Live at Jazz Cava


Artist : Oriol Roca Trio & Lynn Cassiers
Release Date : February 11th, 2023
Label : Underpool Records
Format : Vinyl /Digital

Recorded live at Jazz Cava Vic on May 7th 2022 during the 24th Vic Jazz Festival.

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Sergi Felipe.

Photos by Joan Cortès. Design and Cover by Pepon Meneses.



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Oriol Roca’s Live at Jazz Cava featuring himself alongside his regular trio with the addition of singer and soundscaper Lynn Cassiers. The album is a co-production of Festival de Jazz de Vic and the UnderPool Label. It was recorded live at the emblematic club Jazz Cava de Vic.


For this recording Oriol Roca is reunited with pianist Giovanni Di Domenico and double bassist Manolo Cabras, partners from countless other projects over the last 20 years. Together they have elaborated a common language which has gone on to receive abundant praise and recognition.


Live at Jazz Cava features the collaboration of singer and soundscaper Lynn Cassiers, one of the most remarkable voices on the current European scene. She is a natural addition to the group and enriches their sound spectrum, making herself a noteworthy contribution to the evolution of this project.

This is an immense group of musicians, each of them capable of transcending the role of their instruments in order to travel freely to unexpected places through improvisation. The music here is a testimony to their musical sensibility, energy and abundant personality.


Oriol Roca’s music on this album describes a vital moment, referencing emotions, and posing questions that have no answers; we glimpse new horizons and dreams evoked through the melodies of this most admired drummer.


The vinyl edition of this album kicks off the UnderPool label’s activity for 2023. The year also finds the label celebrating its 10th anniversary. In these 10 years UnderPool has become a reference point among independent labels by featuring locally produced contemporary jazz and it has in turn greatly contributed to the art form’s visibility.



Lynn Cassiers – Voice and Electronics

Giovanni Di Domenico – Piano

Manolo Cabras – Double Bass

Oriol Roca – Drums


All compositions written by Oriol Roca. Lyrics by Lynn Cassiers (except The Mutilated, translated from Gabriel Ferrater‘s poem El Mutilat).



Album review by Georges Tonla Briquet on Jazzhalo.be


“Opening with a song title like “What’s The Point?” testifies the vision and attitude that characterizes this foursome. They put the world into perspective and constantly question themselves. The contrast of freedom versus connectedness also emerges. Musically, that is a fact that fits this group like a glove. They know each other through and through, as a result of which both concepts are continuously magnified by each other. The freedom is guaranteed to improvise to your heart’s content, but this is done within the limit of mutual uniformity.”



Album review (****) by Jean-Claude Vantroyen on Le Soir


“Oriol Roca is a drummer and composer from Barcelona. He regularly came to Belgium, accompanied by two of the best musicians and improvisers on the Belgian jazz scene, Giovanni Di Domenico on piano and Manolo Cabras on double bass, two Italians based in Brussels. Their music is based on their complicity, which thus weaves natural, melodic, harmonic improvisations, full of sensitivity. For their performance at the Vic Jazz Festival in Barcelona, ​​in May 2022, they enlisted the exceptional voice and inventive electronic landscapes of the Belgian Lynn Cassiers. This concert at the Jazz Cava was fortunately recorded. This is what is offered today. And these are 43 minutes of beauty on the music of Oriol and the words of Lynn, which are the starting point for poetic improvisations. I love Lynn’s way of creating soundscapes, of painting sometimes elegiac, sometimes mysterious paintings with her airy voice, slightly transformed by electronics. I also love his liveliness in creating sound effects, layers, echoes to support the music. And what about Oriol, Giovanni and Manolo, who intertwine harmonies and melodies in the most lively and beautiful way to support Lynn’s lyrics? This very personal, very original album arouses emotions, leads to dreams, broadens horizons. The group is on April 28 at Sounds in Ixelles.”



