Category: People & Places

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…




7 Preguntas para… Pablo Selnik (versión castellana)

Me gusta el sonido del flauta. Probablemente porque escuchaba demasiado a Ian Anderson o Roland Kirk cuando era joven. Pero hoy, en Barcelona, hay dos flautistas improvisando que me encantan y uno de los dos es Pablo Selnik (la otra, Almudena González, contestará 7 Preguntas el mes que viene). Se puede escuchar la obra de…




7 Questions for… Dirk Serries

Lucky me. I stumbled across Dirk Serries’ solo “Etched Above the Bow Grip” (Raw Tonk, 2016). It’s an absolute masterclass in deconstructed guitar, in memory of Derek Bailey, which tells you where it’s coming from but not necessarily where it’s going. Then there’s his work with Kodian Trio (with Colin Webster on alto, and Andrew…




7 Questions for… Achilles Polychronidis

Hailing from Greece, resident in Malaga, Achilles Polychronidis (aka Axilleas Pó aka ‘akipo’ aka…) demonstrates an intense dedication to sound and saxophone. From his earlier work with the Fun With Nuns collective in Thessaloniki to the brutal inventiveness of his Skullfuck duo with Daniel Vega, and the aggressively meditative solo album “Annoy”, the music is…




7 Questions for… Marcel·lí Bayer

No stranger to the ‘pages’ of aJazzNoise (his disc “1680” was in the aJN top ten for 2014), Marcel·lí Bayer is undoubtedly versatile – from big band to solo performances, material that honours the jazz tradition or free soundscaping, his playing can be sweet and lyrical or pure noise… the unifying factor is a dedication…