Duo Falcão/Reis

Last December I had the pleasure to perform a free improvisation session with Marcelo dos Reis, on the occasion of the anniversary of Marcelo’s own label Cipsela Records. Free improvisation is a completely musical ground for me, although I have been regularly participating in some improvised music events, but the challenge is always renewed, especiallyContinue reading “Duo Falcão/Reis”

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Basso3 – double-bass trio

For over a year I’m teaming up with fellow bass players Alvaro Rosso and José Miguel Pereira in a double-bass trio format – Basso3 (facebook page) Since around 2009 I have started to experiment with other musicians from the improvisation field, in particular participating on the MIA encounters and more recently at the MEIA festival inContinue reading “Basso3 – double-bass trio”

The Fall of the House of Usher

Last month, the collective “P.R.E.C” presented a live soundtrack performance for the film “The Fall of the House of Usher”. The music was totally improvised. If you are interested in these forms of sonic expression, you can access the recorded performance by downloading the file or listening in streaming. Personally, I find this kind ofContinue reading “The Fall of the House of Usher”

“3 winds, 3 doublebasses” CD

MiMi Records released a CD entitled “3 sopros x 3 contrabaixos” (3 winds x 3 doublebasses). These are recordings from a live performance of the Curado, Chagas, Viegas “Wind Trio”, featuring japanese doublebassist Maresuke Okamoto, on his first visit to Portugal, last April. To complete the bass trio, myself and fellow local bassist José MiguelContinue reading ““3 winds, 3 doublebasses” CD”

MIA 2012

Last June, I had the honour of participating on the Improvised Music Festival MIA, in Atouguia da Baleia. This was the 3rd edition. For those who are interested to know more about this festival, I leave here some links: http://mia-festival.blogspot.pt/

eight guts

I’m starting using Soundcloud. I thought this could work as an audio scrapbook where I will make some experiments and store any ideas that will arise. Something to share quicker without having to build a video clip. The first entry is an improvisation using the Zon Sonus 8-string bass. Just exploring the natural timbre ofContinue reading “eight guts”

Poetry and Musical Improvisation

“A Cena do Ódio” (The Scene of Hatred), written by Almada Negreiros, gave birth to a meeting between improvised music and declamation, in the beautiful city of Peniche. The text was divided in several sections which provided some guidelines for improvisation. It was a great pleasure for me to be part of this project –Continue reading “Poetry and Musical Improvisation”

MIA 2010 – Free improvising session

Over the last weekend I had the privilege to attend the first edition of the free improvisation encounter at the town of Atouguia da Baleia – MIA 2010. The format of this festival consisted in making a draw of trios and quartets among all musicians which would improvise together. It was my first experience withContinue reading “MIA 2010 – Free improvising session”