Hugo Carvalhais: Particula (2012)
The nine compositions do not decipher easily. The energetic and tight interplay of "Flux" accumulates patiently until Parisien's surprising contemplative solo shifts the energetic flow to a slower course. The spare atmosphere of "Chrysalis" revolves around light touches of violin, double bass, piano and drums, with no attempt to gravitate these parallel sonic orbits. The fleeting melodic theme of "Simulacrum" appears only in the middle of what sounds like an open-ended improvisation, but then resurfaces again as an accompaniment to pianist Gabriel Pinto's improvisation.
The lyrical side of "Capsule," suggested by Pinto (on piano) and Pifarély, collides with Pinto on organ, with drummer Mário Costa's disjointed patterns and Carvalhais' eerie electronics. On "Omega," Pinto is determined to sketch a clear ballad structure while the others are focused on separate, thoughtful sonic searches. "Madrigal" stresses the five musicians' continuously creative and playful exchange of ideas. Carvalhais and Pinto explore and exchange newfound sounds on their short duet, "Cortex."
The last two compositions offer another compositional approach. Both "Generator" and "Amniotic" possess clearer thematic structures, close and supportive interplay and distinct luminous sound that becomes lighter and purified on "Amniotic."
In his liner notes, writer Stuart Broomer calls Carvalhais "an architect of absence." Carvalhais structures a unique experience that leaves a central role for which to find a place within the constantly changing focus of Carvalhais' beautiful musical universe.
Track Listing: Flux; Chrysalis; Simulacrum; Capsule; Omega; Madrigal; Cortex; Generator; Amniotic.
Personnel: Hugo Carvalhais: double bass, electronics; Emile Parisien: soprano saxophone; Gabriel Pinto, organ, synthesizer: piano; Dominique Pifarély: violin; Mário Costa: drums.
Record Label: Clean Feed Records
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde