Native Aliens Ensemble is a group of 8 musicians dedicated to playing composed music using elements of Brazilian popular music combined with free improvisation.
The group was created by Renato Ferreira (Br), composer and multi-instrumentalist. He studied contemporary composition at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, in the Netherlands.
For this project he puts in action a mix of influences of Brazilian, European and Dutch sources: from Louis Andriessen to Alban Berg, passing through Hermeto Pascoal and Egberto Gismonti.
All those influences blend together with Amsterdam’s effervescent scene of improvised music to create a unique and explosive musical group.
After a series of experimental concerts, playing a new and entirely different repertoire every time, the Native Aliens Ensemble recorded their first CD in a live performance at Teatro Munganga, in Amsterdam.
You can expect lots of Brazilian rhythms such as “maracatu”, “frevo”, “baiao” and “catira” – all of them using the incredible variety of instrumentation of this group, including common instruments like guitar and drums, but also the bassoon, viola and cello.
On top of this are the powerful improvisations of this group’s musicians, who are all active improvisers in Amsterdam.
The Native Aliens Ensemble are:
Renato Ferreira – all compositions, tenor and baritone sax
Yedo Gibson – soprano sax
Laura Polence – voice
George Dumitriu – guitar and viola
Miguel Petruccelli – guitar and bass guitar
JanWillem van der Ham – bassoon and alto sax
Saartje van Camp – cello
Onno Govaert – drums and Pandeiro