Monthly archives: November, 2016

7 Questions for… Miquel Jordà

With more than three decades of free improvisation behind him, Miquel Jordà is one of the pillars of the Barcelona scene, actively pushing new projects and contexts for the music. Happiest when he’s ‘mixing ingredients’ – such as music, dance and visual arts – Miquel is the driver behind the inaugural BCN Impro Fest this…




Memoria Uno – gettin’ jazzy…

Oriol Roca (drums) Martín Leiton (bass) Toni Saigi (piano) Marcel·li Bayer (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone) Joan Mas (alto saxophone) Fernando Brox (flute) Iván González (conduction) Another month, another incarnation of Memoria Uno. It’s the free improvisation equivalent of Doctor Who – always the same entity with the same drive but looking and sounding totally different….




Zu + Outblinker – an earshatteringly good time

BeGood, Barcelona, 28th November 2016 (promoted by Heliogàbal) Outblinker To be honest, I came for Zu and didn’t know much about Outblinker at all other than that they’re Scottish and a bit krautrock-y. Then I got my internal organs bashed about by pounding subaural synth beats, precision drums (to within nine decimal places) and hallucinogenically…




Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – The Organ Grinder

Rebecca Sneddon – saxophones Colin Stewart – electric bass Paul Archibald – drums & percussion; piano (track 5); pipe organ (track 11) and featuring: Luc Klein – trumpet (tracks 2, 5, 6, 9) Patrick Darley – trombone (tracks 4, 6) Open the Gate You Are Old Father William Funambule The Woods Calcutta Cutie LORA Bicycle…




Francesco Chiapperini’s Insight – Paradigm Shift

Francesco Chiapperini (compositions, bass and soprano clarinet ) Simone Lobina (electric guitar, effects) Simone Quatrana (piano and electric piano) France Mon Amour Promenade Only Theme Rock Scale Axis Oxilia Freezing “R” Aut Records Biella, Italy, November 2015 & February 2016 It begins with a repetitive crunchy rhythm guitar. The ear expects drums and a bassline…




7 Questions for… Daniel James Ross

Daniel James Ross is a self-described “human that likes sound”. Well, most of us humans do, but very few of us compose and improvise using algorithmically manipulated sound material with custom software based on MaxMSP and slippery chicken (be careful if you google that!). Personally, I sometimes find computer-produced music to be either cold, harsh…




7 Questions for… Almudena González

I’m pretty sure the first time I heard Almudena González play was at Barcelona’s l’Antic Teatre. Miquel Jordà had organised a performance by what he called a “submerged orchestra”, which meant musicians were hidden in the audience. It turned out Almudena was sat right in front of me (although the sudden flute in close proximity…




Ramón López Freedom Now Sextet – Valencia

(This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2011.) Ramón López (drums) Herb Robertson (trumpet) Ivo Perelman (tenor saxophone) Joe Morris (guitar) Agustí Fernández (piano) Barry Guy (bass) Alacant Cos I Ànima Bullirà El Mar Els Xiquestsi Misteri Horitzó Llum I Vent Llotja De La Seda Cova Del Bolomor Xàbia Fets D’Amor Sis Poemes…