Llorenç Barber & El Trio Tria, at Albareda, Barcelona, 10-3-2018 BCN ImproFest2018

Montserrat Palacios, voice, kettles, plastic; Miquel Àngel Marín, clarinet, voice; Llorenç Barber, bells, voice; at Albareda, Barcelona, 10-3-2018 BCN ImproFest2018.

A luxury to have a legend in the BCN ImproFest 2018. Llorenç Barber is one of the mavericks of Spanish music. Departing from a passionate interest in John Cage – and particularly in ZAJ group, a sort of Spanish zen/ Dada collective- Barber has developed a truly unique musical language since his early minimalist-inspired compositions. He has developed a strong interest in one of the most ancient sounds of the humankind, the sound of bells. With his portative set of bells, Barber plays long improvised pieces in which uses harmonic chant; a minimal chamber setting which recognizes links with NY Downtown experimental scene from the seventies and eighties (in fact, he was there in early ’80’s). His other works includes music for several ensembles and extended vocal techniques, but his most original and breathtaking pieces are undoubtedly his “City Concerts.” Here, he takes bell towers in different churches of the same city and composes scores using each bell tower as an instrumental line in the orchestra. Barber has “sounded” nearly 100 cities in Europe and America and has made another spatial compositions for marching bands in plazas de toros or for ship horns and ornamental fires.  Llorenç Barber en este textito introductorio fata un hecho capital en mi vida artística: el encuentro en Londres con el LONDON MUSICIANS COLLECTIVE, en 1976…para cuyo festival MUSIC/CONTEXT de 1977 lleve a cabo una versión de SAMBORI, para pájaros, y otra versión para automóviles. desde entonces practico muy diversos modos de improvisación. El primero fué crear el TALLER DE MÚSICA MUNDANA, para conformarlo escogí a gente ajena al ‘oficio’ de músicos: un matemático, una historiadora de arte ( Fatima Miranda), un arquitecto ( Alfredo Carda), y hasta un punky de lo mejor ( el gran Julian de Siniestro Total), o Markus Breuss, mas genio todavía….

Pictures from various authors; the known ones are Pepe Ruz, C. Chinasky, and myself.

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloren%C3%A7_Barber   https://web.archive.org/web/20070917013301/http://campana.barber.net:80/autobiosonia1.htm  https://ciutatsonora.wordpress.com/qui-es-el-miquel-angel/   http://montserrat-palacios.blogspot.com.es/   http://www.furious.com/perfect/llorencbarber.html