Saturday 3 May 2008

Sei Miguel - The Tone Gardens (2006)



"For Chet and Cage” runs the dedication to Sei Miguel’s 1996 album Showtime, a clear indication as to what to expect from this elusive trumpeter/composer, arguably Portuguese New Music’s best kept secret. The fractured lyricism of his pocket trumpet playing certainly owes much to Chet Baker (and to Miles Davis, Don Cherry and Bill Dixon), but the meticulous methods with which Miguel organizes his material, positioning sound in space and silence, reveal his music to be an extension of the tradition of experimental music which Nyman defined as “a field delineated by certain compositional rules”. Indeed, if much recent New Music has chosen to associate itself with architecture – its aesthetic, imagery and vocabulary – the fact that Miguel has entitled his three extended compositions “Gardens” is significant. The dictionary definition of garden as “a fertile, well-cultivated region” applies equally well to Miguel’s music, and the beautiful, rare flowers he plants in it, be they Fala Mariam’s delicate alto trombone, Rafael Toral’s glistening sinewaves and modulated white noise, or César Burago’s delightfully unconventional percussion instruments, which include seed pod rattles and “dead radios”. Miguel’s raking over the boundary lines between foreground and background, macro and micro-form, the abstract and the figurative – is this a study in complex polyrhythm or the evocation of birds and insects? – is as deceptively simple and unfathomably complex as a shaft of sunlight breaking through the leaves. Dan Warburton, The Wire



1. First Garden (17.56)
2. Second Garden (13.40)
3. Third Garden (20.58)

Sei Miguel - pocket trumpet
Fala Mariam - alto trombone
Rafael Toral - computer sinewaves, pocket amp feedback, modulated white noise system
César Burago - small percussion, mainly seeds, fiber, tamborim, metals, dead radios

link@320

23 comments:

Stefan said...

Thanks a lot for this great share, Bravo. Nice blog,

bravo juju said...

Glad you appreciate bravo juju, to share is our pleasure ;-)

N_joy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! in my point of view there is nothing new here to discover (only that the guys comes from Portugal).
Thanks again

bravo juju said...

It's always nice when someone comments on the post after downloading the record, whether those comments are good or bad. Thanks for that.
As for this record presenting something new or not - the only thing that comes to my mind is that I doubt you'll find something new, here or elsewhere. Still, I believe this is an original record, even within its aural lineage.
Cheers and thank you for the attention.

Anonymous said...

"Fractured lyricism... meticulous methods"
Indeed. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hm hm.. that's interessting but frankly i have a hard time visualizing it... wonder what others have to say..

cam said...

Thanks!, but Anonymous is a much more innovative artist....

Penis Enlargement Pills said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I think I will leave my comment.
I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.
I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Anonymous said...

Your ωay of telling everything in this poѕt iѕ truly nіcе, every one can easily be awaге of іt, Thanks a lot.


Heгe iѕ my web page; galaxy note 2
Feel free to surf my web blog - galaxy note 2

Anonymous said...

Pагagraph wгiting is also a fun, if you be familіar with afteгward you can writе or else it is complех
tо write.

my ωeb blοg pikavippi
My page - pikavippi

Anonymous said...

Αmаzing issuеs heгe. I'm very glad to peer your article. Thanks a lot and I am looking ahead to touch you. Will you please drop me a mail?

My web blog - www.yepcheck.com
Visit my webpage ...

Anonymous said...

Goοԁ dаy! This post cοuld not be wгitten аny bettег!
Rеading this ρost reminds me of my good
οld room mate! Ηe alωays keрt chatting about this.
I will forward thiѕ pagе to hіm.
Faiгlу сertain hе will hаve a gοod геаd.
Μаny thanκs for sharing!

my ωeb-site ... ebe
My site :

Anonymous said...

Awesоme post.

Μy web sіte ... portable garages maine
Take a look at my web page ... dogwood trees watercolor

Anonymous said...

When someone writes an piece of writing he/she keeps the image of a user
in his/her mind that how a user can understand it.
Therefore that's why this paragraph is great. Thanks!

Here is my blog post; cook islands pictures

Anonymous said...

This piece of writing gives clear idea in support
of the new visitors of blogging, that really how
to do running a blog.

My homepage ... be your girlfriend on facebook for a week

Anonymous said...

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video
to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about,
why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?


Feel free to visit my blog post; ouq

Anonymous said...

I've been browsing online greater than three hours as of late, but I by no means discovered any interesting article like yours. It's beautiful worth sufficient for
me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the
net will be much more helpful than ever before.


Look into my webpage; 100000 twitter followers
my web page > http://followersempire.com

Anonymous said...

I am curious to find out what blog system you are using? I'm having some small security issues with my latest site and I'd like
to find something more secure. Do you have any recommendations?


My blog post vapornine

Anonymous said...

Hi, I would like to subscribe for this blog to obtain
newest updates, so where can i do it please assist.

My web blog - ava fx
my webpage > ava fx

Anonymous said...

I have read so many content on the topic of the blogger
lovers however this article is genuinely a pleasant post, keep it up.



My site get followers

Anonymous said...

Nice weblog right here! Also your site quite a bit up fast!
What web host are you the use of? Can I get your affiliate hyperlink
on your host? I desire my site loaded up as
quickly as yours lol

My web blog; option fair

Anonymous said...

Inspiring quest there. What happened after? Thanks!

my webpage get followers
Also see my page > get followers

Anonymous said...

Ѕome of thе most pοpular Celtic designs fοr men include knots, spiгals,
mazeѕ, shamrocks, hearts, the tree of life and zoοmoгphiс tattoo designѕ.
The website listed at the bottom of this artіcle explains each zodiac sіgn
as ωell as othеr tattoo meanings. A ѕeptagram is linked to aѕtrology and cоrresponԁѕ to the ѕeven plаnеtѕ.


My blog ... Http://www.Tattos.info/