The first meeting of the quartet of electronic artist Miguel A. Garcia, accordionist Garazi Navas, double bassist Alex Reviriego and percussionist Vasco Trilla is this live performance at Convent de Sant Agusti, in Barcelona, using the natural resonance of the chapel to influence their introspective interactions of deep bass, evolving tones and mysterious percussive punctuations.
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Recorded live at Convent de Sant Agusti, in Barcelona, Spain, by Pablo Miranda.
Miguel A. Garcia-electronics
Alex Reviriego-double bass
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"Miguel A. García (aka Xedh) from the Basque country, is one of the most dynamic sound artists in the Spanish scene. His work focuses mainly on the composition and electro-acoustic improvisation. He uses sounds taken from electronic devices residues, often interrelated with field recordings or acoustic instruments, in the search of an intimate, intense and immersive experience. A music of adventurous forms, full of contrasts and having nevertheless a sense of humor. His background comprises fine arts and audiovisual technology, having created projects such as Válvula Antirretorno, Baba Llaga or Mubles, questioning the borders between electro-acoustic academic music, industrial music and the so called outsider music.
With his solo project, he has participated in experimental music festivals all over Spain, as Ertz (Navarra), Experimentaclub (Madrid), Lem (Barcelona), Mem (Bilbao) or Sonikas (Vallecas), and he has played in diverse scenarios such as Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), or museums such as Artium (Vitoria), Guggenheim (Bilbao), Macuf (A Coruña) or Vostell Malpartida (Cáceres). Outside Spain, he has played in festivals in Germany, Belgium, USA, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Portugal. His work has been released worldwide by labels as Copy for your records (USA), Homophoni (USA), Pilgrim Talk (USA), Slaughter Recs (Italy), Trait Central (USA), Triple Bath (Greece), Zeromoon (USA), or White Line (UK).
Still a young member of the international free improvisation scene, he works regularly with Ilia Belorukov, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Oier Iruretagoiena, Xabier Lopez, Alvaro Matilla, Seijiro Murayama or Hector Rey. He has collaborated with arists such Lali Barriere, Heddy Boubaker, Alexander Bruck, Raul Dominguez, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Richard Kamerman, Kurt Liedwart, Nick Hoffman, Wade Matthews, Jorge Nuñez, Carlos Suarez or Valentina Vuksic, and bands like Cooloola Monster, Gora Japon, maDam or Hamburguesa Vegetal. As a promoter, amongst other projects, is the founder of the Club Le Larraskito and director of the Zarata Fest, both platforms dedicated to the broadcast of challenging art and music."-Miguel A. Garcia Website (XEDH.org) (http://www.xedh.org/about.html)
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"Born in Barcelona, Vasco Trilla started playing drums at the age of nineteen. His first influences were progressive rock and metal, but gradually he developed an interest in a variety of different genres such as jazz, Indian music, African music, klezmer, free improvisation, etc.
Since then he has collaborated, toured and recorded with many different bands and projects such as Boi Akih (an ethno-jazz band from the Netherlands), Planeta Imaginario (progressive jazz-rock) October Equus (avant-rock), The Oddvisers (pop-avant), Fine! (indie pop-rock), Mundo Flotante (ethno-jazz-rock), Kaulakau/Cobla Sant Jordi (an ethno-jazz Catalan orchestra), Filthy Habits Ensemble (a jazz octet playing Zappa's and Stravinsky's repertoire), Cows On Trees (a jazz-improv quartet with Susana Santos Silva and Kaja Draksler), Balimonster (an impro-ethno duo with Angel Ontalva), Yedo Gibson-Vasco Trilla duo (an improv sax & drums duo), Outerzone (jazz-core), Reptilian Mambo (mambo free rock), Liba's Traum, etc.
In the last years he has been playing and experimenting on the free-improv scene, applying extended techniques to the kit and treating it as a textural-melodic instrument. Blowing, bowing, scratching, playing with hands and all kinds of objects, all is valid to expand the vocabulary of this innovative percussionist. He played with improvisers, such as: Lotte Anker, Marshall Allen, Yedo Gibson, Susana Santos Silva, Kaja Draksler, Jasper Stadhouders, Mikloaj Trzaska, Martin Kuchen, Richard Barrett, Jorma Tapio, Christher Bothen, Marc Stucki, Luc Ex. etc...
