Category: Gigs

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…




Memoria Uno – curiouser and curiouser…

Memoria Uno at Robadors 23, 25th October 2016. Ilona Schneider (voice) Tom Chant (tenor saxophone) Joan Mas (alto saxophone) Marcel·lí Bayer (bass clarinet) Pablo Selnik (flute) Marcel Bagés (electric guitar) Marc Cuevas (electric bass) Oriol Roca (drums) Iván González (conduction) Any improvisation is, by definition, an experiment. But not all improvised input overtly experimental. Mundanity…




MUT Trio at the LEM Festival – dancing on the edge

Miguel Fernández (tenor saxophone) Albert Juan (electric guitar) Oriol Roca (drums) MUT Trio were appearing at Soda as part of the programme for the LEM experimental music festival, a yearly event that always brings together a wide variety of non-mainstream soundmakers. I was unable to get out to see much of the 2016 programme but…




Memoria Uno – new season, new venue

Memoria Uno #13 at Robadors 23 – 27th September ’16 Marcel Bagés (guitar) Martín Leiton (bass) Oriol Roca (drums) Joan Mas (baritone saxophone) Tom Chant (tenor & soprano saxophones) El Pricto (saxophone, clarinet) Marceŀlí Bayer (bass clarinet) Iván González (conduction) Memoria Uno has moved; not conceptually, just geographically. After some changes in direction for Sala…




Memoria Uno – school’s out for summer

Memoria Uno #12 at Sala Fènix – 14th July ’16 Oriol Roca (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Marcel·lí Bayer (‘bass-er’ clarinet) Luiz Rocha (bass clarinet, voice) Jordi Santanach (bass clarinet) Naná Rovira (bass clarinet) Marcel Bagés (electric guitar) El Pricto (clarinet, duck call) Ilona Schneider (voice) Tura Gómez (dance) Johannes Nästesjö (bass) Sarah Claman (violin) Iván…




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)…




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…




Memoria Uno: Voices, Voices, Voices

Memoria Uno #10 at Sala Fènix – 26th April ’16 Oriol Roca (drums) Àlex Reviriego & Marc Cuevas (bass) Marcel·lí Bayer & Luiz Rocha (bass clarinet) Pablo Selnik & Fernando Brox (flutes) Celeste Alías, Magalí Sare, Rubén Fernández, Diana Palau, Joana Gomila, Bru Ferri, Marta Valero & Ilona Schneider (voice) Iván González (conduction) It’s a…