After the internationally acclaimed release Dream Keeper, Portuguese guitarist and composer André Fernandes returns with his new project Centauri, which features two of the most talented upcoming Portuguese saxophonists, José Pedro Coelho and João Mortágua, and with Francisco Brito and João Pereira one of the most exciting young rhythms sections in Portugal.
The brand new album Draco is heavily influenced by stellar themes and galaxies – the name of the group refers to Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to the Solar System and Draco is a constellation, that illuminates our sky with thousands of years of delay. It´s imagination, spirituality and science – like music.
The music Fernandes wrote for the band Centauri is stripped of constraints. It blends the planned with instinct, sweetness with randomness, and it doesn´t answer to questions that want to lock it with made up words whose purpose is to make us feel knowledgeable of it´s nature. Like the universe, in all it´s unknown splendour, but that moves us everyday and makes us believe in magic that on day will become knowledge.
André Fernandes: Guitar and Composition
José Pedro Coelho: Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
João Mortágua: Alto 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