— Rodrigo Pinheiro

VDU Jazz Connections Festival in Kaunas

Next 9th November, I’ll be playing with RED trio and the swedish vibraphonist Mattias Ståhl on the upcoming VDU Jazz Connections Festival in Kaunas Lithuania.

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To release our latest record, “Rebento” on Nobusiness Records we’re having two concerts in Portugal having the wonderful swedish saxophonist Per Gärdin as special guest.


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RebentoOur latest record, has been released on Nobusiness Records. The piano trio was always our focus since we formed RED trio. To explore this formation and to crystallize the music we have on our minds as a group was our first and most concern. But after our first album, “RED trio” released on Clean Feed in 2010, we felt that we should invite other musicians we would like to work. Thus, “Empire” with John Butcher, released on Nobusiness Records on 2011, and “Stem” with Nate Wooley, released on 2012 on Clean Feed, were the result of this intense collaboration with this two musicians we admire. We played with both of them in many concerts and we specially remind the concerts we had with John Butcher at Saalfelden Festival in 2012 and the concert we had with Nate Wooley in Lisbon at Teatro Maria Matos in 2013.

So, after this two records, the question we asked ourselves was how to return to the original idea, how to not repeat ourselves, how to keep pushing new ideas and how to bring all the influences we received from working with John Butcher and Nate Wooley? We decided to go to studio and work on many ideas we had. So the album was recorded in 30th July 2012 at Canoa Studios in Torres Vedras by Nelson Canoa with the support from Pedro Coelho and Hugo Freitas from pianos.pt.

Rodrigo Pinheiro: piano
Hernâni Faustino: doublebass
Gabriel Ferrandini: drums and percussion

Mixed by Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernani Faustino and Gabriel Ferrandini
Mastered by Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios
Cover illustration by Margarida Garcia
Design by Oskaras Anosovas
Produced by Pianos.pt and RED trio
Produced by Danas Mikailionis
Co-producer – Valerij Anosov

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Namouche studios, Lisboa

Lotte Anker is a musician I truly admire since I head her “Live at Loft” record with Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver. So once I knew she would be playing in Lisboa with Fred Frith and Ikue Mori, I invited her to play with me and my friend Hernani on a record session at Namouche studios. The result of this recordings is what you can hear on our latest album released on Clean Feed.

Lotte Anker (saxophones)
Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano)
Hernâni Faustino (doublebass)

Recorded by Joaquin Monte at Namouche Studio on the 16th September 2012 in Lisboa
Mixed by Rodrigo Pinheiro and Hernani Faustino
Mastered by Rodrigo Pinheiro
Produced by Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernani Faustino and Lotte Anker
Executive Production by Trem Azul
Design and artwork by Travassos


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John Cage

The new Sound American issue dedicated to celebrating John Cage’s 100th birthday, his music and legacy, is out now! There are lots of great articles and music for you to explore.

I contributed with three Cage’s “Solos for Voice” pieces played on the piano (solos for voice 6, 21 and 51). It’s really interesting and fun to listen to the same pieces played by different performers specially because they all sound different.I hope you all enjoy it!

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After our concert in NY with Nate Wooley in 2010, all of us felt the desire to continue working together. In 2011, knowing that Nate was touring with Daniel Levin quartet in Europe, we invited him to record with us for two days during his stay in Lisboa.

“Stem” is the product of these studio sessions we had at Namouche studio with him. Somehow it’s different from the concert: more relaxed, sometimes with tonal parts while others are pure sound exploration. We all got the feeling that musically there’s a strong bonding between all of us which this record clearly shows. The quartet will play the 29th March in Lisboa on Teatro Maria Matos.

The record was released by Clean Feed on the 13th March, 2012.

This was also the first album where I did the mixing (with the help from all the musicians involved on the recording) and final mastering.

Nate Wooley: trumpet
Rodrigo Pinheiro: piano
Hernani Faustino: doublebass
Gabriel Ferrandini: drums and percussion

Recorded February 20 and 21, 2011 at Namouche Studio Lisbon by Joaquim Monte
Mixed by RED trio and Nate Wooley
Mastered by Rodrigo Pinheiro
Produced by RED trio and Nate Wooley
Executive Production by Trem Azul
All music by Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernani Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini and Nate Wooley
Cover design by Travassos
Photos by Vera Marmelo

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Next Sunday at 17:00, the 9th October, I’ll play solo on a organ concert at the St. George’s Church in Lisboa. I’ll improvise and explore the sonorities of a XIXth century pipe organ from the builder Henry Fincham. The concert belongs to a organ cycle that will take place on the first three Sundays of October.

