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Pedro Melo Alves


Pedro Melo Alves was born 1991 in Porto/ Portugal and has consistently been working as a drummer and composer in innovative jazz bands (Omniae Ensemble, In Igma, The Rite of Trio), contemporary electroacoustic projects (his solo O or his trio symph), improvised music (with Luís Vicente, Yedo Gibson, Theo Ceccaldi), instrumental rock (Catacombe), and soundtracks for Theatre and Dance (with Schaubühne's Peter Kleinert or Carlota Lagido). With studies in Jazz and Contemporary Composition he has been recognized with composition, solo drums and band awards and is now establishing himself as one of the new european creative voices, participating in Jazzahead, 12 Points and European Jazz Conference.


Article: Album Review

André B. Silva: Mt. Meru

Read "Mt. Meru" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Those unfamiliar with the esoterica of the Hindu or Buddhist religious traditions may not know much about Mount Meru, a mysterious metaphysical destination said to be at the center of the world, either geographically or spiritually (or both). There is a Mount Meru in Tanzania as well, but Portuguese guitarist André B. Silva clearly has the ...


Article: My Playlist

Federico Calcagno: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Federico Calcagno: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Michele Mazzini, A Flemish Fantasy, (Produzione Indipendente, 2021). Un lavoro sperimentale che nasce durante la pandemia, un collage di suoni sintetizzati e registrati da Michele Mazzini, artista italiano di base ad Amsterdam poco conosciuto, nonché principalmente clarinettista. Una testimonianza interessante di come la creatività non possa essere stroncata, nemmeno da un'emergenza globale. Molti ...


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 ...



Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Ubi; Phelia; Onirea.



Label: Habitable Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mountain #1; Rocks; Mountain #5; Birds; Mountain #3; Cave; Mountain #4; Ground; Mountain #2; Mountain #6; Shadows; Solo #5.


Bad Company

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Revelry, 05:21 2. a touch of self-satisfaction 05:42 3. restlessly in circles 02:27 4. from a starless sky. 06:23 5. A secret domain 02:33 6. between retreat and return, 02:38 7. a totally unexpected joy. 04:22 8. From street to street, 06:23 9. gross exaggeration, 02:59 10. making a veritable religion. 05:11


Chanting In The Name Of

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Anahata; Keep Looking; Chanting in the Name Of; Connecting the Dots; May's Flavour.


Article: Album Review

Pedro Melo Alves: Lumina

Read "Lumina" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If the title was not already taken by author Dave Eggers, Portuguese drummer and composer Pedro Melo Alves might have titled this recording A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. During a brief reprieve from the global pandemic, in November 2020, Melo Alves presented the 22-piece Omniae Large Ensemble at the Centro Cultural Vila Flor in Guimarães, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Coltrane & New Clean Feed Releases

Read "John Coltrane & New Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

"Acknowledgment" from the new John ColtraneA Love Supreme Live In Seattle highlights this episode of OMJ along with a taste of some excellent new releases from Portugal's Clean Feed Records--Friends & Neighbors, Joao Lencastre & Communion, The Rite Of Trio, and Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble. Also in the Clean Feed batch but played in earlier shows ...


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