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Abdul Moimême

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Abdul Moimême is a Lisbon based musician and active member of the cities free improvisation scene. His main instrument is the electric guitar.

Moimême has also worked as a jazz writer, since 1999, writing in various Portuguese publications such as Flirt, All Jazz and Jazz.pt magazines, as well as the Público newspaper.

Moimême has performed in several projects such as: Hipnótica, IKB, Insub Meta Orchestra, Potlatch, Queixas, Suspensão, and Variable Geometry Orchestra and performed and/or recorded with musicians such as: Axel Dörner, Carlos Zingaro, Christian Weber, Christophe Berthet, Cyril Bondi, D’Incise, Ernesto Rodrigues, Floros Floridis, Gale Brand, George Haslam, Heddy Boubaker, Jon Raskin, Manuel Mota, Marco von Orelli, Marco Scarassatti, Patrick Brennan, Rodrigo Amado, Thanos Chrysakis and Wade Matthews.

He has performed in Austria, Brazil, France, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

Album

Ciel-Cristal

Label: Sonoscopia
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ciel-Cristal.

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Article: Album Review

Lionel Marchetti & Abdul Moimême: Ciel-Cristal

Read "Ciel-Cristal" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Composer Lionel Marchetti works in electroacoustic music. A visual artist and book author, he has led or played on more than sixty albums, his recordings having been issued on labels based in Spain, Germany, Italy, and his native France. Marchetti is a strong proponent of experimental music and musique concrete, and finds a kindred spirit in ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Melo Alves

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Melo Alves" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The music of the Iberian Peninsula is as rich and diverse as any in the world. Its influences are many yet it developed in the pre-global bubble of geography. Early music of the peninsula was impacted by much of the known world in the primeval period and the Middle Ages. The peninsula was isolated by the ...

Album

Transition Zone

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Whirr; Hushed; Tumultuous; Ring; Blister.

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Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music of 2021

Read "Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music of 2021" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


2020 was a disaster and 2021 was less than a beacon of hope. COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror but closer than it appears. The political clown cars are over capacity, still running on fossil fuel and spilling occupants into the drinking water. That said, jazz and creative music flourished in ways that could make us ...

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Article: Album Review

Fred Lonberg-Holm, Abdul Moimême & Carlos Santos: Transition Zone

Read "Transition Zone" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has long been in the vanguard of free improvisation. But along with free jazz, he has recorded in the rock and country genres, and composed concert works. He is joined on Transition Zone by two leaders of Lisbon's creative music scene. Dual-electric guitarist/composer Abdul Moimême and electronics artist/composer Carlos Santos bring their ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Album Review

Pedro Melo Alves: In Igma

Read "In Igma" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Jazz has had a presence in Portugal since the mid-1920s but had found itself in decline from the 1970s. The revolutionary jazz scene in Portugal, circa the 2010s, has produced a profusion of rising stars. Violist Ernesto Rodrigues, trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, Orquestra Jazz De Matosinhos, and the Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble are among those who ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Solo Recordings for Non-Traditionalists

Read "Solo Recordings for Non-Traditionalists" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


On January 24, 1975, a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial concert grand piano was to be wheeled onto the stage of the Cologne Opera House. Instead, a rehearsal piano, smaller, beaten-up, and out of tune, was the only instrument available to then twenty-nine-year-old piano prodigy Keith Jarrett. The pianist was not in much better shape than the piano. ...


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