TÀLVEG – Arbori

ARBORI

Artist : Tàlveg

Release Date : June 27, 2020

Label : Bandcamp

Format : Digital EP

All music by Marcel·lí Bayer, Ferran Fages and Oriol Roca

Recorded by Santi Careta and Adrià Serrano on December 19th and 20th, 2019 at Santa Eugènia de Relat, Spain.

Mixed by Juan R. Berbín.

Mastering and cover photography by Marcel·lí Bayer.

Album design by Josema Urós.

Produced by Tàlveg.

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Barcelona based TàLVEG is a collaborative trio installed in an incessant search for new textures, chasing the light behind dark atmospheres and desolate landscapes, combining a palette of super-saturated colors with lyrical passages. The music unfolds in the form of an oratory building a narrative flow from the combinatorial possibilities that they explore as a trio.

 

Arbori is Tàlveg’s first long play album, a 10 piece oratorio which comes after Ses-Sens, their first 4-track EP debut.

 

Marcel.lí Bayer: baritone saxophone

Ferran Fages: electric guitar

Oriol Roca: drums

 

 

“Tàlveg is one of the most interesting new trios on the European avant-garde scene. A must purchase for anybody interested in contemporary avant-garde.”  Maciej Lewenstein (PL)

 

“These guys know exactly where they are and what they’re doing – they know the architecture and ambience they’re creating: the vast halls of silence illustrated by a single harmonic, the groaning bari-ous vistas, the flocks of cymbals across a distant sky, the brutal (dis)storms… They know exactly where they are. Their world. Their landscape. Created, filled, and offered with a yin/yang gesture of grace and ugliness.” Dave Foxall, ajazznoise.com (UK)

 

“The memories of the best years of Sonic Youth in New York rumble in our ears.”  Andrzej Nowak, spontaneousmusictribune.blogspot.com (PL)

 

“The depths of the guttural are explored. And finally everything is heading for an eruption.”  Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther, jazzhalo.be (BE)

 

“The notes seem to come into existence only to live a life of torture and agony, flowing between realms as fluidly as luminiferous æther. The result is an entrancing and bewildering forty-minute experience you ought to live for yourselves!” Dæv Tremblay, canthisevenbecalledmusic.com (USA)

 

“Tàlveg explores mysterious and unsettling, cinematic soundscapes, and often opt for sparse, implied gestures that leave enough space – literally – for breath and imagination.” Eyal Hareuveni, salt-peanuts.eu (NO)

 

“They expand the musical palette without detracting from the trio’s signature sound. Because of the often restrained tension, the listening experience is an exciting one. Beautiful album.” Gert Derkx, opduvel.com (NL)

TÀLVEG – Ses-Sens

SES-SENS

Artist : Tàlveg

Release Date : June 4, 2020

Label : Bandcamp

Format : Digital EP

All music by Marcel·lí Bayer, Ferran Fages and Oriol Roca

Recorded by Santi Careta and Adrià Serrano on December 19th and 20th, 2019 at Santa Eugènia de Relat, Spain.

Mixed by Juan R. Berbín.

Mastering and cover photography by Marcel·lí Bayer.

Album design by Josema Urós.

Produced by Tàlveg.

Go to TàLVEG

 

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Barcelona based TàLVEG is a collaborative trio installed in an incessant search for new textures, chasing the light behind dark atmospheres and desolate landscapes, combining a palette of super-saturated colors with lyrical passages. The music unfolds in the form of an oratory building a narrative flow from the combinatorial possibilities that they explore as a trio.

 

Marcel.lí Bayer: baritone saxophone

Ferran Fages: electric guitar

Oriol Roca: drums

 

 

 

“Sens-Sens is a memorable first encounter with the trio, which musically sounds as if they have known each other for years and in which each puts their individuality at the service of the common goal of making exciting improvised music that is not dominated by individual excesses but through the teamwork.” Gert Derkx, opduvel.com (NL)

 

“Tàlveg is one of the most interesting new trios on the European avant-garde scene. Their debut recording “Ses-sens” contains 4 beautifully intense and intensely beautiful short tracks and is an unquestionable revelation. A must purchase for anybody interested in contemporary avant-garde!!” Maciej Lewenstein (PL)

 

“Tàlveg explores mysterious and unsettling, cinematic soundscapes, and often opt for sparse, implied gestures that leave enough space – literally – for breath and imagination.” Eyal Hareuveni, salt-peanuts.eu (NO)

JUAN PABLO BALCAZAR – Suite Resbalosa

Suite Resbalosa

Artist : Juan Pablo Balcazar
Release Date : October 6, 2020
Label : Fresh Sound Records
Format : CD

Music composed by Juan Pablo Balcazar

Recorded at Underpool Studios, Barcelona, July 12, 2018

Mixed & Mastered by Hartosopash (Javier Rodríguez) at Metropol Studios, Madrid, November 2018

Design & Cover Art: TheLibrarian

Produced by Juan Pablo Balcazar

Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol

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Balcazar is one of the pillars of the Barcelona jazz scene, and has proven himself not only to be a bass player of great imagination, taste and artistic integrity, but also a prolific and interesting composer. This time around his music exudes strength, skill and conviction, but also a feeling of understated melancholy that pervades the Suite.

