Thursday, April 13, 2017

CONCERTOS PORTA-JAZZ: Sábado, 15 abril - Tonom Trio

Sala Porta-Jazz 
Sábado, 15 abril
19:00 + 22:00
concerto: 5 eur / 3 eur membros *


Julius Gabriel - Saxofones
João Paulo Rosado - Contrabaixo
José Marrucho - Bateria

Julius Gabriel é músico e saxofonista activo especialmente nos campos do jazz, da música experimental e improvisada, recém chegado ao Porto. Nasceu em Berlim em 1988 e cresceu com a fervilhante cena musical da cidade. Em 2006 começou a tocar com a Berlin Youth Jazz Orchestra e em 2007 com Gunter Hampel, que se tornou no seu mentor.

Em 2009 começou a estudar música na Universidade de Artes Folkwang. Julius Gabriel integra ainda Blue Shroud Band de Barry Guy, o colectivo The Dorf, uma orquestra de 25 músicos dirigida por Jan Klare e toca com projectos muitos diferentes como, por examplo, a banda jazzcore Ikizukuri ou o duo de saxofones About Angels and Animals.

Hoje ele apresenta um programo de composiçoes originais para um trio de jazz contemporâneo.

* (doação sugerida); Membros: - cotas válidas por 1 ano: Membro amigo 40 eur; Membro músico/estudante 25 eur.


22 abril, 19:00 + 22:00
Quarteto de Vasco Agostinho
Rui Teixeira - saxofone
Vasco Agostinho - guitarra
José Carlos Barbosa - contrabaixo
Marcos Cavaleiro - bateria

29 abril, 19:00 + 22:00
Ricardo Coelho Quartet
Ricardo Coelho - Vibrafone
Mané Fernandes - Guitarra
Bernardo Fresh - Baixo
Mário Costa - Bateria

Auditório da FEUP
- entrada livre - 

18 abril, 21:30
The Nada
João Guimarães - saxofone
Eurico Costa - guitarra
Simon Jermyn - baixo
José Marrucho - bateria

18 maio, 21:30
AP Quarteto
AP - guitarra
Carlos Azevedo - piano
Filipe Teixeira - contrabaixo
Acácio Salero - bateria

19 junho, 21:30
João Mortágua "AXES"
João Mortágua - saxofone alto e soprano
José Soares - saxofone alto
Hugo Ciríaco - saxofone tenor 
Rui Teixeira - saxofone barítono e clarinete baixo
Pedro Vasconcelos - bateria e percussões
Alex Lázaro - bateria e percussões

Centro Cultural de Vila das Aves
- entrada livre -

16 junho, 21:30 - AP Quarteto
AP - guitarra
Carlos Azevedo - piano
Filipe Teixeira - contrabaixo
Acácio Salero - bateria

1 julho, 21:30 - Rui Filipe Freitas Sexteto
Rui Filipe Freitas - vibrafone
José Pedro Coelho - saxofone tenor e clarinete-baixo  
João Mortágua - saxofone alto e saxofone soprano
Mané Fernandes - guitarra
Filipe Teixeira - contrabaixo
João Martins - bateria

Tim Armacost - Time Being (WHIRLWIND RECORDINGS 2017)

Tim Armacost - tenor saxophone
Robert Hurst - double bass
Jeff 'Tain' Watts - drums
David Kikoski - piano

Armacost, tell a fascinating tale. A marquee player on the New York and Japanese scenes for many years, with an extensive discography and countless live and recorded collaborations to his name in the US, Europe and Asia (including the New York Standards Quartet recordings on this label), the clear direction for Time Being arrived, remarkably, out of the blue.

As Armacost elaborates: “I pictured myself playing Ornette Coleman’s Lonely Woman in the studio with a trio – double bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. Tain was, in terms of time signature, out on his own, and Bob and I were communicating with each other independently of what he was playing. But what Tain was doing was so incredibly attractive – so fiery and so beautiful – that we both really wanted to go over and be part of that; yet we already had this thing that we had to do together. That whole idea of people relating to each other in the time, but in a non-traditional way, and creating tension which would eventually be resolved by them going over to play together, was something I’d never tried before – and the concept was really exciting. To achieve this, technology might have been the answer. But in the end, we decided to record in Tain’s studio, in an intimate live environment with no separation” (occasional left/right panning helps with the visualisation). “So for my compositions and arrangements, I needed to imagine the ideas happening in real time; and fortunately, with Tain and Bob on board – some of the most swinging musicians on the planet – there was a great, combined willingness for exploration, to make it happen.” Joining the trio on selected tracks is pianist David Kikoski, providing elegant, rippling color to numbers such as ‘The Next 20’ and ‘One and Four’.

