Xisto

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Part I - Four Compositions
Circular Motion
Cuts
Central Motif
Five Spaces (Live)

Part II - Solo and Duos
Music for Computer
Music for Harp and Percussion
Music for Prepared Guitar, Alto Saxophone and Voice

Part III - Group Improvisation
Cracks, Shale and Bells


Recorded by José Martins at Casa das Artes - Cerdeira | 17 to 19 of July 2013
Mixed by Marcelo dos Reis
Mastered by Miguel Carvalhais
Illustration and design by Kátia Sá
Executive Production by JACC Records


In early 2013, Jazz ao Centro Clube invited me to assemble a group of musicians of my choice who would work together for a week in the schist village of Cerdeira in Serra da Lousã.

From the very start, it seemed quite clear to me that the relationship between our sound and the natural physical characteristics of this schist village should be a primary focus of the work. It was the exploration of this relationship that ultimately generated the name of the group: Pedra Contida (contained stone).

My choice of musical partners for this project was very easy, because in addition to being artists I greatly admire, they are all incredible human beings, with whom I'm very happy and fortunate to be able to do this work.

Throughout the week, in addition to working extensively in the studio, we also presented ourselves in four different live situations: two duos, one solo, and once with the whole quintet -- these performances comprised all of the various combinations represented on this record.

The relationship between the object/sound and the space where we created the sound is expressed here with a kind of sonic etymology unique to that remote place. We invite you to participate in this relationship, contributing your own individual interpretation -- meanwhile, we're looking forward to exploring the next space...
MARCELO DOS REIS 2014

Críticas

Pedra Contida: “Xisto” por Rui Eduardo Paes

"O que ouvimos é uma música cheia de respirações e transparências, construída à volta de texturas e timbres numa análise demorada dos sons que chega, por vezes, a momentos de inefável beleza."

Pedra Contida: Xisto (2014)

"It is a beautiful, cinematic piece that draws inspiration from the still scenery but transforms the vivid mountainous images into gentle, dramatic narrative, full of inspired sonic details. 

Beautiful and inspiring document."

PEDRA CONTIDA / Xisto (Jacc Records)

"a gorgeous 15-minute collective improvisation that leaves room for judicious near-silences. Bravo."

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