a new entity to promote unique artists and creative projects with characteristics that are far out of the ordinary. We want to offer a niche for artistic expression that is not easy to categorize. We will start working in the realms of improvised music but in the end, we want to think detached from genres and styles and be on the lookout for outstanding sounds, rhythms and textures. Welcome to NISCHO.