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Luís Lopes: Noise Solo At ZDB Lisbon (2014)

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If the feedback and heavy distortion segments of Jimi Hendrix's performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock 1969 were your favorite parts, you might be a noise connoisseur. The art of noise first described by the Italian futurists blossomed in the 1960s and was drawn heavily upon for the DIY and punk revolutions of the 1980s. Today, noise operates as its own separate genre but it is drawn upon by jazz musicians from the Brotzmanns (Peter and Caspar) to Mats Gustafsson
Mats Gustafsson
Mats Gustafsson
b.1964
reeds
, and Elliott Sharp
Elliott Sharp
Elliott Sharp
b.1951
guitar
.

An artist like Portuguese guitarist Luis Lopes
Luis Lopes
Luis Lopes

guitar
is capable of abiding in multiple realms. His Trio along with Adam Lane
Adam Lane
Adam Lane
b.1868
bass, acoustic
, the Humanization Quartet, saxophonist Rodrigo Amado
Rodrigo Amado
Rodrigo Amado
b.1964
saxophone
, and rhythm section of Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez, plies composed and free jazz with the ripped shards of skronk and shout.

Distilled to the essence, his sound is captured here on these two-sides of a limited (100 copies) 180-gram vinyl edition Noise Solo At ZDB Lisbon. Feedback reigns, but it is honed and fine-tuned into, not song, but cognition. This is not your dharmashala of rest and meditation. His "Noise Solo I & II" is a reverie of cascading screech and holler, applied guitar physicality and bursts of electric ebullience.

Where other modern noise artists rely on computers and circuitry, Lopes applies his craft like Hendrix. He coaxes sound from a strangled guitar neck, plies feedback from furniture and his own body, making his performance as much about movement and gesticulation, as it is about sound.

Track Listing: Noise Solo I; Noise Solo II.

Personnel: Luís Lopes: electric guitar

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Modern Jazz


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