Omniae Large Ensemble

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

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

Gileno Santana trumpet
Xavi Sousa 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

The Omniae Ensemble, originally a septet led by Pedro Melo Alves, became an orchestra after a commission by the Guimarães Jazz 2020 festival. With new arrangements written in 2020, the 2016 music was adapted to this new format directed by the prestigious percussionist and conductor Pedro Carneiro and played by some of the leading national figures of contemporary, improvised and experimental music.
The performance on the 22nd of November was the première of this ambitious musical project. Music in tune with the stylistically deterritorialized tendencies of the twenty-first-century global music and which, independently of one’s considerations about its formal qualities, indicates the will to acquire a unique musical identity capable of reaching superior degrees of emotional and aesthetical resonance.


*** EL INTRUSO – 14th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CRITICS POLL 2021
“BEST REVELATION GROUP” ***

*** JAZZ.PT – BEST NATIONAL ALBUM 2021 ***


“…we are taken to a universe none of us visited before. It is OPEN AND FREE as it is STRUCTURED, MELODIC AND SEARCHING. It is MAGNIFICENT AND AMBITIOUS and reveals us AN EXCITING MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER WITH BOTH AMBITION AND VISION.”
Tor Hammerø, Nettavisen

“«Lumina» demands repeated listening to grasp its multitude of INTRICATE SONIC LANDSCAPES but it guarantees TASTEFUL AND STIMULATING FOOD FOR THE CURIOUS MINDS as well as SUPERIOR DEGREES OF EMOTIONAL AND AESTHETICAL RESONANCE.
Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts

“… brimming with avant forays, challenging foundations and plenty of surfacing interjections and combinations.”
Filipe Freitas, JazzTrail

“Alves does not appear to be constrained by categories, as the album explores a space that includes JAZZ, CLASSICAL, FREE IMPROVISATION, ELECTRONICS AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC.”
Mike Borello, Avant Music News

BOLDNESS AND ERUDITION, in a work of breath and GREAT MODERNITY.”
Leonel Santos, Jazzlogical

“With Lumina , Pedro Melo Alves continues to surprise us. The album seems to constitute THE ACME OF HIS MUSICAL THOUGHT, which has now undoubtedly reached maturity. CONTAINED MADNESS, A CLEVER MIX OF GENRES, GREAT FORMAL FREEDOM as well as a VERY SURE TASTE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL
Julien Aunos, Citizen Jazz

“It is A FASCINATING NEW MUSIC SUITE (…) Melo Alves is dedicated to both CURIOSITY AND TRADITION EQUALLY, and here he dares to express his ideas in A NEW LANGUAGE.”
Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz

“…the expansion of Melo Alves’ own musical universe – we already knew we had to pay him attention, now he has definitely confirmed himself as ONE OF THE MOST VERSATILE AND CREATIVE MUSICIANS IN OUR SQUARE.
Nuno Catarino, A Forma do Jazz

“MAKE WAY FOR PEDRO MELO ALVES, BECAUSE JAZZ IS HIS (…) at 29 years of age, the musician and composer was BLESSED WITH THE POWER OF STOPPING TIME (…)
André Borges Vieira, Público

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