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Pedro Melo Alves


Pedro Melo Alves is one of the most prominent drummers and composers in the recent avant-garde music scene in Portugal. Explorer of the expanded possibilities of percussion, improviser, ambitious composer for small and large formations, his work is known for the exploratory attitude and for boldy intersectioning different aesthetic circuits from jazz and erudite, to electronic, experimental and rock music.

Having been awarded with multiple awards and nominations (Bernardo Sassetti Composition Award, Premio Internazionale Giorgio Gaslini, El Intruso Best Revelation Group), he's been increasingly present in the international music scene, presenting his projects in events such as Jazzahead (Germany), 12 Points Festival (Dublin), Europe Jazz Conference (Portugal), Saalfelden Jazz Festival (Austria), Ljubljana Jazz Festival (Slovenia), Suoni Per Il Popolo (Canada), Südtirol Jazz Festival (Italy) or Jazz em Agosto (Portugal).


Sonic Alchemy Suprema

Label: Carimbo Porta-jazz
Released: 2024
Track listing: Opening; One With Infinite Space; Alma Ra Kalam; An Ominous Odyssey; Prayer; An Eerie Garden Sighting; High Spirits; Dusk To Dawn Animalia; Cosmic Weaving Loom; Plate Waltzing; Alma Pedro; Animal Instinct; Dance of the Celestial Madmen; Alma Vasco; Soaring Leaf.


Article: Album Review

Alma Tree: Sonic Alchemy Suprema

Read "Sonic Alchemy Suprema" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

New York native Ra Kalam Bob Moses grew up in the same building as Max Roach, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Early on he saw performances by many of the best jazz drummers in history, including Roy Haynes, Rashied Ali, Milford Graves, Billy Higgins, and Ed Blackwell. As a teenager in the mid-1960s, he played with ...



Label: Holuzam
Released: 2023
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For Beauty Is Nothing But The Beginning Of Terror

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Gliss Glass; Ecotone; Concetto Spaziale (to Lucio Fontana); Interlude I; Urbe; Urge (to Roberto Masotti); Interlude II; The Tartar Steppe (to Dino Buzzati); Clichés; Lament; Interlude III; Taro (to Giorgio Gaslini); Interlude IV; Perline


Article: Live Review

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Martin Longley

Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine/MTS Dvorana Belgrade, Serbia October 26-30, 2022 There are now early signs that some festivals might be set to struggle during 2023, but even if certain aspects are reduced, much of the damage can be cosmetically screened. So far. Perhaps it depends on ...


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 ...


Dog Star

Label: Multikulti Project
Released: 2021
Track listing: I; II; III; IV


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