Oriol Roca Trio

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ORIOL ROCA TRIO

The Barcelona percussionist Oriol Roca has performed alongside some of the best improvisers and composers of creative music in Spain, as well as collaborating with figures like the Italian Paolo Angeli and Norwegian Jan Bang. But this is the first time Roca leads and writes music for his own band. He is accompanied by two old comrades, the pianist Giovanni di Domenico and the double bass player Manolo Cabras, two Italian musicians based in Brussels.

 

The natural communication between them – built after more than fifteen years playing together – is the perfect canvas for Roca’s music, that demands subtlety and a strong musical personality. The pianist Giovanni Di Domenico (Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen, Jim O’Rourke) and double bassist Manolo Cabras (Charles Gayle, Erik Vermeulen, Enrico Rava) are two of the most personal voices on the European jazz and improvisation scene. Together they form a trio built on complicity, risk and friendship.

 

Oriol Roca is now débuting as leader and composer with a record of high emotional intensity, sometimes serene and at others volcanic, where north is always the melody. The debut album Mar is released by Belgian label el NEGOCITO Records, a Ghent based label focused on alternative and improvised music.

 

GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO: piano

MANOLO CABRAS: double bass

ORIOL ROCA: drums

 

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MAR Best Jazz Album 2017 Award – XX Premis de la Música Catalana / Enderrock

 

“Oriol Roca is an excellent drummer who offers us a sober and deep album which opens an infinity of doors for the future of this trio, which we will follow with interest.” Improjazz (FR)

 

“Oriol Roca is a drummer with a simmering sensitivity that does not lack muscle. His playing has continued to send us back to one of the greatest percussionists known to free music, the huge Barry Altschul, whose Oriol appears today as the obvious successor.” Focus Vif (BE)

 

“A slow, placid and involving work, which requires careful listening.” Tomajazz (Spain)

 

“Oriol Roca is one of those drummers who demonstrate to us, by this great sensitivity that characterizes him both as a musician and as a composer, that the art of percussion consists in emphasizing the impulse of a music. ‘Mar’ is an album bursting with ephemeral pleasures, a music that takes the time to be concise, to get to the point and say things once.” Citizen Jazz (FR)

 

“It’s an uneasy serenity Oriol Roca settles into on his new recording Mar. All of the ingredients necessary for a strong dose of tranquility are present: melodic fragments suggestive of possible endings, the murmur of percussion like slow, easy breaths while dreaming, and highly-charged, vivid imagery. But the drummer, along with his trio of pianist Giovanni Di Domenico and double bassist Manolo Cabras achieve a tone that is subtly ominous and reveals a strange beauty.” Dave Sumner, Bird is the worm (USA)

 

“The magnetizing and extremely minimalistic playing leads to an almost mystical listening experience where every feeling of time and space disappears. A surprising listening trip” Georges Tonla Briquet, Jazz’Halo (Belgium)

 

“Oriol Roca bounces from one rhythmic to the next, coloring more than hitting, draws air movements more than he structures.” Diane Gastellu, Citizenjazz (FR)

 

 

 

 

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Composer / Sound Designer

DIA ZERO · © Alba Suñé
CORISTES - © Alba Suñé
LA TOMBA DEI GIGANTI - © Anna Rubirola
JUNGLA - © Tristán Pérez-Martín
LES TRES GERMANES - © Ros Ribas
© Les Nuits et les Jours de Querbes

COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER

Oriol Roca is a musician, composer and sound designer. In his works he aims to create unique aural experiences that challenge audiences. He often uses spatial techniques and elements of spontaneity, including improvisation, and his work is often collaborative and interdisciplinary.

 

He works across all forms including theatre, contemporary dance and installation, as well as composing works for other musicians or performing himself. He creates his own sound designs and compositions using a combination of foley, electronics, field recordings and live instruments.

 

He is currently working on a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s 1605 tragedy King Lear directed by Martí Torras.

