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“We sure are alive”, writes Pedro Melo Alves in the liner notes of “Lumina”. It’s true, the music inside is a survival chant: we made it, after two years of a science fiction-like nightmare. And suddenly, there’s some light. The Portuguese composer and drummer was the winner in 2016 of the Bernardo Sassetti Award with the first version of his Omniae Ensemble concept. At the invitation of the Guimarães Jazz Festival in 2020, during a brief interval between lockdowns, he transformed the original septet to a 23-elements large ensemble, adding electronics, tuba, clarinet, flutes, bassoon, cello, classical guitar, three singers and a maestro (Pedro Carneiro, also known as a percussionist in both the contemporary classical and improvised music fields) to the original mix and writing new, defying and more inclusive, in terms of vocabularies and grammars, scores for it. “How do we even start to look for all that ungraspable light?”, Melo Alves asks. Well, this is how.


released October 15, 2021

Pedro Carneiro - maestro
Pedro Melo Alves - drums and percussion
José Diogo Martins - piano
Mané Fernandes - electric guitar
Pablo p. Moledo - doublebass
Clara Saleiro - flutes
João Pedro Brandão - flute and alto saxophone
José Soares - alto saxophone
Albert Cirera - tenor and soprano saxophone
Frederic Cardoso - alto and bass clarinet
Álvaro Machado - bassoon
Gileno Santana - trumpet
Xavi Sousa - trombone
Ricardo Pereira - trombone
Fábio Rodrigues - tuba
Luís José Martins - classical guitar
Luís André Ferreira - cello
Alvaro Rosso - doublebass
Mariana Dionísio - voice
Nazaré da Silva - voice
Diogo Ferreira - voice
João Miguel Braga Simões - percussion
João Carlos Pinto - eletronics

All compositions and arrangements by Pedro Melo Alves

Recorded live by João Bessa at Centro Cultural de Vila Flor, Guimarães, on the 22nd of November 2020, Part of Guimarães Jazz 2020, by invitation of Ivo Martins | Edited by Pedro Melo Alves | Mixed and mastered by João Bessa
Produced by António Fernandes | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Design by Travassos | Photo by Matilde Cunha, art direction and post-production by ELLEONOR


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