New release: “Vendo” by Bartolo & Marcos Campello

by Ruy Garnier

There’s always a lot going on in “VENDO.” Although it is not always frenetic, there is always an expectation of breaking, of state reconfiguration, and inevitably there is a sound that comes to reorganize rhythmically and melodically what one hears. Yes, Marcos Campello and Bartolo are two formidable instrumentalists, better known as guitarists, and somehow “VENDO’’ is about guitar and guitar extensions. Extensions for similar instruments or simulacra (bandúrria, charango and even a toy guitar) but also extensions like sounds that are usually seen as the back of the guitar, the unwanted sound sparks, the unstressed attacks of when the finger does not press the strings to the arm of the instrument, the tapped beat on the body. It is a record of improvised strings, which starts acoustic and goes towards amplification. The instruments vary from track to track, and consequently the timbres and strategies of instant composition change, but it seems that in the contact of the fingers with the strings a certain spirit is maintained, avoiding or dosing the sustentation of the note, creating archipelagos of microscopic sounds which vary infinitely in rhythm and attack. The interaction of the duo does not work in the sense of a battle (Bailey), the creation of a consonance (AMM) or the studied completion of spaces, but a convergence in speed and dynamics, a willingness to make everything run and start over, and get fired. A playful sense stands out all the time in the audition, because every finger-string contact seems inaugural, full of wisdom from years of practice but at the same time free from all normative ways of playing the instrument. Every sound we hear in “VENDO’’ is prowess, proposal and propulsion.

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New Release: “Contraduzindo” by Tuzé de Abreu

 

TUZÉ: THE CONTRADUTION OF THE SONG

 

Contraduzindo brings new, rereading, surprising songs from Tuzé de Abreu.

Tuzé is a musician, composer and arranger of long sound history traveling the most diverse paths, from the erudite, the popular song, to Smetakian chaosonance. Present and acting with the main exponents of Brazilian music in the last 50 years, from the most diverse generations. Discreetly, but very present. An unusual career as an author, performer and composer. Partnerships with Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Gereba, Antônio Risério, Gil Camará. Songs recorded by Gal, Elza Soares, Tom Zé, Amelinha, Caetano, Jussara Silveira, Gereba, Marcia Castro.
Tuzé, played in the iconic group of instrumental music of Bahia Sexteto do Beco. He participated vividly and intensely in the sound experiments of Walter Smetak. Experiences, dialogues, production and travel with João Gilberto. Guest and friend of the Novos Baianos. Soundtracks for André Luiz de Oliveira and Edgard Navarro..
His last show, critical success and public received the Trophy Caymmi 2015.

With all this track, with numerous compositions unpublished, this is the second album, of the chaotic meteorango yogue kid.

From the test of a flight to outer space by accident, Tuzé escapes; collect yourself … His friend and partner, Gil Camará, comes to visit him every day to record the sheltered songs that ultimately compose this album.
Against the pitch, the simple sound complexity of Tuzé is illuminated. Open your ears: Dare.
O.P.

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New Releases: “RD3” and “Radio Diaspora & Ba Kimbuta”

      

 

RD3

In his third year of activity, the duo Radio Diaspora launches RD3, third studio album. Recorded in May 2017, the album marks the maturity of the duo in 6-piece composition process. Again, the celebration of the Afro-Diasporic heritage in sonorous intensities is at stake.

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Radio Diaspora & Bá Kimbuta

O duo Radio Diaspora joins the rapper Bá Kimbuta to broaden the horizons of the manifesto against the discrimination and violence practiced to the black people. Against the monopoly of white representation in music, Radio Diaspora, on the road since 2015, translates the African diaspora through the experimentalism of Free Jazz and Free Improvisation. Bá Kimbuta, also an activist of the black movement, has been doing resistance work with young people from the Greater ABC and São Paulo since 1996 through hip hop.

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New Release: “Yoni” by Lori

LORI is sonic witchcraft, made of improvisations and experiments with the voice, songs in ruins, fragments of languages, matriarchal glossolalia, noise. The compositions begin with free singing without concern for language. The result sometimes resembles known languages and later can generate lyrics, arising from the sonority. Other layers are added, many of them generated from the voice itself, others with the use of altered field recordings, synthesizers, drum machine, bass, guitar, and the audio capture of the magnetism, sonorities and resonances from many sources. Lori is a solo project by Leandra Lambert, who performs the entire production process, from the initial improvisation to the master. With this project, she seeks shamanic and transformative experiences using singing and other vocal possibilities, electronics and various technologies (high, low and DIY), loops and drones, free improvisation, and programming, with intense real-time effects processing.

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New Release: “Moscote” by Thiago Trad

 

Born in the city of São Paulo and raised in Salvador “the blackest city outside Africa“, Thiago Trad, well-known in Brazil as the drummer behind the pop/rock band Cascadura, launches his first solo album Moscote in the 20th of July.  The release shows the results of Thiago’s worldwide musical research passing through cities such as Berlin, Marrakech, New York, Lisbon, Paris, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Juazeiro, Santo Amaro and Salvador.

The album transits between the roots of Brazilian music, experimental jazz and the various contemporary languages ​​in an organic way. “Moscote is a free territory, an invitation to the imaginary of transterritorial liberation, where everything is sound and vibration”, defines Thiago.

 

Release: Bex Records and Sê-lo! Netlabel

Digital Distribution: Tratore

Music Production: Tadeu Mascarenhas and Thiago Trad

Mastering: Fernando Sanches (El Rocha)

For further information:

www.fb.com/thiagotradmusic

www.instagram.com/thiagotrad

 

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New Release: “Conduction BR#5” by SPIO

by Monica Ferreira

Introducing, SPIO (São Paulo Improvisers in Orchestra) is an orchestra of musicians and sound artists of the most diverse trajectories that work the language of free musical improvisation through regency.

