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Formed by three musicians from the new improvised music Lisbon scene from an idea by Hernâni Faustino, RED trio features Rodrigo Pinheiro at the piano, Hernâni Faustino on doublebass and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums. The trio's music is characterized for being fast, energetic, highly focused, dynamic and sometimes nervous and violent - a three part counterpoint oscillating between the most subtle sound to a sonic burst full of violence and intensity. Tonight they're joined by the masterful saxophonist John Butcher, who joined them for a recording session and tour of Portugal in 2010 and subsequently released the collaborative album 'Empire' on NoBusiness Records.
"It’s a potent energy field with strong links to New York free jazz and when the auditory smoke clears, the group is capable of sudden light, with Pinheiro especially luminous in the piano’s upper register. Butcher and the trio have toured together in Portugal and Spain and there’s a striking musical camaraderie here, bridging free jazz and free improvisation in an original way. The track “Pachyderm” opens into a striking soundscape, with bowed bass, scraped cymbals and piano innards intersecting with the air-click stream of Butcher’s soprano, an eerie dialogue that seems to expand the very space in which the music is made, stretching toward a new territory." - Stuart Broomer, review of 'Empire' for New York Jazz Record
Born in 1973 at Covilhã, a small town at the center of Portugal. Started learning music at the age of five. At the age of eighteen moved to Lisboa and at the same time began to get increasingly involved with the free improvisation scene at Portugal. Since then he had the opportunity to work with musicians like Américo Rodrigues, José Oliveira, Nuno Rebelo, Rodrigo Amado, Luis Desirat, Bruno Parrinha, Ernesto Rodrigues, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Cristin Wilboltz, Patrick Brennan, Nathan Fuhr, Blaise Siwula and lots of other musicians from Portugal and abroad. Worked and studied with musicians like Carlos Zíngaro, Peter Kowald, Gunther Muller and with John Zorn who directed the "Cobra Portuguese Ensemble" where he played the piano. More recently started RED trio with Hernani Faustino and Gabriel Ferrandini and has collaborated with Nobuyasu Furuya, John Butcher and Nate Wooley.
A self-taught musician. Start playing electric bass in 1979 in several rock bands. With K4 Quadrado Azul (wins the national contest from Instituto Português da Juventude/New Culture Values in 1988). Work with theatre company, creating live music for the play "El - Levando-os aos Ombros em Passo de Marcha Sincopada ao Quarto Tempo" (Honor Mention from the award Maria Helena Perdigão, ACARTE, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1992). Since 1990 became concentrated in double bass, and began working in groups that improvised with free jazz framework. As improviser, he work in numerous meetings and collaborations: Carlos Zíngaro, Rafael Toral, Rodrigo Amado, Nuno Rebelo, Ernesto Rodrigues, Vitor Rua, Anisotropus, Jon Irabagon, Neil Davidson, Heddy Boubaker, Katsura Yamauchi, Mats Gustafsson, Chris Corsano, Nobuyasu Furuya, Nikolaus Gerszewski, Robert Mazurek, Blaise Siwula, Virginia Genta, Daniel Carter, Federico Ughi, Floros Floridis, Matt Bauder, Dennis González, Aaron González and many others.
He really is the image of the universal music he plays. Born in Monterey, California, Gabriel Ferrandini (23 years old) is the son of a Portuguese father born in Mozambique but relocated to Brasil with only 2 years of age, and of a Brasilian mother with Italian ascendecy migrated to the United States in her teenage years. This "citizen of the world" lives in Portugal since he was 9 years old, and it was in this European country where, ironically, he discovered jazz and the practice of improvisation. This fact is explained by the richness of the jazz and improvised Portuguese music scene, with already big repercussions in the world - as we verify knowing that a Portuguese discographic company, Clean Feed, was chosen by the online journal All About Jazz as Label of the Year in 2008. This is the context where the young musician is firming is name as one of the most important drummers around. With Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio, Red Trio, Nobuyasu Furuya Trio, and the electro-acoustic / noise band Flu, or playing in ad-hoc formations with Rob Mazurek, Alberto Pinton, Alfred "23" Harth, Raymond Strid, and David Stackenas, among others, is presence is strongly felt. Ferrandini has a very personal view of the work with a pair of sticks, somewhere between Paul Lytton and Paal Nilssen-Love, and that makes all the difference. As the magazine jazz.pt wrote, "the future waits for him".
John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked saxophone pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. Originally a physicist, he left academia in 1982, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - including Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Gerry Hemingway, The EX, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, John Russell, Mark Sanders, John Tilbury, Christian Marclay, Andy Moor, Phil Minton, and Steve Beresford. He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with a sense of place. Recent collaborative projects include Anemone with trumpeter Peter Evans, The Contest of Pleasures with Axel Dörner and Xavier Charles, Way Out Northwest with Torsten Muller and Dylan van der Schyff, and The Apophonics with Gino Robair and John Edwards. Butcher values playing in occasional encounters - ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with Otomo Yoshihide, David Toop, Kevin Drumm, Christof Kurzmann, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, Okkyung Lee, Matthew Shipp and Akio Suzuki.