Through the dedication of these accomplished artists, such a challenging brief has evolved into a project which is incredibly organic, purposeful and sumptuously swinging. The three ‘Sculptures’ on the album are very much an expression of this structured experimentation. ‘Phase Shift’ is modelled on an ‘X’ formation, as Armacost and Watts converge along the left tempo pathways, with Hurst on the right until saxophonist and bassist change places (an E flat to C piano key-change marks the crossover point) – technical in construction, but an exhilarating listen. In ‘Tempus Funkit’, Armacost independently visits the rhythms of drummer and bassist; and the particle-like conflict of ‘All The Things You Could Become In The Large Hadron Collider’ (based on ‘All The Things You Are’) is also a playful reference to Charles Mingus’ ‘All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother’.

‘Lonely Woman’ – the seed of this album which germinated so many possibilities – features a call-and-response between tenor and bass (with each saying, “Check out the way I’m playing the melody”), initiating their own improvisations until the drums home in on the bassist (as Tim puts it, “He can’t resist”). So the differing musical tensions are intentionally part of the unplanned dialogue present throughout this recording. In title track ‘Time Being’, the trio divides when tenor moves to a different tempo, with Hurst following, and Watts reaching them later – as Armacost enthuses: “When we all come back together, the pay-off is really delicious!” Pacey ’53rd Street’ is inspired by the blues melody of Thelonious Monk’s ’52nd Street’; there’s a fine, percussively buoyant interpretation of Monk’s ‘Teo’; and feisty, original composition ‘Alawain’ says so much about this trio’s collective, impassioned spirit.

Tim Armacost describes the session as being playful, wild and serious: “It has been a real source of joy, for me, to see such open musicians willing to make an attempt at something we’ve never done before; and especially when things got kinda interesting, and we started smiling – that was a really special, even relaxed experience. I hope that, although this has a demanding concept at its roots, listeners can pick up on its lyrical, singing qualities. The audience is very much part of the conversation – we’re doing this thing together, and we invite you in… to have fun!”

01. Alawain
02. Time Being
03. Sculpture #1 – Phase Shift
04. The Next 20
05. Teo
06. Sculpture #2 – Tempus Funkit
07. One and Four
08. Lonely Woman
09. 53rd St. Theme
10. Sculpture #3 – All the Things You Could Become in the Large Hadron Collider

Recorded by Derek Nievergelt with Glen Forrestat ​at Sanctuary Studios, Easton, PA (Dec, 2016)
Mixed & Mastered by Katsuhiko Naito (Avatar Studios, NYC)
Produced by Tim Armacost
​Executive Producer - Michael Janisch

Joe Garrison & Night People - The People Upstairs (2017)

Visionary Composer Joe Garrison Returns with “The People Upstairs”

Ensemble Accompaniment by Night People Features Flute, Flugelhorn, Clarinet & Bass Trombone

Special Guests Incl. Flutist Lori Bell, Pianist Melonie Grinnell & French Hornist Nicolee Kuester

Visceral 5-Movement Suite Melds Orchestral Arrangements with Freeform Jazz

San Diego, CA: As a 25-year veteran of pushing the boundaries of modern composition, prolific musician Joe Garrison is getting set to introduce his most adventurous project yet.

Releasing April 7, The People Upstairs is the follow-up to 2013’s Veranda, which the San Diego Troubadour favorably compared to the ground-breaking work of Oliver Nelson while also landing in NBC San Diego’s Top 10 jazz releases that year.

Produced by multi-instrumentalist Lori Bell, the new opus consists of 5 movements, with each of the first four featuring a different horn (flute, flugelhorn, clarinet, bass trombone), while the last highlights the entire ensemble. The music moves back and forth between tightly composed and radically improvised. Garrison explains, “In my mind I envisioned the instruments being personifications of a family, or group of people who have moved in upstairs. Somehow a cat, a bird and a kite are involved. They probably have been living here for a long time, but they're definitely observing the proceedings. I like to think that The People Upstairs turn out to be the musicians - and beyond that, anybody who hears the recording.”