Album review by Candido Querol on B!ritmos


“Oriol Roca, Barcelona 1979 is a composer and drummer of what we can consider European free jazz. And I say European because his formations have musicians of different nationalities. While he maintains his trio Tàlveg, together with Marcel·li Bayer (sax) and Ferran Fages (guitar) or MUT trio with Miguel Fernández (sax) and Albert Juan (guitar), all Catalan and interested in improvisation like him. In this case, he returns to his “European” trio with the Italians Manolo Cabras (double bass) and Giovanni Di Domenico (piano) with whom he had already recorded MAR (El Negocito records, 2017). And with whom he has other duet recordings. In fact, he already met Di Domenico at the Conservatory in The Hague twenty years ago and immediately began to play together united by that fondness for improvisation that they still practice. In this Live at Jazz Cava (UnderPool 2023) the trio is joined by the singer soundscaper Lynn Cassiers, for some the most unique vocalist in Belgian jazz and improvisation. On first listening to the album (I’ve had a few) it reminded me of the work of Rebekka Bakken (vocals) and Wolfgang Muthspiel (guitar) on the wonderful Daily Mirror Material records, 2000. But let’s go with the compositions of this Live at Jazz Cava, recorded by UnderPool live at the Jazz Cava in Vic. The first theme is “What’s the Point?”. Drums entrance, original start showing arms. And the voice and the double bass twinned in a line of work. Cabras rises above the rest and the first electronic dalliances mix fluidly with Cassiers’ voice and the soundscape takes shape in my head. The music is signed by Roca and the lyrics by Cassiers, but immediately improvisation prevails and everyone works on that sound layer that we like so much. “I should be going”. Now it is Di Domenico’s piano who introduces the theme, close to the old spirituals, the first two minutes are for him. Cassiers joins in, what a beautiful voice! But Cabras takes the bow (I suppose) and the “irreverent” sounds take over the situation. Suddenly a world of “antichrist” appears to cover up the old spiritual sounds and that change makes the song turn 180 degrees, leaving the last two minutes for Di Doménico to reintroduce them all back to the church. “Low”, now it’s time for Cabras to start, a hurtful pulsation, perfectly combined with the rest who aren’t looking for melodies either, all creating tense environments that force us / allow us to imagine where we are going. Another formation in which Roca collaborates comes to mind, the Piccola Orchestra Gagarin with the Sardinian Paolo Angeli (guitar) and the Russian Sahsa Agranov (cello) and specifically a concert in which they accompanied Mariola Membrives, stuffed in those astronauts (because of Gagarin). But let’s get on with the record. “The Mutilated” is an adaptation of the poem El Mutilat by Gabriel Ferrater (Reus, 1922). It is interesting to read the poem to see how Roca’s composition has managed to enter into that state of mind of the words that Ferrater left us. The instruments know how to respect the rhythm of the singer and Cassiers knows (very well accompanied by the piano) rise and fall in waves of emotions. Interchangeably using song and narration as required by the text. “No time”, suggests a traditional song to me. With that piano accompanying the narration, that voice that rises like the one telling a story. “No hard feelings” is a beautiful ballad, improvisation and free for a moment have left a space for the jazz trio and a beautiful voice to let us get excited from the most “classical” jazz. A bit like those paintings by abstract painters, in which people exclaim, see how they also know how to paint! As the hand strikes, then gives a flower… to finish “Carousel,” which once again bets on the freedom of execution, Roca sets a rhythm of “whoever wants to follow me” and the whole group launches into playing freely. As said, an album to listen to many times and enjoy more and more.”



Concert review by Martí Farré on Núvol


“One of the most remarkable merits of this encounter was the style of the proposal itself, difficult to categorize, which is no small thing: straddling pop, contemporary jazz, song, electronica… The other was the convergence between two aesthetic universes, that of Roca and that of Cassiers, with a long, fruitful and experienced trajectory separately. And what at first could seem like a superimposition of sound layers – the trio of Oriol Roca and the spectral voice of Lynn Cassiers, supported by tricks and electronic effects – immediately became an extraordinary complement to two bands: Cassiers said and the others pointed out, even embellished – above all the pianist Di Domenico – and all together with a route that sometimes progressed by palpitations or, even, by leaps and bounds. Surprising was, in fact, the combination of fragments of high energy voltage with others of almost balladic calmness, of studied slowness. Songs, in the long run, dressed in a different aesthetic, with a very similar climatic tone – there was almost no counterpoint, no sudden turn of the script – but with a thousand and one details of excellence, with moments of brilliance individual, by everyone, and solos and accompaniments that were taught like who doesn’t want the thing.” 



