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Quintans, Santiago / Ramon Lopez: Espadas Como Labios (Creative Sources)

Translating to "Swords Like Lips", the duo of Spanish guitarist Santiago Quintans and percussionist/drummer Ramon Lopez are captured live at La Fonderie in Le Mans, France for 10 improvisations of strong technical playing with lyrical intent and a varied program of kinetic and peaceful interplay, an album that would place well on the ECM label.
 

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UPC: 5609063405064

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs506
Squidco Product Code: 25787

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at La Fonderie, in Le Mans, France, on April 11th 2017, by Santiago Quintans.


Personnel:

Santiago Quintans-guitar

Ramon Lopez-percussion

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track listing:


1. Abanico 4:48

2. Planta Impura 4:50

3. Amando al Amado 7:00

4. Ciudades Desnudas 3:59

5. Arroyo Breve 4:51

6. Alas de Pegaso 3:30

7. Pasatiempo 1:32

8. Sediento Paso 2:54

9. Roca Natal/Medio Mar/Centauro 6:16

10. Olvido de lo Criado 3:41
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Translating to "Swords Like Lips", the duo of Spanish guitarist Santiago Quintans and percussionist/drummer Ramon Lopez are captured live at La Fonderie in Le Mans, France for 10 improvisations of strong technical playing with lyrical intent and a varied program of kinetic and peaceful interplay, an album that would place well on the ECM label.


Artist Biographies:

"Santiago Quintans is a composer/guitarist active in the fields of contemporary music and Jazz. His music and research focus on the relationship between the electric guitar, improvisation, and new digital tools of sound transformation. His work evokes a new conception of musical materials based on the formal properties of sound masses and their motion in a given space. Coming from a Jazz/improvisational background, the relationship between body gestures and musical structure is at the core of his compositional approach

A native of Vigo, Spain (1975), Santiago holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar and a Master's Degree from the University of Miami (USA) as well as a Master's Degree in Musicology (focusing on the digital treatment of the electric guitar) from Université Paris 8 (France). In 2004 he moves to Paris and becomes an active member of the new music/improvisation scene. He has written music for contemporary music ensembles, dance companies and as a performer he has worked with some of today's leading figures in Jazz and contemporary music (Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, conductor Mark Foster), performed emblematic pieces such as Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, and perfomed contemporary works such as Petet Eötvös "Seven" with the Caën Orchestra and appeared in Festivals such as Europa d'Jazz, Montreux.

His research work on the electric guitar has been widely published (Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies (JIMS), Appareil, Espacio Sonoro), and he's often invited to give lectures in Europe and America. Since 2008 Santiago is the head of the Jazz program at Le Mans Conservatory in France."

-Santiago Quintans Website (http://www.santiquintans.com/About?lang=en)
7/18/2018

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"Ramon Lopez was born on August 6th 1961 in Alicante, Spain. Drummer, Percussionist and Composer. He began as a self-taught drummer in the mid-1970's. Witnessing a Max Roach solo concert in 1980 was a turning point that fundamentally changed his understanding of music. He was part of local groups until he decided to move to Paris in January 1985 and became increasingly involved in the experimental scene in France. At the same time, he developed an interest in Indian music, and took tabla lessons with Krishna Govinda K.C. He is currently a student of Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, while teaching Indian music himself with Patrick Moutal at the Paris Conservatory (1994-2001) His first recording as a leader, an album of solo drums, was released in 1997 on the British Leo label linked to free jazz music and improvisation. Besides Jazz and Indian music, he is attracted especially to flamenco music. He has worked with some of the great flamenco artists, among them Carmen Linares, Esperanza Fernández, Inés Bacán, Gerardo Núñez, Rafael de Utrera, Chano Domínguez, etc... His musical endeavours have always been challenging; his interpretation of songs from the Spanish civil war (2001) spring to mind, or his duos dedicated to Roland Kirk (2002). From 1997 to 2000 he was drummer in the renowned French Orchestre National de Jazz under Didier Levallet, who continues to expand the traditional vocabulary of the orchestra with new elements. Among many others, Lopez has worked at concerts and festivals and in the recording studio with the following musicians of the jazz avant-garde: Beñat Achiary, Rashied Ali, Majid Bekkas, Anthony Coleman, Andrew Cyrille, Sophia Domancich, Agustí Fernández, Glenn Ferris, Sonny Fortune, Barry Guy, Charles Gayle, Teppo Hauta-Aho, Howard Johnson, Hans Koch, Joachim Kuhn, Daunik Lazro, Jeanne Lee, Thierry Madiot, Roscoe Mitchell, Joe Morris, Ivo Perelman, Enrico Rava, Paul Rogers, Louis Sclavis, Alain Silva, Archie Shepp, John Surman, Claude Tchamitchian, Mal Waldron, Christine Wodrascka... Ramon Lopez is an un-typical percussionist. He is a musician who has mastered a number of different musical traditions. He loves to work with artists from other disciplines, with actors, choreographers or visual artists. He is currently one of the most respected European musicians in the area of contemporary jazz or improvised music. The French government named him "Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters" in 2008."-Jorge García, Institut Valencia de la Musica.

-Ramon Lopez Website (http://www.ramonlopez.net/bio.html)
7/18/2018

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