Mars Williams presents an Ayler Xmas!!! with Diego Caicedo, guitar , Djakolo Bard Soho, bass, El Pricto, alto sax, Vasco Trilla, drums & Mars Williams soprano & tenor sax, objects, at El Pumarejo, Barcelona, 10-12-2019. Read more
Nocturna Discordia #211. Mars Williams: saxofones & HUNG MUNG, El Pricto: sintetizador y saxo alto, Diego Caicedo: guitarra eléctrica, Vasco Trilla: Batería. Soda Acústic, Barcelona, 15-5-2019. 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
Mars Williams, tenor sax, objects; El Pricto, alto sax; Diego Caicedo, guitar; Vasco Trilla, drums, objects; Nocturna Discordia #193 2nd Set at Soda Acústic, Barcelona 19-12-2018. This is second set of an extraordinary session!! Read more
Mars Williams, tenor sax, objects & Vasco Trilla, drums, objects at Nocturna Discordia #193 at Soda Acústic, Barcelona 19-12.-2018. An extraordinary session!! 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
RECOVERING GREAT STUFF: Ilona Schneider: voz, El Pricto: saxo, Diego Caicedo: guitarra eléctrica, Vasco Trilla: batería. How would have sounded Black Sabbath if they had been a jazz band, instead of a rock band? Well, this could be the answer. Doom Jazz. Great music
Josep Lluis Galiana: tenor & soprano sax, Diego Caicedo: electric guitar, Vasco Trilla: Drums, + at the end El Pricto: alto sax, Martin Melendez: cello, at Soda Acústic Nocturna Discordia #136 4-10-2017
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/