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

 

www.elnegocitorecords.com

 

 

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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Piccola Orchestra Gagarin

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© Nanni Angeli
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PICCOLA ORCHESTRA GAGARIN

“Vostok is fearless Mediterranean fusion with a Cold War space exploration theme and an absence of unnecessary formalism. Sounds good to me… and it sounds better with each listen.” Dave Foxall, A Jazz Noise (UK)

 

We are in the 60s and there has been a mutation of Icaru’s wings made of feathers and wax into a few square meters capsule, that flying to the stars, makes real what up to a decade before seemed impossible to achieve. April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin makes history as the first human to orbit the Earth: From up here the Earth is blue! How wonderful! … Is beautiful, without borders or boundaries … “¡поехали !!!

 

The trio Piccola Orchestra Gagarin go across this adventure with the album Vostok, leaving behind the beautiful album Platos Combinados covering along a musical parable in orbits where musical genres are turned into pieces to be recycled into a compelling mosaic. The mission is secret and we are not allowed to know the route the three astronauts will follow but it certainly is a unique opportunity to savor the poetic surrealism of a trio that moves with ease among baroque music, jazz, improv and song form.

 

Dressed in fake astronaut outfits, the three musicians re-enact Gagarin’s deeds: a pretext to remind us how essential it is in music to experiment and to dare…

 

PAOLO ANGELI: prepared sardinian guitar, voice

SASHA AGRANOV: cello, voice

ORIOL ROCA: drums, percussion

 

 

“They match their international border crossing with trampling all over musical styles; there’s folk from individual traditions, avant-garde-jazz, rock, experimental improvisation, electronica… It’s all grippingly exhilarating and inspiring and very, very original. We all like that, don’t we?.” Ian Anderson, fRoots Magazine (UK)

 

“A pure post modern crossover, absolutely powerful: no tension’s drops for all 45 minutes. A unique musical flow that moves between free jazz, contemporary, improvisation, popular Sardinian music, Spanish, Russian and arabesque music. Perfect symbiosis, perfect interplay. Never a blush, never a fall of style.” Andrea Aguzzi, Neuguitars Magazine (Italy)

 

“Avant-garde and mystery, craftsmanship and awareness are intertwined in the expressive world of the Piccola Orchestra Gagarin. The sensitivity of the interpreters, the strength of the ensemble, the timbre connection and mutual respect, freedom and interplay offer the overall look, the welcoming bed in which any inconsistencies are smoothed out.” Fabio Ciminiera, Jazz Convention (Italy)

 

“A trio with a high rate of creativity and telepathy. Unbridled fantasy and fireworks rule the place.” Ivo Franchi, Musicajazz (Italy)

 

“With the ability to mix rock, folk, traditional and improvised elements, there is always a tremendous energy. The music they create is dense, dancing and touching.” Gary May, Improjazz Magazine (France)

 

“The sound of the trio is something unique and special, difficult to categorize: it is folk but jazz, classic but pop, western and eastern, from the North and South of the world, ironic in nostalgia but serious in looking at possible futures.” Fabio Pozzi, Vorrei (Italy)

 

“On the album Vostok, the trio produces once more a kaleidoscopic beauty jewel, with a material that is decomposed and recomposed as in the hands of a lazy juggler, with no rush, but with so much magic.” Enrico Bettinello, Blow Up Magazine (Italy)

 

“They invent a music that turns into a world where poetry, inventiveness and the pleasure of playing together are intertwined. From songs to improvisations, they send a beautiful message of mutual understanding. A trio very interesting that we would like to listen in concert.” Thierry Giard, Culturejazz (France)

 

“Vostok is great album, solid, well performed, which leaves equal space, even at the compositional level, to the three musicians who -and it is not always that obvious- also show a lot of joyfulness, especially when dressed as astronauts.” Gianluca Dessì, Blogfolk (Italy)

 

“I believe Tom Waits might like it, because the album has even a rogue point, and especially because it opens with African sounds that are then Russian to immediately become Arabs to pay tribute to the great among the greats egiptian singer, Oum Kalthoum.” Carlos Pérez Cruz, El Club de Jazz (Spain)

 

“The contamination and the energy of the trio reverberate above all in the live performance, a fascinating and engaging sound storm.” Guido Biondi, Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)

 

“Celestial music, in the most opaque sense of the term, deep, beautiful and frightening at the same time.” Martí Farré, Vilaweb (Spain)

 

“A journey in the form of a suite, in which musical genres are torn to shreds to be recycled into a compelling mosaic.” La Nuova Sardegna (Italy)

