COMING CONCERTS :
27.09 - THE SELVA @ SMUP, Parede, PT
28.09 - THE SELVA @ Centro Cultural das Caldas da Rainha, PT
29.09 - THE SELVA @ Gnration, Braga, PT
Ricardo Jacinto: cello & electronics / Gonçalo Almeida: double bass /Nuno Morão: drums
30.09 - Luís Vicente Trio @ Casa da Cultura Setúbal, Setúbal, PT
01.09 - Luís Vicente Trio @ Teatro Beleza, Rio Maior, PT
Luís Vicente: trumpet / Gonçalo Almeida : double bass / Pedro Melo Alves : drums
07.10 - Hydra Ensemble @ Lokerse Jazzklub, Lokeren, BE
Gonçalo Almeida: double bass
Nina Hitz & Lucija Gregov: cello / Rutger Zuydervelt: electronics
26.10 - Almeida & Bastien @ Koffie & Ambacht, Rotterdam, NL
Pierre Bastien - Trumpet and Mechanisms / Gonçalo Almeida - Doublebass
29.10 - Ritual Habitual @ Jazz.in.crooswijk, Rotterdam, NL
Riccardo Marogna - tenor sax, bass clarinet & synths / Gonçalo Almeida - double bass
Philipp Ernsting - drums
03.11 - Henneman Fluke-Mogul Almeida @ Koffie en Ambacht, Rotterdam, NL
Ig Henneman - viola / Gabby Fluke-Mogul - violin / Gonçalo almeida - double bass
06.11 - Compositions by Bart van Dongen @ November Music Festival , Den Bosch, NL
Bart van Dongen - piano / Fie Schouten - bass clarinet / Gonçalo Almeida - double bass
07.11 - DOUBLE BASS AMPLIFIED SOLO @ Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, PT
11.11 - DOUBLE BASS AMPLIFIED SOLO @ Space FEST, TBA, PT
12.11 - Luis Vicente trio @ Space Fest/ Teatro Valadares, Caminha, PT
Gonçalo Almeida - Double bass
(Cylinder Recordings 2023)
01.(Side A) CICLO I
02.(Side B) CICLO II
All music by Gonçalo Almeida
Recorded by Dirk Serries, on 18th December 2022 at Kapel Oude Klooster, Brecht, Belgium
Mixed by Dirk Serries // Mastered by Giovanni di Domenico // Produced by Gonçalo Almeida
Art work and design by Rutger Zuydervelt // Supported by Buma/Stemra Investeringsfonds Muziek
“This is Gonçalo Almeida’s fifth solo album, sympathetically and sensitively recorded by fellow improvisor Dirk Serries in a monastery chapel in Brecht, Belgium in December 2022. Solo improvisation allows, and thus requires, the musician to approach more deliberately the problem of long-term structure, since one is in principle fully in control – both consciously and intuitively – of how the piece is going to develop over time. The value of inquiring whether Almeida envisioned the title Ciclos (cycles) before, after, or even during the performance, may depend on how much authority one ascribes to the singular perspective of the author. Though such a title will decidedly prompt any listener’s mind toward notions of time and structure, this listener’s ear at least was more immediately drawn in by the instrument’s (and the performer’s!) ability to express, meaningfully and authoritatively, a continuously expanding vocabulary of textural, timbral, spectral and affective variations upon what might have seemed at first to be an impossibly tiny amount of material. When considering an album of improvised double bass solos, the first and most obvious point of reference will always be Peter Kowald’s Was Da Ist, which consisted of no less than 23 concise expositions (almost all less than four minutes in duration) of musical ideas or problems specific to the instrument. In the case of Ciclos, the choice to focus instead on exploring only one or two such ideas over the length of two LP sides allows not only for an entirely different listening experience, but also drew this listener’s mind into Almeida’s profound thinking on the nature of time, structure, control and intent in the context of solo improvisation.” Johanna Monk
Avaiable now Digital, Cd and LP (180gr.)
on Cylinder Recordings
Improvisations on Amplified and Prepared Double Bass
Gonçalo Almeida is a chameleonic musician capable of producing a wide palette of sounds that range from jazz, post-rock to metal. Even so in this solo album he directs his music towards unexplored paths. The trio of timbres born from the combination of feedback, distortion and acoustics led him to lines and energies that he had not yet developed before, revealing a transcendent connection with his instrument. Clearly, the music on this album is something else..."
"Monólogos a Dois"
Gonçalo Almeida - Doublebass solo LP
This doublebass solo recording (Monólogos a Dois) captures a series of improvisations, where Almeida explores instant composing, making use of a vast palette of sounds, textures and extended techniques. His inwardness and affinity with the instrument are beautifully represented here.
All music was performed and recorded on an afternoon session during the pandemic period at the Old church of Charlois, in Rotterdam. Alone, with the church completely empty, Almeida plays a monologue between instrument and space.
Performed & recorded at the Old Church in Oud-Charlois, Rotterdam (The Netherlands) on 11th July 2020.
Recorded & mixed by Gonçalo Almeida.
Mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium).
"You could translate Monólogos a Dois as Monologues for Two, with both the musician and the instrument participating. Not in a dialogue, but each within their own monologue. It quickly becomes apparent that the recording is a personal quest. Almeida’s very own ‘journal violone’, if you will. A dive into the musician’s resources and introspection."