City at Night //

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Recorded live in concert at Les Soirées Tricot Festival in Paris |
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Artwork design: 
Jean-Pascal Retel
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Marcelo dos Reis
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Marcelo dos Reis
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Sebastien Bedrunes
  • 1. City of Light Pt 1. (16:07)
  • 2. City of Light Pt 2. (19:44)
  • 3. City of Light Pt 3. (14:10)

Luís Vicente - trumpet
Théo Ceccaldi - violin and voice
Valentin Ceccaldi - cello and voice
Marcelo dos Reis - acoustic guitar, prepared guitar and voice

This is the second volume of the in-progress cross pollination of two geographical forces in the domains of creative jazz and free improvisation, a Portuguese one, represented by trumpeter Luís Vicente and guitarist Marcelo dos Reis, and a French one, put to action by the brothers Théo and Valentin Ceccaldi. The ground for this collaborative work is chamber music, the way we perceive it in the 21st century, and both the technical and the aesthetics of the renewed encounter happening inside Chamber 4 are in full improvisation: no scores, no structures of any kind, no previous discussions about what to do or not to do or any type of conceptual reasoning. What comes up is what naturally happens in the given context, and that’s why the liner notes refer the interplay of chaos and order. The order, we can understand while listening, emerging from chaos itself, and the in-the-moment intuition becoming a compositional tool, via sedimentation of elements, elliptical spontaneous organization, repetition and a sense of collective completeness based on controlled individual contributions. This is why the quartet seems to «move as one», even if «in all directions», «out of joy» and «out of distress», as Stef Gijssels writes. Who said everything was already done in the contains of improvised music? Not at all, and “City of Light” is a fundamental new chapter of that always unfinished enterprise.