Den Boer/Tasca/Sola

Extract of the concert by Miriam den Boer on violin, Lucio Tasca on Guitar and myself on cello. We played some tunes by Michael Moore, and here you can listen to Dark Christians together with some free improvisation.

The original recording of Dark Christians is for Clarinet, Cello, and Accordion, and you can find it in the album Holocene. In case you want to listen to it, buy it here!

Recorded in Blue note. CvA. 14th of May 2018

 

Monday Match / Music and Dance

Every first Monday of the month at the Bimhuis one dancer and one musician chose a team that will have the opportunity to experiment and improvise live with an audience from the very beginning.

This session, on March the 5th, was one of the last ones after a lot of years of doing it every month. I’m really happy I had the opportunity to play with this great musicians and dancers.

Curators: Ada Rave (music) and Weijke Koopmans (dance)

Music: Wilbert De Joode (double bass), Felicity Provan (trumpet), Salva Andrea Lucifore (trombone), Tristan Renfrow (drums), Pau Sola Masafrets(cello), Ada Rave (tenor sax)

Dance: Nicole Geertruida, Anna Heuer Hansen, Barbara Pereyra, Constantin Trommlitz, Joseph Simon, Weijke Koopmans

Photos by: Danta de Boer

Pintotonics n+ 1 – Solo

It was the 11th of December of 2017 in Amsterdam. It snowed what for me was a huge snow storm (I’m from Barcelona), later I learned that it was kind of normal, but anyway, it was strong enough to stop trains and public transport in the whole Netherlands.

One of the sets had to be performed by Nicolas Chientarolli Trio, who couldn’t make it himself, and it became a duo by Ab Baars, and Ono Govaert. Michael Scheen had to perform a solo set, who couldn’t make it either, so I was offered to play a solo at Pintotonics that same day.

Pintotonics n+1 is a great series of improvised concerts organized by Raoul van der Weide in an old house in the center of Amsterdam, Huis de Pinto. It always presents a solo and a group set, and the concert is always accompanied by a great quote from Misha Mengelberg.

Muziek bestaat niet. Het is hooguit een illusie. – Misha Mengelberg

Music doesn’t exist. At most, it’s an illusion. That night I performed two pieces. Basically, concepts that I use to improvise: “On the body” and “On movement”.

 

STEIM I /II/III

Lop-Sided string quartet (Sarah Claman, Maya Felixbrodt, and Laura Nygren) participated in the residency of Brian Riordan at STEIM, Amsterdam.

During some sessions, the strings would experiment and improvised with live electronics controlled by Brian himself. From that material, he released 3 albums showing different aspects of this collaboration. At the end of the residency, we performed a live concert at the series concerts “Connector” organized by Steim, and that you can listen here.

Lop-Sided 4tet feat. Brian Riordan STEIM

On the 5th of October 2017, the string Lop-Sided 4tet (Sarah Claman, Maya Felixbrodt, and Laura Nygren) performed together with the composer Brian Riordan, for what it was the presentation of his residency in STEIM.

Ada Rave on the Saxophone and Albert H C Manders on flute also participated in the performance.

 

Fishy Business in Groningen

 


Fishy Business playing free in Atelier “Il Sole la Cantina”, Groningen (NL).

As the leader of the band, Jonathan Nagel, says:  “a night of old favorites, new favorites, non-favorites and free improvisation. We do what string players do, the cheesy stuff, the squeaky stuff, plucking, stroking, you know…fishy business.”

Listen to the overture of the concert. 21/01/2017

Jonathan Nagel – Double bass

Sarah Claman – Violin

Pau Sola – Cello

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Oorsprong Curators Series


‘Promoting, feeding, challenging and questioning Improvisation Tradition by presenting monthly 3 different blind date+instant composing lineups curated by 3 different curators from movement, electronics and acoustic improvisation background. These lineups represent by definition uncompromising and ongoing social and artistic experiments’.

Organized by Raoul van der Weide, George Hadow and Lali. In Dokzaal, Amsterdam.

This was a really nice night improvising with all of the great musicians that I met there for the first time.

Mary Oliver – viola

Il Hoon Son – piano

Wilfrido Terrazas – flute

Nicolas Caiola – doublebass

Pau Sola – Cello