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



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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.

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