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Pedro Gonçalves

From jazz to free improvisation to Portuguese popular music to rock and back to jazz, Pedro Gonçalves is really a chameleon bass player, but always with his own identity. He played and studied with some great jazz musicians visiting Lisbon, like Reggie Workman, Rufus Reid, Red Mitchell, Steve Potts, Karl Berger or Joe Chambers, he is a regular presence in ensembles formed by the top Portuguese jazzmen, with the likes of Laurent Filipe, Pedro Guedes, Mário Delgado, Rodrigo Amado and Paulo Curado, he leads his own groups and is involved in projects like the fado turned country rock of Dead Combo. Political troubadors like Sérgio Godinho, Vitorino and Janita Salomé have chosen him as their partner, and he even played live and/or recorded with famous Brasilian singers and songwriters Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento and Zeca Baleiro. In contemporary dance contexts he played with improvising experimental musicians Nuno Rebelo and Marco Franco and coreographers Vera Mantero, Sílvia Real and Francisco Camacho, among others. In a recent concert we found him in a string sextet that crossed chamber contemporary music with improvisation, side by side with violinists Carlos “Zíngaro” and Ernesto Rodrigues, two of the most leftfield improvisers in the Portuguese scene. In all these activities Gonçalves keeps doing his own thing, either in pizzicato way or with arco, listening to what the others do and reacting with inteligence and sensibility.

Pedro Gonçalves's records on clean feed
Live_Lx Meskla
Lisbon Improvisation Players
Spiritualized
Lisbon Improvisation Players
 
     
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