With some kind of singular sound and uncommon training, SPIO has in its sound body instruments ranging from traditional in orchestras to electronic gadgets and inventive luthierias. The proposal develops in an experimental approach, always with constructions composed instantly, making each presentation is unique.

Formed by musicians participating in a series of experiences in free improvisation, part of the programming of FIIL – Festival International of Free Improvisation between 2011 and 2014 in Centro Cultural São Paulo, which provided the exchange with artists of the genre of other continents.

Currently, SPIO develops footwear work in the “Lawerence Butch Morris” and released in November 2017 by Sê-Lo Netlabel, their first album recorded live that same year in the worldwide launch of the woorkbook of this methodology.

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New Release: “Muzákna” by Sweet Desastre

 

Sweet Desastre is a brazilian duo formed by Glauber Guimarães and Heitor Dantas.
Muzákna (EP released by Sê-lo Netlabel), a soundtrack for an imaginary expressionist movie (or an expressionist soundtrack for an imaginary movie) was recorded between April and June 2017.
The listener will find echoes of Tom Waits, world music, industrial machinery, Zappa, brazilian music, avant-garde classical music and lo-fi aesthetics.
But there’s a little more than that here. The (musical) exploration of the language of dreams, for example.
The album was self-produced and all songs were written by Glauber, except Absoleta (Heitor/Glauber).

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New Release: LOE LOF LON meets Wayne Rex

by Wayne Rex

About a year ago, I decided to record a random drum track and then, with the wizardry of computer technology, alter the sounds so, it becomes a whole different entity. Alas, I’m not that great with a computer so I just ran the track via a wahwah peddle and hey presto, This is what! was born. Not thinking too much about it, I posted it on bandcamp and it grabbed the attention of Spanish experimental musician, Gori Valarez (Loe Lof Lon) who decided to remix the track and again, it became something completely different, once again. From then on, we decided to record an album together. With the wonders of modern technology, we can easily do this, even from a thousand miles away. I started by recording a number of freely improvised drum trcks, with no definitive style, just play whatever I was feeling at the time. From that point on, Gori adopted the tracks, spliced them when needed and recorded his layers of freely improvised music, using everything from guitars to reeds, turning the tracks into a collection of wonderful improvised songs. Pieces of art, in their own right. His hard work on this album is admirable and he also organised the superb artwork (painted by Piedad Ortiz). She captured the film noir feel to the record, perfectly.
All that’s left to say is, we hope you enjoy the album as much as we enjoyed making it.

The album is a release of Sê-lo! Netlabel in partnership with Ferror Records (Spain) and MuteAnt Sounds Net Label (USA).

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New Release: “Radio Diaspora 2” by Radio Diaspora

 

The Radio Diaspora duo made up of Rômulo Alexis (trumpet, flute, other wind instruments and vocals) and Wagner Ramos (drums and electronics) conjugates the sonorous verbs of the African diaspora through the experimentalism of Free Jazz and Free Improvisation, developing a dilation of the signs of black culture through zones of intensity, re-signifying the flow of information that marks the plurality of the afro-descendent musical experience.

Diaspora denotes a flexible and dynamic concept of cultural identity. It involves a transcultural consciousness and a sense of belonging that are anchored in human subjectivity. This mobile archipelago of belonging is generated through the accumulated experiences of all Afro-diasporic ancestry and its sonorous, vocal, poly-rhythmic, polyphonic codes that have spread throughout the world in a flow marked by expropriation, genocide, slavery and, above all, resistance and invention.

In a countercurrent to the monopolistic representation of white culture, Radio Diaspora works on material generated through the sonorous polyphony of black cultural heritage, sampling and amplifying references that are added as triggers of energetic approaches in relation to the diasporic epic of black culture. Rejecting submission to traditions and culture as domination, Radio Diaspora uses art as an instinctive force. Music is the weapon – a heavy force field and nucleus of representations and senses. It is a continuous intensity and overload through frequencies, resonances, convulsive and spasmodic flows that bring into play energies willing to exorcise all secular violence through noise.

 

Wagner Ramos:
Drums, electronic percussion module, bases, MPC and electronics.

Wagner Ramos evolved in a profound relationship with black music in all its forms (Rap, Jazz, Soul, Samba). He started out in bars and nightclubs, later joining the Sesc Vila Mariana Repertory Group, and going on to play Brazilian rap with “Jamal e a Máfia do Cabelo Duro,” “Bá Kimbuta e Banda Makomba,” and playing with the singer Yzalu, among others.

Rômulo Alexis:
Trumpet, voice, flute and hand-made wind instruments, bases and electronics.

A multimedia artist, improvisational musician and researcher of creative processes, Rômulo Alexis got into the music of invention in a profound relationship with Free Jazz in the band JazSmetak. He was in the bands DodecaFunk, Experimento Prosótypo and Mnemosyne 5. He is one of the founders of the São Paulo Free Improvisation Circuit. He performs soundtracks for dance, cinema and performance, and is a cultural producer.

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New Release: “Aliquid” by 4zero4

 

Sonic research and experimentation group that does sound/art interventions, creations and performances using musical instruments, computational programing and others technological stuffs.

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The Medula group creates in the field of poetics of sound. The image of marrow refers to a connection between the material and immaterial, from the physical to the psychic, which is inside or behind the external form. The group production consists of artistic works that discuss or use overlapings and crossings of the borders of disciplinary fields. Includes works of music, sound art, and visual arts – in a way that, at many moments, one does not know exactly where one thing begins and another ends

Technical Info:

Video: Medusa
Music: Aliquid – 4zero4
Label: Sê-lo! Netlabel

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