The earlier belief in Gabriel Ferrandini’s importance in the world of Portuguese jazz is now a definite reality as we witness his particular and idiosyncratic vision of total art. The tentacles of his music have spread admirably into various contexts: playing percussion solos of sublime sound design; giving music a powerful main role in the performing arts; as a composer, playing a leading role with his ideas for collective improvisation. With his concerts at Zé dos Bois in 2017 – Volúpias das Cinzas (Voluptuousness of the Ashes) – Ferrandini put into practice this desire for writing, sharing it with Pedro Sousa and Hernâni Faustino. This adventure resulted in Volúpia (Lust), a phenomenal jazz record that spreads into other spheres, opening the doors to a brave new world that will come back to haunt us. The best example of Gabriel Ferrandini’s restless ambition lies in this live performance of Volúpia, gloriously expanded into a quartet, reflecting Schlippenbach’s playing of Monk.
drums and percussion
Alexander von Schlippenbach