Guto Lucena (Tenor and soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet) | Johannes Krieger (Trumpet) | Iuri Gaspar (Piano) | Miguel Moreira (Drums) | Francesco Valente (Double Bass)
Produced by Francesco Valente. Recorded in July/September 2012 in Namouche Studio, Lisbon. Mixed and mastered in August/September 2012 by Beat Laden at Groundzero, Lisbon. Artwork by Janja Rudolf.
Tracklist: 1. Tchap Tchap Tchap (J. Krieger) 2. Maloca (F. Valente) 3. Hamsa (F.Valente) 4. An evening at the village (Bela Bartok – arr. F. Valente) 5. Ket Roman Tan (Bela Bartok – arr. I. Gaspar) 6. Buciumeana-Romanian folk danses (Bela Bartok – arr. F. Valente) 7. Naira (F. Valente) 8. Soul (J. Krieger)
The project was born at the end of the academic year 2010/11 of the degree in Jazz Music at ESML, Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa. On the occasion of the last recital of Francesco Valente, on 28/06/11, this quintet has emerged that exhibited with original compositions. Following training began acting in Lisbon in several places where there is a weekly Jazz agenda, and began to act also outside this context (Italian Film Festival, Volvo Ocean Race, Universidade Nova with David Murray, Quinta da Regaleira Jazz etc.). In this past year the quintet have recorded his first album “Maloca”, wich it was released by Art of Life Records.
The Quintet proposes a modern jazz and fusion music with Mediterranean and Iberian classic and traditional music. The aim is to join the universal language of jazz music and an array improvisative original arrangements and also expressing the essence of the music from the land of origin of the musicians, in particular different styles and sounds of the Mediterranean.
is a reference to the ancestral house used by natives in Amazon, the reason about this reference is the interest of Francesco Valente about the culture of Brasil, in his diversity and hibriditys forms, in precolonial, colonial and post-colonial periods. Maloca have the meaning of centre of the universe, and at the same time the house where natives receives foreign people, where they enact the interchange of knowledge, experiences, music, social practices and diversity: the idea of the album was born during a trip that Francesco Valente did in Brasil, Bolivia and Peru (the art cover is a photo of him in Uyuni, a place in Bolivia). So through this album (and the 5tet), he would like to suggest the parallel idea of a meeting of people from differents parts of the world sharing experiences, ideas, friendship, and music, here in Lisbon (their imaginary maloca where its happen this cosmopolitean encounter).
Maloca is truly a hidden gem of an album and bassist Francesco Valente and his remarkable MoFrancesco Quintetto, are the reason why this impressive debut, sparkles all over. — Edward Blanco (All About Jazz, Feb 2014)
The music that results is soundly rooted in Latinesque jazz with a further, almost indefinable refinement that no doubt results from Valente’s august education. The compositions are complex, yet melodic and the instrumental support and integration is completely formed, precise and accurate. — C.Michael Bailey (All About Jazz, Feb 2014)
Thinking man’s music, Euro jazz/fusion at its very best: Bartok would have approved. — Chris Mosey, (All About Jazz, Jan 2014)
Maloca is a refreshing and invigorating session that stays within tradition while still exploring and creating a new voice. A solid debut from Francesco Valente and his MoFrancesco Quintetto. Highly Recommended.– (JazzWrap, feb 2014)
is italian, living in Lisbon for seventeen years. He is graduated in languages and literatures of hispanic and lusophone country’s, at Universita Statale di Milano, and in Music Jazz/Double Bass at ESML, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He obtained a Master’s of Art Degree in Ethnomusicology, defendeding his tesis about Spokfrevo, an orchestra of frevo/jazz of Recife, Pernambuco/Brazil, having as advisor Salwa El Shawan Castelo Branco and Carlos Sandroni as co-advisor, both investigators internationally acclaimed. Currently he’s getting the Phd degree in Ethnomusicology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
He studied double bass and jazz theory in Portugal with Afonso Pais, Massimo Cavalli, Nelson Cascais, Bernardo Moreira, Joao Moreira, Pedro Moreira, Bruno Santos, Andre Fernandes, Goncalo Marques, Ricardo Pinheiro and Lars Arens. He attended Jazz workshops with John Taylor, David Binney, Marc Miralt, Mike Mainieri, Carlos Bica, Carlos Barretto etc. He collaborated in recording and live sessions with many international musicians (David Murray, Mike Mainieri, Marcos Suzano, Mario Tronco, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, Sara Tavares, Paulo Flores, Antonio Zambujo, Aline Frazao, Ne Ladeiras, Ney Matogrosso, Vitor Santana, Chico Cesar, Tito Paris, Pedro Joia, Cool Hipnoise, Kumpania Al-Gazarra, Groove Quartet, Andre Cabaco, Eneida Marta, Fogo di Mar, Loopless, Ponto de Equilibrio, Raimundo Amador, Mahesh Vinayakram, Kutla Khan, Oori Shalev etc.). Actually he play in various projects of jazz in Lisbon and Portugal: Tora Tora Big Band, Ricardo Pinto Quinteto, Chibanga Groove, Luis Vicente Trio, and MoFrancesco Quintetto as a leader.
Also he play electric bass & double bass with Orquestra Todos, Terrakota, Aline Frazao, Anonima Nuvolari etc. He played and still plays in numerous international festival of World Music, Jazz and Pop.
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