Concert review by Xavier Castillón, El Punt Avui


“On Sunday evening, the Sala Galà in Cassà de la Selva became, thanks to the Jazzà concert series, a small refuge of peace and beauty, of music not forcedly friendly or built to please the masses or the algorithms, but made with passion and respect by musicians used to traveling and conquering the hearts of listeners step by step, without rushing. Precisely, the respect was what the Barcelona drummer and composer Oriol Roca (1979) thanked the audience present in the hall, at the end of the concert, on behalf of his colleagues: the Roman pianist Giovanni Di Domenico (1977) and the Sardinian double bassist Manolo Cabras (1971), who complete his stable trio between Brussels and Barcelona, and the Belgian singer and sonic landscaper Lyn Cassiers (1984), brilliant vocalist who truly creates unique sound spaces with her voice, the microphone that he moves closer or further away from his mouth and the machines that help him sculpt the syllables he emits like just another instrument. As Roca explained after the concert to the spectators who wanted to share an informal chat with the musicians, the album they presented in Cassà, Live at Jazz Cava, is the result of a co-production between the Vic Jazz Festival and the active label Underpool, which makes possible an old desire of Roca: to add the musicality of his trio to a vocalist, preferably Cassiers, with which had already coincided with the jazz scenes of the Belgian capital, where Cabras and Di Domenico are also installed. During the rehearsals prior to the recording of the disc in Vic, last May 7 – in fact, the first public performance of the quartet–, Roca was taking to Brussels the compositions to which Cassiers incorporated the lyrics, with the only exception is The Mutilated, which adapts and translates into English a poem by Gabriel Ferrater, which talks about emotional mutilations. Since May, the four musicians have not been on stage again until the series of concerts in Catalonia that ended on Sunday in Cassà, but their good work and their great understanding became evident during the hour in concert: a superb demonstration of contemporary jazz at this Jazzà, which thanks to the collaboration between the Culture department of Cassà City Council and Underpool is becoming an essential jazz oasis.”



Album review on New Music Jason


“Oriol Roca is a drummer and bandleader from Spain. He has been recording and performing with his Trio for over twenty years. Their latest album, Live At Jazz Cava, pairs them with Belgian vocalist Lynn Cassiers, for a seven-song set at Barcelona’s Jazz Cava de Vic. It’s dark and moody, with Cassiers’ beautiful and altered voice projecting an air of mystery. The album closes with Carousel, giving all involved a chance to show off their improvisational prowess. Go cats, go!” 



Album review on Warmth Highest


“Belgian jazz vocalist, and master of electronics, Lynn Cassiers, makes avant garde singing emotionally relatable on this exceptional album. It’s ethereal, dreamy, and romantic. And very human and comforting as well. The band is so incredibly outstanding. Even Cassier’s electronic accompaniment with her own voice is stellar and compliments the vibe. On all counts, it feels like she’s leading the band and boy oh boy are they quick on their toes putting forth unbelievable accompaniment. Sometimes bassist, Manolo Cabras, puts forth some initial landscape but Cassiers explores it at her own pace and pleasure and with extraordinary and pleasing confidence. Giovanni Di Domenico’s piano playing is heavily showcased on I Should Be Going but then the song takes a wild left turn into the avant garde and he comes out of it sounding something like Keith Jarrett. But he also plays in an impressionistic manner that channels Debussy. This is especially true when he’s quick on the draw to find the perfect accompaniment to Cassiers. And obviously the percussion is huge since Oriol Roca is the band leader. He and Cabras have a very intuitive relationship but he’s also impressionistic like Giovanni Di Domenico. It’s kind of odd to think of a percussionist like that but he drives the band with a dreaminess through his peculiar pace and rhythm. It’s also big. His percussion adds layers of texture in the same way electronics do in other music. Enjoy this great album.”


‘MAR’ Oriol Roca Trio / Best Jazz Album 2018 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 2018!!


