Trégua is an unprecedented album for Viola and Philharmonic Band, composed, orchestrated and performed by José Valente (viola), with Henrique Portovedo (conductor) and the Philharmonic Orchestra Gafanhense (philharmonic band). This project was awarded with the DGArtes funding for new creations and with the GDA’s funding for phonographic edition. And it is supported by: Orquestra Filarmónica Gafanhense, 23 Milhas, Antena 2, jazz.pt magazine and Comunidade Cultura e Arte.
The improbable is the dimension and the substratum of this “concept” that articulates the conventional with the disruptive, the formal with the eccentric, the epic with the baffling, the profound with the volatile.
This laughter-music intends to be, and presents itself, as a “caricature of comedy itself”, insofar as it modifies, imitates, exaggerates and, finally, denies a reality, premises of any comedian. The laughter-music, finally, as a «social gesture» (Bergson, again), constituting the first work of philharmonic jazz in Portugal. It could have been pompous, but it's fun. Who would have thought, in times as gray as these...
Rui Eduardo Paes
José Valente: Composition, Orchestration, Viola, electronics, musical direction.
Henrique Portovedo: Conductor.
Orquestra Filarmónica Gafanhense: Philharmonic band.
Black Dress: Production.
José Lourenço: Recording, mixing, mastering.
Nélson D'Aires: Photography.
Pedro Zimman: Documentary film.
Rui Eduardo Paes: Texts.
This is Ground Control: Press Office.
Associação Interferência: Production support.
Institutional Support: Direcção Geral das Artes, Fundação GDA, 23 Milhas, Orquestra Filarmónica Gafanhense.
Media Support: Antena 2, jazz.pt, Comunidade Cultura e Arte.
© Nélson D'aires