Double bass player and composer, Carlos Bica, is one of the most prolific
and innovative sound artists of Portugal. Known for his lyrical tone on
the double bass, Bica has the rare ability to write melodies that essentially
are songs without words, haunting and unforgettable.
Among the several musical projects he leads along with various theatre, film and dance projects, his trio AZUL with Frank Möbus and Jim Black has become his showcase as a bass player and composer.
His debut album, "Azul", recorded for Polygram/ Emarcy,
features guitar player Frank Möbus and drummer Jim Black, and special
guests, singer, Maria João and, trombone player, Ray Anderson.
It was voted "Best jazz record of the year" in Portugal in 1996
and it's widely accepted as the best portuguese jazz album ever done.
“Things About” (2011) is Azul's fifth album celebrating this Portuguese-German-American band's 15th anniversary. “It is an achievement in itself that Carlos Bica and his trio Azul — with Frank Möbus and Jim Black — have never produced a less than extraordinary recording... In each edition the band seems to reborn, and after “Believer”, here are Bica, Möbus and Black again, with fresh ideas, a renovated drive and a deeper poetic feeling... "Things About" is the most recent and probably the most perfect of Carlos Bica album's with his trio Azul.” (O Expresso)
In October 2005 Bor Land Records released "Single", Carlos Bica's first bass solo CD. This album was recorded at the Radio Berlin-Brandenburg Studios and was nominated by the music magazine "Blitz" as one of the best albums of the year in Portugal.
Started by a commission from the Expo 1998 in Lisbon, Bica embarked upon
his project "DIZ" (meaning "Speak to me") together
with the extraordinary singer and actress Ana Brandão. His fruits
were recorded and released in April 2001 for Enja Records. The album "DIZ"
represents a new development in his music. Together with João Paulo
(piano), Katharina Gramss (violin), Mike Rutledge (viola), "DIZ"
leaps across the stylistics borders of chamber music, Portuguese folk,
theatre, jazz and the art of song, with the entertaining ease and serious
intensity of musical virtuosity.
Carlos Bica has also composed for several theatre as well as dance and
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