Tag: Barcelona

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…




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…




Discordian Friday #8: Friday Bloody Friday Again at Taller Milans – 17th Apr ’15

El Pricto (clarinet) Naná Rovira (bass clarinet) Luiz Rocha (clarinet, bass clarinet) Enric Ponsa (drums) Jazzers are familiar with the concept of the Great American Songbook, and particularly its inclusion of non-jazz tunes which have become classics, interpreted over the years with various degrees of latitude. John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” springs to mind, as…




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…




The Anisotropic Peturbations at Absenta del Raval – 28th Mar ’15

Tom Chant (tenor & soprano saxes) Ferran Fages (guitar) Ivo Sans (drums) Let’s face it, it’s a good name: The Anisotropic Perturbations. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (is there any other?), “anisotropic” means, having a physical property which has a different value when measured in different directions. Hmmm… “perturbation” means anxiety or mental uneasiness…




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,…




Discordian Friday #7: Friday Bloody Friday at Taller Milans – 20th Mar ’15

Ozzy Pricto (clarinet) Naná ‘Tony’ Rovira (bass clarinet) Luiz ‘Geezer’ Rocha (clarinet, bass clarinet) Enric Ponsa-Ward (drums) The first Discordian Clarinet Trio gig focused on a last-minute choice (well, a few hours before the performance) to subject some of Black Sabbath’s early tunes to the free improv treatment. Typical Discordian whimsy and I think maybe…