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Am
ong Sei Miguel's regular collaborators are:


Fala Mariam
trombone

César Burago

percussion

Manuel Mota
guitar

Rafael Toral
electronics

Pedro Lourenço
bass


Margarida Garcia

electric doublebass







Fala Mariam
trombone

Born in Lisbon. Some academic training did not foster in her an interest for musical creation. In 1980, during a trip to the north of India, she intuited the sacred fire of true music, that she will find again in the more initiatic jazz and the gratifying discovery of several trombonists. Sei Miguel´s "sideman" since 1983, she partakes in all his works.

Selected discography - browse RECORDS on this website.


Trombonista. Natural de Lisboa. Alguma formação académica não lhe suscitou interesse pela criação musical. Em 80, durante uma viagem pelo norte da Índia, intuiu o fogo sagrado da verdadeira música, que reencontra no jazz mais iniciático e na gratificante descoberta de diversos trombonistas. “Sideman” de Sei Miguel desde 83, participa em todos os trabalhos deste. Cultora de uma frase sem brilhos fáceis, capaz do expressionismo mas também de surpreendente doçura, Fala Mariam é já uma referência nos actuais desenvolvimentos do dialecto free bop.






César Burago
percussion

Angolan, devotes himself entirely to contemporary jazz, where he finds that spirit matches technique. A regular presence in Sei Miguel´s orchestrations, he has, since 1997, worked out with the trumpeter a plan encompassing metric possibilities and impossibilities, both expressed in music where percussion (mainly the small percussion) gains an enigmatic melodic value. He has also played with Manuel Mota, Rafael Toral, Oren Marshall, and Ernesto Rodrigues.

Selected discography - browse RECORDS on this website.


Percussionista. Angolano. Dedica-se inteiramente às músicas do jazz, pois vê nelas o espírito e a técnica indissociáveis. Presença regular nas orquestrações de Sei Miguel, tem dimensionado com o trompetista, desde 97, um plano de possibilidades e impossibilidades métricas, ambas expressas em trabalhos onde a percussão (principalmente a pequena percussão) ganha um enigmático valor melódico.







Manuel Mota
guitar

Born in Lisbon, 1970. With public activity since 1989, he has performed in Europe and U.S.A. Between 1989 and 1997 he studies and experiments with prepared guitar, mainly acoustic. Since then his interests shifted to the development of a language for fingerstyle electric guitar. Works in a regular basis with Margarida Garcia and Sei Miguel (both collaborations since 1997). Founds the record label ‘Headlights’ in 1998.

Selected discography:
Quartets, CD Headlights h07, Lisbon 2004
Leopardo, CD Rossbin rs009, Italy 2003
For Your protection Why Don't You Just Paint Yourself Real Good Like An Indian, CD Headlights h04, Lisbon 2001
I wish I'd never met you, CD Headlights h02, Lisbon 1999
Environment Analysis Report, CD AnAnAnA , Lisbon 1995
Ra Clock, Sei Miguel, CD Headlights h06, Lisbon 2002
Noe’s Lullaby, David Maranha, CD Rossbin, Italy 2002
Still Alive in Bairro Alto, Sei Miguel, CD Headlights h05, Lisbon 2001
Token, Sei Miguel, CD AnAnAnA, Lisbon 1999
Chasing Sonic Booms, Rafael Toral, CD Ecstatic Peace!, New York 1998

website at Headlights





Rafael Toral
electronics

Born in Lisbon in 1967, focused on performance with multiple electronic devices, heavily modified or built by himself. Usually displaying an unpredictable behavior, the discursive possibilities of such electronic instruments are the object of Toral's current research - articulating silence and sound in his so-called "Space program". Formerly known for his work with guitar and electronics and acclaimed records such as Wave Field or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance, he has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, Canada and Japan. Developing solo work since 1987, collaborated with Phill Niblock, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, Jim O'Rourke, David Toop, Dean Roberts, Oren Marshall among many others. He is a member of the Mimeo electronic orchestra, alongside Keith Rowe, Thomas Lehn and Christian Fennesz. In 2004 he produced the first anthology of Portuguese electronic music. Collaborates with Sei Miguel since 1993.

Selected discography:
Harmonic Series 2, Headz (Tokyo, JP), Headz24 (CD, 2004)
Lifting Concrete Lightly, MIMEO, Serpentine Gallery, SGCD1 (3CD, 2004).
Antologia de Música Electrónica Portuguesa, Plancton Music/ Tomlab,
Tom38 (CD, 2004) 
Engine - Live in Paris, Touch (London, UK), TO:CDR4 (CD, 2003)
Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance, Touch (London, UK), TO:48 (CD, 2001).
Aeriola Frequency, Perdition Plastics (Chicago, USA), per008 (CD, 1998).
Wave Field, Dexter's Cigar (Chicago, USA), dex14 (CD, 1995/ 1998).


www.rafaeltoral.net






Pedro Lourenço
bass


Born in Lisbon in the mid 1970's. Studied trumpet, played percussion, guitar and electronics in various groups and contexts. In the late 1990's started developing work with computer programming in electronic music. Played and recorded with the laptop collective [des]integração. Collaborates with Sei Miguel since 2002. Recently shifted to a more jazz-oriented level of musicianship playing electric bass.

Selected discography:
Circa 1999 - 9 Implosões, Bernardo Devlin, Extremo Ocidente (CD 2003)
Permute, [des]integração, Sirr (CD, 2002)

Baixista. Natural de Lisboa. Estudos académicos e multi-instrumentismo levaram-no ao campo da música electrónica, tendo tocado e gravado em projectos diversos. Colaborador de Sei Miguel desde 2002, trabalha com este factores estruturais e estruturantes na forma sonora individual. É hoje praticante quase exclusivo do baixo eléctrico.






Margarida Garcia

electric doublebass


Born in Lisbon, 1977, and resident in New York. Public activity since 1998;
Founded the record label Thin Ice.
She has been collaborating with Barry Weisblat and Tim Barnes, and also with Toshio Kajiwara, Phill Niblock, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Alfredo Costa Monteiro Ruth Barberán, Mattin, Anthony Guerra, Michael Rodgers, Takehiro Nishide, Mark Wastell, Rhodri Davies and Eddie Prevost, among others.

Selected discography:
Loran w/ Barry Weisblat, CD Quakebasket, New York, 2004
Never Give Up On The Margins Of Logic, with Sakada, mCD Antiopic an006, New York, 2004
So i put my coat on and walked downstreet, solo, CD Thin Ice, Lisbon 2003
Small Damage under appearance, with Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Manuel Mota, CD Thin Ice, Lisbon, 2003
Sloworthography, with Ferran Fages CD Thin Ice, Lisbon 2002
(and birds sing sweeter than books tell how), solo, CD Thin Ice, Lisbon 2002
Quartets, Manuel Mota, CD Headlights h07, Lisbon 2004
Ra Clock, Sei Miguel, CD Headlights h06, Lisbon 2003
Still Alive in Bairro Alto, Sei Miguel, CD, Headlights h05, Lisbon 2001
For your protection why don’t you just paint yourself real good like an indian, Manuel Mota, CD Headlights, Lisbon 2001
I wish I'd never met you, Manuel Mota, CD Headlights, Lisbon 1999






 
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