L.U.M.E.  Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble


Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble (L.U.M.E.) is a project created and led by the composer Marco Barroso. The fifteen piece group, composed by some of the most experienced Portuguese musicians - on jazz and classical music - is inspired by the tradition of the Big band model, but updates it’s speech in an intelligent, ironic and skilful fashion. L.U.M.E.‘s music combines written composition with improvisation, and reaches from funk to textural music, from boogie woogie to impressionist environments... with a Zappian twist!...

Born in 2006, L.U.M.E. released it’s first record in October of 2010 by JACC Records (PT). The homonymous album is a selection of the repertoire composed by Marco Barroso for this group, which articulates the talent and a sui generis complicity of a very diverse set of performers and improvisers. Whether through a dramatization (often ironic) of the practices and vocabularies of jazz, rock or classical music, or by the incursions in experimentalism, assaulting the fringes of these languages, the music of Marco Barroso and L.U.M.E. ebuilds, originally, the Big band's heavy heritage, but escaping its more conventional standards and opening new and refreshing aesthetic perspectives.


After being featured, among many other programmes in Portugal - in Jazz em Agosto (Gulbenkian, Lisbon), Guimarães Jazz (Guimarães), Outono em Jazz (Casa da Música, Porto) - abroad - in moers festival (Germany), Ljubljana International Jazz Festival (Slovenia), Handelsbeurs (Belgium), Music Meeting (Holland) - and showcasing in European Jazz Conference 2018 and jazzahead! 2019, Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble is working on a new album, to be released in 2020


Marco Barroso | Composição, direcção, piano

Manuel Luís Cochofel | Flauta

Paulo Gaspar | Clarinete Soprano

João Pedro Silva | Saxofone Soprano

Ricardo Toscano | Saxofone Alto

José Menezes | Saxofone Tenor

Elmano Coelho | Saxofone Barítono

Rui Chainho, Pedro Monteiro, Jessica Pina | Trompetes

Ruben Da Luz, Eduardo Lála, Mário Vicente | Trombones

Miguel Amado | Baixo Eléctrico

Vicky Marques | Bateria



"...there was an appealing air of gainful urgency as the group carreered through densely textured, sumptuous soundscapes - some tending towards cacophony - interspersed by lyrical balladic slots, funk and groove.” 
Barry Davis in Jerusalem Post

“Perhaps the most impressive band was the Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble (L.U.M.E), a 15-piece ensemble led by pianist and composer Marco Barroso who played a late night gig in the back room of the Livraria Ler Devagar (…). The acoustic of the room was difficult for the ensemble’s upbeat music, but nonetheless it came over with a wonderful spirit.” 
Tony Dudley-Evans in TDE Promotions

"The frenzied dynamics emerged from a rock solid base of sound giving leeway to heavy crisscrossing as the musical equivalent of a  massed free fun run in a park. LUME was able to burst into and jump between different modes rapidly, fluently and colourful, for example giddily switching between brightly shining horn riffs and mighty sound avalanches. Pianist/composer Marco Barroso has developed LUME into a uniquely functioning sound organism discernible also at Barroso’s minimal way of conducting.”

Henning Bolte in London Jazz News

“The music that Barroso creates for the Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble (LUME) is speculative in the sense that, instead of being assertive, it raises questions and possibilities. If post-modernism has become a dogma, LUME’s post-post-modernism is a permanent "what if?", keeping all options open.“
Rui Eduardo Paes in challenge Records


“The top 5 acts in moers festival 2016”

Henning Bolte, in London Jazz News

Xabregas 10, album review: 4****1/2

by Derek Stone in Free Jazz Blog

Xabregas 10, album review: 4****

by Glenn Astarita, in All About Jazz

Xabregas 10, album review: 4th best album of 2016

for Tim Niland, proposed to 11th Annual Francis Davis/4th Annual NPR Jazz Critics Poll Ballot, in jazz and blues

Xabregas 10, album review: 10 best albums of 2016

for Angelo Leonardi in All About Jazz

Best group 2016

by Tim Niland (NPR & others)

Best group 2016

for Umit Baykara at Cazkolik, turkish radio