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David Maranha & Helena Espvall

biography

David Maranha was born in Figueira da Foz in 1969. His work comprises sculpture, music, and architecture. In 1986 he started to develop his work as a musician both solo and with several bands, going on to release more than 30 albums since then. He formed “osso exótico” in 1989 with Bernardo Devlin, António Forte, and his brother André Maranha. With a regular and extensive live and recorded activity both in Portugal and abroad, David and André have maintained this band up to the present with multiple collaborators, its current lineup being completed by Francisco Tropa, Manuel Mota, and Patrícia Machás. Has also collaborated with many musicians, including Z’EV, Emmanuel Holterbach, Helena Espvall, Phill Niblock, David Grubbs, Akio Suzuki, Will Guthrie, Andrea Belfi, Jochen Arbeit, Minit, Pete Simonelli, David Daniell, Arnold Dreyblatt, Jacob Kirkegaard, Carla Bozulich, Chris Cutler, Werner Durand, Robert Rutman, Ben Frost, Helge Sten, etc.

Helena Espvall's early career in Sweden included membership in an Arabian music ensemble and a silent movie orchestra. She relocated to Philadelphia, USA in the year 2000 and entered that city's flourishing psychedelic and weird­folk circles. She joined the band Espers shortly after they recorded their first album, was a member of The Valerie Project, and formed the duo Anahita with Tara Burke (a.k.a. Fursaxa). 2006 saw the release of Espvall's first solo album, Nimis & Arx, which juxtaposed splintered expositions of processed cello with passages of floating folk­drone. Collaboration with Masaki Batoh (of Japanese psych band Ghost) produced two acclaimed records for Drag City. In 2010 Espvall released Lapidary in collaboration with noise/drone figure Marcia Bassett (Zaimph, Double Leopards). This was followed in 2013 by a meditative pairing with improviser Ernesto Diaz­Infante, A Hallowed Shell of Ash and Rust.

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