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Hugo Carvalhais: Grand Valis

Read "Grand Valis" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

What happens when modern composition meets jazz in a science fiction universe? The answer is Grand Valis by Portuguese bassist and composer Hugo Carvalhais. Carvalhais tackles the great universal questions of meaning in a musical language. Titles like “Exegesis," “Logos" and “Decoding Maya" point towards the philosophical nature of the music. Carvalhais plays bass and electronics, but here he is first of all a composer and musical thinker playing with the concept of sound. What is sound? ...


Hugo Carvalhais: Particula

Read "Particula" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Portuguese bassist Hugo Carvalhais creates a highly personal musical universe on this, his sophomore release. His compositions draw inspiration from the American free jazz of the sixties, the sonic experimentalism of saxophonist John Zorn and guitarist Fred Frith, and European chamber jazz, but do not surrender to any of these formative influences. Furthermore, Carvalhais chooses a distinct sonic structure for his band. He occupies the lower register with his bass, expanding it with delicate use of electronics and leaving only ...


Hugo Carvalhais: Nebulosa

Read "Nebulosa" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Fans of American saxophonist Tim Berne are often inclined to seek out his latest recordings. Two 2010 sessions finds him as a sideman--bassist Michael Formanek's The Rub And The Spare Change (ECM), and this superb discovery from another bassist, Hugo Carvalhais.The Portuguese bassist composed all the music, played by Berne and fellow countrymen Gabriel Pinto (piano) and Mário Costa (drums). With Berne and his distinctive alto, it might be assumed that the focus would shift towards the Portuguese's ...


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