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Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha: Sans Oublier Les Arbres (Creative Sources)

After the Lisbon String Trio for the Dada album, Bruno Parrinha on B-flat, alto and bass clarinets joins with the string pairing of violist Ernesto Rodrigues and cellist Guilherme Rodrigues to record this impressionistic 3-part work, the title translating to "Without Forgetting The Trees", each movement expanding into darkly colored branches of remarkable control.
 

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Ernesto Rodrigues-viola

Guilherme Rodrigues-cello

Bruno Parrinha-clarinet, ato clarinet, bass clarinet


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UPC: 5609063407389

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs738
Squidco Product Code: 32061

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Porto Covo, Portugal, on January 15th, 2022, by Ernesto Rodrigues.

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"And after recording with Lisbon String Trio, Parrinha turned to an even more classic Creative Sources formation, recording a trio with Ernesto & Guillerme Rodrigues in Porto Covo (e.g. title of a Suspensão album...) just this past January, Sans oublier les arbres: As the title suggests then, Sans oublier les arbres adopts a much more naturalistic orientation, rather than critiquing the human-rational side of (de)colonial thought more directly per Dada, and includes a poem from Ernesto Rodrigues to that effect.

The orientation on impressionism might likewise evoke music of a century ago, though (with updated technique, of course), and the three different tracks tend to project a sophisticated, post-romantic feel.... There's also a sense in which the "trees" figuration describes the music technically, in that each track grows from a relatively small beginning, expanding & branching into sometimes thornier counterpoint, or even tending toward smooth resonance. And Parrinha adopts a different clarinet for each track as well, opening on alto, then moving to the more usual "clarinet" (a soprano) & bass clarinet: The final track, in particular, evokes a kind of night music (after a sunset to close the second?), explorations of nighttime becoming a Rodrigues standard it seems, involving a bit of a "distant radio" buzz as well, but also building a flow....

Beyond a tree-like sense of musical growth, then, Sans oublier les arbres does evoke a variety of natural settings, often with subtlety & restrained austerity (but sometimes with a more bustling mood). And within Rodrigues's output, it also recalls Setúbal rather directly for me, there with sax & a different cellist, but a similar trio & orientation, again involving (there especially watery) timbral impressionism, but building at a grander scale: Setúbal is a single track (& with a more virtuosic orientation per se, perhaps...), whereas Sans oublier les arbres resets its momentum (& timbre) for three different scenes. Again, it evokes a strong sense of color & shade, sometimes muted or breathy, but chirpier at others. Tension is also modulated in sophisticated fashion during these ensemble track "builds."

(Sans oublier les arbres is the sort of album that could seemingly only come from Rodrigues, then, continuing to refine his prior efforts.... And it's well worth hearing on its own.)"-Todd McComb, Jazz Thoughts


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Artist Biographies

"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.

His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.

The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.

Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.

Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.

Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.

Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
2/28/2024

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"Was born 1988 in Lisboa, Portugal and started playing cello and trumpet at Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa at the age of 7. In 1999 joined Conservatório Nacional de Música de Lisboa to study classical and music theory and in the current year recorded his first album - Multiples - with Ernesto Rodrigues and José Oliveira out on Creative Sources Recordings.

Apart from work in music ensembles ranging for contemporary classical to free improvisation, also works with live music poetry, theatre and film-music. After lengthy residency in Lisboa, (1988-2016) moved to Berlin and has been active as composer and improviser in the scene.

Worked with some international and renewed artists like Ernesto Rodrigues, Jean-luc Guionnet, Margarida Garcia, Manuel Mota, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Sei Miguel, Tim Goldie, Jeffrey Morgan, Oren Marshall, Gerhard Uebele, Klaus Kurvers, Gabriel Paiuk, Nicolas Field, Jaime Fennelly, Blaise Siwula, Will Guthrie, Pawel Grabowski, Michael Thieke, Wade Matthews, Leonel Kaplan, Diego Chamy, Gabriel Paiuk, Barry Weisblat, Joe Giardullo, Jassem Hindi, Tisha Mukarji, Masahiko Okura, Taku Unami, Toshihiro Koike, Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Abdelnour, Alexandre Bellenger, Carlos Zingaro, Romaric Sobac, Nuno Rebelo, Nuno Torres, Naoto Yamagashi, Heddy Boubaker, Gerhard Uebele, Guillermo Torres, Tomas Gris, Carlos Santos, Bruno Parrinha, Miguel Leiria Pereira, Miguel Ivo Cruz, Alberto Cirera, Nuno Morão, Mark Sanders, Dennis Gonzaléz, Alípio Carvalho Neto, Raymond Macdonald, Neil Davidson, David Stachenas, Lisa Ullén, D'incise, Cyril Bondy, Miguel Mira, Rodrigo Amado, Abdul Moimême, Monsieur Trinité, João Madeira, Álvaro Rosso, Gil Gonçalves, Marian Yanchyk, Filipe Passos, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Christian Wolfarth, Thanos Chrysakis, Bechir Saade, Kurt Liedwart, Miguel A. Garcia, Ilia Belorukov, Andrew Lafkas, Gao Jiafeng, Eric Wong, Johan Moir, Casey Moir, Magda Mayas, Matthias Muller, Alexander Frangenheim ...

Has performed and toured in all Europe. Released more than 30 albums of his own projects."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
2/28/2024

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"Bruno Parrinha - alto sax / soprano, Clarinet Sb / Alto, flute

Around the age of 10 began playing the clarinet. At 17 he bought a flute and entered the Academy of Music where he Amateurs solfeggio and instrument with Paulo Curado for two years . Later he was always playing clarinet and tenor saxophone ( self-taught ) and at age 21 he was invited to join the band Pop Radar Gaddafi with whom he recorded . Later he was cast of musicians on the play " Vieux Carré " in teatro da Graça playing tenor sax . Spent a year on the scene . At 87 he began to attend formations of Sei Miguel resulting in vinyl LP recorded at 88 " Songs love and against terrorism ." Since then he has dedicated his commitment to free improvisation and has participated in numerous trainings and concerts with illustrious musicians including Rodrigo Amado , Rodrigo Pinheiro , Miguel Mira , João Lucas , Paulo Curado , Ernesto Rodrigues , Guilherme Rodrigues , Ulrich Mitzlaff , Manuel Guimarães Cyril Bondi , " D' Incise ," Raphael Ortiz , Nicolaus Gerwinsky , Phill Niblock , Raymond McDonald , Victor Nubla , Nuno Rebelo , Marco Franco, Gabriel Ferrandini , Hernani Faustino , Luís Lopes , José Oliveira , Carlos Santos , Carlos " Zingaro " João Pedro Viegas , Victor Rua , Abdul " moimême " , Luís Vicente , João Lancaster , Luis Gil , Paulo Pimentel , Francisco Andrade , Albert Cicera and many others.

Presently a part of groups : ARGUE, IKB , VGO , Miguel Mira Quartet , Open Mind and Puma. "

-Bruno Parrinha MySpace Page (https://myspace.com/brunoparrinha/bio)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. I 13:15

2. II 10:16

3. III 13:42

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