Category: Gigs

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…




Phicus at Robadors 23 – “Keiji Haino meets AMM”?

Ferran Fages – electric guitar Àlex Reviriego – bass Vasco Trilla – drums, percussion Robadors 23, Barcelona Why “Phicus”? What is a phicus? A fancy spelling of the plant? Or is the explanation more elaborate? I suppose I’ll have to ask… but in a post-truth society, it’s more fun to guess or fabulate… #phikenews? Well,…




OME Acústic at the BCN ImproFest – 1st March 2017

Juan Crek: objects, flutes, vocals, percussion Marcelo Acosta: cavaquinho, plastic clarinet, metallophone Joana Brabo: piano, vocals, objects offscope Jordi Buscà: guitar Sir Pere Canals: piano, vocals, flutes Eli Gras: homemade instruments, toys, ukelele Montserrat Marfany: vocals, bourou, flutes, objects Jaume Martín: xylophone, glockenspiel, percussion Andrés Noarde: guitar, tibetan bowl Boris Porter: homemade slide trombone, objects…




David Fiuczynski at BARTS Club, Barcelona

BARTS Club, 24th February 2017 David Fiuczynski’s latest album (Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! on RareNoise) ingests influences as diverse as Olivier Messiaen, J Dilla, Gagaku (ancient Japanese imperial court music), and birdsong. Tonight, before the first tune, Fiuczynski also promises us Beyoncé and The Simpsons. I missed the Beyoncé reference but caught The Simpsons theme…