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Nichunimu (Vergara / Carrasco / Mardones)

Un Cacho de Metal, Un Resto de Vaiven [VINYL]

Nichunimu (Vergara / Carrasco / Mardones): Un Cacho de Metal, Un Resto de Vaiven [VINYL] (577 Records)

Experimental improvisation that moves in and out of jazz territory from the Chilean trio of Benjamin Vergara on trumpet, Nicolas Carrasco on synthesizer and Matias Mardones on percussion, recording in the studio the day after their performance at the 2019 Relincha Festival in Ciudad de Valdivia, focusing on patterns of circularity and repetition to inform their playing.

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UPC: 736952025692

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: LP-577R-5892-1
Squidco Product Code: 32625

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Estudio Acustica UACh, in Valdiva, Chile, on November 25th, 2019, by Jorge Cardenas.


Benjamin Vergara-trumpet

Nicolas Carrasco-synthesizer

Matias Mardones-percussion

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Artist Biographies:

"Benjamin Vergara: Trumpeter, improviser and educator, born in Santiago de Chile in 1982, based in the city of Valdivia, Chile.

His work focuses on improvised music, written contemporary music, free jazz and experimental music.

Director of Festival of experimental music -Relincha- occurring since 2014 in the city of Valdivia."

-Benjamin Vergara Website (

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Nicolás Carrasco is a composer, sometimes improviser, who lives and works in Santiago de Chile. He is a member of Nichunimu, and has recorded in the trio Nicolás Carrasco / Nawito Morales / Benjamín Vergara.

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Matias Mardones: "A percussive approach that moves between the mainstream jazz tradition and avant-garde experimentation characterize the work of this drummer, although it is not the only thing that represents him. Matías Mardones is also a composer of free contemporary music, which he has carried in parallel with his career as a musician on the jazz scene, which he definitively joined in the mid-2000s as a collaborator with the brothers Diego and Hugo Manuschevich and their cast. of musicians from the Núcleo de Resistencia Estética collective.

Mardones had initially played in avant-garde projects of a certain capital underground, such as the Mandali quintet and the LaKut group, but he soon consolidated himself in the free and experimental jazz environment playing in 2005 with Diego Manuschevich. In parallel, he adopted the pseudonym of Teo Naranjo in the Normaldis electronic contemporary music project, with the composer Sebastián Rehbein and the programmer Carlos Barros, who released the album Normaldis (2006).

Matías Mardones continued his route in jazz with a journey that was getting closer and closer to a mainstream, acting as a sideman for the pianist Carmen Aguilera, the double bassist Daniel Navarrete, or the singers Juan Pablo Rivera and Tania Pérez, and even He has recorded records of folk song figures such as Camila Moreno and Fernando Milagros. At the same time, in 2011 he joined the staff of musicians of the Animals en la Vía label, where he integrated a versatile rhythm section together with Belgian pianist Jasper Huysentruyt and double bassist Roberto Carlos Lecaros. With them, Mardones recorded albums by Bruno Riveros, Atma (2013), by Roberto Lecaros, 69 (2014), by Álvaro Zavala, Cholo (2014), by Sebastián Prado, Triofisis (2015) and by Roberto Carlos Lecaros himself, Puente (2015)."

-Musica Popular Chile (

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track listing:

1. Cachos 7:52

2. Observando Mi Tumba 1:34

3. Entrechocanse 6:32

4. Tobo 2:56

5. La Calma Manda 9:18

6. Suplidos 5:59

7. Paso Doble Y Triple 4:07
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"Nichunimu is a Chilean improvisational trio working at the edges of free jazz, ritualism, noise, minimalism and krautrock music. Since 2014, Benjamin Vergara (Trumpet), Nicolas Carrasco (Synthesizer) and Matias Mardones (Percussion) have been inspired by repetition, textures and friendship through the sound, focusing on circular shapes in music that bind them together.

Based between the cities of Valdivia and Santiago, their members have also collaborated on projects like La Kut, Carinito 3, Dubitativos, representing a substantial part of Chile's experimental scene in the last 20 years.

On this project, Un Cacho de Metal, Un Resto de Vaiven, which was recorded the day after their performance at Relincha Festival, the trio was again inspired by patterns of circularity and repetition, tending towads sweet sounds like on "Entrechocanse," darker affect on "Suplidos," and experimental noise music on the opening track "Cachos." Their music, eternally youthful, gracefully combines acoustic and electronic effects."-577 Records

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