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Carlos Bica

Carlos Bica

Carlos Bica


Double bass player and composer, Carlos Bica, is one of the most prolific and innovative sound artists of Portugal. Among the several musical projects he leads along with various theatre, film and dance projects, his trio AZUL with Frank Möbus and Jim Black has become his showcase as a bass player and composer. It features guitar player Frank Möbus and drummer Jim Black, and special guests, singer, Maria João and, trombone player, Ray Anderson. It was voted "Best jazz record of the year" in Portugal in 1996. Read more on Last.fm
Double bass player and composer, Carlos Bica, is one of the most prolific and innovative sound artists of Portugal. Among the several musical projects he leads along with various theatre, film and dance projects, his trio AZUL with Frank Möbus and Jim Black has become his showcase as a bass player and composer. It features guitar player Frank Möbus and drummer Jim Black, and special guests, singer, Maria João and, trombone player, Ray Anderson. It was voted "Best jazz record of the year" in Portugal in 1996. Azul's next albums, "Twist" (1999) and "Look What They've Done To My Song" (2003), released by Enja Records, have received international critical acclaim. "Believer" (2006) is Azul's fourth album celebrating this Portuguese-German-American band's 10th anniversary. As visionary as its predecessors, the new album features the turntables of DJ Illvibe (aka Vincent von Schlippenbach). Pushed by DJ Illvibe's scratch sounds Azul's multi-urban grooves open a bright window into the future.

"The magic of shaping" (Fono Forum) In October 2005 Bor Land Records released "Single", Carlos Bica's first bass solo CD. This album was recorded at the Radio Berlin-Brandenburg Studios and was nominated by the music magazine "Blitz" as one of the best albums of the year in Portugal. Started by a commission from the Expo 1998 in Lisbon, Bica embarked upon his project "Diz" (meaning "Speak to me") together with the singer and actress Ana Brandão. His fruits were recorded and released in April 2001 for Enja Records. The album "DIZ" represents a new development in his music.

Together with João Paulo (piano), Katharina Gramss (violin), Mike Rutledge (viola), "Diz" leaps across the stylistics borders of chamber music, Portuguese folk, theatre, jazz and the art of song, with the entertaining ease and serious intensity of musical virtuosity. Jazz Podium termed it "Grandiose music"; Tip-Berlin "An elegy of beauty". Carlos Bica has also composed for several theatre as well as dance and film productions. He worked for many years with renowned vocalist Maria João – a cooperating that established him on the international scene. He has played at the most important festivals in Europe and Asia and has worked with Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Aki Takase, Lee Konitz, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Albert Mangelsdorf, Joey Baron, Matthias Schubert, John Ruoco, John Zorn, Paolo Fresu, Markus Stockhausen among others. In the traditional music of his native Portugal – o fado – he performed with singer Carlos do Carmo, the best known musician of this popular genre, and recorded several albums with him. Among further important and inspiring authorities of the Portuguese musical tradition with whom Carlos Bica has performed and recorded rank such names as – José Mário Branco, Camané, Pedro Caldeira Cabral,Sam The Kid and Janita Salomé. His official website is http://www.carlosbica.com/ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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