The SPACE QUARTET is based on a near classic jazz lineup of drums, double bass and two soloist voices, being that one or both voices are abstract electronics and it operates in a post-free context, bringing in elements from the outer limits of disparate genres.
Evolving since 2014, the Space Quartet is now fresh with a new lineup. Joined by the inventiveness and clarity of double-bassist Hugo Antunes, the cross-boundary, sharp drumming of Nuno Morão and the multi-language intelligence of saxophonist Nuno Torres, Rafael Toral’s unique phrasing style in custom electronic instruments of his own invention finds its best home ever. Melodic without notes, rhythmic without a beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free, his music has been described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. The quartet’s ever renewing, ever unfolding dynamics create widely diversified moments, from Japanese calligraphy to fire-jazz, fruit of how its members make decisions within the Quartet’s space-driven framework.
The Space Quartet personnel as of Spring 2019 is:
Hugo Antunes: double bass
Nuno Morão: drums and percussion
Nuno Torres: saxophone, electronics
Rafael Toral: electronic instruments