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)

TÀLVEG – Live Series III

LIVE SERIES III

Artist : Tàlveg

Release Date : August 11, 2022

Label : Bandcamp

Format : Digital EP

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

Recorded by Juan Carlos Carozo
Mixed and mastered by Marcel·lí Bayer

Cover photography by Alexandra Garzón
Design by Josema Urós

Special thanks to Alfredo Costa Monteiro

Produced by Tàlveg

Go to TàLVEG

Buy album:

Tàlveg presents LIVE SERIES: a selection of the best moments of their concerts, dropped now as a digital EP. These sonic documents are and will be the live testimony of the trio’s musical research, based on the artistic freedom and the assymetries that the oratorio musical form allows them to develop. Small doses of truthful music where you will listen and appreciate the natural essence of Tàlveg’s sound.

 

LIVE SERIES volume III: Excerpts from Tàlveg’s live show from January 21th, 2022 at l’Auditori Sala 3, Barcelona under the Sampler Sèries season.

 

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

 

 

“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)

 

“Thinking that Arbori is their first full album as Tàlveg, the listener gets the feeling of urgency and importance.” Fotis Nikolakopoulos, The Free Jazz Collective, Freejazzblog.org (INT)

 

“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 (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)

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

 

TÀLVEG – Live Series I

LIVE SERIES I

Artist : Tàlveg

Release Date : October 15, 2021

Label : Bandcamp

Format : Digital EP

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

Recorded by Eric Ruiz
Mixed and mastered by Marcel·lí Bayer

Cover photography by Alexandra Garzón
Design by Josema Urós

Produced by Tàlveg.

Go to TàLVEG

Buy album:

Tàlveg presents LIVE SERIES: a selection of the best moments of their concerts, dropped now as a digital EP. These sonic documents are and will be the live testimony of the trio’s musical research, based on the artistic freedom and the assymetries that the oratorio musical form allows them to develop. Small doses of truthful music where you will listen and appreciate the natural essence of Tàlveg’s sound.

 

LIVE SERIES volume I: Excerpts from Tàlveg’s Expanded live show from December 17th, 2020 at Cine Alhambra La Garriga during the “9è Festival de Jazz de La Garriga”

 

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: alto and 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)

 

“Thinking that Arbori is their first full album as Tàlveg, the listener gets the feeling of urgency and importance.” Fotis Nikolakopoulos, The Free Jazz Collective, Freejazzblog.org (INT)

 

“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 (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)

Composer / Sound Designer

DIA ZERO · © Alba Suñé
AVINGUDA NACIONAL - © Kiku Piñol
CORISTES - © Alba Suñé
THE MOVING FOREST (Poruszony Las) - © Arkadiusz Stankiewicz
LA TOMBA DEI GIGANTI - © Anna Rubirola
JUNGLA - © Tristán Pérez-Martín
AVINGUDA NACIONAL - © Judit Colomer
LES TRES GERMANES - © Ros Ribas
© Les Nuits et les Jours de Querbes

COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER

Oriol Roca is a musician, composer and sound designer. In his works he aims to create unique aural experiences that challenge audiences. He often uses spatial techniques and elements of spontaneity, including improvisation, and his work is often collaborative and interdisciplinary.

 

He works across all forms including theatre, contemporary dance and installation, as well as composing works for other musicians or performing himself. He creates his own sound designs and compositions using a combination of foley, electronics, field recordings and live instruments.

