Credits and About
Mário Laginha piano
Bernardo Moreira double bass
Alexandre Frazão drums
Recorded at Alântico Blue Studios, Lisbon, July 20th-22nd 2020.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by André Tavares.
Album artwork by Oli Bentley, Split.
Mário Laginha would like to thank André, Olga, Francisca, Paulo Pires & the Câmara Municipal de Loulé.
Alexandre Frazão plays Zildjian cymbals & sticks.
With the support from the SPA - Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores.
Mário’s music inhabits a space between the two worlds of jazz and music from the African continent, which has had a profound effect on his writing and shaped his music both rhythmically and sonically. Classical music has also played a significant role in his approach to the piano with a wonderful floating poise and Chopin-like elegance to his playing.
Jangada, meaning raft, originates from the idea of ‘picking up pieces of driftwood and binding them together to form a whole.’ It’s a beautiful metaphor that describes the organic collation of influences that are channelled into the music. Consisting of eleven original compositions by Mario, the album is harmonically rich with a delicate warmth. There’s also something very exploratory and searching, a sense of adventure and impulsive restlessness.
Jangada is the album that will open up new ears and hearts to Mario’s music and set him on a course to become one of the most legendary European musicians of his generation.