He has released around 30 CDs in labels such as Cuneiform Records (USA), Altrock Records (Italy), Leo Records (UK) Discordian Records (Barcelona, Spain), Audition Records (Mexico), El Negocito Records (Belgium), Jacc Records (Portugal), Fmr Records (UK)."-Vasco Trilla Website (http://vascotrilla.com/)
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"Les Capelles documents the very first time Garazi Navas, Miguel Angel Garcia, Alex Reviriego and Vasco Trilla played together as a quartet. Carefully woven drones fill the reverberant space of the chapel, with the punctuating percussion recalling the bells from the neighboring church, and the subtle electronics adding an ethereal and mysterious touch.
Like the XIVth century religious building where it was recorded, now used as an arts performance space in the hip and tourist packed center of Barcelona, the music lives in a intermediate space between the archaic and the contemporary, with the traditional tones of the accordion merging with electronic feedback and extended string and percussion techniques.
Even if the meeting looks like a double duo affair (Garcia and Navas working as a duo in Doppelganger, Trilla and Reviriego long relation in dozens of projects), their paths crossed many times before, tracing an intriguing shared history: Reviriego playing along with Navas performing Garcia's electroacoustic compositions, Garcia inviting Trilla and Reviriego to perform at Zarata Fest on several occasions, the three of them performing and recording together as Ab'Bhau, Reviriego guesting in Doppelganger performances...and a personal friendship and deep artistic affinities threading it tight together. B
eautifully recorded by Pablo Miranda at the chapels of the Convent de Sant Agusti, this recording doesn't feel so much an impromptu meeting of four like-minded musicians as the product of a long gestation process."-TripTicks Tapes
"Les Capelles (the chapels) documents the very first performance of the Barcelona-based quartet of accordionist Garazi Navas, electronics Miguel Angel Garcia, double bass player Àlex Reviriego and percussionist Vasco Trilla. Reviriego and Trilla collaborated before in countless formats and bands, including Phicus, Liba Villavecchia Trio and the trio Tholos Gateway. Garcia and Navas relased last year a duo album Aleph / Illuminatus (Elctronic Reactions, 2021). But these four musicians crossed paths many times before: Reviriego played along with Navas when they performed Garcia's electroacoustic compositions; Garcia invited Trilla and Reviriego to perform at Zarata Festival on several occasions, and the three of them performed and recorded together in the Ab'Bhau quintet.
The quartet was recorded live at the XIVth century Convent de Sant Agustí, now an arts space in the center of Barcelona. The three pieces employ the reverberant space of the chapel as a decisive player in the quartet's nuanced, highly suggestive and cinematic drones, evoking a sense of irreverent but spiritual meditation. The quartet enjoys the punctuating percussion recalling the bells from the neighboring church and uses the ethereal electronics and accordion sounds as well as the extended techniques of Reviriego and Trilla to intensify the mysterious, timeless atmosphere. This quartet worked as a tight unit that developed slowly the carefully woven drones and colored them with darker, more enigmatic shades.
Tholos Gateway is the trio of Reviriego and Trilla with New York-based producer, recording engineer and electronics player Colin Martson and II follows the self-titled debut album of the trio, released in 2021 by Gusstaff Records. Martson mixed and mastered the album of Reviriego's Inhumankind duo and the project Bi Cong of Reviriego and Trilla, so the collaboration with him was natural and allowed Reviriego and Trilla to experiment with timbral explorations they have been developing together for years.
II offers eight atmospheric pieces that match experimental, extended techniques and subtle timbral searches of the acoustic double bass of Reviriego and the timpani, gongs and bells of Trilla with Martson's sonic explorations of the vintage electronic drums, guitar synth and mellotron. These patient pieces sketch far away, alien landscapes with often unsettling but cinematic sounds for a dramatic soundtrack to a mythical, sci-fi story (and Tholos means a circular structure, often a temple, of ancient Greece and ancient Rome).
American guitarist Mick Barr (who used before the services of Martson as a recording engineer) intensifies the mysterious atmosphere of "Alternate Aether" with insistent, cyclical patterns, while Reviriego's manic bowing on "Revenge Spectre" charges this piece with intense tension. Japanese Yoshiko Ohara (of the funeral doom metal band, Bloody Panda) adds powerful ritualist-shamanic vocals to the mysterious and cosmic "Consciousness Exorcism Seal". This fascinating journey ends with shiny, optimist lights with "Erased in the Air"."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts
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