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.
Here you can listen to the first recording of Luka Batista Ensemble: Proxima Centauri b. It’s an exploration of microtonality and spectral harmonies with a lot of groove. The first track is a guitar solo with live electronics by Luka Batista followed by the whole ensemble taking a 15 minute journey through space to planet Proxima Centauri b.
Luka Batista – guitar/live electronics
Sarah Claman – violin
Natalia Szmydt – Violin
Pau Sola Masafrets – violoncello
Brodie Jarvie – double bass
Robin van Rhijn – drums
Listen and buy the album here!
This is the fifth album of Discordian Community Ensemble, and also one of its most ambitious productions, involving 5 different compositions that intertwine free improvisation with composition (as usual with this ensemble). Each composition has been designed and conducted by a different composer, some are multimovement works, and all of them make use of different writing techniques in an attempt to arrive at a convincing mix of the undertermined with the determined.
The performers on this recording are also notable for their experience and versatility in the field of free improvisation, some coming from contemporary music, others from free jazz and avant rock.
Mixing different generations of the most active avantgarde musicians from Barcelona, this recording is an interesting view of some of the directions local underground new music is taking at this moment.
Almudena Vega: flute
Agustí Martínez: alto saxophone and clarinet
El Pricto: alto saxophone, clarinet and melodica
Luiz Rocha: bass clarinet
Iván González: trumpet
Ilona Schneider: soprano
Owen Kilfeather: tenor
Paula Pinero: percussion
Jordina Millá: piano
Diego Caicedo: electric guitar
Sarah Claman: violin
Francesc Llompart: violin
Pau Sola: cello
Àlex Reviriego: doublebass
Eduard Altaba: doublebass
All pictures by Luiz Rocha.