Rafael Toral Space Quartet

Galeria Zé dos Bois

© Vera Marmelo

The SPACE QUARTET is based on a near-classic jazz lineup of drums, double bass and two soloist voices, of which one or both are abstract electronics, and operates in a post-free context, bringing in elements from the outer limits of disparate genres. Evolving since 2014, the Space Quartet is now fresh with a new lineup. Joined by the inventiveness and clarity of double-bassist Hugo Antunes, the cross-boundary, sharp drumming of Nuno Morão and the multi-language intelligence of saxophonist Nuno TorresRafael Toral’s unique phrasing style in custom electronic instruments of his own invention finds its best home ever. Melodic without notes, rhythmic without a beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free, his music has been described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. The quartet’s ever renewing, ever unfolding dynamics create widely diversified moments, from Japanese calligraphy to fire-jazz, fruit of how its members make decisions within the Quartet’s space-driven framework.

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