Category: Gigs

Memoria Uno at L’Automàtica – 12th March 2018

Ramon Prats – drums Oriol Roca – drums Juan Berbín – drums & objects Vasco Trilla – drums & objects Núria Andorrà – percussion & objects Ramon López – drums Iván González – conduction L’Automàtica, Barcelona Ah, Memoria Uno! A conduction project capable of endless reinvention – each performance a different line up, each performance…




BCN ImproFest – 8th March 2018

After an opening ‘school concert’ which saw Zero de Conducta collaborate with the children’s L’orquestra Pre-infantil del Poble-Sec (lots of fun, and I loved that kids so young are involved in improvised music and so obviously enjoying it – who wouldn’t?! – but must admit to a little frustration at not seeing ZdC in their…




Giulia Valle Trio – Centre Cultural Albareda, Barcelona, 2 March 2018

Giulia Valle – bass Marco Mezquida – piano David Xirgu – drums Centre Cultural Albareda, Barcelona This was the second in a short series of Barcelona concerts from Giulia Valle’s trio and while I can’t speak for the others, this one was fizzing with exuberance – possibly due to it being in Valle’s own neighbourhood,…




Phicus+1 – 13th July at Robadors 23

Ferran Fages – electric guitar Àlex Reviriego – bass Vasco Trilla – drums, percussion + Joachim Badenhorst – saxophone Robadors 23, Barcelona Phicus return to Robadors 23, this time accompanied by Joachim Badenhorst on reeds. Last time, I burbled on about “matching and contrasting tones and textures… layered and discarded in an unstoppable kineticism,” and…




Memoria Uno at Sinestesia – 4th July 2017

Agustí Fernández – piano Ramon Prats – drums Vasco Trilla – drums Àlex Reviriego – bass Ferran Besalduch – bass & sopranino saxophones Don Malfon – alto saxophone Sònia Sánchez – dance Iván González – conduction (& trumpet) This particular Memoria Uno performance was originally intended to be a launch performance for the new album…




Free Art Three at Sinestesia – trumpets to the power of 3

Iván González – trumpet, percussion, piano interference Pol Padrós – trumpet, percussion Julián Sánchez – trumpet, percussion Sinestesia, 9th June 2017 It begins with Sánchez, a high-pitched wandering line, a loose thread mapping an invisible maze. González adds a contrasting tonality, a gently entwining filament before Padrós adds a bass-er strand – the whole becoming…




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…