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João Paulo Esteves da Silva / Mário Franco / Samuel Rohrer: Brightbird

Read "Brightbird" reviewed by Henning Bolte

There is music that gradually unfolds, music that lingers in stasis, music with sparse tonal movement, and, sometimes, music that simply happens, like the symphonies of sound in nature. This trio's music is quite close to this last mode. Just a few tones open up a broad living-space and let sound happen and get enriched by an inner (im)pulse. These three musicians seem to have a firm common understanding of the emanating forces of sound as well as its suggestive ...

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Joao Paulo Esteves Da Silva & Jazz Orquestra de Matosinhos: Bela Senao Sem

Read "Bela Senao Sem" reviewed by Chris Mosey

João Paulo Esteves Da Silva's compositions, while owing much to the folk and classical traditions of his native Portugal and something to Gil Evans' writing in the 1950s, on occasion display quite breathtaking originality. If modern, post-Salazar Portugal has a musical identity it is surely contained in these wordless, questing songs emerging from Matosinhos, a city hitherto renowned artistically only as the birthplace of architect Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira and poet Florbela Espanca.


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