Jorge Lima Barreto was rehearsing intensely for a series of concerts in a hard pianistic effort at the time he had a borrowed Korg workstation synthesizer in the studio. “Neo Neon” is a work divided in 4 selected tunes and multiple elements for synthesizer, sonic inventions on humility and pride in search of a new simplicity. It represents a minimalist concept put on practice, to leave sounds on their own – an appeal to the automatism and unconsciousness. With “Neo Neon” the composer/improviser establishes his hypnotic idiolect, a horizontal rhizome, remembering single melodic lines, discreet polirythms and poetic arpeggios in a quasi-minimal ambience.
Jorge Lima Barreto (1949 – 2011)
Jorge Lima Barreto began his musical activity in the late 1960’s with a series of interventions in experimental and Jazz music. A graduate in Art History and a doctorate in Musicology and Social Communication Theory, Lima Barreto is also a music critic and theorist, writing many books about music and producing radio programs, lessons, essays, interviews, e.a. In the 1970’s he founded Anar Band, recording electroacoustic compositions with Saheb Sarbib and Carlos “Zingaro”. In 1982 he founded the duo Telectu with Vítor Rua, recording an extensive discography as well as composing music for theatre, cinema, poetry and video. As a pianist and poly instrumentist he has played and recorded with musicians like Nuno Rebelo, Evan Parker, Chris Cutler, Jac Berrocal, Louis Sclavis, Paul Lytton, Tim Hodgkinson, Eddie Prévost, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Ikue Mori, Paul Rutherford, Barry Altschul, Tom Chant, John Edwards, Sunny Murray, Sei Miguel, Elliott Sharp and Herb Robertson, performing in showrooms of cities like Moscow, New York, Paris, London and Peking.