 

“All the way, this is a charming and fun album. We take on a journey that is exciting, challenging and vital, with the chief astronaut Angeli in great shape.” Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (Norway)

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Manolo Cabras & Basic Borg

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MANOLO CABRAS & BASIC BORG

“A more beautiful tribute to the libertarian principles of jazz seems hard to imagine” Jan-Jakob Delanoye, Kwadratuur (Belgium)

 

Italian contrabassist Manolo Cabras started the band Basic Borg as a quartet, out of a recording session on September 2005 in The Hague, The Netherlands. It was the consequence of a natural connexion between four musicians that seemed to share a common way of responding to the music. On April 2009, the Italian saxophone player Riccardo Luppi joins the group, finding immediatelly a natural spot in the sound of the band.

 

Nevertheless the group’s acoustic sound (in addition of a small range of electronics), it is capable to produce a large diversity of colors. Inspired by bands such of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter and the modern european jazz music, the quartet has its own particular sound. Their repertoire exists out of original compositions, as well as free improvised music. It’s a band where each of the musicians’ personal contribution is crucial to its sound, exploring their own boarders everytime they play.

 

Basic Borg’s first album I Wouldn’t Be Sure was released on 2012 by Belgian label el Negocito Records.

 

 

MANOLO CABRAS: double bass
LYNN CASSIERS: voice, electronics
MATTEO CARRUS: piano and keyboards
RICCARDO LUPPI: tenor and soprano saxophones
ORIOL ROCA: drums

 

www.elnegocitorecords.com

 

 

“Manolo Cabras & Basic Borg se conjuguent pour nous offrir une musique nouvelle, sensible, intelligente pour une nouvelle ère.” Jean-Claude Vantroyen, Le Soir (Belgium)

 

“Beautiful is the back-and-forth game between the rhythm section, but also between the two voices, Lynn Cassiers and veteran Riccardo Luppi. A band to be listened live.” Jeroen Revalk, Cobra Magazine (Belgium)

 

“Ma al di là delle singole personalità è il suono della band che affascina l’ascoltatore e fa di I Wouldn’t Be Sure una bella testimonianza di come il linguaggio del jazz possa rinnovarsi con freschezza e creatività.” Vincenzo Roggero, All About Jazz (Italy)

 

“Personal and introspective – a trippy, cool, and sophisticated album – much to the help of the voice of Lynn Cassiers, what sets this album apart is its playful seductivity. Definitely worth your time!” Christopher Moklebust (USA)

 

“Chacun devient soliste à son tour sur la riche trame rythmique d’Oriol Rocca, batteur doublé d’un percussionniste à la recherche de colorations nouvelles. Voilà assurément une musique innovante, fruit d’une démarche très personnelle, qu’on se réjouit de découvrir en concert.” Claude Loxhay, Jazzaround (Belgium)

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DAVID MENGUAL

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DAVID MENGUAL

Oriol Roca feels blessed to share music with David Mengual since 2009, a musician for whom he has great respect and with whom he has learned and grown as a musician. Composer, big band leader, arranger, double bass player, and pianist, David Mengual is a versatile, polyvalent musician with a faultless knowledge of the many registers of the language of jazz and one of the most outstanding creators of the Spanish jazz scene. All his personal projects are true centers of multi-personal artistic creativity in which he proposes himself as a catalyst of ideas, sensibilities and talents facing a long payroll of collaborators and accomplices in the search.

 

Oriol Roca’s first collaboration with Mengual takes place on the album Maitia (Quadrant Records, 2009). Since then they have shared many projects and recording sessions opened to overflowing electric sounds or locked in the most radical lyricism of the intimate search.

 

On 2013 Mengual formed the Slow Quartet with new original music written as an antidote to the hectic pace of modern times and the noise of everything that deafens us. This band (with Toni Vaquer on piano, Miguel Villar on saxophone and Oriol Roca on drums) could be the inheritance of Mengual’s previous work Maitia, with the aim of offering an excuse to project the personality of each and every musician and turning it into a slow, sincere and ephemeral dialogue. On 2013 they record the album U (Bebyne Records)

 

On 2013 Oriol Roca joins the David Mengual Free Spirits Big Band and takes part on the recording sessions for the double length album Vertebrats (Bebyne Records 2015) that travels from mystery and elusiveness to an epic sense of celebration, from intimism to impressionism, a musical and visual trip of shared sounds. On 2016 takes place the recording session for the album Mut, still unedited.

 

From 2014 to 2016 Mengual forms the trio Good Times, Bad Times revisiting the music of Led Zeppelin from the perspective of free improvisation, with guitarist Jordi Matas and Oriol Roca.

