With two releases under his name, the Portuguese bass player André Carvalho, has been intensely dedicated to composition since he first picked up the bass. He has a special vision in conjuring his own groups and he is currently preparing and composing for his first stateside release.
His first two albums, “Hajime” and “Memória de Amiba” show Carvalho’s highly personal perspective in music featuring an original blend of contemporary jazz with elements from Portuguese music. Both projects got raving reviews from Portuguese and International media. André was awarded the prize “Carlos Paredes” in 2012, a prestigious prize that recognizes Portuguese music projects, as well as a “Best Group” recognition in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition. For this concert, Carvalho will play a set of his most recent compositions.
“Carvalho may well have taken his inspiration from a tiny, shapeless, creature, but Memória De Amiba is impressively well-structured. The septet plays with finesse. Carvalho’s writing offers scope for different textures and layers of sound that often give the sensation of a much larger ensemble, but he’s not afraid to give space to just one or two players at a time, creating some memorable performances as a result.” — All About Jazz
“ultimately all that matters is that this is a collection of high quality, subtly melodic, atmospheric compositions that usher you into their own discrete world.” — All About Jazz
“André Carvalho is a Portuguese bassist and composer with an attractive compositional voice well founded in the modern trends of jazz… Carvalho, who recorded two albums so far…, reveals cleverness in the way he composes. In addition to the pleasurability one can feel while absorbing melodies and grooves, there’s always a certain amount of ambiguity that floats in the air and keeps us focused on its textures.” — JazzTrail.net