A long way has come since the times when Carla Bley sold cigarettes at the Birdland jazz club, so that she could be near the musicians she admired. Her compositions were first heard in the 1960s, then came the arrangements for Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and, in 1975, the Carla Bley Band. The awards and distinctions, commissions and tours were abundant… between the exuberance of the big band and the more contained quartet, Carla's music shines in any formation she wishes to adopt. The brothers in arms frequently return, standing out among them the bassist Steve Swallow, since 1978.
The inspiration of the North-American composer, always spiced with generous doses of humor, may result from the chaotic traffic of a Mexican city and go through hidden gastronomic references in a theme devoted to a poorly served coffee. The originality is in the unexpected but incredibly contagious melodies as well as in the disperse use of the sonorities inherited from swing, R&B, Latin rhythms and fanfares.
Carla Bley conducts Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos again, in Porto, seven years after participating in “Festival em Obra Aberta”, that proceeded the opening of Casa da Música. The return to Porto of one of the most charismatic composers and big band directors brings also the bassist Steve Swallow, musician with which she cultivates a collaboration that lasts for twenty years now. Carla Bley’s relevance within the international jazz panorama has granted her countless awards and the constant applause from the critic, to which a warm relationship with the audience is added.
Convidados: Carla Bley (piano e direção musical), Steve Swallow (baixo elétrico)
Direção Musical: Carla Bley, Carlos Azevedo, Pedro Guedes
Música: Carla Bley, Carlos Azevedo, Pedro Guedes
Madeiras: José Luís Rego, João Pedro Brandão, Mário Santos, José Pedro Coelho, Rui Teixeira
Trompete: Erick Poirier, Rogério Ribeiro, Susana Santos Silva , Gileno Santana
Trombone: Michaël Joussein, Daniel Dias, Álvaro Pinto, Gonçalo Dias
Secção Rítmica: Steve Swallow (baixo elétrico), Carla Bley, Carlos Azevedo e Pedro Guedes (piano) , Carlos Azevedo e Telmo Marques (orgão), Marcos Cavaleiro (bateria)
Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos presents a selective programme under the musical direction of Carla Bley.
A night devoted to Jazz at the Festival em Obra Aberta, with the North-American pianist and composer Carla Bley and two renowned soloists: the bassist Steve Swallow, versatile musician and composer, loyal collaborator of Bley since 1978, and Gary Valente, multi-awarded trombone player and strictly connected to the Big Jazz Band way.
Carla Bley is one of the most remarkable and unusual jazz composers worldwide. The North-American has left a ballast of geniality, whether as a pianist, orchestrator, orchestra director or author of works that are already part of the history of jazz, such as Big Band Theory or The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church.
Convidados: Carla Bley (piano e direção musical), Gary Valente (trombone), Steve Swallow (baixo elétrico)
Direção Musical: Carla Bley
Música: Carla Bley
Madeiras: José Luís Rego, Rui Teixeira, Mário Santos, Fernanda Alves, Mário Brito , Olavo Barros
Trompete: Erick Poirier, Laurent Filipe , Hugo Alves, Rogério Ribeiro
Trombone: Gary Valente, Carlos Martin, Paulo Perfeito, Gonçalo Dias
Secção Rítmica: Steve Swallow (baixo elétrico), Carla Bley (piano), Carlos Azevedo e Pedro Guedes (orgão), Acácio Cardoso (bateria), Andres "Pancho" Tarabbia (percussão)