RAFAEL TORAL SPACE COLLECTIVE 8
at Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon 23.06.2012
Rafael Toral: "I'm very pleased and excited to bring you a new Space Collective project, named DOUBLES. Double groups that function as micro-orchestras, expanding over a series of 3 concerts, as a residency at ZDB Gallery in Lisbon. It starts off with two drummers and two electronics - the DOUBLE DUO, unfolding of the core electronics/ drums unit, in turn a heir of the "classic" saxophone/ drums duet in free jazz. It's not really a pair of duos, but more a duo of pairs. All the elements are complementary, in layers of depth and transparency. I've never done anything like this before, nor, to be honest, have i seen done."
SPACE COLLECTIVE 8
Rafael Toral: electronics
Ricardo Webbens: electronics
Afonso Simões: drums
Marco Franco: drums
Pedro Lourenço: bass
Hernâni Faustino: double bass
Sei Miguel: Pocket trumpet
Pedro Sousa: baritone saxophone
Rafael Toral plays experimental electronic instruments. Strongly interested in phrasing, he calls his style "post-free jazz electronic music", once described as "a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers". Toral's Space Program, while researching performance possibilities, delivers music that is full of clarity, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet physical way.
Formerly known for his drone/ ambient work with guitar and electronics and acclaimed records such as Wave Field (1994) or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (2000), he has radically renewed his approach to music, launching the jazz-inspired and alien-sounding Space Program in 2004.
Toral's long time connection with Sei Miguel is central to the development of the Space Program. Other collaborations include Jim O'Rourke, Evan Parker, John Edwards, Joe Morris, Tatsuya Nakatani, Manuel Mota, Roger Turner, David Toop, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Phill Niblock, Christian Marclay, Sonic Youth, João Paulo Feliciano, Rhys Chatham, Lee Ranaldo, C Spencer Yeh, Trevor Tremaine, Dean Roberts... In 1998 he became a member of MIMEO electronic orchestra. Its other members are Keith Rowe, Thomas Lehn, Kaffe Matthews, Marcus Schmickler, Jérome Noetinger, Christian Fennesz, Peter Rehberg, Gert-Jan Prins, Cor Fuhler and Phil Durrant. Since 2008 he directs the Space Collective, a slowly developing orchestral group.
Space Program discography:
Space (CD Staubgold, 2006; 2LP Taiga, 2007)
Space Solo 1 (CD Quecksilber, 2007; LP Taiga, 2008)
Space Elements Vol. I (CD Staubgold, 2008; LP Taiga, 2008)
Space Elements Vol. II (CD Staubgold, 2010; LP Taiga, 2010)
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