Live at SMUP

ESCANIFOBETICO RECORDS | 2019

José Dias | guitar 

Francisco Andrade | tenor saxophone

Gonçalo Prazeres | alto and baritone saxophones

Rui Pereira | drums

The Notorious Death of GustavJosé Dias & Awareness
00:00 / 07:54

STUNNING MUSICAL LANDSCAPE,

INVENTIVE MUSIC OF THE FIRST ORDER ****

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DEFINITELY ONE OF THE CASES OF THE YEAR ****

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Jose Dias & Awareness | Live at SMUP

All compositions featured in this recording* are inspired by literary characters, books or writers. 

John Willoughby’s Dilemma explores one of Jane Austen’s most iconic male characters in Sense and Sensibility. The Notorious Death of Gustav illustrates the last days of Gustav von Aschenbach, Thomas Mann’s central character in Death in Venice. The Second Wind of Angela Vicario is inspired by the female character with the same name in Gabriel Garcia-Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. The Innocent Gaze of Humbert challenges our perception of Humbert Humbert - the pseudonym of John Ray Jr. - in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Hector Walks Through the Gate is a lament for that character’s encounter with his own death in Homer's epic poem The Iliad. And Hergè’s First Girlfriend plays with the idea of Tinitin’s creator using his first girlfriend’s name for Tinitin’s male dog (Milú in the original French version). 

This is a live recording made at SMUP's beautiful loft, in Parede, and brought together for the first time on record, four exceptional improvisers: José Dias, Francisco Andrade, Gonçalo Prazeres, and Rui Pereira. Each musician provides this music with a unique sense of narrative, poetry and disruption. 

*Except bonus track Transformation, by Francisco Andrade.

 

credits

released August 18, 2019 

José Dias guitar 
Francisco Andrade tenor saxophone 
Gonçalo Prazeres alto and baritone saxophones 
Rui Pereira drums 

All compositions by José Dias* 

Recorded live at SMUP, Parede, Portugal, 13 Oct. 2017 
Recorded, mixed and mastered by João Hora 
Produced by José Dias and João Hora 
Cover design and artwork by Rita Castro 
*Except bonus track Transformation, by Francisco Andrade.

 

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