Category Archives: More Music

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Pirin Sings

Continuing to present my video recordings from Bulgaria last summer, we travel to the southeast, to the Pirin mountains. The festival “Pirin Sings” was one of the highlights from my stay in Bulgaria. You will see the atmosphere of this festival: performances, rehearsals and surroundings – all in a beautiful scenery of Predel, Razlog. The main purpose of this festival is to preserve the authenticity of the artistic traditions of this region of Bulgaria.

If you do recognize the groups of artists or the songs here performed, please write me so I can add this information to the video annotations.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the images!

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1st International Festival for Bulgarian Immigrants – Stara Zagora

Some videos that I made during this summer’s visit to Bulgaria. This is a festival organized for Bulgarian folk groups living abroad. It was a hot day in Malka Vereya, next to Stara Zagora and the different groups and artists performed all day long. As you can see, the public constantly joined the show for the dances. If you are familiar with Bulgarian folklore and you know some information about the songs and artists here shown, please let me know so I can add the information here.

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Tokushima Children Choir

It’s unusual that I post on my channel clips from other performers but this footage from a show that I attended was one of the most fascinating musical experiences that I witnessed. This is the children’s choir of Tokushima, Japan. I love choirs and vocal harmonies and this brilliant performance really touched me. I am also posting this clip, hoping that some of my dear viewers would help me to find more music from this fantastic group. This choir came to Portugal to celebrate almost half a century of the relationship between Japan and Portugal. I learned from this show that it was also our ancestors who transmitted many of the European musical traditions to Japan for the first time. I hope that you enjoy this excerpt of the show and, especially for our Japanese friends, that you could send me more information about this beautiful musical group. Thank you!

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Caffeine’s “Last Shot”

Today I found on YouTube the release of one of my previous bands (Caffeine) last album. As I remember it was recorded around 2005.

I used my Fender Jazz Bass on all tracks. Here is one of the tracks and the others are also available on the same channel.

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 of music very rewarding to perform. There are no predefined rules whatsoever and all we can count on is the sensibility and communication of each musician. It doesn’t always necessarily work well, or does it correspond to our expectations or desires – like life itself – It’s many times a mirror of each one’s personality or state of mind, in this case, stimulated by the suggestions of a moving picture. That’s the challenge that I find interesting.

Paulo Chagas – flute, saxophone
Fernando Simões – trombone
Paulo Duarte – electric guitar
Fernando Guiomar – acoustic guitar
Miguel Falcão – double-bass

MIA 2013

In the last month of may, I attended for the fourth time the improvised music encounter MIA 2013.

This was again a very rewarding experience, having the opportunity to be close and to play with a different kind of musicians with various musical backgrounds but united to explore and discuss improvisation and music.

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Lulas Belhas – Estrada Assassina

Here is the latest video-clip from Lulas Belhas. Our new album will be out soon and is currently mixing.

This video was produced by our friends at Timelapse-Media.

I will post soon some bass audio clips from the recording sessions.

“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 Miguel Pereira were invited.

The performance is fully improvised.  This was a great opportunity for me to play with experienced musicians and to try different ways of sound expression.

The concert is available on live streaming and free download.

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/

Chords for 29/2

A little idea for this strange day.