Oriol Roca Trio & Lynn Cassiers

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ORIOL ROCA TRIO & LYNN CASSIERS

 

 

Catalan drummer and composer Oriol Roca has been leading his own trio since 2017 with pianist Giovanni Di Domenico and double bassist Manolo Cabras, two important figures in the jazz and European improvisation scene with whom Oriol Roca has been collaborating for more than twenty years.

 

The album Mar released by the Belgian label El Negocito Records in 2017, praised by critics and awarded in Catalonia with the Enderrock Award for Best Jazz Album 2018, marked the debut of Oriol Roca as leader and composer with a record of high emotional intensity, leading him to participate on many occasions in northern Europe and to strengthen ties with the scene of the Belgian musical avant-garde.

 

 

 

 

In 2022 and after the stoppage imposed by the pandemic, Oriol Roca Trio returns and does so with Lynn Cassiers, singer and soundscaper based in Brussels considered one of the most remarkable voices in the European improvisation scene, capable to use any genre of music without prejudice to create her own label-free music universe, as evidenced by her acclaimed latest album YUN released with the prestigious label Clean Feed.

 

Lynn Cassiers’ collaboration with Oriol Roca Trio further strengthens the desire to put the melody at the center of the trio’s sound, establishing a natural communication between the four musicians based on complicity, risk and friendship built throughout over 20 years of making music together.

 

The premiere of the project Oriol Roca Trio & Lynn Cassiers took place during the Alhamabra Vic Jazz Festival on May 2022 in an exclusive concert, a co-production between Alhambra Vic Jazz Festival and the catalan record label Underpool. The concert was recorded live at the Jazz Cava de Vic and will be released by Underpool on February 15th 2023 in vinyl format:

 


 

 

Oriol Roca & Lynn Cassiers – Live at Jazz Cava (Underpool Records)

 

Lynn Cassiers: voice & electronics

Giovanni Di Domenico: piano

Manolo Cabras: double bass

Oriol Roca: drums

 

Low – Oriol Roca Trio & Lynn Cassiers (Live at Jazz Cava)

 

I Should Be Going – Oriol Roca Trio & Lynn Cassiers (Live at Jazz Cava)

 

The Mutilated – Oriol Roca Trio & Lynn Cassiers (Live at Jazz Cava)

 

What’s The Point? – Oriol Roca Trio & Lynn Cassiers (Live at Jazz Cava)

Oriol Roca Trio

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ORIOL ROCA TRIO

 

 

 Oriol Roca Trio & Lynn Cassiers 

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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 2018 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)

 

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)

 

 

 

 

ALBUMS

 

‘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

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)

 

 

20H – INGAR ZACH

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. 

 

 

 

 

21H15 – ORIOL ROCA TRIO 

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

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)

ALBUMS

‘MAR’ Oriol Roca Trio / Album review on Focus Vif Magazine

MAR (el NEGOCITO Records 2017) by Oriol Roca Trio

 

“Le Catalan Oriol Roca, dont c’est le premier album en tant que leader, est un batteur d’une sensibilité frémissante qui ne manque pas de muscle pour autant. À l’écoute de ce magnifique trio, son jeu n’a cessé de nous renvoyer à l’un des plus grands percussionnistes qu’ait connus la free music, l’immense Barry Altschul (Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton), dont Oriol apparaît aujourd’hui comme l’évident héritier. Mais, même si cinq des compositions du CD sont dues à sa plume, Mar ne se résume pas à son seul leader et ne pèserait pas bien lourd sans la prestation du pianiste Giovanni Di Domenico, improvisateur souple et intelligent qui transcende chaque titre -Manolo Cabras, à la contrebasse, n’étant pas en reste. Indispensable.”

 

Read the complete review on www.focus.levif.be

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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

 

 

‘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

 

 

 

‘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.

 

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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

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