Pedro Melo Alves & Violeta Garcia

— Conundrum cycle

Galeria Zé dos Bois

Violeta Garcia
© Pedro Jafuno

A name we have been encountering 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 Conundrum cycle started in 2018, continued in 2019 and since then on hiatus. In these two years, and in countercurrent with the dormancy and speculative tension of the pandemic, Melo Alves has shivered his way through 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. The new cycle happened in February with Ece Canli, in April it will happen with Violeta Garcia and in June with Odete. 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

Violeta Garcia

Cellist, composer, and improviser with the schooling and nerve to free herself from academic ties, Violeta Garcia is a partner in cosmic alignment with Melo Alves’ own plural vision. Originally from Buenos Aires, Garcia has done much to shake up the free music scene of this metropolis, while at the same time traversing worlds in search of expression. Recurring mostly to free improvisation, Garcia finds there an open and fertile field for ideas of genre and form to succumb. With technical and sensitive skills, Garcia underlines the texture, the harmony, the timbre and the rhythm to the same dimension where they are worked with decorum and maximum expressiveness through extended techniques, instruments prepared in different tunings and harmonic combinations. In a rich CV, she has worked with various dancers, carried out important residencies in spaces such as Art Omni in New York, is part of formations such as Nicotina es Primavera or Blanco Teta and is developing a particular interest in open sound spaces. All we can do is enter, without fear. BS

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