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Produced by JACC RECORDS and Rui Faustino

Artwork by BANK ASSOCIATES

 

Recorded and mixed by André Pires


 Berlin adventure 

Text by Rui Eduardo Paes

With direction and composition of a Portuguese, this quartet comes from Berlin practicing a free bop with chamber
music care and much improvisation. Another success story of Portuguese emigration...

Rui Faustino has been a blinking emigrant, looking out there for what he did not find in your country. In Portugal,
despite all that distinguished him (he was one of the few jazz musicians who were also active in improvised music),
he was just a drummer, and struggled to get "gigs". Until he decided to head to Berlin and there found opportunities
that he lacked in Lisbon and couldn’t imagine possible even in his wildest dreams...

“Going to Germany helped me find what I was already looking for here and confronted me with my mediocrity. At
that time I was trying to master elements such as time and shape in the context of "standards", but almost without
results, which frustrated me a lot. The prospect of playing this kind of music was anything but attractive, but for me
it was imperative that I did it, in this first phase, to understand the music without taking shortcuts. I knew that to
evolve, I would have to play with people who were better than me and that constituted proportional gradual
challenge. Hence the trip to Berlin, which gives me the chance to work constantly with new and different musicians.
And not just in jazz - for example, I’m currently playing with Takashi Wada, a Japanese noise guitarist. Also with
Biliana Voutchkova, a Bulgarian violinist with has musical activity both in the contemporary and the improvised
scenes. Recently we did a show with Takako Suzuki, a dancer from the Sasha Waltz’s company. The city is big and Berlin adventure
Text by Rui Eduardo Paes

With direction and composition of a Portuguese, this quartet comes from Berlin practicing a free bop with chamber
music care and much improvisation. Another success story of Portuguese emigration...

Rui Faustino has been a blinking emigrant, looking out there for what he did not find in your country. In Portugal,
despite all that distinguished him (he was one of the few jazz musicians who were also active in improvised music),
he was just a drummer, and struggled to get "gigs". Until he decided to head to Berlin and there found opportunities
that he lacked in Lisbon and couldn’t imagine possible even in his wildest dreams...

“Going to Germany helped me find what I was already looking for here and confronted me with my mediocrity. At
that time I was trying to master elements such as time and shape in the context of "standards", but almost without
results, which frustrated me a lot. The prospect of playing this kind of music was anything but attractive, but for me
it was imperative that I did it, in this first phase, to understand the music without taking shortcuts. I knew that to
evolve, I would have to play with people who were better than me and that constituted proportional gradual
challenge. Hence the trip to Berlin, which gives me the chance to work constantly with new and different musicians.
And not just in jazz - for example, I’m currently playing with Takashi Wada, a Japanese noise guitarist. Also with
Biliana Voutchkova, a Bulgarian violinist with has musical activity both in the contemporary and the improvised
scenes. Recently we did a show with Takako Suzuki, a dancer from the Sasha Waltz’s company. The city is big and Berlin adventure
Text by Rui Eduardo Paes

With direction and composition of a Portuguese, this quartet comes from Berlin practicing a free bop with chamber
music care and much improvisation. Another success story of Portuguese emigration...

Rui Faustino has been a blinking emigrant, looking out there for what he did not find in your country. In Portugal,
despite all that distinguished him (he was one of the few jazz musicians who were also active in improvised music),
he was just a drummer, and struggled to get "gigs". Until he decided to head to Berlin and there found opportunities
that he lacked in Lisbon and couldn’t imagine possible even in his wildest dreams...

“Going to Germany helped me find what I was already looking for here and confronted me with my mediocrity. At
that time I was trying to master elements such as time and shape in the context of "standards", but almost without
results, which frustrated me a lot. The prospect of playing this kind of music was anything but attractive, but for me
it was imperative that I did it, in this first phase, to understand the music without taking shortcuts. I knew that to
evolve, I would have to play with people who were better than me and that constituted proportional gradual
challenge. Hence the trip to Berlin, which gives me the chance to work constantly with new and different musicians.
And not just in jazz - for example, I’m currently playing with Takashi Wada, a Japanese noise guitarist. Also with
Biliana Voutchkova, a Bulgarian violinist with has musical activity both in the contemporary and the improvised
scenes. Recently we did a show with Takako Suzuki, a dancer from the Sasha Waltz’s company. The city is big and Berlin adventure
Text by Rui Eduardo Paes

With direction and composition of a Portuguese, this quartet comes from Berlin practicing a free bop with chamber
music care and much improvisation. Another success story of Portuguese emigration...

Rui Faustino has been a blinking emigrant, looking out there for what he did not find in your country. In Portugal,
despite all that distinguished him (he was one of the few jazz musicians who were also active in improvised music),
he was just a drummer, and struggled to get "gigs". Until he decided to head to Berlin and there found opportunities
that he lacked in Lisbon and couldn’t imagine possible even in his wildest dreams...

