Norberto Lobo / Friedman & Pais

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Norberto Lobo

Norberto Lobo has been one of the most cherished musicians in the country for the last two decades. He is a guitarist whose work has revealed an uncommon minutia, an inexhaustible sense of discovery and creativity throughout several albums and countless live performances. There is a special richness in his creations, from the albums “Pata Lenta” or “Muxama”, that already belong to our imaginary, to the risk taken when exploring new paths with a band (like in the recent album “Estrela”) or in collaborations like Montanhas Azuis, side by side with Bruno Pernadas and Marco Franco.

Relying on the fingerpicking of the American tradition, an heritage left by artists like John Fahey or Robbie Basho, but also on the melodic purity of Carlos Paredes, on the free harmony of jazz, on the hypnosis attained by ragga and other genres aiming at ascetism, Norberto Lobo’s music is profoundly his own, an ever-lasting and fascinating quest for new forms. Witnessing him playing live is an incredibly special event, a magical glimpse into his creations. This will be the chance to hear him reminiscing and playing classics but also to gaze into what the future holds.

 

Friedman & Pais

This will be a magical encounter between drummer and percussionist João Pais Filipe and electronics master Burnt Friedman. With an immense and influential discography and projects such as Drome, Nonplace Urban Field, Flanger or Nice Horses, Friedman went through four decades of constant discovery, contributing to many advances in the world of electronic music and crossing it with other languages ​​like dub, jazz or ambientalism. In the last few years, he has dedicated himself to Secret Rhythms, where he works on a combination of both organic and electronic percussion. It is this context that this duo appears, where Friedman’s wisdom gains new life through the unique polyrhythms of João Pais Filipe, a musician based in Porto, whose intense activity includes collaborations with musicians such as Z’EV, Rafael Toral and with bands like HHY & The Macumbas or Paisel.


Norberto Lobo Being one of the most justly cherished and respected musicians who appeared in town, Norberto Lobo has been drawing a very important path with the guitar, full of thirst, fascination and with incredible minutia since he debuted in his own name with 'Mudar de Bina' in 2007. From that first record where pure melodic vignettes found in the Americana and in the fingerpicking of heroes like John Fahey, Robbie Basho or Jack Rose, but also incarnating the spirit of the tremendous Carlos Paredes – bearing in mind the word play in the title of the album – he kept on searching continuously and passionately for new paths throughout a long relationship with Mbari that resulted in three albums where new intentions were explored in a quest for his very own voice.

After some long-lasting collaborations in projects such as Montanhas Azuis, Tigrala, Denki Udon and, in particular, with João Lobo in “Oba Loba”, through which he expressed with utmost dignity the same restlessness regarding stagnation in terms of forms and content, Norberto Lobo presented the brilliant and revealing “Fornalha”, “Muxama” and “Estrela” by the swiss label Three:Four Records, attaining a new level of elevation, where his lyric work meddles with the mantra, the abyss and the absolute so that he can make use of a language that is so profoundly his own and that, at the same time, remains constantly open, in a mixture of harmony and textures discovered by his fingers.

João Pais Filipe (b. 1980) is a drummer/percussionist and sound sculptor from Porto. His path as a musician is characterized by his approach to a wide range of styles and languages, in bands such as Sektor 304, Friedman & Pais, HHY & The Macumbas, Unzen Pilot, Paisiel, Magnetic Mountain, Talea Jacta, Two White Monsters Around a Round Table, Space Quartet, CZN. At the same time, he maintains a regular activity in the universe of improvisation, having participated in numerous projects alongside names such as Burnt Friedman, Steve Hubback, Fritz Hauser, Evan Parker, Marcello Magliocchi, Z'EV, Carlos “Zíngaro” and Rafael Toral. In addition to his career as a musician, João Pais Filipe dedicates himself to the of construction of gongs, cymbals and other metal percussion instruments. This allows him to explore the acoustic properties of these objects as well as the dimension of their potential sculptural forms and imagery.

Burnt Friedman is one of Germany’s most long established and highly rated electronic musicians with a career spanning almost 40 years.

Burnt Friedman was born in Coburg, Germany in 1965 and has lived in Berlin since 2009. After initially being a student of art in Kassel in northern Germany, Burnt started to focus on music exclusively from the late 1980s onwards. He went on to attend the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne as a postgraduate student and began to publish his musical works along with his studio productions in 1979. He also began performing live around the same time,  both of which soon attracted the attention of the Cologne electronic music scene. From there he progressed to various notable music collaborations throughout the 1990s on projects with the likes of Jaki Liebezeit, Hayden Chisholm, Root70, Mark Ernestus, Steve Jansen and David Sylvian and under also under the band names of both Atom™ and Flanger.

In 2000 Friedman launched his own record label, Nonplace, with 35 releases to date. Working under the solo artist name of Burnt Friedman, he sought to address the prejudices people had then about the authenticity of programmed music.

His studio and on-stage partnership with Jaki Liebezeit, the former drummer of CAN (recently voted in the Top 5 drummers for alternative music of all time in SPIN magazine in the US), now dates back 13 years; the two musicians have developed pioneering electronic-acoustic music over that period. On the strength of their craft and universal musical vocabulary they have consciously distanced themselves from the tarditional formulas of Western European and Anglo-American music. Their recordings and work should be seen as intermediate phases in an on-going process.

Burnt Friedman’s work has been critically acclaimed by the international music press as far afield as The Wire, Mixmag and Uncut in the UK, Exclaim magazine in Canada. The All Music Guide and Big Shot magazine in the US. Data Transmission in the UK described his recent album release with Jaki Liebezeit as “destined for cult success“, with The Arts Desk making it their Album Of The Week.

He will be releasing a new album in the fall and carrying out a tour of Africa in association with The Goethe Institue too.


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