segunda-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2018

Kuori

Creative Sources – CS565, Lisbon 2018




















1. I - 10'42''
2. II - 10'31''
3. III - 07'39''
4. IV - 05'24''
5. V - 08'44''
6. VI - 04'18''




Ernesto Rodrigues - Viola 
Lauri Hivärinen - Electric Guitar
Abdul Moimême - Prepared Electric Guitar
Carlos Santos - Electronics


Recorded December 2017, Montréal
Cover design Carlos Santos


Reviews

Besides classical string albums, Rodrigues also continues to be very active with ensembles including electric guitar and/or electronics more generally: Indeed, for me the most ear-catching of his recent albums has been Kuori, a relatively short production from Lisbon in December 2017 featuring Lauri Hyvärinen & Abdul Moimême on electric guitars, with Carlos Santos on synthesizer joining Rodrigues to form a quartet. Moimême recently appeared (in October) in this space with Dissection Room (a non-Rodrigues Creative Sources album recorded four days after Kuori), and has been a regular participant on the label. I was not previously familiar with Finnish guitarist Hyvärinen (b.1986), however, although perhaps I should have been: He's recorded with Colectivo maDam (whose album with Rodrigues, Coluro, has been a favorite), as well as with e.g. guitarist Sandy Ewen (about whom more soon) & drummer Andrew Drury (yielding the duo album The Islands, recorded this past April, and appearing on Drury's Different Track Recordings). Kuori is another rather sparse album, as seems to be typical of Hyvärinen as well, but is occasionally loud or intrusive with its fascinating & detailed timbral combinations. It thus projects something of an ambient character (perhaps recalling e.g. Rodrigues' acoustic Sîn), but also involves a variety of extreme pitches, from very low to very high, usually subtly. There's occasionally something of a "spacey" quality as a result, and in fact I was reminded of an image like "Distant Radio Transmissions," which happens to be a Roscoe Mitchell title. (In this case, the title is in Finnish, meaning a shell or casing, as are the track names.) The sometimes prominent ringing & "echo chamber" effects yield that sometimes "distant" impression... sometimes over or across what seems to be a windswept landscape. Despite (or maybe because of) the usual quiet, an intense feeling of ritual gravity is also projected. (The resulting framing & sparseness is indeed more evocative of the timbral spanning of Coluro than it is of e.g. Skiagraphía, which is more "centered" & continuous in tonal sweep, despite the relatively less timbral variety — even rigor — of Kuori.) Needless to say, it's also difficult to grasp who is doing what, particularly amid the electronic manipulations, but the resulting sound is (consequently) quite coherent. It's also quite distinctive, despite involving a quartet of mostly known performers, so I'll have to keep an ear on Hyvärinen now. Todd McComb's Jazz Thoughts

Ljubljana

Creative Sources – CS546, Lisbon 2018




















1. I - 10'42''
2. II - 10'31''
3. III - 07'39''
4. IV - 05'24''
5. V - 08'44''
6. VI - 04'18''




Dietrich Petzold - Violin, Viola, Bowed Metal 
Ernesto Rodrigues - Viola
Guilherme Rodrigues - Cello


Recorded May 2018, Montréal
Cover design Carlos Santos


Reviews

Ernesto Rodrigues continues to release albums at a dizzying pace, and as suspected, the advent of a Digital Creative Sources has meant even more albums: Many of the early Digital releases involved older material, but many are now quite recent. (I generally find them to be worth hearing, but it gets to be too much music to discuss in any detail. That Rodrigues works with so many other improvisers, both new & in new combinations, does keep things relatively fresh, though....) That said, one of the arenas in which I've found Rodrigues' work to be especially compelling is the improvising string ensemble — and I suppose that the most succinct way to describe the violins etc. is as "classical strings," since Rodrigues has other albums combining classical strings with guitars, etc. — and those explorations have continued to be quite frequent recently: In particular, on the heels of Dis/con/sent (a "jazz string quartet" album, discussed here in October), featuring Dietrich Petzold on violin & viola, there are yet more classical strings albums featuring Petzold: Ljubljana made it to the "main" Creative Source imprint, and it's an album that forges a powerfully calming mood. Recorded this past May, Ernesto Rodrigues & Petzold (here also on bowed metal, as on Dis/con/sent, as well as clavichord) are joined by Guilherme Rodrigues to form something of a classical string trio — pace the occasionally noisy metal or tinkling clavichord. In fact, this is the same personnel (& instrumentation) as on the double album Sacred Noise (recorded in October 2016), the second half of which was recorded in a church. Like many Rodrigues albums, Ljubljana starts rather sparsely, and seemingly with less planning or anticipation than on Dis/con/sent, but eventually evolves into powerful (& sometimes noisy) climaxes that are nonetheless assimilated into an overall air of calm. There's thus a consistently rewarding affective change that emerges from this album, not so unlike e.g. Penedo (by Rodrigues with a different ensemble, also discussed here in October), but in this case suggestive of breathing through stress. (And I can't help but think of Scelsi's Aion, especially pace Petzold's occasionally jagged bowing of metal.) And as already suggested, there is (much) more: Kühlspot Social Club, a short digital album, was recorded just this October, and features the exact same quartet as on Dis/con/sent: Like Ljubljana, it has more of an air of "mystery" than the latter, and involves shadowy (or watercolor) harmonics & what even seem like vocalization effects. Todd McComb's Jazz Thoughts

sábado, 8 de dezembro de 2018

Montréal

Creative Sources – CS583, Lisbon 2018




















1. I - 57'10''




Ernesto Rodrigues - Viola
Karoline Leblanc - Harpsichord
Paulo J Ferreira Lopes - Gong & Cymbal


Recorded June 2018, Montréal
Cover design Carlos Santos


Reviews

sexta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2018

The Haecceity of Things

Creative Sources – CS578, Lisbon 2018


















1. I - 61'32''




Eva-Maria Houben - Organ
Ernesto Rodrigues - Viola (BACH.Bogen)
Guilherme Rodrigues - Viola d'Amore (BACH.Bogen) & field recordings



Recorded between July and October 2018, Krefeld, Berlin and Pico Island
Cover design Carlos Santos


Reviews