Memoria Uno at L’Automàtica – 12th March 2018

Ramon Prats – drums Oriol Roca – drums Juan Berbín – drums & objects Vasco Trilla – drums & objects Núria Andorrà – percussion & objects Ramon López – drums Iván González – conduction L’Automàtica, Barcelona Ah, Memoria Uno! A conduction project capable of endless reinvention – each performance a different line up, each performance…




BCN ImproFest – 8th March 2018

After an opening ‘school concert’ which saw Zero de Conducta collaborate with the children’s L’orquestra Pre-infantil del Poble-Sec (lots of fun, and I loved that kids so young are involved in improvised music and so obviously enjoying it – who wouldn’t?! – but must admit to a little frustration at not seeing ZdC in their…




Giulia Valle Trio – Centre Cultural Albareda, Barcelona, 2 March 2018

Giulia Valle – bass Marco Mezquida – piano David Xirgu – drums Centre Cultural Albareda, Barcelona This was the second in a short series of Barcelona concerts from Giulia Valle’s trio and while I can’t speak for the others, this one was fizzing with exuberance – possibly due to it being in Valle’s own neighbourhood,…




Martin Pyne / Stephen Grew duo – Winter Landscape

Martin Pyne – vibraphone Stephen Grew – piano A Hard Frost Shiver Icicles Slipper After The Snow (60:10) Tall Guy Records 008 After 2017’s “Behind The Mist”, Martin Pyne’s solo vibes album inspired by British Faerie myths, comes another improvised concept album. “Winter Landscape” is a duo set with pianist Stephen Grew, a series of…




Miss Foreign Affairs – Jihad For Dummies, Vol. 1

Owen Kilfeather – electric guitar, vocals Luiz Rocha – bass clarinet, vocals Carlos Ródenas – electric bass Enric Ponsa – drums, percussion Rich Kids of Raytheon a bit of fun, the swines… REDACTED Kiss My Asset Probable Cause (24:10) You know those albums that begin so quietly that you wonder if you pressed PLAY firmly…




RAIC – Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins

Samuel Goff – drums, percussion, bowed dulcimer, vocals, electronics Abdul Hakim Bilal – bass, percussion Erik Schroeder – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion, flute, keyboards Zoe Olivia Kinney – cello Tim Harding – alto saxophone on Track #3 Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins Penance Love Lingers Like Poison in the Veins (LIVE) (67.48)…




7 Questions later… Giulia Valle

This may the first in an occasional series of features catching up with our past 7 Questions victims interviewees. A couple of years on, what’s new? Giulia Valle was first featured in October 2015 and her album re-launch shortly after – “Lìbera” – was on aJN’s Best of 2015 list. For more recent news… You’ve…




Philipp Gerschlauer & David Fiuczynski – Mikrojazz

This review first appeared in Jazz Journal in 2017 Philipp Gerschlauer (as) David Fiuczynski (fretted and fretless guitars) Jack DeJohnette (d) Matt Garrison (fretless bass) Giorgi Mikadze (microtonal keyboards) Mikrosteps Für Mary Wigman Lullaby Nightmare MiCrOY Tyner Umarmung Last Chance November Hangover LaMonte’s Gamelan Jam Walking Not Flying Sofia Im Türkischen Café Zirkus Macabre (63.54)…