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Electronic Music, Free Jazz and Eastern Spirituality

By the early 1990's i was deeply interested in the music and ideas of John Cage. I read most of his books and i was fascinated by several features of his thinking, which is known to be profoundly influenced by Zen Buddhism. It was also about this time that i've had my first creative encounters with Sei Miguel. I was very impressed by the accuracy of his direction methods that yielded such open yet precise results. As i shared my passion for Cage with him, i accidentally triggered a major change in Sei Miguel's vision. Cage’s ideas had a big impact on him and what he did with them had in turn a big impact on me. Our fruitful collaboration continued, and by 2004 i started to write and perform music closer to jazz, but using experimental electronic instruments and silence as a fundamental value — what i called the "Space Program". Later on i began to direct my own Space Collectives. I adopted many of Sei Miguel's methods, including his Cagean visions applied to Jazz, in my own playing and direction. More recently, i went through a process of spiritual renewal which included moving to the countryside, learning about spirituality and practicing meditation. I was surprised to find that many of the spiritual teachings were very familiar, for in fact i wasn't fully aware i had practiced them for decades in artistic expression. With an insider's perspective on the same kind of spirituality that interested Cage back in the 1950's, it came full circle as it dawned on me that defining features in my practice and thinking such as space, silence, unpredictability, agency, responsibility and acceptance, can be traced back to it. Its influence arrived to me on very diverse angles, first via John Cage (stillness in listening, accepting unforeseen results, the infinity of silence as empty space), later through Sei Miguel, and then directly (as personal development). It manifested in different directions as well, towards electronic music through the design of instruments with unpredictable behavior, towards Jazz through shifting elements of time in a generative way, and in my own life. So what i'm doing appears to be in this odd intersection of Zen, Electronic Music and Free Jazz.

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US 2017 Fall Tour

I am looking forward to being back in the US, home to so many great friends, generous people and amazing music. Come over and say hello! SEPTEMBER 2017 Rafael Toral/…

50th Anniversary

August 19, 2017, is my 50th anniversary!

Space Quartet

The Space Quartet‘s new lineup will premiere in Lisbon at Damas bar (July 7) and Barreiro, Biblioteca Municipal (July 8th).

Last Space Program CDs

The whole Space Program is now available directly from me. I’ve sold out all the vinyl editions but i still have a few remaining CDs in stock.

Space Solo 2

This is the final release on the Space Program series, including a modular synthesizer solo that sounds unlike anything i’ve heard this far.

Studio Tapes (1987 – 2003) Vol. 2

Studio Tapes (1987 – 2003) Vol. 2 is now available again, exclusively on Bandcamp. Tape recordings of studio experiments, odd tracks and rare stuff.    

Wave Field Remastered

I have recently uploaded my entire discography on Bandcamp, and i realized Wave Field needed remastering. It sounded a bit thin and narrow to me, when it should sound more…

Vital Weekly

I played this tape and I must say I enjoy it to
some great extent. Maybe it’s the reduction in instruments, just drums and synth, and
not the extended jazz ensemble, which makes everything much cruder in approach.

Foreign Accents

This is experimental electronic music operating at a higher level of deliberation and thoughtfulness than nearly everything else in sound synthesis and free improvisation

2015 US TOUR

Tuesday 15 September solo Brooklyn, NY, US Friday 18 September solo Machines With Magnets Pawtucket, RI, US Saturday 19 September solo Washington Street Arts Center Somerville, MA, US Sunday 20…

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News

US 2017 Fall Tour

I am looking forward to being back in the US, home to so many great friends, generous people and amazing music. Come over and say hello! SEPTEMBER 2017 Rafael Toral/…

50th Anniversary

August 19, 2017, is my 50th anniversary!

Space Quartet

The Space Quartet‘s new lineup will premiere in Lisbon at Damas bar (July 7) and Barreiro, Biblioteca Municipal (July 8th).

Last Space Program CDs

The whole Space Program is now available directly from me. I’ve sold out all the vinyl editions but i still have a few remaining CDs in stock.

Space Solo 2

This is the final release on the Space Program series, including a modular synthesizer solo that sounds unlike anything i’ve heard this far.

Studio Tapes (1987 – 2003) Vol. 2

Studio Tapes (1987 – 2003) Vol. 2 is now available again, exclusively on Bandcamp. Tape recordings of studio experiments, odd tracks and rare stuff.    

Wave Field Remastered

I have recently uploaded my entire discography on Bandcamp, and i realized Wave Field needed remastering. It sounded a bit thin and narrow to me, when it should sound more…

Vital Weekly

I played this tape and I must say I enjoy it to
some great extent. Maybe it’s the reduction in instruments, just drums and synth, and
not the extended jazz ensemble, which makes everything much cruder in approach.

Foreign Accents

This is experimental electronic music operating at a higher level of deliberation and thoughtfulness than nearly everything else in sound synthesis and free improvisation

2015 US TOUR

Tuesday 15 September solo Brooklyn, NY, US Friday 18 September solo Machines With Magnets Pawtucket, RI, US Saturday 19 September solo Washington Street Arts Center Somerville, MA, US Sunday 20…

More

Latest Release

Electronic Music, Free Jazz and Eastern Spirituality

By the early 1990's i was deeply interested in the music and ideas of John Cage. I read most of his books and i was fascinated by several features of his thinking, which is known to be profoundly influenced by Zen Buddhism. It was also about this time that i've had my first creative encounters with Sei Miguel. I was very impressed by the accuracy of his direction methods that yielded such open yet precise results. As i shared my passion for Cage with him, i accidentally triggered a major change in Sei Miguel's vision. Cage’s ideas had a big impact on him and what he did with them had in turn a big impact on me. Our fruitful collaboration continued, and by 2004 i started to write and perform music closer to jazz, but using experimental electronic instruments and silence as a fundamental value — what i called the "Space Program". Later on i began to direct my own Space Collectives. I adopted many of Sei Miguel's methods, including his Cagean visions applied to Jazz, in my own playing and direction. More recently, i went through a process of spiritual renewal which included moving to the countryside, learning about spirituality and practicing meditation. I was surprised to find that many of the spiritual teachings were very familiar, for in fact i wasn't fully aware i had practiced them for decades in artistic expression. With an insider's perspective on the same kind of spirituality that interested Cage back in the 1950's, it came full circle as it dawned on me that defining features in my practice and thinking such as space, silence, unpredictability, agency, responsibility and acceptance, can be traced back to it. Its influence arrived to me on very diverse angles, first via John Cage (stillness in listening, accepting unforeseen results, the infinity of silence as empty space), later through Sei Miguel, and then directly (as personal development). It manifested in different directions as well, towards electronic music through the design of instruments with unpredictable behavior, towards Jazz through shifting elements of time in a generative way, and in my own life. So what i'm doing appears to be in this odd intersection of Zen, Electronic Music and Free Jazz.

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