Josep-Maria Balanyà, piano; Paul Rogers, double bass
One of Europe’s finest bassists and a busy free improvisation player comparable to John Edwards and Barry Guy, Paul Rogers is mostly known for his long-standing tenure in the free improv quartet Mujician. A player of finesse and feeling, he has appeared on dozens of albums, performing with Paul Dunmall, John Stevens, Daunik Lazro, Michel Doneda, Evan Parker, Ramon Lopez, and Ivo Perelman to name but a few. He released his first solo album in 1995.
Born in Barcelona, Josep-Maria Balanyà is a pianist, improviser, composer, conductor and sound artist recognized internationally. He studied in Barcelona and Switzerland (Swiss Jazz School and Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern). He specializes in improvisation and the new contemporary and experimental music.Among his 140 works are multimedia projects for piano, voice, electronics, video, Butoh dance, sculpture and sound installations. He has played in festivals and radio programs in many countries in Europe and America. Among his twenty records can be highlighted Un peu àgauche, svp (2007), Elements Of Development(1995), 77 TrierWest (2012) and Don’t Mind(2015), acclaimed by the European press. He has worked with top musicians like Borah Bergman,Claudio Pontiggia, Hans Koch, Joachim Kühn, Michiel Borstlap, Walter Quintus, Ksenija Lukic, Das Neue Ensemble Hannover, AmericoRodrigues, Franz Hautzinger and Carlos Zingaro.He has received several grants in Germany and Switzerland. He is currently based in Brussels and Barcelona.