“Going to Germany helped me find what I was already looking for here and confronted me with my mediocrity. At
that time I was trying to master elements such as time and shape in the context of "standards", but almost without
results, which frustrated me a lot. The prospect of playing this kind of music was anything but attractive, but for me
it was imperative that I did it, in this first phase, to understand the music without taking shortcuts. I knew that to
evolve, I would have to play with people who were better than me and that constituted proportional gradual
challenge. Hence the trip to Berlin, which gives me the chance to work constantly with new and different musicians.
And not just in jazz - for example, I’m currently playing with Takashi Wada, a Japanese noise guitarist. Also with
Biliana Voutchkova, a Bulgarian violinist with has musical activity both in the contemporary and the improvised
scenes. Recently we did a show with Takako Suzuki, a dancer from the Sasha Waltz’s company. The city is big and Berlin adventure
Text by Rui Eduardo Paes

With direction and composition of a Portuguese, this quartet comes from Berlin practicing a free bop with chamber
music care and much improvisation. Another success story of Portuguese emigration...

Rui Faustino has been a blinking emigrant, looking out there for what he did not find in your country. In Portugal,
despite all that distinguished him (he was one of the few jazz musicians who were also active in improvised music),
he was just a drummer, and struggled to get "gigs". Until he decided to head to Berlin and there found opportunities
that he lacked in Lisbon and couldn’t imagine possible even in his wildest dreams...

“Going to Germany helped me find what I was already looking for here and confronted me with my mediocrity. At
that time I was trying to master elements such as time and shape in the context of "standards", but almost without
results, which frustrated me a lot. The prospect of playing this kind of music was anything but attractive, but for me
it was imperative that I did it, in this first phase, to understand the music without taking shortcuts. I knew that to
evolve, I would have to play with people who were better than me and that constituted proportional gradual
challenge. Hence the trip to Berlin, which gives me the chance to work constantly with new and different musicians.
And not just in jazz - for example, I’m currently playing with Takashi Wada, a Japanese noise guitarist. Also with
Biliana Voutchkova, a Bulgarian violinist with has musical activity both in the contemporary and the improvised
scenes. Recently we did a show with Takako Suzuki, a dancer from the Sasha Waltz’s company. The city is big and doesn’t have a center, a «downtown». The places to play are more than many, musicians as well. I am a tiny part of this whirlwind of things happening."
Some of the musicians who Faustino met in Berlin are the bass player Jan Roder, a member of Alexander von Schlippenbach’s quintet, that recorded the highly praised "Monk's Casino", the alto saxophonist Silke Eberhard, often working with Aki Takase, and trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser, which played with the historic Gunter Hampel. Today, they constitute the quartet that he heads up and for which he composes with the debut album '50’ coming out by JACC Records in September. The music they make together can be identified as a chamber free bop music, in a few moments approaching classical music, and free improvisation in others...
"It was important to have musicians capable of improvising as well as reading staves. I was looking for musicians who were not exclusively improvisers, but that had options, to avoid those situations where materials played are very bold and highly experimental, but then you cannot play some blues or a metric. I also wanted a situation where the harmonic colors were dictated by the whole and not by an instrument. Inviting these musicians meant looking ahead and raising the bar. They have an outstanding training and infinite resources. I played with Jan for the first time in 2007, in Sophiensaele, inserted in a collective of 12 elements. I also did a series of concerts in trio with him and Rodrigo Amado and Tobias Delius. With Nikolaus I had cooperated in a session and we both had worked in the same school. They all have other projects between them: for example, Jan plays in trio with Silke and Kai Luebke, Silke and Nikolaus are together in the Potsa Lotsa band. The quartet ran from the first minute."
The biggest surprise of this group is the writing of Rui Faustino, that appears intricate, demanding, and has a high- impact live: "It is a process that has developed in parallel with my relationship with the drums, but it was during my classical percussion study period that I started writing my first pieces. I have studied harmony and what I write is a result of this work. Unfortunately, I spend few time composing. I wish I would write more, because I have lots of ideas. My relationship with the drums, however, is very possessive."
The disk, that has recently been presented, was recorded during the quartet in residence of the Goethe Institute in Lisbon last July. "The CD was recorded in just over two hours. The music is spontaneous and flows quite naturally. We have not made "edits" later, so most of the tracks were recorded at the first take! There is only one second "take" and two third takes. It is not, certainly, an impeccable record, but it is organic and that will transmit something to people".

 

 

Críticas

Aventura Berlinense

"Com direcção e composições de um português, vem de Berlim este qyuarteto que pratica um free bop com desvelos de câmara e muito improviso.".

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