Category: People & Places

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…




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…




7 Questions for… Àlex Reviriego

To the listener/observer (well, me) bassist Àlex Reviriego appears absolutely at one with his instrument and totally fearless. Lucky to be local, I’ve enjoyed Àlex’s part in projects such as Memoria Uno and Alguns Homes Bons, and in dozens of free improvisations as part of the extended Discordian family. What’s clear from his answers to…




7 Questions for… Marco Serrato

From free metal doom to sweet acoustic songs, Marco Serrato’s bass is versatile and restless. I first heard his playing on one of my favourite releases of the year so far, Raw Tonk’s “Spain is the Place”. That led me to Orthodox (his duo with drummer Borja Díaz) and Sputnik Trio (Orthodox plus Ricardo Tejero…




7 Questions for… Colin Webster

I first found Colin Webster’s music when trawling Bandcamp for fresh sources of improvised music. With Raw Tonk I hit the proverbial motherlode – I’ve never met a Raw Tonk release I didn’t like. As the man behind the label, it’s no surprise that Colin features heavily; especially enjoyable (for me, anyway) are Kodian Trio…