Category: People & Places

7 Questions for… Hugo Selles

Pianist, composer and producer, Hugo Selles is classically trained (and inclined) but with a penchant for song-based forms with an eclectic mix of ingredients, including pop, prog, jazz, ambient, and electronica which he releases under the monicker of Psychic Equalizer. The first album was 2014’s “Train Back Home” which (happily) came my way via Jazz…




7 Questions for… Han-earl Park

Han-earl Park has been called a musical philosopher. Han-earl Park plays guitar. Han-earl Park improvises. Han-earl Park invents machines that improvise (seriously, it’s called io 0.0.1 beta++). Han-earl Park is difficult to describe, so here’s what it says on his own website, “Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) has been crossing borders and performing…




7 Questions for… Jorma Tapio

Jorma Tapio has been a significant pillar of the Finnish rock and jazz scenes for some time now, and is still renowned for his contributions to Edward Vesala’s Sound & Fury (in the past, he’s been referred to as the Sancho Panza to Vesala’s Don Quixote!) Indeed, Jorma is the driving force behind Sound &…




7 Questions for… Ian Simpson

Improvising guitarist, sound manipulator, relentless experimenter, fiddler with electronics… Ian Simpson is hard to label and that’s exactly as it should be. My own point of entry to Ian’s work was via his involvement with Some Some Unicorn (possibly the most ambitious improvising ensemble in the UK right now – discuss…) but his involvement in…




7 Questions for… Tania Giannouli

Tania Giannouli’s starting point as a pianist is classical but her music includes a keen interest in improvisation. It’s no wonder that her most recent album with the Tania Giannouli Ensemble (piano, cello, reeds, drums, & percussion) is titled “Transcendence”, rising above all-too-limiting genre labels. 1. What was your first musical instrument, and what did…




7 Questions for… Anton Ponomarev

Saxophonist Anton Ponomarev comes more from the ‘whirling tornado of sound’ school than ‘honk-n-skronk’. And for me, he and his band BROM (Бром) gets the balance between composition and improvisation just right – the feet have enough to tap to while the imagination is simultaneously lifted. All the way from Moscow’s growing free scene…  …




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…




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…