“Moving Day” jump-starts the wild and wondrous action before side-shifting through the space time continuum on “The Balcony, 3am.” Elsewhere “The Cat, the Bird and the Kite” elegantly explores an ethereal dimension, providing an emotional counterpoint to the dizzying ascension of “2nd Floor Man.” The final step up the Stairs is to behold the elegiac beauty of “The Two Stars,” which is based on a poem Garrison wrote about what happens in a relationship when one of the members dies. Profoundly moving, “The Two Stars” represents the sole track Joe performs on.

Clocking in at 41 minutes, the intricate and visceral compositions on The People Upstairs recall the eclectic veracity of John Cage, who decreed “All music is music when you let it flow.” It’s a mindset Garrison has championed throughout career, fusing jazz, classical, rock, Indian, Indonesian Gamelan, Japanese, stride, medieval, and minimalism into his amalgamations, so it’s only natural that his music doesn't really fit in, yet, unequivocally, draws you in.

Commissioned by local music event, Rusefest, in 1989, Night People’s sole ongoing purpose has been playing original, creative, modern jazz, usually in large ensembles, using instruments not normally associated with jazz, such as oboe, French horn, flute, and bass clarinet. While the collective expanded to 19 members at a KSDS Jazz Live concert in 2015, The People Upstairs is configured as as a septet throughout the main suite before increasing to nine on closer “The Two Stars.” Joining Garrison on this vast musical journey are acclaimed jazz and classical musicians, Lori Bell (flute), Dr. Ariana Warren (clarinet, bass clarinet), Derek Cannon (flugelhorn), Brian O'Donnell (bass trombone), Melonie Grinnell (piano), Tim McNalley (electric bass), Michael Hayes (drums) and New York French horn player Nicolee Kuester, who commissioned Garrison to compose the project.

Receiving classical training at UCSD, CSU Fullerton (BM), and University of Colorado at Boulder (MM), where he gained expertise in music composition emphasizing indeterminate and minimalist approaches, Garrison’s compositional process draws from the entirety of his life experience and traditional study. Having participated in many styles of music, from tightly composed to freely improvised, he has found a middle ground. Improvisation and through-composition are employed as structural elements serving his musical forms, thus opening up space to provide contrast and distort time while maintaining forward motion.

In addition to the works of Cage, Garrison has been influenced by innovators from all eras, including Leonin and Perotin, Claudio Monteverdi, Hector Berlioz, Igor Stravinsky, Harry Partch, Terry Riley, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis. When pressed for a reflective Garrison comparison, he suggests, “Stravinsky with a rhythm section.”

During his illustrious career, Garrison has played keyboards with the the likes of Tambau's International Orchestra, Ruse Collective, Ira Liss' Big Band Jazz Machine, Bob McMahon's Real Band, Koko Pelli, and Immediate Freedom Latin Jazz Ensemble.

He has also performed with Daniel Jackson, Gilbert Castellanos, Rob Thorsen, Ben Schachter, Derek Canon, Tim McMahon, Tambau, Bill Caballero, Burnett Anderson, Gene Perry, Mark Lamson, Kevin Delgado, Gunnar Biggs, Kim Kimmery, Steve Feierabend, Larry De La Cruz, Dave Millard, and Kamau Kenyatta, who won a Grammy for producing Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit.

“Garrison is an unsung original on the local jazz scene.” Los Angeles Times

“Intricate and visceral, his sonic portraits exude power and finesse.” San Diego Union Tribune

“A prolific and highly regarded composer, an unsung hero of Modern Jazz.” Voice of San Diego

“Gorgeous and intricately arranged modern music. Garrison’s writing is singular and transformative.” NBC San Diego

1. Moving Day
2. The Balcony, 3AM
3. The Cat, the Bird and the Kite
4. Everyday's Again
5. 2nd Floor Man
6. The Two Stars

Joe Garrison - Piano (track 6 only)
Lori Bell - Flute/Producer
Dr. Ariana Warren - Clarinet/Bass clarinet
Derek Cannon - Flugelhorn
Brian O'Donnell - Bass trombone
Melonie Grinnell - Piano
Tim McNalley - Electric bass
Michael Hayes - Drums
Nicolee Kuester - French horn