Tag: Soda

MUT Trio at the LEM Festival – dancing on the edge

Miguel Fernández (tenor saxophone) Albert Juan (electric guitar) Oriol Roca (drums) MUT Trio were appearing at Soda as part of the programme for the LEM experimental music festival, a yearly event that always brings together a wide variety of non-mainstream soundmakers. I was unable to get out to see much of the 2016 programme but…




Two Sides of the Free Coin…

Nocturna Discordia #61 at Soda – 2nd Mar. ’16 Jorma Tapio (flute, alto flute, wooden flute, tenor saxophone) Ángel Ontalva (electric guitar, effects) Enric Ponsa (drums) If I had to order my CD collection by geographical origin, Spain and Finland would probably top the chart. You can imagine that I wasn’t about to miss a…




Nocturna Discordia #55 at Soda – 13th Jan ’16

This week at Soda, a double or even triple bill for the latest Discordian ritual in the (dark?) heart of Gràcia. First up: Piotr Melech (clarinet) Jacek Mazurkiewicz (bass) Vasco Trilla (drums) This trio was an interesting confluence of influences. As usual for a Nocturna Discordia, everything is spontaneously improvised and this trio brought some…




Nocturna Discordia #42 at Soda – 7th Oct ’15

Albert Cirera (tenor & soprano saxophones) Olivier Jambois (guitar) Àlex Reviriego (bass) Vasco Trilla (drums) As Deep Thought pointed out, 42 is the answer to the great question of life, the universe and everything – what ritual incantations and great truths might we expect from the 42nd Nocturna Discordia…? We begin with harsh scrapes, squalls…




Nocturna Discordia #23 at Soda – 22nd Apr ’15

Agustí Fernández (piano) El Pricto (clarinet, alto saxophone) Núria Andorrà (percussion) Sònia Sánchez (dance) Well, Wednesday evenings at Soda continue to provide the most varied experimental offerings in the city. This particular week saw the addition of a more physical mode of expression thanks to Sònia Sánchez and her improvised combination of flamenco and Japanese…




Nocturna Discordia #21 at Soda – 8th Apr ’15

Luiz Rocha (clarinet, bass clarinet) El Pricto (piano, alto saxophone) Amaiur González (tuba) Jankely Félix del Aguila (drums) As a preliminary, let’s turn to the dictionary… “discord”: 1. disagreement between people. 2. lack of harmony between notes sounding together. Looking at the ever-changing musicians on stage, these Wednesday nights at Soda seem perfectly harmonious, not…




WEPO at Soda – 4th Apr ’15

Carlos Falanga (drums) Mark Aanderud (piano) Marc Cuevas (bass) Nico Sanchez (guitar) A rare foray into straight(er) jazz territory this week. Makes a change from all the free improv to go and listen to some actual ‘choons’! What really dragged me out late on a Saturday evening was the opportunity to hear Mark Aanderud. As…




Nocturna Discordia #19 at Soda – 25th Mar ’15

El Pricto (alto sax) Agustí Fernández (piano) Nuno Rebelo (guitar) Jelena Glazova (laptop) This Discordian thing is acquiring an increasingly global flavour. This evening sees performers hailing from Venezuela, Mallorca, Portugal and Latvia – the Catalans are all in the audience (although not all the audience are Catalans). Anyway, before we get to the performance,…