Blood Quartet at Iklectik – UK Tour 2017

Mark Cunningham – trumpet, guitar Lluís Rueda – guitar, Korg MS-10 Kike Bela – bass, Korg MS-10, guitar Càndid Coll – drums, voice Blood Quartet are hard to categorise. Doomjazz? Kind of, but without any metal trappings. Noise? Lots of it but always contrasted with something elegant and delicate. Ambient? Surprisingly so, sometimes. And the…




The Near Death Ensemble at Magia Roja – a deeply satisfying trip

Marc Curcio – guitar Jordan Menossi – drums Santiago Arteaga – electric bass Andrea Turbo Barbiero – synths, vox, fx Giuliano Gius Cobelli – synths, trumpet (and various other musical toys) If you fancy a big bowl of alternative-free jazz-electronic-funk-psychedelic rock-world soup, look no further than Barcelona’s Near Death Ensemble. I’ve had a warm and…




Phicus at Robadors 23 – “Keiji Haino meets AMM”?

Ferran Fages – electric guitar Àlex Reviriego – bass Vasco Trilla – drums, percussion Robadors 23, Barcelona Why “Phicus”? What is a phicus? A fancy spelling of the plant? Or is the explanation more elaborate? I suppose I’ll have to ask… but in a post-truth society, it’s more fun to guess or fabulate… #phikenews? Well,…




Zer0deConducta – #1

Montserrat Marfany – voice, percussion, slide guitar offScope Jordi Buscà – guitar, bass, voice, effects & distractions Sir Pere Canals – guitar, bass, percussion Jaume Martín – guitar, synthesized guitar, percussion, glockenspiel, xylophone Dr. Antoni Robert – synthesized guitar, bass, IC4039 synthesizer, percussion Captain Enric Solà – drums, percussion, bass, distillates Living Fast Let’s Dance…




OME Acústic at the BCN ImproFest – 1st March 2017

Juan Crek: objects, flutes, vocals, percussion Marcelo Acosta: cavaquinho, plastic clarinet, metallophone Joana Brabo: piano, vocals, objects offscope Jordi Buscà: guitar Sir Pere Canals: piano, vocals, flutes Eli Gras: homemade instruments, toys, ukelele Montserrat Marfany: vocals, bourou, flutes, objects Jaume Martín: xylophone, glockenspiel, percussion Andrés Noarde: guitar, tibetan bowl Boris Porter: homemade slide trombone, objects…




David Fiuczynski at BARTS Club, Barcelona

BARTS Club, 24th February 2017 David Fiuczynski’s latest album (Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! on RareNoise) ingests influences as diverse as Olivier Messiaen, J Dilla, Gagaku (ancient Japanese imperial court music), and birdsong. Tonight, before the first tune, Fiuczynski also promises us Beyoncé and The Simpsons. I missed the Beyoncé reference but caught The Simpsons theme…




David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!

(This review was originally published in Jazz Journal in September 2016.) Loon-y Tunes Dance of the UiraPuru Flam Q&A Solitaire Oiseaux Jdillique Gagaku Chord Candy Waldstimmen Uira Happy Jam Organ Wren Loon-Ly Solitaire (47.03) David Fiuczynski (fretted and fretless guitars, piano) Helen Sherrah-Davies (violin) Yazhi Guo (suona, Chinese percussion) Utar Artun (microtonal keyboards, electric piano,…




Memoria Uno – BCN ImproFest 2017

Juan Berbin: drums Ramón Prats: drums Vasco Trilla: drums Martín Leiton: electric bass Marc Cuevas: double bass Àlex Reviriego: double bass Dani Pérez: guitar Diego Caicedo: guitar Hilario Rodeiro: laptop Joan Bagés: laptop Ferran Besalduch: bass & sopranino saxophones Don Malfon: alto & baritone saxophones Tom Chant: tenor & soprano saxophones Albert Cirera: tenor &…