STRIPPED ABSTRACT, Barcelona 1-2-2019

STRIPPED ABSTRACT, Barcelona 1-2-2019

STRIPPED ABSTRACT, the magic acoustic drone. Tom Chant, soprano sax; Alex Reviriego, double bass; Ferran Fages, guitar; Vasco Trilla, percussion; Ángel Faraldo, paperboard box; Núria Andorrà, percussion; at Màgia Roja, Barcelona 1-2-2019. Wonder things happen in the ususal gloom of this venue. Read more

Discordian String Ensemble, Barcelona, 14-12-2018.

Discordian String Ensemble, Barcelona, 14-12-2018.

Discordian String Ensemble. Violines: João Silva, Dani Pucha, Eva Monroy, Jaime Blanco, Pablo Albarán, Francesc Llompart; Diego Caicedo, guitar; Contrabajo: Alex Reviriego; Dirección y composición: El Pricto 14-12-2018. In the red gloom of Red Magic. Read more

Discordian String Ensemble, Nocturna Discordia #191 at Soda Acústic, 5-12-2018

Discordian String Ensemble, Nocturna Discordia #191 at Soda Acústic, 5-12-2018

Discordian String Ensemble; Nocturna Discordia #191

Violines: João Silva, Dani Pucha, Eva Monroy, Jaime Blanco, Pablo Albarán; Chelos: João Braz, Jon Cotle; Contrabajo: Alex Reviriego; Dirección y composición: El Pricto; at Soda Acústic, 5-12-2018. Read more

Alguns Homes Bons al LEM, L’Hangar, 23-10-2015

Alguns Homes Bons al LEM, L’Hangar, 23-10-2015

Pol Padrós (trumpet,) Joan Mas (alto sax), Marcel Bagés (electric guitar), Àlex Reviriego (bass), Genís Bagés (drums)

Alguns Homes Bons is among the best avantgarde jazz bands you can listen to in the burstling Barcelona scene. Unfortunately they don’t play too often, ’cause all of them are great musicians with their own career and other bands and projects. So you better don’t miss any opportunity to see them on stage. They’re just amazing.

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PHICUS: Ferran Fages, Àlex Reviriego, Vasco Trilla, March, 13th, 2017

Ferran Fages – electric guitar
Àlex Reviriego – bass
Vasco Trilla – drums, percussion

Robadors 23, Barcelona

Why “Phicus”? What is a phicus? A fancy spelling of the plant? Or is the explanation more elaborate? I suppose I’ll have to ask… but in a post-truth society, it’s more fun to guess or fabulate… #phikenews?

Well, whatever it means, what it is… is a new trio in Barcelona, comprising three beyond-busy stalwarts of the free improvisation scene. I was already tempted to check them out but when they described themselves as a “Keiji Haino meets AMM” kind of thing, that clinched it.

So is it a good description? With a samurai unhesitancy, they plunge directly in – clang, rumble, and clatter – with plenty of power, an absence of fear, and manage to avoid both cliché and repetition. So far, so good.

Fages utilises a nice big open, distorted tone, plenty of hollow twang beneath the grit and grumble; every touch of a string provokes a clear presence. The dry tremor and hiss of Trilla’s kit is a systematic, almost scientifically accurate beating; you never know where the next blow is going. And Reviriego ranges from incoming storm front to introspective arco, shifting from act of god, to querulous plaint, to aching groan.

But it’s not all bombast and noise. The higher intensity passages carry their weight because of the juxtaposition with subtler, lower volume interplay – rattling clockwork chimes, muted arco drone, and gently brooding feedback…

It’s a no holds barred pleasurefest of soundplay, matching and contrasting tones and textures, introduced, layered and discarded in an unstoppable kineticism. In other words, it’s pretty bloody exhilarating to listen to.

A recording please, and soon.

Text by Dave Foxall. Visit his blog: http://ajazznoise.com/phicus-at-robadors-23-keiji-haino-meets-amm/

 

PHICUS+1: Ferran Fages – Àlex Reviriego –Vasco Trilla + Joachim Badenhorst. 13-7-2017

PHICUS+1
Ferran Fages – electric guitar
Àlex Reviriego – doublebass
Vasco Trilla – drums, percussion
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Joachim Badenhorst – saxophone

Robadors 23, Barcelona
july, 13th, 2017

Phicus return to Robadors 23, this time accompanied by Joachim Badenhorst on reeds. Last time, I burbled on about “matching and contrasting tones and textures… layered and discarded in an unstoppable kineticism,” and yes, I’ll stand by those words. Phicus are carving out their own intense brand of precision disorder. Passages of glorious frenzy alternate with more meditative minimalism, and throughout there’s a constant energy, a seething potential being tapped and channelled.

With the variety of extended techniques on display from all four musicians, it’s difficult sometimes to identify which alien sound is produced by whom but to give a flavour…

Read the complete review at the author’s blog.
Text by Dave Foxall, from his blog:
http://ajazznoise.com/phicus1-13th-ju…