RODRIGO AMADO

LAR Gallery / Sun 6 November, 18h30
© Vera Marmelo

© Vera Marmelo

Recently nominated by the prestigious El Intruso International Critics Poll (50 critics from 18 countries) as one of the five best tenor saxophone players in practice, next to Evan Parker, Joe Lovano, Jon Irabagon and Ingrid Laubrock, Rodrigo Amado just released in 2015 his 15th álbum, This Is Our Language, shared with three of contemporary free jazz’s most important figures – Joe McPhee (alto sax and trompet), Kent Kessler (contrabass) and Chris Corsano (drums).

Concentrationg a gret part of his activity in his Motion Trio, a formation he mantains with Miguel Mira (cello) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums), he was in several reference venues in 2015 like the Jazz House in Copenhagen, the Cafe Oto in London, Pardon To Tu in Warsow, De Singer in Antwerpen, Manufaktur in Stuttgart or the State Philarmony Hall in Oradea. As the North-American critics and writer Stuart Broomer mentioned in the liner notes he wrote for This Is Our Language, Amado is an emerging master of a great tradition, more apparent with each new recording or performance.

In a year of large activity – new albums, two great European tours and the consecration of his Motion Trio as one of the most important formations in European Jazz – Rodrigo Amado enhances the research for a new context for the presentation of his music: the absolute solo. A demanding and often disconcerting discipline, it is in the absolute solo that one can better observe a musician’s DNA. In Amado’s case, that is a DNA made out of multiple influences, from the most advanced jazz to alternative rock, noise, hip-hop, funk, and a variety of musical and artistic languages to which he is particularly attentive.

Amado is nowadays responsible for the jazz critics in Público newspaper, also developing an intense activity as a photographer.

Saxophone: Rodrigo Amado