Chad Taylor – Myths and Morals

Chad Taylor – drums, mbira Elliot Bergman – electric kalimba (on Simcha only) Arcadia Phoenix The Fall of Babylon Carnation Gum Tree Abtu and Anet Island of the Blessed Simcha (bonus) (41:06) ears&eyes Records ee:18-o72 The experimental Chicago Underground lineups, the always-uplifting Digital Primitives, Ribot’s Spiritual Unity project… even with my hermit-like existence, I keep…




Aeolipile – Observational Error

Tom Roberts – bass Andy Pyne – drums Ross Mason – sax Jason Williams – sax observational error swirl chamber low arousal approach confession box convulsions tumbling thief knot pelvic flaw (50:10) Foolproof Projects PRJ048 April 2018 I’ve heard bits of Aeolipile before, but nothing quite prepared me for this little gem. I don’t know…




Memoria Uno at L’Automàtica – 12th March 2018

Ramon Prats – drums Oriol Roca – drums Juan Berbín – drums & objects Vasco Trilla – drums & objects Núria Andorrà – percussion & objects Ramon López – drums Iván González – conduction L’Automàtica, Barcelona Ah, Memoria Uno! A conduction project capable of endless reinvention – each performance a different line up, each performance…




BCN ImproFest – 8th March 2018

After an opening ‘school concert’ which saw Zero de Conducta collaborate with the children’s L’orquestra Pre-infantil del Poble-Sec (lots of fun, and I loved that kids so young are involved in improvised music and so obviously enjoying it – who wouldn’t?! – but must admit to a little frustration at not seeing ZdC in their…




Giulia Valle Trio – Centre Cultural Albareda, Barcelona, 2 March 2018

Giulia Valle – bass Marco Mezquida – piano David Xirgu – drums Centre Cultural Albareda, Barcelona This was the second in a short series of Barcelona concerts from Giulia Valle’s trio and while I can’t speak for the others, this one was fizzing with exuberance – possibly due to it being in Valle’s own neighbourhood,…




Martin Pyne / Stephen Grew duo – Winter Landscape

Martin Pyne – vibraphone Stephen Grew – piano A Hard Frost Shiver Icicles Slipper After The Snow (60:10) Tall Guy Records 008 After 2017’s “Behind The Mist”, Martin Pyne’s solo vibes album inspired by British Faerie myths, comes another improvised concept album. “Winter Landscape” is a duo set with pianist Stephen Grew, a series of…




Miss Foreign Affairs – Jihad For Dummies, Vol. 1

Owen Kilfeather – electric guitar, vocals Luiz Rocha – bass clarinet, vocals Carlos Ródenas – electric bass Enric Ponsa – drums, percussion Rich Kids of Raytheon a bit of fun, the swines… REDACTED Kiss My Asset Probable Cause (24:10) You know those albums that begin so quietly that you wonder if you pressed PLAY firmly…




RAIC – Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins

Samuel Goff – drums, percussion, bowed dulcimer, vocals, electronics Abdul Hakim Bilal – bass, percussion Erik Schroeder – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion, flute, keyboards Zoe Olivia Kinney – cello Tim Harding – alto saxophone on Track #3 Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins Penance Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins (LIVE) (67.48)…