Pedro Melo Alves + João Barradas

— 'Conundrum' cycle

Galeria Zé dos Bois

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A name that we have been meeting more and more often in the flow of the movements that matter most in the interstices of jazz, improvisation, composition, looser rock and unheard proposals, Pedro Melo Alves joins ZDB to breathe new life into his cycle Conundrum started in 2018, continued in 2019 and since then on hiatus. In these two years, and against the backdrop of pandemic dormancy and speculative tension, Melo Alves has picked up the trail and has devised new forms and languages that had a particularly striking moment with the performance of his magnanimous Omniae Large Ensemble. Moving forward through 2022, Melo Alves returns to this personal mystery that is Conundrum, a wild proposal that puts the drummer in duo with someone he admires and with whom he has never performed before, in a total of six concerts. The first show takes place in January with João Barradas, followed by Rafael Toral in March and Carlos Barretto in May.
Without any previous plan or strategy, the silence is broken with a music born in an organic way and open to countless possibilities, glimpsing an infinite. BS

Pedro Melo Alves

Pedro Melo Alves, 1991, born in Porto, Portugal. Studied Jazz Drums and Musical Composition. He is one of the most prominent drummers and composers in the avant-garde music scene of the last years in Portugal. Explorer of the expanded possibilities of percussion, improviser and ambitious composer for small and large formations, he has been distinguished nationally (Bernardo Sassetti Composition Prize 2016, jazz.pt musician of the year 2017) and internationally (Premio Internazionale Giorgio Gaslini 2019). In great solo rotation, as leader and as sideman, Pedro has been progressively more involved in the international musical itinerary, receiving commissions from institutions such as Guimarães Jazz, Culturgest, Gnration or Serralves Foundation and presenting his projects in events such as 12 Points Festival (Ireland, 2018), European Jazz Conference (Lisbon, 2018), Jazzahead (Germany, 2019), Suoni Per Il Popolo (Canada, 2019) or Südtirol Jazz Festival (Italy, 2019).
He is part of contemporary jazz bands (Omniae Large Ensemble, The Rite of Trio, In Igma, Luís Vicente Trio), percussion projects (Pedro Carneiro, João Pais Filipe/Jonathan Saldanha), electroacoustic projects (the solo O, Symph, CACO. MEAL), improvised music collaborations (Theo Ceccaldi, Eve Risser, Nuno Rebelo, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Jacqueline Kerrod, Pedro Branco), rock and pop bands (Catacombe, Surma), soundtracks for Theatre and Dance (Peter Kleinert, Carlota Lagido) and classical composition.

João Barradas

João Barradas, born in 1992, is one of the most highly regarded and recognized accordionists in Europe, moving between classical, jazz and improvised music. He has won some prestigious international competitions, including the World Accordion Trophy (twice), the Coupe Mondiale, the Castelfidardo International Competition, and the International Okud Istra Competition (Croatia). An eclectic instrumentalist, he plays an active role in classical and contemporary music for accordion, especially in the field of chamber music, working with composers such as Luis Tinoco, Fabrizio Cassol or Dimitris Andrikopoulos. A leading figure of contemporary accordion music, Barradas has premiered dozens of pieces written for it over the years. In addition, he also does research work, transcription and composition of original music for his instrument.
Also a noted jazz accordionist, he has performed on major international stages, recorded for New York’s Inner Circle Music label, and collaborated with several renowned artists, including Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Aka Moon, Mike Stern, Gil Goldstein, Fabrizio Cassol, Mark Colenburg, Jacob Sacks, Miles Okasaki, Rufus Reid or Jerome Jennings, among others. His first album for Inner Circle, entitled Directions, was nominated for “Best Album of the Year” by Downbeat magazine.

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