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"Primavera" - New Album

Arte Institute supports the new album "Primavera" by Sara Serpa and André Matos.

Vocalist Sara Serpa & guitarist André Matos celebrate the release of their first duo album, the melody-rich “Primavera.” Swiss songbird Emilie Weibel opens the show with music from the debut recording of her solo project, oMoO.
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
7.30pm/ 8.30pm
Greenwich House Music
46 Barrow Street
New York, NY
Ph: (212) 242-4770

Primavera is the debut and progeny of a ten year collaboration between singer Sara Serpa and guitarist André Matos.The duo departs from their usual bare-bones voice-guitar setting while retaining the deep core of their collective musical identity. Twelve originals and two covers develop throughout with subtle but thoughtful multi-layered arrangements.
While Serpa doubles on Fender Rhodes and piano and Matos plays both guitar and electric bass, the duo is aided by the inventive Leo Genovese (on melodica, piano and percussion), Greg Osby (soprano sax)and Pete Rende (prophet keyboard) to create an open, drum-less music that breathes and lets you breathe.
Serpa and Matos were born and raised in Portugal, Lisboa and Sintra, respectively, but met and connected in Boston, Massachusetts. They have been playing music together ever since. After completing their formal education at New England Conservatory, the two moved to New York City, where through observing, learning, experimenting and developing together, they produced several releases under their own names.
Throughout the years, interacting with some of the most inspiring musicians in the city proved paramount to the development of their musical ideas as a duo. In these endeavors, several fruitful collaborations were born with such luminaries as influential saxophonist Greg Osby and Film Noir pianist Ran Blake.
The duo matured over time, and after three sessions in the studio in recent years, 2013 brought the inspiration to finalize their fourth studio adventure. Coincidentally, Primavera, which means “spring”, emerged in tandem with another kind of blossom: the gestation and birth of their first child.
Reviews for "Primavera"
" “Primavera,” their first duo album, is gemlike in its beauty and precision, and manages to be purely about the depth of their rapport(...)" - The New York Times
"A breath of fresh air to blow the cobwebs of winter away." - The Irish Times
"(...) Primavera, Serpa's first venture alone with Matos takes their shared audacity to breathtaking heights." - JazzTimes Magazine
" A quiet affair. 4 Stars" - Downbeat Magazine
"(...) The words to describe the pieces are mellifluous, swaying, seductive, and soothing. (...)A tour de force." - A Jazz Listener's Thoughts
"(...)an exploration of voice, tone and structure.(...)This use of toughness to offset clarity is all over Primavera and it makes for a mesmerizing listen (...)" - Canadian Audiophile
"(...)pin back your ears for something delightful when you listen to this CD. Ethereal, flowing, interweaving harmonies and rhythms that suggest jazz as JS Bach may have written it, with hints of the sound of free jazz on some tracks. (...) The whole CD is a gem, especially for those with adventurous tastes who like something a bit different." - Bebop Spoken Here Blog
"(...)They achieved their stated goal of making this sound like Spring quite handily. A free thinking release that never rolls off the rails withcreativity for the sake of preciousness, the simpatico this couple brings to the table works well when it hits the bytes. (...). - Midwest Records

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