 

On 2015 takes place Cadena Tròfica, a project co-leaded by David Mengual, Oriol Roca, pianist Joan Díaz and visual artist Carles Roche. Cadena Tròfica intends to form part of the creative chain that share different aesthetics, artistic disciplines, and currents of thought, through original music largely inspired in the essence that gave meaning to the Bauhaus school. On July 2015 they record the album Cadena Tròfica (Discmedi / Seed Music).

 

On 2015 Mengual reformulates the Slow Quartet, this time featuring Carme Canela on voice, Dani Pérez (guitar), Miguel Villar (saxophone) and Oriol Roca (drums). The poetry of Italian Sandro Penna and Catalan Màrius Sampere, was the seed that generated this new proposal. These poems, drenched with muffled cries, and full of musicality, were the perfect embryo to cook the compositions of the album Extraña Alegría de Vivir (Bebyne Records 2016). The recording session also included the stellar collaborations of Marco Mezquida (piano), Sandrine Robillard (cello) and Benet Palet (trumpet).

 

Currently, with Maitia Trio David Mengual abandons the four-string instrument to get in front of the piano, in a group that they complete two names of the most Spanish creative music scene: Marc Cuevas (double bass) and Oriol Roca (drums). Born 10 years ago, the Maitia Trio defines itself as a trio of ephemeral music and original compositions that are renewed in each performance to provoque a complicity and a fresh and direct sound. It is also a plastic band that welcomes musicians such as saxophonist Joan Mas, one of the greatest names of the younger generations of national jazz.

 

DAVID MENGUAL: piano

JOAN MAS: saxophone

MARC CUEVAS: double bass

ORIOL ROCA: drums

 

www.bebyne.com

 

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Composer / Sound Designer

DIA ZERO · © Alba Suñé
CORISTES - © Alba Suñé
LA TOMBA DEI GIGANTI - © Anna Rubirola
JUNGLA - © Tristán Pérez-Martín
NATIONAL AVENUE - © Judit Colomer
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.

 

 

 

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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NATIONAL AVENUE (Národní třída) by Jaroslav Rudiš (2019)

Directed by Martí Torras

Premiered at Sala Beckett (Barcelona) included on the European Fabulamundi. Playwrighting Europe

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THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov (2011)

Directed by Carlota Subirós

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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UPCOMING:

 

  • A new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear directed by Martí Torras (Premiere in Spain October 2019)

 

  • The Moving Forest, a dance installation dedicated to children from 6months to 2 years, directed by Anna Rubirola (Premiere in Poland March 2020)

Giovanni Di Domenico & Oriol Roca

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© Joan Cortès
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GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO & ORIOL ROCA

Italian piano player Giovanni Di Domenico (Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen, Jim O’Rourke) and Spanish drummer Oriol Roca started playing together fifteen years ago. It’s not only friendship what kept them playing through the years in so many different musical situations in the french, belgian and italian jazz improv scene next to Jeroen van Herzeele, Brice Soniano, Manolo Cabras or Alexandra Grimal. They understand music in a very similar way.

 

An incessant search for new sounds, the joy for exploration combined with an unorthodox musical background brought them together as a duo on 2010, digging into the sound possibilities of their acoustic instruments, density and space, a kind of “live research” on new textures and colors through what it’s mostly improvised music.

 

GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO: piano, fender rhodes, electronics
ORIOL ROCA: drums & percussion

 

 

“Frenetic rhythms, spastic melodies, yet oddly tuneful. I’ve been poking around drummer Oriol Roca‘s music for a couple years now, and he always finds a way to gain interest, and pianist Giovanni di Domenico is an excellent foil for Roca on this recording.” Bird Is The Worm (USA)

 

“Oriol and Giovanni are among those who explore divergence, without forgetting the elements that are typical of the canon and that can be complemented in absolute harmony with them. They do not go on stage with a period costume, but they make music of their time. They are free and have the discipline to be so. They fell on their feet and made us jump. Athletes of the soul.” Carlos Pérez Cruz, El Club de Jazz (Spain)

 

“Improvisation or composition? Surely a little of both – some stop/go moments are simply too well coordinated to be freely improvised. Pieces are short, delicate, often melancholic without getting sappy. Sounds Good is an unpretentious and quite convincing meeting.” François Couture, Monsieur Délire (Canada)

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VRAK TRIO

VRAK TRIO

“We will have to keep an eye on this trio, they share the same freedom that Henri Threadgill had during the 70s and 80s.” Candido Querol, B-Ritmos (Spain)

 

Vrak is a French-Catalan trio (first prize in Concurs de Jazz de Barcelona 2007) leaded by french flute player Etienne Lecomte. Together since 2006, Vrak Trio has developed a very personal universe combining 20th century written and oral music with influences of avant-garde, European jazz improv, electronics, contemporary and traditional music.

