Tag: Robadors 23

JpBalcazar Trio + Carola Ortiz at Robadors 23 – 22nd Apr ’15

JP Balcázar (bass) Marco Mezquida (piano) Carlos Falanga (drums) Carola Ortiz (voice, clarinet) Sometimes, I think it might be easier to list the Barcelona musical ensembles that don’t feature Juan Pablo Balcázar (or JpB as he’s otherwise known). From swinging jazz to Portuguese songstering to edgy hip-hop, he’s pretty ubiquitous. This evening featured a kind…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 18th Mar ’15

Àlex Reviriego (bass) Roberto Bellatalla (bass) Miquel Jordà (sopranino sax) Guillermo Torres (flugelhorn, percussion) Iván González (trumpet) I’m a little late (which is becoming a shamefully common opener for reviews on this blog) and enter Robadors 23 to the sound of distant thunder rumbling through the bar. It’s a two-bass night and already my internal…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 5th Mar ’15

Ramon Prats (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes) Marco Mezquida (piano) Iván González (trumpet) Dani Comas (guitar) No preamble, let’s not mess about, just straight in, okay…? Piano, bass and drums – it’s a classic trio combination and that’s what we start with, But, of course, this trio is in the…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 26th Feb ’15

Ramon Prats (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes) Marco Mezquida (piano) For once, the bar area at R23 is free of chatterers. Not that it’s a great problem, usually. Sometimes a snatch of conversation is like crossed wires with another world and – if brief – might even enhance the listening…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 19th Feb ’15

Ramon Prats (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes) Dani Comas (guitar) Pope (trumpet, flugelhorn) Marco Mezquida (piano) Here’s a random thought: can we apply the principle of Darwinian natural selection (that stronger, more survival-oriented genes and traits are more likely to survive and therefore dominate the gene pool/species) to improvised music?…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 12th Feb ’15

Ivo Sans (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes) Pablo Rega (guitar) I couldn’t always put my finger on it, but there was a somewhat zen quality to this week’s session; an introspective meditative air that drew the audience in and the faulty lighting (every now and then, we’d all be dipped…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 5th Feb ’15

Ramon Prats (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Iván González (trumpet) Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes) Ove Volquartz (bass clarinet) Josep Maria Balanyà (piano) In the pre-gig build up on Facebook, someone (it might have been Iván González) referred to this line up as “heavy metal”. With three horns at any one time, that’s certainly true…




Free Improv session at Robadors 23 – 29 Jan ’15

Tom Chant (tenor sax) Iván González (trumpet) Dani Comas (guitar) Vasco Trilla (drums) Àlex Reviriego (bass) “The more experimental the better, as far as I’m concerned.” – Tom Chant, overheard just 5 minutes before the noise began. No one can say we weren’t warned… And in the spirit of experimentation, Chant softly begins the evening’s…