Giovanni Di Domenico & Oriol Roca

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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)

ALBUMS

GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO & ORIOL ROCA – SOUNDS GOOD

Sounds Good

Artist : Giovanni di Domenico & Oriol Roca

Release Date : December 1, 2012

Label : Spocus Records

Format : CD

Produced by Giovanni Di Domenico and Oriol Roca. Executive Producer: Waso De Cauter. Recorded by Toni Paris at Estudi 44.1 Mixed by Giovanni di Domenico. Mastered by Dave Bianchi at Emergency Room. Pictures and design by Waso De Cauter – Deadline Constructions

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Italian piano player Giovanni di Domenico and Oriol Roca, musical partners for fifteen years, they start playing in duo in 2010 to explore the sound possibilities of their instruments, focusing on silence, density and space in music through improvised fragments and some original compositions. In 2011 their first studio album is released on belgian label Spocus Records.

 

  • Giovanni di Domenico: piano
  • Oriol Roca: drums

 

www.spocus.be

 

 

Press

 

Au piano, Giovanni Di Domenico disperse les notes au gré des courants. Prêche une angoisse latente. Laisse s’épanouir l’espace. Etale la phrase. Aime à filtrer les mêmes sentiers. Frôle le sirop ECM. Emprunte la résonance à Monsieur Paul Bley. Déambule et, encore, étale. Consulte le drame. Censure sa main gauche. Racle le plus profond des fréquences graves. Retrouve l’angoisse originelle. A la batterie, Oriol Roca martèle amoureusement ses fûts. Laisse la vibration se fendre jusqu’à terme. Emprunte la résonance à Monsieur Paul Motian. Convoque un tempo métronomique sur cymbale usée. Abuse le bol tibétain. Ce que font pianiste et batteur n’est pas nouveau, n’est pas révolutionnaire. Mais sensible: assurément. Le Son du Grisli (April 2016)

 

El baterista Oriol Roca no sólo está desarrollando una interesante carrera dentro de nuestro país en grupos como MUT Trío, o junto a Giulia Valle y David Mengual por citar algunos. También tiene un reconocimiento más allá de nuestras fronteras con grupos como VRAK’ Trio, la Piccola Orchestra Gagarin, o con el pianista Giovanni Di Domenico, tal y como ocurre en Sounds Good, publicada en 2012 en el sello belga Spocus Records. En esta grabación se incluyen siete improvisaciones, más dos temas compuestos por cada uno de los músicos. Roca y Di Domenico establecen una relación musical entre iguales. Esto no quiere decir que no haya momentos en que uno de los dos sea quien se erija en la voz cantante, sino que van cediendo ese papel cuando no están en un plano de igualdad. Los temas resultan sumamente variados. “Hermafrobeat” resulta muy animado. “Music Not Going Anywhere” es una de las joyas del CD: su título no es únicamente una declaración de intenciones, sino la mejor descripción que se puede hacer a la exploración sonora de ambos músicos. “Neve Marina” casi se podría calificar de música programática. “Song For Masha” es un precioso tema de Oriol Roca. En “Don’t Doubt Here Doubt There” ambos músicos dan una buena lección de cómo trabajar con la tensión musical. “Avoid A Void” es otro tema muy bonito con el piano goteando sus notas, mientras que “H.I.M.R.” es una composición de Di Domenico solemne, lírica, en la que el espacio y el silencio son elementos fundamentales. Pachi Tapiz, Tomajazz (April 2014)

 

A short record of piano/percussion avant-jazz between Giovanni di Domenico (Arve Henriksen, Nate Wooley, Jim O’Rourke) and Oriol Roca. Di Domenico is here in acoustic mode – and so is Roca. 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. Roca often restricts himself to a few percussion instruments and get the most nuances out of them.Sounds Good is an unpretentious and quite convincing meeting. François Couture, Monsieur Délire (April 2014)

 

Questa collaborazione con il batterista Oriol Roca sposta il suo baricentro su quelle movenze contemporanee che erano appena accennate in “Ghibli” e “Seminare Vento”. “Soundabout” vi introduce ad un clima quasi Ligetiano, per poi comunque rientrare in una “pensosità” espressiva coadiuvata da effetti percussivi che rendono il linguaggio sospensivo; in “Sounds good” trovate tutto il polistilismo di Giovanni: gli spazi atonali, la ricerca di un giusto equilibrio tra silenzio e note, le percussioni che si muovono sommessamente sullo sfondo, e, in quantità minori l’amebluement trasversale di Satie e le angolature di Monk; in “Avoid the void” si avvertono persino brevi scampoli di minimalismo; ma la cosa che colpisce è il validissimo tocco pianistico che segue canoni di raffinatezza che appartengono al mondo degli esecutori classici. Ettore Garzia, Percorsi Musicali (January 2013)

 

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.  Totally random, but would be interested to learn if the song “Hermafrobeat” sends anyone else’s cats into a crazed tailspin like it does mine. Dave Summer, Bird Is The Worm (October 2013)

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