Pão (Tiago Sousa + Pedro Sousa + Travassos)

Artwork by Travassos
2012 – Shhpuma  – CD, Itunes
Available at concerts, at Shhpuma website and music stores worldwide

The first released document by the trio PÃO is an invaluable addition to the present
day vitality of the creative music scene in the city, illustrating the recent but increasingly
focused collaboration between three of Lisbon’s finest music makers of today. Travassos
(on electronics, tapes and object manipulation) has been, for the past years, one of the
pivotal agitators in the local improvised music scene, both as a performer and as an
organizer, while Tiago Sousa (organ, harmonium) has been steadily building a fantastic
career as a composer and pianist, pushing forth the boundaries between improvisation
and composition, between (non) academic classicism and do-it-yourself expression.
Pedro Sousa (tenor sax), in its turn, is hailed as one of the last few years’ revelations,
his fiery blowing in the duo with drummer and percussionist Gabriel Ferrandini standing
out amongst his many collaborations. The trio’s music is a sound continuum falling
somewhere between the intersection of La Monte Young’s brand of eternal music and
the tense interplay and occasional outbursts present in many of European
free-improvisation’s landmarks, all the while permeated by a sense of expansion and
peaking, and by the constant addition and subtraction of elements over an always
present layer of silent crudity. There is a strong melodic feel, though, courtesy of the
foundational presence of the harmonium and the restraint displayed almost throughout
by Pedro Sousa’s tenor, coupled with the textured, organic layers coming out from
Travasso’s electronics. Melody, though somber and occasionally harsh, is indeed a
key concept in these three long tracks that point out interesting new directions for
drone music, near-silence improvisation and free-form jazz-infused explorations.
Pão’s language, though subject, due to its openness, to future change and development,
is already serenely but powerfully established.

Recorded at Golden Pony Studios by Pedro Magalhães, November 2011
Mixed by Vitor Lopes / Mastered by Carlos Nascimento / Produced by Pão
Executive production by Trem Azul and Shhpuma / Design and artwork by Travassos
Notes by Rui Dâmaso