More info on Luka Batista’s website!
The Luka Batista Ensemble is a new project, formed at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2016. It’s a more than a little micro-tonal and a lot groovy. Check it out!
Recording of Proxima Centauri b by Luka Batista, Amsterdam, December 2016 with:
Luka Batista – composition, el. guitar + live electronics
Sarah Claman – violin
Natalia Szmydt – violin
Pau Sola Masafrets – cello
Brodie Jarvie – double bass
Robin van Rhijn – drums
The latest release from the Discordian Community Ensemble!
El Pricto, Francesc Llompart, Pablo Carrascosa, Owen Kilfeather and Agustí Martínez
This is the fifth album of Discordian Community Ensemble, and also one of its most ambitious productions, involving 5 different compositions that intertwine free improvisation with composition (as usual with this ensemble). Each composition has been designed and conducted by a different composer, some are multimovement works, and all of them make use of different writing techniques in an attempt to arrive at a convincing mix of the undetermined with the determined.
The performers on this recording are also notable for their experience and versatility in the field of free improvisation, some coming from contemporary music, others from free jazz and avant rock.
Mixing different generations of the most active avantgarde musicians from Barcelona, this recording is an interesting view of some of the directions local underground new music is taking at this moment.
Almudena Vega: flute
Agustí Martínez: alto saxophone and clarinet
El Pricto: alto saxophone, clarinet and melodica
Luiz Rocha: bass clarinet
Iván González: trumpet
Ilona Schneider: soprano
Owen Kilfeather: tenor
Paula Pinero: percussion
Jordina Millá: piano
Diego Caicedo: electric guitar
Sarah Claman: violin
Francesc Llompart: violin
Pau Sola: cello
Àlex Reviriego: doublebass
Eduard Altaba: doublebass
On the 5th of July at the Sala Fènix in Barcelona, I formed part of the debut performance of Impro&Draw.
This is a 100% improvised piece between musicians Miquel Jordà, Úrsula San Cristobal, Joao Braz, Carlo Mezzino, Rafa Esteve, Mark Cunningham, myself and visual artist, Joma.
Here is an extract from Duet Claudàtor‘s In/Escrit at Oso Estudio (Barcelona) on 30/01/2016 .
In this video, we perform an improvised movement which transitions from the 4th movement of Ravel’s Sonata to Hosokawa’s Duo for Violin and Cello.
We’ve left a tiny bit of the written movements to give you an idea of what we were transitioning between.
There’s been some debate as to the title of this track. The space which we recorded in is technically not a garage. It’s a small factory underneath a house. It is what used to be the workshop attached to some sort of store in Mataró. So, perhaps this would be better described as “Out-of-Service Workshop II”. What do you think?
Here it is for your listening pleasure, the free improvised piece by Duet Claudàtor (Sarah Claman and Pau Sola), Empty Garage II.
Claudàtor, meaning [ ] in Catalan, is a project dedicated the space between Claudàtors. On the violin and cello, we explore experimental and free improvised music.
Here is a taste of what we do. This is a 100% free improvisation recorded in an old textile factory.
To see, listen to and read more (English translation coming soon!), check out our blog:
On Sunday the 29th of June, Marta Moran, Pau Sola and myself (who form the company 3cossos) will premiere the piece “endistància” in Mataró at Can Gassol at 7pm.
endistància is an hour long performance that explores the boundaries between music, dance and the spoken word. 3cossos works from a base of free improvisation in the fields of music and dance and with text written by Eduard Cot and Marta Moran to explore three kinds of distance; physical mental and emotional.
Produccions Toc Toc made us this promotional video. Thanks!
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This is the trailer for the chamber opera River Lavalle, written by Fiona Farell (libretto) and Chris Adams (music). The footage was taken from a workshop performance of the opera that I was involved in earlier this year at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.
Set in a 1940s recording studio, the orchestra performed on stage which (rather unusually) required that we pay special attention to our costume, hair, and make-up; a far cry from throwing on our comfy pit blacks and hiding underneath the well-lit stage!
But the message of the opera is about the well-being of New Zealand’s rivers. The opera is a “who-dunnit” featuring criminals from all walks of life responsible for the depletion of this natural resource.
More info about the opera on SOUNZ.