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Pedro Madalemo

Guitarrist but also a talented pianist, jazz musician but working with his PeakPong project in the electronic field, a Jim Hall and Pat Metheny influenced improviser but at the same time a recognised chamber music composer (strangely enough, writing mostly for woodwind instruments), Pedro Madaleno is one of the most important figures in today’s Portuguese music scene, as a performer and a teacher – he formed at least half of the young jazz musicians active today, and some now playing rock. He studied with Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, Anthony Davis and Karl Berger in the Berklee School of Music and in the Jazz Program of the New School of Social Research, and during his staying in the United States he learned to master his six-strings with the likes of John Abercrombie, John Scofield and Attila Zoller. With Ted Dunbar, he dived into the Lydian Chromatic Concept of George Russell. From clubs to jazz festivals, his playing is very much present in Portugal, and he’s frequently requested to compose for dance, films and visual art exhibitions. His improvising style has much to do with Hall’s and Abercrombie’s fingering approach, but with pedal effects originated from the late Seventies jazz-rock fusion, converging in a music very aware of the history of jazz which, if it’s mainstream in form, opens itself to more audacious situations, carefully built but acessible.

Pedro Madalemo's records on clean feed
The Sound Of Places
Pedro Madalemo
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