Piccola Orchestra Gagarin

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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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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

 

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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

 

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“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)

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‘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

 

 

 

TÀLVEG

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TàLVEG

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.

 

Tàlveg’s first long play album Arbori is a 10 piece oratorio which comes after Ses-Sens, their first 4-track EP debut. Sens-Ses is Tàlveg’s third release, the closing EP of their first trilogy (Ses-Sens/Arbori/Sens-Ses).

As It Fades is Tàlveg’s second long play album, a 6 piece oratorio released on May 14 2021 on tape and digital.

 

 

MARCEL·LÍ BAYER: baritone sax
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)

 

“Tàlveg is about contours, about incomplete music that leaves something to the imagination. Balancing on the edge of abstraction, the musicians improvise to push boundaries, not radically but with policy. Which does not mean that musically no risks are taken. It takes a lot of guts and control to maintain the retained tension.” Gert Derkx, Opduvel.com (NL)

 

“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)

 

“On préfère vous prévenir que les 3 musiciens sus-cités ne dessinent ni n’installent de tracés ou de chemins dans leur musique. Ils explorent, défrichent, parfois même déboisent à coups de cris, de frottements, de grattements. Libre à vous de vous frayer un passage mais on vous assure que le paysage improvisé/sculpté par les 3 compères est à couper le souffle.” Le Grigri (FR)

 

 

Contact: talvegmusic@gmail.com

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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

“My Ship” by MUT TRIO / (★★★★) Album review on Jazz Journal

“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 2017) 

 

My Ship (Fresh Sound New Talent 2017) by MUT TRIO & Masa Kamaguchi  / Miguel Fernández (tenor and soprano sax), Albert Juan (electric guitar), Masa Kamaguchi (double bass), Oriol Roca (drums)

“I’ve always found the material on the New Talent side of the Fresh Sound label of interest and this compelling release from the Barcelona-based (and curiously named) MUT group is no exception. Usually a trio, here the group is augmented by Japanese bassist Kamaguchi. Pizzicato throughout—hear the potency of his figures within the building, thickening group textures of Torrance or the patient clarity of his solo on A Is to B—Kamaguchi fits seamlessly into what sleeve-note writer Dave Foxall aptly calls the spare structures and eloquent improvisation characteristic of the music.

 

Each musician is a fine player. Fernandez evinces incisive yet also painterly control of both textured sound and arching dynamics (witness the tenor opening of What’s Now?) while Juan and Roca are as one in their sensitivity to the interplay of cross-phrased “little sounds” and subtle colour. Anyone who appreciates the leaner or more oblique aspects of Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter or Sam Rivers—or who has relished the interaction of Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell and Paul Motian, for example—will find much to enjoy here: sample the opening moments of What’s Next?

 

MUT can burn, as in the offset drive of What’s Next? and Robot Skin, both of which feature Juan at his most linear and lyrical. But if there are welcome smears of blues-touched drama in Cançó sense lletra, the delicate opening guitar figures of My Ship recall the atemporal musings of Derek Bailey, an impression reinforced by the briefly plucked figures at the end of Caned. 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 Magazine, August 2017)

 

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Giovanni Di Domenico & Oriol Roca

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GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO & ORIOL ROCA

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)

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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

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