Birthmark

by Hernani Faustino

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released May 6, 2013

Improvised music is one of the few fields where something like this can happen: having a new band with people we never imagined together, and better still considering that the attempted combination results in something as astonishing as this studio recording. While listening to “Birthmark”, the first, immediate, impression we have is that the association of Lotte Anker with pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro and double bassist Hernani Faustino makes all the sense. More: that it was written in the sky. If there was a common characteristic inviting to turn a reality this reunion of the Danish superb saxophonist with the two Portuguese members of the much acclaimed RED trio, it gets brilliantly evident in the music played here. Let’s call it “intensity”.

All the three of them are intense musicians. And take notice: intensity, here, doesn’t mean they function as an elephant in a porcelain store. Sometimes it seems so, indeed, but there’s also intensity when they restrain themselves, choosing to be subtle and meticulous in their static and very spatial group improvisations. There’s intensity even when Anker, Pinheiro and Faustino lower the amount of notes produced and are more concerned with the maintenance of fluid atmospheres. Only density gives nuance to the shared power of the trio, going from the most transparent textures to the opaque mixing of several layers of sound, with all the dynamics in between.
If you liked Anker’s flights with Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver, you’re certainly going to discover in this CD other good motives to keep her as a favorite horn player, and if the poetic abstractions of RED trio with John Butcher and Nate Wooley made you happy, here is more material coming from the same mindset and the same sensibility to the here-and-now. Enjoy.

Lotte Anker - soprano, alto and tenor saxophone
Rodrigo Pinheiro - piano
Hernani Faustino - double bass

All Music by Lotte Anker, Rodrigo Pinheiro and Hernani Faustino

Recorded September 16th at Namouche Studio, Lisbon by Joaquim Monte
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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Hernani Faustino Portugal

After establishing his name during the Eighties as an electric bassist in alternative rock bands, Hernani Faustino turned to avant-jazz and free improvised music and chose the double bass as his self-taught instrument. Two decades later of multiple interactions with Portuguese and international musicians, he’s now considered one of the most intense and solid bassists in the Portuguese scene. ... more

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