After three highly acclaimed albums, Portuguese born guitarist Francisco Pais has been exploring new music relentlessly with some of the most influential young lions in NYC. He is a creative tour-de-force who never ceases to try push the limits of what can be done in music.
For Pais this new album Verde means expansion. “When I make an album I am always driven by the creative collaborations I will have in order to give birth to any project. These musicians share my energy, my passion, my emotions and they believe in my music and my message. The expansion means getting bigger in depth though not in size,” explains Francisco.
It’s hard to describe what makes a musical collaboration work — there has to be just the right balance of tension and sympathy. That’s what happens in Verde from the first note in the album. Francisco comments, “To be recording with the people I admire and love, my friends, it’s truly a blessing. There is a connection amongst all of us. My goal is to facilitate a point of entry in my music that will allow everyone’s unique skills and voice to be heard in a bold and honest manner. I see this recording as a ritual and an opportunity to birth creative impact in a world that needs light to shine trough. I am exploring my capacity for change. I am always evolving.”
These musicians have been performing together for over 10 years, and the resulting instinctive, organic rapport shines through on Verde. The lineup for this album features saxophonists Myron Walden and Godwin Louis, longtime partner in crime drummer Ferenc Nemeth, pianist Julian Shore and bassist Connor Schultze.