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Fages, Ferran: From Grey To Blue (Inexhaustible Editions)

Written by Catalan composer Ferran Fages for pianist Lluïsa Espigolé following a quote by Catalan author Carles Camps Mundó — "Barely anything: deformities of silence" — this delicate work of resonance, space and suspense slowly unfolds, the score giving Espigolé choices for timing and placement as each meaningful note or combination subsides.

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Label: Inexhaustible Editions
Catalog ID: ie-032
Squidco Product Code: 31810

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Slovenia
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Rosazul, in Barcelona, Spain on September 11th, 2019, by Jan Valls.


Lluisa Espigole-piano

Ferran Fages-composer

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Lluïsa Espigolé-piano

"Lluïsa Espigolé is intensively engaged in contemporary music. She was most influenced by her teachers Yukiko Sugawara, Nicolas Hodges, Florent Boffard and Florian Hölscher; she also worked closely with Hermann Kretzschmar, Ueli Wiget and the members of the Ensemble Modern during the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie in Frankfurt. Further artistic influences were provided working closely with composers such Peter Ablinger, Mark André, Helmut Lachenmann, Berhnard Lang, Marco Stroppa and also with many composers of her generation.

Her activity is currently focused on the performance and premieres of contemporary works as a soloist, chamber musician, ensembles and increasingly in interdisciplinary projects and as an improviser, with regular appearances in festivals and venues such as 8Brücken Köln (Cologne), Lucerne Festival, Festival Mixtur (Barcelona), Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Sàmpler Series (Barcelona), Sound of Stockholm, Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Liederhalle (Stuttgart), Philarmonie (Luxembourg), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe) among others.

Lluïsa Espigolé has collaborated with a variety of ensembles including Ensemble Adapter (Berlin), Ensemble Ascolta (Stuttgart), CrossingLines Ensemble (Barcelona), Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Ensemble Linea (Strasbourg), Ensemble Plus Minus (London) and performed with the SWROrchestra and the Orchestre Philarmonique de Luxembourg. She develops pedagogical activities in collaboration with universities as well as with musical institutions and since 2011 is Professor for contemporary piano and chamber music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Zaragoza (Spain)."

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"Ferran Fages (1974, Barcelona, Catalunya)

Ferran Fages is an improviser and composer, and an international reference in the sphere of electroacoustic improvisation. Since the end of the 1990s, he has published over fifty discographic references on national and international labels. He has undertaken tours, performed concerts and led workshops around Europe and South America as well as in Canada and Japan.

He plays guitar, resonant objects, acoustic turntable and electronics: "feedback mixing board", pick-ups and oscillators.

From 1999 until 2006 he was a member of the IBA col·lectiu d'improvisació, with whom he organised over one hundred concerts as well as the festivals Improvisa (2000-2003) and the Experimental Music Week at Metrònom (2005), among others.

Besides his projects, he has shared a stage and made collaborations with musicians such as Christine Abdelnour, Sophie Agnel, Núria Andorrà, Derek Bailey, Pascal Battus, Tom Chant, David Chiesa, Albert Cirera, Sébastien Cirotteau, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Michel Doneda, Axel Dörner, Lluïsa Espigolé, Agustí Fernández, Jean-Philippe Gross, Will Guthrie, Robin Hayward, Barbara Held, Jason Kahn, Martin Küchen,Eduard Márquez, Wade Matthews, Mattin, Manuel Mota, Ivan Palacky, Ramon Prats, Eddie Prévost, Pablo Rega, Àlex Reviriego, Ernesto Rodrigues, Alejandro Rojas-Marcos, Ivo Sans, Joan Saura, Pilar Subirà, Vasco Trilla, Birgit Ulher, Taku Unami, Nikos Velliotis, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Mark Wastell, Christopher Williams and Ingar Zach among others.

He has also worked with the choreographers and companies of Olga Mesa (1999), Lanónima Imperial (2003-2004), Carme Torrent (1999-2005), Ktonycia (2007), Constanza Brncic (2008-2009) and Merce Cunningham Dance Company (2009).

He has performed the following pieces of contemporary music: Guitar two, for four, by Phill Niblock (2004); Cobra, by John Zorn (2006); Meditations for Orchestra, by Pauline Oliveiros (2007); Guitar Trio, by Rysh Chatham (2007); Trio I from Trios WHITE ON WHITE, by Robert Ashley (2008); Poem 1960, by La Monte Young (2008); Diferencias familiares sobre las cuerdas, by Christopher Williams (2009); Little by Little, by Sam Sfirri (2011), and Cartridge Music, by John Cage (2012)."

-Ferran Fages Website (

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track listing:

1. From Grey To Blue - Part I 12:51

2. From Grey To Blue - Part II 17:35

3. From Grey To Blue - Part III 11:00
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"The resonance, the ticking over of a note, stretches out time; but notes always fade away at the same speed. Perhaps it is our memory that makes them last forever, that holds them for longer. They disarrange known places, connect spaces, tidy unknown places, filaments of shadow or fragments of light. It does not matter which.

With each note she plays, Lluïsa Espigolé captures that which is left in suspense, without movement, without emotion. She sets up a dialogue with resonance, she gives it a presence, she slows down expectations, should there be any."-Ferran Fages

"From Grey To Blue was written by Fages for fellow-Catalan, contemporary experimental pianist Lluïsa Espigolé, known for her work with contemporary composers like Helmut Lachenmann and Peter Ablinger. This composition was inspired by a short quote by Catalan author Carles Camps Mundó: "Barely anything: deformities of silence". This composition was conceived in a collaborative process between Fages and Espigolé between 2016 and 2018 and recorded at Rosazu in Barcelona in September 2019.As on other works from Fages, the focus here is on the resonant qualities of sounds, including the silent spaces between sounds. The sounds in this minimalist and extremely slow composition are suspended in time and space, almost without any movement, and intentionally devoid of emotion or drama but reaching their most expressive statements in the third and last part. This composition challenges Espigolé to find meaning and even dialog with this kind of almost static sounds, in and within the single tones and in relation to the piano.Espigolé does so brilliantly. The sonic and emotional emptiness becomes the very essence of this meditative journey. There is nothing more than the suchness of the resonant sounds. And Espigolé lets these sounds suggest elusive dimensions and courses of time, tricks our listening sensibilities into believing that these sounds can last forever, and weaves these sounds in the unknown, arresting spaces, with shifting, delicate angles of light and shadow."-Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective

"Guitarist, composer and improviser Ferran Fages (1974) works within various musical contexts, but most of his discography and experience centers around improvisation. Marked by an interest in minimalist and austere approaches, his music decontextualizes the relationship between soft acoustic sounds and bold electronic sounds. His interest in resonance and interpretive gestures serve him as a support in the search for the elasticity of sound. His recent works have been released on labels such as Another Timbre, Edition Wandelweiser or Confront. /

Barcelona-based pianist Lluïsa Espigolé (1981) is intensively engaged in contemporary music: her activity is focused on performances and premieres as soloist, chamber musician, and increasingly in interdisciplinary projects, sound performances and free improvisation. She develops pedagogical activities with universities as well as with musical institutions in particular on piano music of the XX. and XXI. centuries and multimedia repertoire. She is currently professor of contemporary piano and chamber music at the CSMA University Of Music in Zaragoza."-Lluisa Espigole

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