Tag: Barcelona

Alguns Homes Bons (de Genís Bagés) at Robadors 23 – 7th September ’15

Pol Padrós (trumpet) Joan Mas (alto sax) Marcel Bagés (electric guitar) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Genís Bagés (drums) The album (Golluts) was free. The live version is freer. After the obligatory settling-in clatter and clangour, the guitar and drums come to the fore, creating a throbbing lurch and stagger which is soon augmented by fragments of…




Brull Session at Robadors 23 – 3rd August ´15

Agustí Martínez (soprano saxophone) Frédéric Filiatrae (alto saxophone) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Ramon Prats (drums) After the preliminary (almost mandatory) frenzy of exploration, the four musicians find each other and settle into an angular collaboration, full of sparks as individual contributions rub up against each other. During a fast hour of tight free improvisation, Martínez alternates…




Brull Session at Robadors 23 – 13th August ’15

Ilona Schneider (vox soprano) Diego Caicedo (guitar) El Pricto (alto saxophone) Sandro Manzon (piano) Patxi Varela (drums) Summer heat? Sheer apathy? Vacaciones? There’s a kind of laissez-faire lethargy that descends on Barcelona in August and any musician who prefers to play to packed houses had best take the month off. In other words, we start…




Piccola Orchestra Gagarin at ArtTe – 29th July ’15

Paolo Angeli (Sardinian prepared guitar) Sasha Agranov (cello) Oriol Roca (drums, percussion) Piccola Orchestra Gagarin are a peculiar outfit. An Italian-Russian-Catalan trio with unusual instrumentation, pairing a cello with a guitar that has been practically turned into a cello (on steroids) plus an agile and inventive percussive approach that goes beyond the simple drumkit. As…




Agustí Fernández Celebration Ensemble – 20th July ’15

Strings, lots of wind, and hitting things to make a noise… Agustí Fernández (piano) Mats Gustafsson (baritone saxophone) Pablo Ledesma (alto & soprano saxophones) Nate Woolley (trumpet) Frances-Marie Uitti (cello) Joe Morris (guitar) Ingar Zach (percussion) Núria Andorrà (percussion) Birthdays, getting older, it’s not so bad. Especially if you’re Agustí Fernández and choose to have…




Memoria Uno at Sala Fènix – 7th July ’15

Roger Gutiérrez, Oriol Roca (drums) David Parras, Dario Garcia (tuba) Aram Montagut Garcia, Frederic Filitrae, Josep Tutusaus (trombone) Joan Camps Claveria (french horn) Miguelon (euphonium) Pep Garau, Òscar Latorre Cascante, Pol Padrós, Natsuko Sugao, Àlvar Monfort (trumpet) Iván Gonzalez (conducting) and guests: Tom Chant (tenor saxophone) Yolanda Sey Asare (voice) The end of the season….




Free Improv Session at Robadors 23 – 25th June ’15

Àlex Reviriego (bass) Frédéric Filiatrae (trombone) Iván González (trumpet) It’s been a while, Robadors – especially for this Thursday night free session – but in a changing world, it’s reassuring to find that some things remain the same. The revolving roster of musicians in R23 continue to effortlessly create an hour’s meditative sound sculpture on…




Agustí Fernández & Barry Guy – Some Other Place

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2010.] Agustí Fernández (p) Barry Guy (b) Annalisa Barnard’s Loop How to go into a room you are already in Rosette; Blueshift (for M.H.) Boomerang Nebula Crab Nebula Some Other Place Dark Energy The Helix (54.17) Barcelona, May 2008 and April 2009 Maya Recordings MCD0902 Both…