Monthly archives: May, 2016

Memoria Uno – …a balm for a troubled…

Memoria Uno #11 at Sala Fènix – 31st May ’16 Oriol Roca (drums) Àlex Reviriego & Marc Cuevas (bass) Marcel·lí Bayer (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone) Pablo Selnik (flute) Núria Andorrà (percussion) Pol Padrós (trumpet) Oriol Fontclara (baritone saxophone) Tom Chant (tenor & soprano saxophones) Pablo Rega (guitar) Agustí Fernández (piano, conduction) Iván González (conduction, trumpet)…




Deep Schrott – One

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2010.] Wollie Kaiser (bs) Andreas Kaling (bs) Jan Klare (bs) Dirk Raulf (bs) Cultural Value Oh Well That’s Right Helter Skelter The Brand New Sweet Neo Schrott Crimson Medley Nice Lines, Man Thick Description Left Behind Fire Black Dog Can’t Get You Out of My Head…




Basement Soundscapes at Absenta del Raval – 25th May ’16

Tom Chant (tenor & soprano saxophones) Pablo Schvarzman (effects, electronics) In the Absenta del Raval basement room, Schvarzman’s lurching electronic rhythmic distortions seem to push Chant into more melodic (albeit fragmented) territory than usual. The fragments repeat in layers, slowly accreting until a coherent density emerges. Sometimes eerie, sometimes harsh, never sweet but definitely an…




7 Questions for… Susana Santos Silva

Trumpeter, composer, improviser, Susana Santos Silva hails from Porto, Portugal but her collaborations and projects are global in scope. Equally at home with structured ensemble playing or free improvisation and extended technique, Silva regularly performs in a variety of settings, from orchestral to solo. 1. Name an experience that contributed to your becoming a musician?…




Dymny / Trilla – Cave Canem

Michał Dymny (electric guitar) Vasco Trilla (drums) Paulina Owczarek (baritone saxophone) – tracks 6 & 8 Morbidezza Flechettes Xoloescuincle Scotoma Memory Hole Cave Canem Bigu Hskaner DNAR 2015 FMR Records FMRCD399 “Cave Canem” (Latin for beware of the dog) is a meeting of minds from Kraków and Barcelona – no prizes for guessing who might…




7 Questions for… Verneri Pohjola

Featuring on many people’s ‘best of…’ lists, 2015’s “Bullhorn” is arguably Verneri Pohjola’s most successful/recognised recording so far. I was lucky enough to see Pohjola play back in 2004, when the Ilmiliekki Quartet made their first appearance at Tampere’s Jazz Happening. Lyrical, melodic, subtle, and many other words have all been overused, so let’s just…