 

For his Suite Resbalosa, Balcazar assembled a good, tightly-knit unit that delivers intimate conversations between its five members throughout the set, following the somber but gentle groove —easily recognizable, easily assimilated— from the leader’s music. The group includes two alto saxophonists, Marcel·lí Bayer and Joan Mas, pianist Antonio Mazzei from Venezuela, and drummer Oriol Roca. They achieve a kind of vital transcendence in each performance, sustaining, developing it with the strong, personal, emotionally gripping approach that is so forcibly on display in this session. The texture of each piece is warm and thick, and the moods are reflective and yearning. The ensembles are particularly striking, harmonious and rich in counterpoints, full of intriguing color changes and vigorous line movements.

 

This quintet traverses the ridges and troughs of the music with sensitive control, where each member’s skill as a soloist and improviser, the clarity and sheer musicality of their ideas, and the affinity with each other, create a cohesive ensemble sound which speaks for itself, growing through the moving eloquence of Juan Pablo Balcazar’s music and his work as a leader.

 

Text by Jordi Pujol

 

Juan Pablo Balcazar: double bass

Joan Mas: alto saxophone

Marcel·lí Bayer: alto saxophone

Antonio Mazzei: piano

Oriol Roca: drums

 

www.freshsoundrecords.com

GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO & ORIOL ROCA – Ater

ATER

Artist : Giovanni Di Domenico & Oriol Roca

Release Date : May 1, 2020

Label : Bandcamp

Format : Digital

All music by Giovanni Di Domenico & Oriol Roca

Recorded in Studio Grez, Brussels, november 2016

Additional recordings done at The Nest Cellar, Brussels, march/april 2020
Recorded, mixed, mastered by Giovanni Di Domenico

Go to: GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO & ORIOL ROCA

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Oriol Roca and Giovanni Di Domenico have been playing music together for 20 years already (and coulting!)

Now, after the studio album “Sounds Good” (Spocus, 2012) and the live one “Live in Centelles” (Whataboutmusic, 2015) they bring you Ater, their 2° studio album together.

In this one they focused on minimal touches and slow unfolding structures, fluxes of psychedelic layers superimposed on a mesmerizing drums and cymbals forest.

70’s ECM rules!

 

Giovanni Di Domenico: piano, Fender Rhodes, organ

Oriol Roca: drums, percussion

 

DISCORDIAN COMMUNITY ENSEMBLE – SONGS FROM THE UNREAL BOOK

Songs From The Unreal Book

Artist : Discordian Community Ensemble

Release Date : April 5, 2020

Label : Discordian Records

Format : Digital

Composed and conducted by El Pricto

Recorded live at Sinestesia, Barcelona on December 12, 2018.
Mixed and mastered by El Pricto

Cover art and design by El Pricto (extract from the graphic score of “Omaggio a C.G. Jung”)
Backcover design by Aorita

Produced by Discordian Records

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Songs without words for a world without meaning.
Dedicated to all humans during the crisis of Covid-19 pandemic, because life itself is the meaning.

The Unreal Book is a collection of graphic scores created by El Pricto and some of his friends. To buy the upcoming physical format of the Unreal Book, contact the label at discordianrecords@gmail.com.

 

Personnel:

 

Ilona Schneider: soprano
Pol Padrós: trumpet
Melisa Bertossi: tenor saxophone
Francesc Llompart: violin
Diego Caicedo: electric guitar
Javi Garrabella: electric bass
Oriol Roca: drums

MIGUEL VILLAR QUARTET – Apátrida

APÁTRIDA

Artist : Miguel Villar Quartet

Release Date : December 2019

Label : Fresh Sound Records

Format : CD

Recorded at UnderPool Studio, Barcelona, May 30 & June 1, 2018. Sound engineer: Sergi Felipe / Mixed by Jordi Matas / Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market, Canada / Artwork by Kote García (Berberecho Productions) / Illustration by Marta Lafuente
Produced by Miguel Villar / Executive producer: Jordi Pujol

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All tracks composed by Miguel ‘Pintxo’ Villar, except #9 by Guinga (Lyrics by Zé Miguel)

Miguel Villar: tenor & soprano saxophone, vocals

Toni Saigi: piano
Marc Cuevas: double bass

Oriol Roca: drums

Carme Canela: vocals on #9

 

https://www.freshsoundrecords.com

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

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

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

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

 

 

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