VRAK’ TRIO & NOËL AKCHOTÉ – Live in Centelles

LIVE IN CENTELLES

Artist : Vrak’ Trio & Noël Akchoté

Release Date : March 11, 2018

Label : Label Manivelle

Format : Digital

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Etienne Lecomte. Artwork & Photos by Noël Akchoté. All Compositions as indicated (Copyright controlled). Produced by Noël Akchoté & Label Manivelle – VRA-007 © Label Manivelle / Noël Akchoté Downloads 2018 (All Rights Reserved)

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Live in Centelles is the fifth album by french-catalan Vrak’ Trio (leaded by french flute player Etienne Lecomte) in collaboration with guitarist Noël Akchoté. Together since 2006, Vrak’ Trio has developed a very personal universe combining 20th century written and oral music with influences of world music, avant-garde jazz, electronics and rock.

 

Live in Centelles was recorded live during the Jazz Centelles Festival (Spain) at Casal Francesc Macià on March 11th 2018 and features new originals, improvised fragments and “Tales of Rumi” by Charles Lloyd. 

 

 

  • Etienne Lecomte: flutes, electronics
  • Laurent Guitton: tuba
  • Oriol Roca: drums, percussion
  • Noël Akchoté: electric guitar

 

www.vraktrio.com

www.noelakchote.org

Booking: www.arcoyflecha.es

‘MAR’ Oriol Roca Trio / Best Jazz Album 2017 Premis Enderrock

MAR‘ (el NEGOCITO Records) by Oriol Roca Trio included on the 10 Best Jazz Albums 2017 by Catalan Enderrock Magazine critics poll, considered the Catalan Music Awards has been awarded as BEST JAZZ ALBUM 2017!!

 

First album as leader of the drummer Oriol Roca. With the double bass of Manolo Cabras and the pianist Giovanni di Domenico, both old comrades of the Barcelona musician, they build a dense, yet diverse, and spacious sound space; just like watching the open sea in full navigation.” Enderrock Magazine (ESP)

 

 

 

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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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ANTITERRA – Live at Màgia Roja

LIVE AT MÀGIA ROJA

Artist : Antiterra

Release Date : March 2019

Label : Self-released

Format : Digital

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Víctor Teller.

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Jaime Pantaleón: electric guitar

Adrià Bofarull: electronics
Oriol Roca: drums

Mut Trio

MUT TRIO

“A long-standing Barcelona trio with a unique and idiosyncratic style and a repertoire that combines semi-composed themes with quirky improvisation, that somehow manages to unite elements of free jazz with more conventional stylings.” Dave Foxall, Jazz Journal (UK)

 

On the Barcelona scene (and beyond) the leaderless MUT Trio has a unique and idiosyncratic voice. It’s a voice that combines sparse structures and eloquent improvisation. A voice in which space and silence are equal partners alongside the instruments. It’s a voice that continues to evolve on this, their forth recording.

 

The MUT sound still features Miguel Fernández’s agile tone and minimal, fragmented phrasing, Albert Juan’s infinite textures and melodic refraction, and the cymbal-infused percussive landscapes of Oriol Roca… but with the addition of occasional live collaborator Masa Kamaguchi on bass, the sonic palette has broadened a little. Yet in bringing this deeper timbre, Kamaguchi is at home with the ‘less is more’ MUT philosophy and adds a variety of string-rattling subtleties without the slightest injury to MUT’s trademark mesmerising flow and cliché-free clarity.

 

MUT Trio is about melody. Often partial, splintered even; tuneful shards are repeated, turned over, given fresh response, pushed through the looking glass, creating unpredictable journeys for the listener. From the precision and pace, to the hint of the souk, or the folk-ish roots of their music… some possibilities only become apparent (or possible) once in motion, and MUT are in constant motion.

 

It’s been said before – notably by Ornette Coleman – that you cannot intellectualise music without diminishing it in some way, what really matters is the emotional response. MUT Trio’s music is primarily an emotional endeavour: curiosity, melancholy, joy (from quiet to fierce), liberty, wonder, and warmth, this is music alive with feeling.

 

MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ: tenor and soprano saxophone
ALBERT JUAN: electric guitar
ORIOL ROCA: drums

MASA KAMAGUCHI: double bass (on last album)

 

 

“It’s the creative tension between ad libitum abstraction and an invigorating range of pithy assertion which—for all the aforementioned historical precedent—gives this striking session an ever-stronger impact each time it’s played.” Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal (UK)

 

“MUT Trio’s 2395 album is a raspberry jam, dark but sweet. It has a facile, mild and smooth surrealism; music that seems to be conceived more with extramusical ideas than with jazz templates. And, nevertheless, what we hear is jazz; a jazz in its most contemporary sense.” Germán Lázaro, Cuadernosdejazz (Spain)

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PABLO SCHVARZMAN & ORIOL ROCA – Live at L’Automàtica

LIVE AT L’AUTOMÀTICA

Artist : Pablo Schvarzman & Oriol Roca

Release Date : July 2019

Label : Self-released

Format : Digital

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Pablo Schvarzman.

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Pablo Schvarzman: electronics
Oriol Roca: drums

 

Silence as a blank canvas, receives sound traces to build a Body (Cos)

Piccola Orchestra Gagarin

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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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IAGO AGUADO – Festina Lente

FESTINA LENTE

Artist : Iago Aguado

Release Date : March 2019

Label : Underpool

Format : CD

Recorded by Joel Condal at Estudis Ground on July 19th 2018. Mixed and mastered by Ángel Medina. Produced by David Soler and Iago Aguado. Artwork by Emi Breuss

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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 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
Joana Gomila: voice
Miguel Villar: tenor saxophone
David Mengual: double bass

Oriol Roca: drums

 

www.underpool.org

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