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)




Link to Enderrock Magazine



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


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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


INGAR ZACH & ORIOL ROCA TRIO at Citadelic Festival (Belgium)

An evening of drums & percussion at Citadelic Festival on March 6th 2018 at SMAK (Gent, Belgium)




Ingar Zach: percussion


Ingar Zach, born in Oslo, June 29th 1971, is one of the leading percussionists/improvisers from Norway. He is known for the wide range of sounds in his drum kit and he uses his percussion in a very dynamic but still energetic way.


Zach is also involved in multiple collaborations and has shared the stage with many other instrumentalists such as Barry GuyEvan ParkerAxel DörnerAgustí Fernández or Derek Bailey. 






Giovanni di Domenico (piano), Manolo Cabras (double bass), Oriol Roca (drums)


Oriol Roca, born in Barcelona, September 1979, has performed alongside some of the best improvisers and composers of creative music in Catalonia, 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 (Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen, Jim O’Rourke) and the double bass player Manolo Cabras (Charles Gayle, Erik Vermeulen, Enrico Rava) two of the most personal voices on the European jazz and improvisation scene. Together they form a trio built on complicity, risk and friendship.




More info & tickets: www.citadelic.be

‘MAR’ Oriol Roca Trio / Chronique sur Citizen Jazz (Disque élu 2017)

MAR (el NEGOCITO Records 2017) by Oriol Roca Trio


“Oriol Roca est de ces batteurs qui nous démontrent, par cette grande sensibilité qui le caractérise à la fois comme musicien et comme compositeur, que l’art de la percussion consiste à souligner l’impulsion d’une musique, non de taper sur quoi que ce soit. ‘Mar’ est un album gorgé de plaisirs éphémères, une musique qui prend le temps d’être concise, pour aller à l’essentiel et ne dire les choses qu’une fois.” Citizen Jazz (FR)


Read the complete review on www.citizenjazz.com




Giovanni Di Domenico & Oriol Roca

© Silvano Magnione
© Joan Cortès
© Joan Cortès


Italian piano player Giovanni Di Domenico (Akira Sakata, Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen, Jim O’Rourke) and Spanish drummer Oriol Roca started playing together twenty 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.


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



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)




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.



MANOLO CABRAS: double bass




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)





‘MAR’ Oriol Roca Trio / Album review by Bird is the Worm

MAR (el NEGOCITO Records 2017) by Oriol Roca Trio


“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” Bird is the Worm (USA)


Read the complete review on www.birdistheworm.com



Photo by © Joan Cortès / Tomajazz


Al habla con… Oriol Roca / Entrevista en Tomajazz

El baterista Oriol Roca ha publicado en septiembre de 2017 en el sello belga El Negocito Records, la nueva grabación del Oriol Roca Trio, titulada Mar. Acompañado por el pianista Giovanni di Domenico y el contrabajista Manolo Cabras presentará esta propuesta (grabada en febrero de 2017) en directo en 29º Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (viernes 15 de septiembre de 2017), y Jamboree en Barcelona (sábado 16 de septiembre). Ambos conciertos y la mencionada grabación son la excusa perfecta para charlar con este músico acerca del Oriol Roca Trio, y también de sus últimas grabaciones y proyectos: MUT TríoVrak’ Trio Memoria Uno (proyecto ideado por Iván González en el que participa). Como complemento a la entrevista con Pachi Tapiz, en HDO 310 suenan sucesivamente temas (el sonido del cambio de LP lo anuncia) de grabaciones de estos grupos, y también de la Piccola Orchestra Gagarin.


Escucha el podcast en www.tomajazz.com



Visita la galería fotográfica de Joan Cortès para la presentación de Oriol Roca Trio en el 29è Mercat de Música Viva de Vic, también en www.tomajazz.com

GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO & ORIOL ROCA · Live at Festival de Jazz de Vic 2016 by Carlos Pérez Cruz (concert + audio interview)

Giovanni di Domenico & Oriol Roca – Live at 18 Festival de Jazz de Vic 2016

Concert + interview from May 2016 with Spanish journalist Carlos Pérez Cruz (www.elclubdejazz.com) discussing the recent album Live in Centelles with pianist Giovanni di Domenico, the duo background, Japan, free improvisation and more… Click here to listen to the whole interview