September brings along a new artistic season — seemingly unaware that I had no vacation to end the last one.
To set the tone: a playlist I’ve compiled for MPMP’s monthly newsletter. Starting next month, it will feature the suggestions of a bevy of surprising guests.
The month of September — and, with it, the end of summer, a new season, a new phase, new projects — demands a particular energy. I’ll lean on the saxophone (and electronics) to share four ways of activating memory, embodying stories, and projecting them into the future.
Three works by three major figures in the Portuguese electroacoustic music tradition that cross boundaries of musical genre: the seminal Sax-blue, by Jorge Peixinho, here recovered and recast — as well as (of course!) excellently performed — by Philippe Trovão; Angel Rock, by João Pedro Oliveira, recorded by Astrus Duo — composed of Manuel Teles (who is quickly becoming one of the most impressive saxophonists of his generation) and Paulo Amendoeira, whose debut album [MPMP] had the pleasure of publishing; and also S(w)inthesys, by José Luís Ferreira, whose 50th anniversary we would be celebrating yesterday, August 31st.
To finish things off, a track from a Motion Trio album, driven by Rodrigo Amado’s saxophone, which shares with the rest of the music on this playlist a certain cosmopolitan voice (whether with a Portuguese accent, or not — either way). Happy rentrée!
Good friends and pianists extraordinaire Philippe Marques and Duarte Pereira Martins are releasing the second volume of their Bailados Portugueses project. This time around, I’ve contributed with an arrangement of Frederico de Freitas’s ballet A dança da menina tonta, which they’ll perform again live at a release event in the Sala Bernardo Sassetti of Teatro São Luiz. Alongside it, their arrangement of Prokofiev’s Cinderella — all challenging, witty and exciting music.
Nicely rounding out the month is Ensemble Quark’s concert at the Kleine Sendesaal of the NDR in Hannover. Der Wind versteht nur den Wind will be diffused alongisde an exciting program, which sees me join a lot of old friends and colleagues.