Norberto Lobo (Festival Percursos da Música 2018, Ponte de Lima)

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Norberto Lobo (b. Lisboa, 1982)an acoustic and electric self-taught guitarist Norberto Lobo released the first of his six solo CDs in 2007. He represents the diversity and richness of a thriving contemporary Portuguese musical scene. His compositions in both short and longer-form are like a narrative and storytelling complete by a total absence of any tics or theatrical antics, in which every turn is revised and remade for maximum fascination for both musician and audience. Norberto Lobo’s pieces, instrumental except for a bit of wordless singing, seem to move through country blues, Tin Pan Alley ballads, experimental drones and minimalism.

“Norberto Lobo is a mind-bending musician, strangely and effortlessly modulating psychedelic ideas to the guitar. But what is wonderful about Fornalha is how he puts all of this to work to wonder about how we hear one thing following another (montage) and how these horizontal shifts can alter our perceptions. The record moves through the listening spaces like a New Orleans processional gathering and dropping sounds, as it winds through different chambers. Bowed guitars that sound more like bright cellos, a prepared guitar that sounds like a dry plastic lute and some sweet vocal oohing reminiscent of Brian Eno’s fried-orchestral singing in Gavin Bryars’ ensemble “1,2, 1-2-3-4” make up some of this processional band.” – Eric Chenaux on his album “Fornalha”.

Norberto Lobo (guitar and voice), Ricardo Jacinto (cello), Marco Franco (drums)