 

 

 

– SELECTED WORKS –

 

 

JUNGLA by Col·lectiu Big Bouncers (2018-2019)

Premiered at Oslo International Dance Festival (Bærum Kulturhus, Norway) · Sâlmon Festival (Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona) · Festival El Més Petit de Tots (Mercat de Les Flors and El Graner de Barcelona, Teatre Principal, Olot and La Sala, Sabadell)

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CORISTES by Col·lectiu Anna Rubirola & Maria Montseny (2011-2012)

Premiered at Festival Grec · Festival LP Dansa (Mercat de Les Flors, Barcelona) · Festival Nous Llenguatges Del Cos (Antic Teatre, Barcelona) · Festival Escena Criminal (La Caldera, Barcelona)

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LA TOMBA DEI GIGANTI by Oriol Roca solo + Agnès Pancrassin & Anna Rubirola (2009-2012)

Premiered at Festival Isole che Parlano (Italy) · Festival Miau (Caldes de Montbui) · Festival Bouesia (Vandellòs) · Festival Les Nuits & Les Jours de Quèrbes (France) · Museu d’Art (Cerdanyola)

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LES TRES GERMANES directed by Carlota Subirós (2011)

Premiered at Teatre Lliure de Montjuïc (Barcelona)

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DIA ZERO by Anna Rubirola (2012-2014)

Premiered at Festival In Situ (Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona) · Centre Cívic Barceloneta (Barcelona)

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MIRODANSANT by Vrak Trio (2013-2016)

Premiered at Théâtre Scène Nationale Grand Narbonne (Narbonne, France) · Le Mediator (Perpignan, France) · Festival Jazzèbre (Perpignan, France)

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Oriol Roca – Solo

ORIOL ROCA SOLO

“The most significant part of his solo work is that we are faced with one of the few drummers- and musicians in general – capable of constructing with his instrument a beautiful and poetic narrative discourse.” Martí Farré, Nativa (ESP)

 

Barcelona born drummer Oriol Roca had no intention to release a solo album. He didn’t even plan to perform solo, for that matter. And yet, La Tomba dei Giganti is his first outing under his own name. In August 2009, Paolo Angeli, an amazing Italian improviser, invited Oriol to perform at Isole che Parlano, an arts festival held in the tiny village of Palau, in the Italian island of Sardinia. Italian sound engineer Roberto Monari happened to be there with his recording equipment to document the festival. Oriol was struck to recognize himself so strongly in the music, and he realized it was closer to the way he felt about music than anything else he’d ever done before. And thats how Roca’s first ever solo album, recorded on the evening of his first ever solo performance, came to be.

 

When playing solo Roca expands his set using all kinds of cymbals, different drums, objects, metal bars, plastic bags, stones, toys, bags of sand, a cheap wood flute, kitchen utensils, mini bells, Chinese sticks, an original 22″ Paiste gong from 70’s a good friend gave him… anything capable of creating sound is welcome to explore in a free musical form the infinite possibilities of textures, density, dynamics we’re all surrounded by.

 

ORIOL ROCA: drums, percussion and objects

 

 

“Oriol Roca is a drummer with a simmering sensitivity that does not lack muscle. His playing has continued to send us back to one of the greatest percussionists known to free music, the huge Barry Altschul, whose Oriol appears today as the obvious successor.” Focus Vif (BE)

 

“Perhaps it’s the restraint displayed by Roca that makes his solo album so compelling, but the forty minutes flew right by and I was sad when the album ended.” All About Jazz (USA)

 

“Oriol Roca, drummer although it would be better to define him as percussionist, of which I have always thought that he has a great instinctive intelligence, (listen to his solo album La Tomba dei Giganti).” Germán Lázaro, Cuadernos de Jazz (ESP)

 

“Oriol Roca is a drummer and a percussionist continuously looking for new colors.” Claude Loxhay, Jazzaround (BE)

 

“Oriol Roca bounces from one rhythmic to the next, coloring more than hitting, draws air movements more than he structures.” Diane Gastellu, Citizenjazz (FR)

 

“Oriol Roca is undoubtedly an energetic and creative drummer.” Joël Plagier, Jazzman Magazine (FR)

 

“Roca enters into another complex and unpredictable series of patterns which would serve most other drummers as a solo, but here it’s simply his agile contribution to the landscape.” Dave Foxall, Jazz Journal (UK)

 

“I’ve been poking around drummer Oriol Roca‘s music for a couple years now, and he always finds a way to gain interest.” Dave Summer, Bird is the Worm (USA)

 

“The drummer Oriol Roca is not only building an interesting musical career within our country in groups like MUT Trio, or with Giulia Valle and David Mengual to name a few. It also has recognition beyond our borders with groups such as VRAK Trio, the Piccola Orchestra Gagarin, or with the pianist Giovanni Di Domenico.” Pachi Tapiz, Tomajazz (ESP)

 

“Oriol Roca is an exceptional drummer: flexible and perfectly at ease in polyrhythms and very capable of playing even outside the pulse, a perfect shoulder for other musicians.” Andrea Aguzzi, Italia Paperblog (IT)

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