Mário Laginha Trio
Mário Laginha’s musical career is too extensive to describe in a few words. When he releases a new album with his trio the expectation is always huge. The trio was formed about 16 years ago and there is a great camaraderie between its members (Bernardo Moreira on the double bass and Alexandre Frazão on drums), who offer us music conceived by the pianist but which feeds on the collective spirit that gives it its breath. The quality of the compositions, together with a fertile improvising imagination, lends this music a high level of artistic expression, placing this group among the great piano trios that jazz has produced.
PEDRO MOREIRA | CLAVE NA MÃO
- A Jangada de Pedra
- Coral n.º 2
- Coro das Meninas
All compositions are by Mário Laginha.
This program may be subject to minor changes, namely in the order of the themes.
About the program
When the pandemic made concerts impossible, we decided that every week we would get together to play, taking advantage of an opportunity that we had rarely been given. They were no rehearsals and there was none of the pressure of a concert, or having to rush off to the studio. There was just the pleasure of making music together. Over those months, we explored in a whole new way the music I’ve been writing for this trio in recent times (including during the pandemic). When we finally recorded, the result was closer to our live concerts than to the studio work.
I like to think that there’s a shared identity in every track. The music is born in the composer’s image, but it transforms and grows with the creative contribution of Bernardo and Alexandre, eventually taking on their DNA as well. The roots of this “Jangada” are the influences that the three of us bring from jazz, Portuguese music, classical music, and African music. It is through these influences that the music is born and it is they that guide us along our way.
There’s something miraculous about transmitting the pleasure felt by a group of musicians to the people listening. We’ll forever be chasing after that miracle.
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