Tom Chant, soprano & tenor sax; Ferràn Fages, guitar; Alex Reviriego, double bass; Pere Xirau, percussion at 23 Robadors, Barcelona, 18-7-2019. Read more
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. 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
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
PHICUS: Ferràn Fages, guitar, Àlex Reviriego, double bass, Vasco Trilla, drums, at Soda Acústic, Barcelona, 1-8-2018. Nocturna Discordia #178 Triple Discordia! First set.
Another set of this killer trio. I take every opportunity to listen to them. Read more
PHICUS: Ferràn Fages, guitar, Àlex Reviriego, double bass, Vasco Trilla, drums at TepekaleSound, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, 29-5-2018. Read more
Concierto de BEC, con Clara Lai (piano), Alex Reviriego (doublebass) y Pep Mula (drums), Barcelona, Sinestesia, 20 enero 2018. Read more
From the vaults. Discordian archeology. Could be the first Discordian night I attended. Recovering great stuff.
Jorge Nuno: guitarra eléctrica, El Pricto: saxo alto, Àlex Reviriego: bajo eléctrico, The Mysterious Drummer: batería. Read more
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.
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/