 

 

 

 

SELECTED WORKS: 

 

 

JUNGLA by Col·lectiu Big Bouncers (2018-2020)

Premiered at Oslo International Dance Festival (Bærum Kulturhus, Norway) · Sâlmon Festival (Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona) · Festival El Més Petit de Tots (Mercat de Les Flors and El Graner de Barcelona, Teatre Principal, Olot and La Sala, Sabadell)

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THE MOVING FOREST (Poruszony Las) by Anna Rubirola (2020)

Premiered at Olsztyn Dance Theatre (Poland)

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CORISTES by Col·lectiu Anna Rubirola & Maria Montseny (2011-2012)

Premiered at Festival Grec · Festival LP Dansa (Mercat de Les Flors, Barcelona) · Festival Nous Llenguatges Del Cos (Antic Teatre, Barcelona) · Festival Escena Criminal (La Caldera, Barcelona)

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LA TOMBA DEI GIGANTI by Oriol Roca solo + Agnès Pancrassin & Anna Rubirola (2009-2012)

Premiered at Festival Isole che Parlano (Italy) · Festival Miau (Caldes de Montbui) · Festival Bouesia (Vandellòs) · Festival Les Nuits & Les Jours de Quèrbes (France) · Museu d’Art (Cerdanyola)

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NATIONAL AVENUE (Národní třída) by Jaroslav Rudiš (2019-2020)

Directed by Martí Torras

Premiered at Sala Beckett (Barcelona) included on the European Fabulamundi. Playwrighting Europe

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THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov (2011)

Directed by Carlota Subirós

Premiered at Teatre Lliure de Montjuïc (Barcelona)

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DIA ZERO by Anna Rubirola (2012-2014)

Premiered at Festival In Situ (Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona) · Centre Cívic Barceloneta (Barcelona)

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MIRODANSANT by Vrak Trio (2013-2016)

Premiered at Théâtre Scène Nationale Grand Narbonne (Narbonne, France) · Le Mediator (Perpignan, France) · Festival Jazzèbre (Perpignan, France)

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TÀLVEG – Live Series II

LIVE SERIES II

Artist : Tàlveg

Release Date : February 3, 2022

Label : Bandcamp

Format : Digital EP

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

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Quim Pugtió, Kato

Cover photography by Alexandra Garzón
Design by Josema Urós

Produced by Tàlveg.

Go to TàLVEG

Buy album:

Tàlveg presents LIVE SERIES: a selection of the best moments of their concerts, dropped now as a digital EP. These sonic documents are and will be the live testimony of the trio’s musical research, based on the artistic freedom and the assymetries that the oratorio musical form allows them to develop. Small doses of truthful music where you will listen and appreciate the natural essence of Tàlveg’s sound.

 

LIVE SERIES volume II: Excerpts from Tàlveg’s live show from November 7th, 2020 at Milano Jazz Club during JAZZ I AM (International Jazz Meeting)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Quim Pugtió, Kato

 

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: alto and 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)

 

“Thinking that Arbori is their first full album as Tàlveg, the listener gets the feeling of urgency and importance.” Fotis Nikolakopoulos, The Free Jazz Collective, Freejazzblog.org (INT)

 

“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 (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)

‘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

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)

ALBUMS

TÀLVEG – As It Fades

AS IT FADES

Artist : Tàlveg

Release Date : May 14, 2021

Label : Bandcamp

Format : Digital LP / Tape

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

Recorded by Vicent Pérez and Ignasi de Blas on December 15th, 2020 at W Room Studio, Barcelona

Mixed by Vicent Pérez and Marcel·lí Bayer
Mastered by Marcel·lí Bayer

Album design and Tàlveg’s logo by Josema Urós
Cover image by Martina Manyà

Produced by Tàlveg.

Go to TàLVEG

Buy album:

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.

 

As It Fades is Tàlveg’s second long play album, a 6 piece oratorio which comes after their debut album Arbori.

 

Marcel.lí Bayer: alto and 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)

 

“Thinking that Arbori is their first full album as Tàlveg, the listener gets the feeling of urgency and importance.” Fotis Nikolakopoulos, The Free Jazz Collective, Freejazzblog.org (INT)

 

“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 (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)

Piccola Orchestra Gagarin

© Joan Cortès / Tomajazz
© Nanni Angeli
© Janite Foto
© Francesco Ballestrazzi
© Richard Pomella
© Nanni Angeli
© Elena Beccati
© Totssants

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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