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Aranda, Irene / Johannes Nastejo / Nuria Andorra: Inner Core (Relative Pitch)

Referencing geothermal physics in the titles of their improvisations, these three Spanish improvisers create a riveting and radical set of experimental works, with Irene Aranda working inside and out of the piano, Johannes Nastejo extending and adapting his double bass, and percussionist Nuria Andorra using an arsenal of metallic and percussive objects.

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UPC: 5902249001020

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR 1071
Squidco Product Code: 26131

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Ateneu, in Barcelona, Spain, on December 2nd and 3rd, 2016, by Sixto Camara.


Irene Aranda-piano

Johannes Nastejo-double bass

Nuria Andorra-percussion

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"Irene Aranda (born September 2, 1980 in Jaén) is a Spanish jazz pianist who also performs in the field of improvised music.

Aranda comes from a family of musicians and received from the age of seven years music lessons from her grandparents. From 1990 she attended the Conservatory of her native city, where in 1998, after she had been self - taught with jazz in 1992, became part of the big band in 1998, she belonged to 2001. In 1999 she completed her piano studies in Jaén to continue in Granada. She also attended master classes with Chano Domínguez, Perico Sambeat and Nikki Iles.

Aranda first appeared on Spanish festivals with her own groups, in 2012 she also performed at the International Jazzfestival Münster. She also played in a duo with Agustí Fernández."

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"Johannes Nästesjö works within the genre of modern jazz, improvised and contemporary music as a professional double-bass player and teacher. He has for the last years toured frequently in several different countries in Europe, as well as Brazil, Vietnam, Gambia, Mali and USA and has appeared on 29 recordings. During the last years he has been working with Tom Chant, Agustí Fernández, Joe Morris, Ramon Lopez, Marco Mesquida, Ramon Prats, Albert Cirera, Peter Nilsson, Hans Nyman, Martin Küchen, Håkon Berre, Sture Ericson, Fred Lonberg Holm, Lotte Anker, Ståle Liavik & Vasco Trilla and many more."

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"Núria Andorrà, percussionist and improviser.

She has a degree in percussion from Esmuc, after she studieds at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, with a scholarship of the Cultural Government of Catalonia and the Ministry of Education from Spain. After that she studied a master in Contemporary Music at the same university with I. Nakamura, J. Brener and Thomas Hoffer.

Currently she is doing his doctoral studies abut "the free improvisation on the contemporary music".

She was a resident artist from Ateneu Barcelonès, Antic Teatre and Phonos Fundation. Nowadays she is artistic director from Improject Ensemble, resident at the ESMUC.

Her main collaborations have been with contemporary music groups Icarus Ensemble (Italy), Abstrai Ensemble (France), Murtra Ensemble (Catalonia), Barcelona 216 (Catalonia), Patchwork Ensemble (Madrid). She was a member of the artistic committee of Contemporánica Music Ensemble, resident group of Art Center Cal Massó Reus.

She Improvised with Agustí Fernández, Le Quan Nihn, Ingar Zahr, Mats Gustafsson, Pablo Ledesma, Nate Wooley, Frances-Marie Uitti, Joe Morris, Ramon Prat, Tom Chant, Johannes Nästesjö, Nenad Markovic, Ivi Rausi. Joachim Badenhorst, Yasmine Azaiez, Anne-liis Poll, Susana Santos.

She has also worked the composer Carlos Santos at the shows "patetisme il:lustrat" and " Piturrino fa de music". With the composer Hèctor Parra at "Frec3", and with Oliver Rappoport at "Leviatán".

As a pedagogue he has been teaching improvisation in Esmuc, and it has also been a percussion teacher in Conservatory of music of the diputació de Tarragona and Conservatory of Liceu from Barcelona."

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track listing:

1. Planck Mass 16:04

2. Incoming Matter 1:56

3. Nucleation 8:09

4. Inner Core 9:52

5. Allotropism 10:10

6. Zeldovich Factor 8:19
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"Hearing the music of Irene Aranda, Johannes Nästesjö and Nuriá Andorrà is a visceral experience. It is not a music of surfaces, of polishing, taming and ordering. Inner Core channels seismic dynamics that resonate and refract through the subterranean strata of rock and mantle.

The six improvisations in this collection take their titles from principles of geothermal physics, drawing parallels between improvisation and the molecular and sub-molecular where matter and energy are entwined.

Assemblages of metallic sound emanate from Andorrà's arsenal of percussive objects, Nästesjö extended double bass, and Arranda's virtuosic explorations at the keyboard and inside the piano. Their ideas collide, repel and coalesce like rogue particles, balancing explosive intensity with an equilibrium that emerges from the push and pull of contemporary forces. Inner Core captures a highly evolved trio concept that erases the borders between avant-jazz and experimental improvisation"-Joseph O'Connor

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Trio Recordings
Instruments with Preparations

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