SOUNDS OF A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE

 

ANDRÉ M. SANTOS

 

OVERVIEW

 

Composer and guitarist André M. Santos showcases his chamber works on his debut Ravello Records release SOUNDS OF A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE. Santos wrote each of the pieces featured on the album for fellow musicians and friends, resulting in a kaleidoscope of diverse personalities and styles. To this end, the sounds in his pieces indeed inhabit a different universe—his colorful chamber works bring together unexpected and intriguing combinations of instruments and timbres.

 

Santos’s pieces capture the complexities of life experiences. He invites the listener to search for the secret hidden at the heart of his trio for flute, oboe, and piano, A Skeleton in the Closet. He uses the accordion in Word study: Manipulation and Insistes persiste e não desiste! (Insist, persist and don’t give up!) to explore abstract psychological themes, such as anxiety and manipulation. In other pieces, Santos draws inspiration from tangible figures and places. His Fantasias for solo guitar—a Divetimento, Valsa, and Epílogo—draw inspiration from the work and skill of Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa. In Lima, his three-movement trio for clarinet, oboe, and piano, Santos explores the Peruvian city through the eyes of its people, painting images of the city with imaginative timbres and traditional rhythmic motives of Peruvian music. Across the album, Santos’s music catches the listener by surprise, with each piece inhabiting its own distinct sound world. His comment on the Sounds of an annoyed person for marimba, vibraphone, and electronics resonates: Are you ready for this?

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

André M. Santos holds degrees in composition and classical guitar from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, as well as a degree in economics from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa—both in Portugal. As a composition student, he has studied under António Pinho Vargas, Carlos Caires, and Luís Tinoco

 

Santos is an active figure in the Portuguese music scene, regularly collaborating with regional artists. He has served as director of the Mythos Orquestra and of the Quórum Ballet, accompanied Teresa Salgueiro in her “Voltarei à minha terra” tour, performed with the Gulbenkian Choir, as well as the Orquestra Sinfonietta in the opening concert of Festa do Avante 2015

 

Santos is a founding member of Melech Mechaya, Lisbon Guitar Quartet, Mano Quartet, and André Santos & MOB Ensemble. As a guitarist, he is a resident musician at the Fado House “Mascote da Atalaia” in Bairro Alto (Lisbon)

 

Santos received a Young Talent Award in 2011 from the Almada City Hall in recognition of his work. His music has been performed frequently in Portugal and across the world, from the United States to China. He has composed in a variety of different styles for solo instruments, small chamber groups, and large orchestras

 

Santos is a skilled arranger of music, having arranged pieces to fit the unusual instrumentation of his many ensembles, as well as for a variety of other artists and groups, including Teresa Talgueiro, Ricard Ribeiro and Pedro Jóia, Mythos Orquestra, and Joana Melo

 

In 2016 Santos won the NFA competition in solo works for flute for his piece O motivo da menina Laite (2015)

 

 

CREDITS

 

A skeleton in the closet

Recorded January 17, 2016 at National Music Conservatory in Lisbon, Portugal

Recording Engineer André M. Santos

Sound Editing Engineer Vasco Teodoro

 

Word study: Manipulation

Recorded December 30, 2015 at Aveiro University Theater in Aveiro, Portugal

Recording Engineer André M. Santos

Sound Editing Engineer Vasco Teodoro

 

Fantasias

Recorded December 29 and 31, 2015 at Aryasoto Studio in Almada, Portugal

Recording Engineer André M. Santos

Sound Editing Engineer Vasco Teodoro

 

Lima

Recorded September 6, 2015 at Fernando Lopes-Graça Theater in Almada, Portugal

Recording Engineer André M. Santos

Sound Editing Engineer Vasco Teodoro

 

Insiste, persiste e não desiste!

Recorded January 12, 2016 at Aryasoto Studio in Almada, Portugal

Recording Engineer André M. Santos

Sound Editing Engineer Vasco Teodoro

 

Sounds of an annoyed person

Recorded November 22 and 26, 2015 at Aryasoto Studio in Almada, Portugal

Recording Engineer André M. Santos

Sound Editing Engineer Vasco Teodoro

 

 

Release Date: September 9, 2016

Catalog #: RR7943

 

 

TRACK LISTING

 

1     A skeleton in the closet

      João Vidinha, flute; Salvador Parola, oboe;

      Cândido Fernandes, piano

 

2    Word study: Manipulation

      Miguel Vieira da Silva, classical guitar;

      Sérgio Neves, clarinet; Carisa Marcelino, accordion

 

      Fantasias

3    I. Divertimento

4    II. Valsa

5    III. Epílogo

 

      Lima

      Bruno Graça, clarinet; João Miguel, oboe;

      Cândido Fernandes, piano

6    I.

7    II.

8    III.

 

9    Insiste, persiste e não desiste!

      João Barradas, accordion

 

10  Sounds of an annoyed person

      Marco Fernandes, marimba and vibraphone;

      André M. Santos, electronics

 

ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

The Postcard Sessions (RR7934)

Harrington/Loewen Duo

 

 

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