Monthly archives: February, 2015

Cabeza de Topo #7 at Café 4’33” (Hugs Bison & Planeta Salvatge) – 28th Feb ’15

Café 4’33” is, by its own description, “A cultural project. A cafe. A polyvalent and nonconformist space. A place for spreading new and creative music made here and there.” Add to that the fact that it’s based in a part of town about 20 minutes’ walk from my front door and it’s no wonder I…




Memoria Uno – Crisis

Iván González (conducting) ~40 musicians (playing pretty much everything) [i.e. too many to list here, see below for the full roster…] Conducción #4 Conducción #5 Conducción #8 l’Ateneu Barcelonés, Barcelona 18th June 2014 Okay, any line up that has a five-strong cello section is clearly serious about getting a hefty sound (I could have mentioned…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 26th Feb ’15

Ramon Prats (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes) Marco Mezquida (piano) For once, the bar area at R23 is free of chatterers. Not that it’s a great problem, usually. Sometimes a snatch of conversation is like crossed wires with another world and – if brief – might even enhance the listening…




Nocturna Discordia #15 at Soda – 25th Feb ’15

Susana Santos Silva (trumpet) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxophone) Vasco Trilla (drums) Is it me, or is there a larger than usual crowd here tonight? If so, it’s hard to say who’s the ‘draw’. Chant and Trilla are both well-known (and well-respected, naturally) on the Barcelona scene, not least for their unpredictably puckish approach…




Orange the Juice – The Messiah is Back

Konrad Zawadzki (vocals, sounds, noise) Dawid Lewandowski (guitar, vocal, sounds) Marcin Jadach (bass, double bass) Anek Kiedrzyński (drums) Marcin A. Steczkowski (keyboard, trumpet, sounds) Mariusz Godzina (saxophones) Guests: Ida Zalewska, Maciej Obara, Erwin Żebro, Maciej Kosztyła, Marcin Taras, Paweł Gielareck, The Cantus Choir of Stalow Wola Romanian Beach Summer Sea The Message A Body Without…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 19th Feb ’15

Ramon Prats (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes) Dani Comas (guitar) Pope (trumpet, flugelhorn) Marco Mezquida (piano) Here’s a random thought: can we apply the principle of Darwinian natural selection (that stronger, more survival-oriented genes and traits are more likely to survive and therefore dominate the gene pool/species) to improvised music?…




Nocturna Discordia #14 at Soda – 18th Feb ’15

El Pricto (clarinet) Naná Rovira (bass clarinet) Luiz Rocha (bass clarinet) Owen Kilfeather (conducting) Billing themselves as the “Black Sabbath Clarinet Trio” was a sure way to get my anticipatory juices flowing. I may be into all kinds of improvisatory weirdness these days but I grew up on classic rock and 80s metal. Any attempt…




Marcel·li Bayer’s “1680” at Jamboree – 17th Feb ’15

Marcel·li Bayer (saxophone and clarinets) Alexandra Garzón (visuals) I’ve already written about what a gorgeous experience the live presentation of this album is from when I saw Bayer & Garzón at Robadors 23 in December last year. That performance led me to buy the CD, name it as one of my best releases of 2014,…