LocationSala Porta Jazz – Quintal Rua João das Regras 305, Porto
With “Árvore” (Tree), one of the great albums of 2019, André Rosinha took a giant step on his journey. With his very own coordinates, he ended up providing an important element to the format of the jazz piano trio and to reach that point he developed and established a certain type of poetics. What we hear is exactly that: poetry. Until today, only one other composer other than the pianist himself, Carlos Bica, had managed to give Esteves da Silva the chance to interpret arguments that best exalted his status as a musician-poet (musician who also writes poetry and translates and recites it, a musician whose improvisations and scores reveal a total “poiesis”).
Rosinha will have written the pieces for the project thinking specifically about him (and Marcos Cavaleiro, a drummer who is always well-timed) and the result shows how he understood his language and, more than that, his “soul”. The chosen path is that of simplicity, something that was already fulcral to the approaches of the leader of this group, as embodied in his previous album, “Pórtico”, (Gate) but with this now taking on another dimension. This is despite the fact that some of the themes, such as “Tunkhata” or “Shukraan”, are not exactly easy to play: simplicity and facility are distinct factors. It is not just a purification of means, but the shrewdness of knowing how within artistic expression to reproduce everything that is naturally clear and luminous since it is simple, and this music is inspired, assuredly, on nature.
André Rosinha Double bass
João Paulo Esteves da Silva Piano
Marcos Cavaleiro Drums
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation joined forces with Associação Porta-Jazz and Jazz ao Centro Clube to present Jazz 2020, a cycle of 10 concerts in Lisbon, Oporto and Coimbra. Between 31 July and 9 August, Portuguese jazz and improvised music will be once more on the agenda!
In a time where many artists have seen their projects cancelled or postponed, this edition is also an opportunity to support more than 60 musicians and the technical teams involved in these concerts.