Direction artistique: Direction artistique : Pedro Melo Alves
Effectif: Effectif : 24
Pays : Portugal
Région : Europe

Pedro Melo Alves – drums and composition
José Diogo Martins – piano
Mané Fernandes – electric guitar
Pablo P. Moledo – doublebass

Clara Saleiro – flutes
João Pedro Brandão – flute and alto saxophone
José Soares – alto saxophone
Albert Cirera – soprano and tenor saxophones
Frederic Cardoso – soprano and bass clarinets
Álvaro Machado – bassoon

Gileno Santana – trumpet
Gil Silva – trombone
Carlo Mascolo – trombone
Fábio Rodrigues – tuba

Luís José Martins – classical guitar
Luís André Ferreira – cello
Alvaro Rosso – doublebass

Mariana Dionísio – voice
Nazaré da Silva – voice
João Neves – voice
Diogo Ferreira – voice

João Miguel Braga Simões – percussion
João Carlos Pinto – electronics

Pedro Carneiro – conductor



Artistic direction:
Pedro Melo Alves
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The Omniae Large Ensemble is the main creative project of the awarded composer and drummer Pedro Melo Alves, who represents the new generation of unrestrained explorers of contemporary music in Portugal. Originally a septet who won the Composition Award Bernardo Sassetti in 2016, it became an orchestra after a commission by the Guimarães Jazz 2020 festival. With new arrangements, the music was conducted by the prestigious percussionist and conductor Pedro Carneiro and played by some of the leading figures of classical, improvised and experimental music of Portugal. The performance on the 22nd of November 2020 was the première of this ambitious musical project which later in 2021 was released by the label Clean Feed, as « Lumina », voted « Best Revelation Group » (El Intruso 2021) and described as a « fascinating new music suite » (All About Jazz), « boldness and erudition, in a work of breath and great modernity » (Jazzlogical) and « contained madness, a clever mix of genres, great formal freedom as well as a very sure taste for beauty » (Citizen Jazz).

Now it presents itself as a robust and resourceful contemporary music ensemble in Europe, open to new challenges and collaborations with all kinds of forward-thinking musicians. Here, Melo Alves’ visions of evasion and transcendence – echoes of a tempting impossibility – are put on paper to challenge. You hear intricate landscapes, with the extended sounds of contemporary music blended with the flow of improvised music and the disruption of electronic experimental music. You hear a collective of people that embrace on stage the sight of the unknown.


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Omniae Large Ensemble