Below there’s an improvisation I recorded on same organ. It was the first time I played it so I was testing most of the stops and the organ mechanics to get to know it better.

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RED trio’s newest album with John Butcher is out now on the Lithuanian NoBusiness Records label.

On RED trio’s two year of existence, we invited invited the British saxophone player John Butcher for a series of concerts in Portugal (Fundação Culturgest in Lisboa, Fundação Serralves in Porto, CAE at Portalegre and Oeiras) and at Imaxinasons Festival in Spain in 2010. All the tour concerts were recorded and one studio session in Lisbon was made which is the material of this record.

After two years playing together the idea to invite a new musician was seen as a challenge with the sole purpose to bring the music of each member of the trio to completely new universes. At that time the trio decided to invite John Butcher because of his way of thinking the music, his technique, but specially for his creativity. All the concerts with John Butcher where challenges because John was always looking for different paths, consciously pushing all the group not to repeat comfortable situations and to focus the improvisation on its most direct and intuitive aspect.

After RED trio’s first record on Clean Feed (2010), this record sets a cornerstone for the groups music and for the approach to its creation the trio wants to follow, focusing more and more on the sound exploration and on the communication flow among the group. This records music is intense with parts where silence, noise, dark and eerie landscapes, nimble phrases and massive blocks of sound are interchanged to form the long form three tracks on this LP.

In the digital version of the disc there is an additional track from a concert the quartet performed at Imaxinasons Festival. The track was recorded directly from the mixing desk capturing the sound and feeling of the quartet playing live.

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This was a project we were planning for some time. The idea was to invite a musician we admire so we could shift our music and push our limits as musicians. We were invited to play at Culturgest at the “Isto é Jazz?” cycle (“is this Jazz?”) at Abril 2010 so we used this event as a landmark for the project.

Photo by Helio Gomes


We all choose John Butcher as the musician we would like to play. John is one of the leading figures in today’s free improvisation music and probably the most unique and cutting edge saxophonist playing today. His focus on sound exploration and his use of a wide range of extended techniques on the tenor and soprano saxophone was perfect to what we wanted to get on the quartet’s sound. So, we were very happy when John accepted out invitation.

The plan was to do several concerts in Portugal so we had to start booking them. We had JACC (thanks Pedro, Zé Miguel and Marcelo!) to help us on the logistics and specially on most of the bureaucracies involved when dealing with venues. We managed to book four concerts including the one at Culturgest, Lisboa (7th April) which was the first one. The next day we would play at Portalegre’s CAEP, the next day at Serralves at Porto and finally at Oeiras near Lisboa.

We also wanted to record a studio session. Ideally we should do this at the end of the tour but unfortunately because of calendar problems we had to do it at the beginning so we were afraid that this recording session would be like an “expensive rehearsal” as John said. During the session we had a hard time adapting to the extremely dry acoustics at the studio. The feeling was really strange as we were also trying to fit our playing to John’s music. Nevertheless the recordings were impressive and with really strong music.

All the concerts went really well and the public reaction was very positive and enthusiastic. Well, at Portalegre’s concert we were “competing” with a major football game (Liverpool vs Benfica) happening at the same time so we had very few people listening to us. Nevertheless this was one of my favorite concerts of the tour. On the other concerts we had always lots of public (Culturgest concert sold out). As the days passed playing and traveling around Portugal we got much closed as a quartet and this feeling kept growing till the last concert at Oeiras.

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On all the concerts I was lucky to always have very good pianos tuned before the concert. At Serralves I played an impressive Steinway model D. All the other venues had very good C series Yamaha‘s.

We had a great time with John and everything worked fine. Musically I’ve learn a lot from him and I think that this experience changed our music: we are even more focused on sound exploration and more further away from Jazz.

This quartet will play again at Imaxinasons on Vigo, Spain next 2th July and a new CD will eventually be released next year.

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Last 11th March RED trio played for the first time outside Portugal.

This year Clean Feed was invited by Utrecht Jazz Fest to program a complete day and we were invited to play there. The concert also served as the formal presentation of our debut cd.

The concert took place at Rasa a venue with beautifull acoustics right at center of Utrecht. The first part of the concert was with the fantastic Who Trio, featuring Michel Wintsch on the piano, Gerry Hemingway on drums and Bänz Oester on bass. Their music is very quiet and calm so to have some contrast we decided to play a little louder and faster. Jason Stein also played solo at the festival at the same day, so we decided to invite him to play the last music with us. By the way, Jason’s concert solo was really impressive!

It was a very good concert and experience for all of us. If you understand dutch here is a review from the concert.

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