The 4th album with Portuguese pianist, Joao Paulo and NY based saxophonist Peter Epstein, this time with the young accordion player, Ricardo Dias who is well known among Portuguese traditional music fans as one of the members of the Portuguese group Brigada Victor Jara, (named after the legendary south American singer.)
As opposed to the first three recordings of Joao Paulo on MA, this one mostly involves traditional Portuguese, as well as some Sephardic folk melodies. Joao Paulo discovered in depth the rich musical culture of his own country through his association with the folk song book (the most famous one in Portugal, published in the 2nd half of the 20th century) entitled, "Cancioneiro Popular Portugues" by Italian musicologist Michel Giacometi. However, the melodies are only springboards for Joao Paulo and Ricardo Dias` highly creative arrangements and the improvisations that can be heard throughout the record.
Nascer is a collection of free and personal performances of folk melodies, taken from both the Portuguese and Sefardic traditions. The absolute origin of the music, as far as places and authors are concerned, will have to remain in question. References to Portuguese and Sefardic roots only name, "thank" and pay tribute to the people who have been preserving the melodies' memories through time. All melodies are born in certain places, within certain borders, but like human beings, melodies are also very apt to cross borders and travel though countries and centuries, in a non-ending voyage. With this in mind, one can perhaps grasp the poetical aimings of the title, Nascer (the Portuguese "to be born") as a sign pointing to both music and life: An active passion and a personal variation of silence.
Joao Paulo, piano; Peter Epstein, alto & soprano saxophones; Ricardo Dias, accordions.
Selections: Bilrou, Sar Hamemune, Deolinda, Olha O Velho, Malhao, Durme, Ja, Aldininha, Tirioni, Era Ainda Pequenina.