Monthly archives: March, 2015

The Anisotropic Peturbations at Absenta del Raval – 28th Mar ’15

Tom Chant (tenor & soprano saxes) Ferran Fages (guitar) Ivo Sans (drums) Let’s face it, it’s a good name: The Anisotropic Perturbations. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (is there any other?), “anisotropic” means, having a physical property which has a different value when measured in different directions. Hmmm… “perturbation” means anxiety or mental uneasiness…




Nocturna Discordia #19 at Soda – 25th Mar ’15

El Pricto (alto sax) Agustí Fernández (piano) Nuno Rebelo (guitar) Jelena Glazova (laptop) This Discordian thing is acquiring an increasingly global flavour. This evening sees performers hailing from Venezuela, Mallorca, Portugal and Latvia – the Catalans are all in the audience (although not all the audience are Catalans). Anyway, before we get to the performance,…




Discordian Friday #7: Friday Bloody Friday at Taller Milans – 20th Mar ’15

Ozzy Pricto (clarinet) Naná ‘Tony’ Rovira (bass clarinet) Luiz ‘Geezer’ Rocha (clarinet, bass clarinet) Enric Ponsa-Ward (drums) The first Discordian Clarinet Trio gig focused on a last-minute choice (well, a few hours before the performance) to subject some of Black Sabbath’s early tunes to the free improv treatment. Typical Discordian whimsy and I think maybe…




Reptilian Mambo at El Dorado – 19th Mar ’15

El Pricto (alto saxophone) Luiz Rocha (bass clarinet) Pablo Rega (guitar) Vasco Trilla (drums) Maybe a little adversity or frustration is good for the concentration, or focus, or something… An audience that had mostly come along to see the hip-hop band; a set that started an hour late (thanks, hip-hop band); reduced to a quartet…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 18th Mar ’15

Àlex Reviriego (bass) Roberto Bellatalla (bass) Miquel Jordà (sopranino sax) Guillermo Torres (flugelhorn, percussion) Iván González (trumpet) I’m a little late (which is becoming a shamefully common opener for reviews on this blog) and enter Robadors 23 to the sound of distant thunder rumbling through the bar. It’s a two-bass night and already my internal…




Nocturna Discordia #17 at Soda – 11th Mar ’15

Diego Caicedo (guitar) Owen Kilfeather (guitar) Ferran Fages (guitar) Pablo Rega (guitar) El Pricto (conducting) The weekly Nocturna Discordia likes to mix it up. Different musicians, different instrumentation, different improvisatory aesthetics… Witness this week’s offering. Four electric guitars (complete with guitarists) playing four through-composed pieces – a degree of non-repetitive structure with plenty of opportunity…




RCJ + Tom Chant at Taller Milans – 7th Mar ’15

Luiz Rocha (clarinet, bass clarinet) Diego Caicedo (guitar) Marko Jelača (drums) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes) RCJ can be found here on the first Saturday of each month. The first time I tried to catch them, I couldn’t find the venue due to Plaça Milans’ somewhat nebulous existence on Google Maps. Better prepared this…




Putan Club at Hangar – 6th Mar ’15

François R. Cambuzat (guitar, voice) Gianna Greco (bass, voice) Hangar is a black space. A big space, but a black space. Lit by less than a handful of powerful spots, hurling angular shadows to the ceiling, 50 feet above our heads (that’s about 15 metres, metric fans). It’s the perfect venue for a little, well,…