Wednesday 11 September 2019, 7.30pm
Norberto Lobo is a prodigious acoustic and electric guitar player from Lisbon with a career now well into his second decade. He’s done his profound reading of the most auspicious and melancholic melodies (a place where Steve Reich, Jim O’Rourke, Paulinho da Viola and Carlos Paredes all make sense together unto one existence), has been deeply enriched by the harmonic depth & richness of the samba/bossa heritage (which he knows by heart), and his composition in both short and longer-form is nothing short of remarkable - a sense of structure, 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. That and he has one of the best left-hands around - for a right-hand guitar player. Jack Rose and Ben Chasny said so. His fans include Gary Lucas, the late great Naná Vasconcelos and the tragically defunct Llasa de Sela.
‘Estrela', out in the Spring of 2018 on the swiss label Three:Four records, is the newest accomplished chapter of Norberto’s artistic expression on guitar, once again a result of his rich inner world, his puissant curiosity for life and people – fellow musicians, his peers, and audiences, other countries, languages and cultures – and a particular aesthetic disquietude to the musical language that he has been blessing us with his six strings.