Hippocampus guttulatus

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Live recording by Miguel Azguime on November 21st 2019 during the CreativeFest XIII at O'Culto da Ajuda, Lisbon.
Mix, master and graphic design by Carlos Santos.
Drawing by Dilar Pereira.
Production by Ernesto Rodrigues.

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One of the most amazing Lisboa's specialties are extended ensembles such as IKB Ensemble that made the first release of Creative Sources in 2012, and until the Covid19 era recorded 9 albums. Unfortunately, the seven early ones are missing in my collection, but I report here on the last two, including "Hippocampus Guttulatus", released just before the Covid19 lockout in February 2020.
The titles of all albums correspond to Latin names of "exotic" and strange animals. Quoting the short description of their first record from the Soundhom web page: "Portugal's IKB Ensemble is an electro-acoustic improvising ensemble with a strong string and wind section, balanced with electric guitar, electronics, and percussion. This is a beautiful example of communal playing allowing textures and unique voices to surface and submerge, where no voice subsumes the other, but work together to create a unique and intriguing tapestry of sound."
[...] "Hippocampus Guttulatus", lasting 31 minutes, is very different, but even better. It is also an example of free improvised minimal music, but more intense and expressive. It is also a live recording by Miguel Azguime from November 2019, realized during the CreativeFest XIII at O'Culto da Ajuda, Lisbon. In contrast to "Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus", "Hippocampus Guttulatus" contains very little "fake" sounds: most of the instruments generate "normal" sounds that are recorded in such a way that they can be recognized: strings together and solo, double bass, bass clarinet, tuba, marimba, percussion, piano, guitars, reeds, trumpet and electronics. The track builds the tension and the mood up and down, and di fferent instruments and groups of instruments enter and pass, return and pass again. This music is absolutely fascinating and totally innovative, novel, cutting-edge, ground breaking, seminal, revelatory, you name it. Marimba parts drive me crazy. Maciej Lewenstein

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released February 11, 2020

Ernesto Rodrigues - viola
Maria Do Mar - violin
Guilherme Rodrigues - cello
Miguel Mira - cello
Hernâni Faustino - double bass
Mariana Carvalho - piano
Miguel Almeida - acoustic guitar
Abdul Moimême - prepared electric guitar
Kriton Beyer - daxophone
Emilie Skreijelj - accordion
Etienne Brunet - harmonica
Bruno Parrinha - bass clarinet
João Almeida - trumpet
Nuno Torres - alto saxophone
Joana Sá - soprano saxophone
Pedro Frazão - euphonium
Miguel Canada - tuba
Carla Santana - electronics
Carlos Santos - electronics
Pedro Carneiro - marimba
Tom Malmendier - percussion
João Valinho - percussion

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Ernesto Rodrigues Lisbon, Portugal

Ernesto Rodrigues (August 29th 1959) has been playing the violin for 50 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and free improvisation, live and in the studio.
The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and
textural elements as well as the use of extended techniques.
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