 

Vrak Trio’s first album TLS-BCN Live (Label Manivelle 2008) was recorded live at Mandala Jazz Club (Toulouse) and at Jamboree Jazz Club (Barcelona). Two years later, new original music is recorded on the second album 37 Avril (Label Manivelle 2010).

 

Over the years, the trio has collaborated with many other musicians, visual artists and dancers in different side projects. On 2011 The Crossroad Project included Spanish guitarist Jaime Pantaleón, Polish saxophonist Radek Knop and Finish video artist Mia Makela. The album Crossroads Project (Label Manivelle 2011) was recorded live at Théâtre de la Scène Nationale de Narbonne.

 

Spanish dancer Anna Rubirola was invited to collaborate on Vrak’s project Miró Dansant, a tribute to the catalan abstract surrealist painter Joan Miró. The project explores through movement and music a series of Joan Miró’s pictures, working methods and his approach to instant creation. The album Connivence (Label Manivelle 2015) features new originals, improvised fragments and music extraits from Miró Dansant. This album also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the band.

 

On 2015 the Barcelona-based MUT Trio joins forces with Vrak Trio to revisit the legendary album by Carla Bley and Charlie Haden The Ballad of the Fallen. This protest album is based on revolutionary songs from Spain and Central America traditional songs and free jazz. This work conveys a message of hope. At the time of multiple revolutions in the world, Vrak Trio and Mut Trio gather to offer a reflection on the actual moment, offering a link with the entourage and the current situation, based on today’s popular music that evoke the same problem and the same optimism as the 1983 record.

 

On 2018 Vrak Trio started an exciting new collaboration with French guitarist and improviser Noël Akchoté (a key figure on free improvisational music, and best known by his solo work and memorable collaborations with Derek Bailey, Sam Rivers, Lol Coxhill, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Han Bennink and many others). Original music by all members was planned to be played on Vrak and Akchoté’s first meeting, in which they recorded the album Live in Centelles (Label Manivelle 2018) during the concert at Cicle de Jazz i Músiques Improvisades de Centelles (Spain).

 

 

ETIENNE LECOMTE: flute, electronics

LAURENT GUITTON: tuba

NOËL AKCHOTÉ: electric guitar

ORIOL ROCA: drums, percussion

 

www.labelmanivelle.com

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“Somewhere between avant-garde jazz and Zen philosophy.” El País (Spain)

 

“Vrak Trio flees from encumbrances and holds absolute freedom when it comes to sculpting its cathartic discourse.” Miguel Ángel Sánchez Gárate, B-Ritmos (Spain)

 

“Going from blunt and almost danceable rhythms, to dislocated fragments where the trio seems to have found a space and an eccentric language, somewhat cold and spooky, in which they navigate with absolute tranquility.” Jack Torrance, Tomajazz (Spain)

 

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IAGO AGUADO QUARTET

IAGO AGUADO QUARTET

Iago Aguado Quartet is the result of an introspective creative process drawing on emotions and desires. The result is a highly intimate project of which sensitivity, esteem, and sincerity are the main features.

 

The eleven original compositions found on his début album Festina Lente feature different landscapes full of unique textures, colors, and atmospheres. Together they form a sound scape made up of a relaxed dialogue full of subtle detail.

 

David Mengual, David Soler and Oriol Roca are the perfect musicians to collaborate here, providing cohesion, complicity, and comprehension. They bring an intimate feel to the project, thanks to each of their great subtlety and musicality.

 

IAGO AGUADO: guitar, compositions
DAVID SOLER: pedal steel
ORIOL ROCA: drums
DAVID MENGUAL: double bass

 

www.underpool.com

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ORIOL ROCA TRIO – MAR

Mar

Artist : Oriol Roca Trio
Release Date : September 15th, 2017
Label : el NEGOCITO Records
Format : CD

Recorded at Studio Grez, Brussels February 18th 2017

Mixing & Mastering: Manolo Cabras 

Production: Oriol Roca & Rogé Verstraete

 Artwork & Photography: Àlex Juan 

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

 

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

 

 

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 (ESP)

 

“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” Jazzhalo (BE)

 

“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)

 

www.elnegocitorecords.com

 

 

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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