“Unsolvable Problems — OJM plays Carlos Guedes” was released on March 28, 2019. It is an EP with music for big band and big band and string quartet performed by Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos (OJM) and Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos . The release is from Improbable Records, on CD and LP. This can also be heard on Bandcamp, and on the usual streaming platforms.
Recorded on September 12, 2016 at Sala de Ensaio 1 in Casa da Música
Recording engineer: Mário Barreiros
Assistant recording engineer: Daniel Santos
Mixing and Mastering: Mário Barreiros
Cover: detail of painting by Alberto Péssimo
Photo: Laetitia Morais
Tomorrow! Opening night for “Lições de voo” (“Flight Lessons”) at Teatro Constantino Nery in Matosinhos with Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, directed by Isabel Barros with fabulous actors Vitor Gomes and Micaela Soares. Costume design by Cláudia Ribeiro and lighting design and operation by the unstoppable Filipe Azevedo. Music soon to be available on your favorite streaming platforms.
Currently doing a residency with Igor Gandra at NYUAD’s Innovation Studio to develop a new piece. Stay tuned for the developments!!
On April 1 I will open the Manifold festival with a concert featuring Laetitia Morais (live video), Cristina Ioan (flute), Emil Sein (saxophones), and Mahsin Basalama (qanun). The concert will feature the world premiere of “Three insomnias — Music for a dark room.”
The electronic part of “Three Insomnias” was composed in 2001 by Carlos Guedes for ballet “Quarto Escuro,” a choreography by Isabel Barros for the Balleteatro, and a commission from Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture. The traumatic event of 9/11 happened during the rehearsals for this show, and this was a major shifting point for the music. The stark reality reminding us all of our impotence in avoiding this type of violence, brought all of a sudden a new meaning, and almost new function to the music being composed — it should be able to transport people to dreamy states and beautiful spaces in order to liberate them from the horrible reality being lived at the time. The audiovisual reincarnation of this music in Three Insomnias with the videos by Laetitia Morais and the live music counterpart intends to make the audience embark on a collective dream that transports them audiovisually and emotionally to new and beautiful places.
You can now purchase some of my music on bandcamp, starting with the digital version of the SSS-Q+Carlos Guedes album released on Oct. 1, 2017 by Wasser Bassin
More goodies to be added soon!