LFU – Lisbon Freedom Unit

Luís Lopes electric  guitar | Rodrigo Amado  tenor sax (left) | Bruno Parrinha  soprano sax & clarinet (center) | Pedro Sousa  tenor sax (right) | Rodrigo Pinheiro  piano & rhodes | Ricardo Jacinto  cello | Hernâni Faustino  double bass | Pedro Lopes  turntables & electronics | Gabriel Ferrandini  drums & percussion


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The first avant-gardes of the 20th century began a special interiorization of aspects coming from the creativity of children, of the then-called “savages” and of the demented, and that interest explains much of the Western artistic evolution until today. The improvising co-operative Lisbon Freedom Unit assume that legacy in its musical practice and in the title of this record, refering it to the classic “In Praise of Folly”, written by the Renascentist scholar Desiderius Erasmus. Without a leader, this ensemble of nine reunites some of the most distinguished musicians of the Lisbon free jazz and free music circles. Mixed here are the members of Red Trio (Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernâni Faustino and Gabriel Ferrandini), of Garden (José Bruno Parrinha, Ricardo Jacinto, Luís Lopes) and of the duo Eitr (Pedro Sousa and Pedro Lopes), and also 2/3 of the Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio (Amado, Ferrandini) and 2/4 of the Luís Lopes Humanization 4tet (Lopes and Amado). Having all of them in the same band it seems is in itself crazy, but the only chaos you’ll hear is totally organized: if nobody follows a sacrament it’s because only folly can bring us close to God, as Erasmus used to say.


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All music by LFU

Recorded November 4th & 5th 2015 by Joaquim Monte at Namouche studio, Lisbon | Mixed by Luis Lopes at home, July 2017 | Mastered by Tó Pinheiro, September 12th
Produced by Luis Lopes | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Photo by Nuno Martins | Liner Notes by Guy Peters | Design by Travassos



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