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Agusti Fernandez - Barry Guy - Ramon Lopez: A Moment's Liberty

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The powerhouse international trio's third effort radiates an uncanny, or perhaps uncommon framework combining beauty--due to Agusti Fernandez's lyrically rich and gorgeous statements--coupled with power and free-form elaborations. For instance, on the 18-minute opener “A Moment's Liberty," Fernandez opens with solitary phrasings via lush balladry while transmitting a sense of loneliness until the band embarks on a topsy-turvy voyage, drenched with slippery deviations and drummer Ramon Lopez's rolling wave type patterns. Aided by the translucent audio engineering, you could probably hear a pin drop during the quieter passages, but even when the band is going for the gusto ...

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Aurora Trio at Dachau Kultur-Schranne, Germany

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Aurora Trio: Agusti Fernandez, Barry Guy and Ramon Lopez Dachau Kultur-Schranne GermanyOctober 26, 2013 In an artform as mutable as jazz, nothing is ever finished. So it was that even in the soundcheck, Catalan pianist Agusti Fernandez and virtuoso English bassist Barry Guy were still tweaking some of their arrangements. Not that you would have known once the Aurora Trio got underway, such was the obvious pleasure taken in the spontaneous interaction between the threesome. This evening's concert in the upstairs room of Dachau's elegant Kultur-Schranne--housed in the old school, nestling next to venerable church ...

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Agusti Fernandez: El Laberint de la Memoria

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An improviser's take on 20th century Spanish classical music might seem like odd subject matter for a worldclass free jazz pianist like Agustí Fernández, but El Laberint de la Memòria ("The Labyrinth of Memory") testifies to the artist's imagination and facility. In addition to being a member of several of Evan Parker's ensembles, recent sessions by the mega-talented Fernández's have included Joe Morris' Ambrosia (Riti, 2011), Peter Evans and Mats Gustafsson's Kopros Lithos (Multikulti, 2011) and, with the pianist's famed trio of Barry Guy and Ramón López, Morning Glory (Maya, 2011). Fernández was commissioned by ...

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Agusti Fernandez & Joan Saura: Vents

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Although their Trio Local, with saxophonist Liba Villavecchia, has been well-documented for over a decade, Vents is the first duo recording from pianist Agustí Fernández and Joan Saura, on live electronics and sampling keyboard. The album was recorded in Barcelona, between July 2009 and February 2010. It is well-titled, and so are its tracks, which share their Catalan names with the eight winds from various compass directions. Time and again during the album, this seems entirely appropriate, as the musicians conjure up sounds reminiscent of whistling wind or its effects such as ominous vibrations and rumbles; yes, they often make ...

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Peter Evans / Agusti Fernandez / Mats Gustafsson: Kopros Lithos

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Much like conceptual artist Piero Manzoni's Merda d'artista project, trumpeter Peter Evans, pianist Agustí Fernández, and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson present this all-acoustic improvisation session called Kopros Lithos, or “fossilized dung."In 1961, Manzoni set about to produce 90 cans of his own feces as a limited edition art piece. In 2007, one can sold at auction for 124,000 Euro.This project refers to dinosaur droppings, a much prized fossil. Indeed, the group's sound (which is occasionally musical) draws from minimal improvisation, noise, and plenty of surprise. All three players are part of the cutting-edge tradition of improvised music: ...

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Agusti Fernandez / Barry Guy: Some Other Place

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Pianist Agusti Fernandez and bassist Barry Guy are two great solo improvising musicians that have a rare talent to cooperate in music making, combining their talents for an ever greater sound. So the question is, why haven't they recorded a duet until now?

Spaniard Fernandez is an original voice, perhaps best described as the love child of the disparate styles of Cecil Taylor and Keith Jarrett. That said, he can shred (if that is possible) the piano and alternately produce wrenching passages that force an emotional pause. His collaborations in duo have been, perhaps his finest moments. Highlights include Critical ...

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Improvisation from Barcelona: Agusti Fernandez and Octante

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Albums by pianist Agusti Fernandez and the group Octante (as well as the concurrent release of Barcelona Chronicles by guitarist Derek Bailey) provide a timely opportunity to celebrate the dynamic improvised music scene of Barcelona, Spain. The profile of the city's improvisers has steadily grown in recent years, not least because of the work of IBA (Improvisers of Barcelona Association), a collective of improvising musicians and dancers, which organises concerts around the city, often in private homes. The work of IBA has attracted many improvisers from other countries to Barcelona to play with its members.

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Agusti Fernandez and Evan Parker in Levontin 7, Tel Aviv

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Agusti Fernandez and Evan ParkerLevontin 7Tel Aviv, IsraelSeptember 4 and 5, 2008 Catalan pianist Agusti Fernandez and English master reed player Evan Parker have been cooperating for more than a decade in different formations, as a duo on Tempranillo (Nova Era, 1996), on the collaborative quartet Topos (Maya, 2007) and on Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble's The Eleventh Hour (ECM, 2005). Both are master improvisers and both are gifted with a highly idiosyncratic musical language that sounds like it's never abandoning a desire to push beyond its expressive limits. On their first visit to Israel they ...

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Agusti Fernandez / Barry Guy / Ramon Lopez: Aurora

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It would be a fallacy to think that any musician who inhabits the world of free improvisation wishes that world to be a noisy chaotic place. Indeed, one cannot make any assumptions these days about free players, whether it be based on age, background or collaborators. Though Spain has not produced the avant-garde swarms of other places in Europe, it has a respected ambassador in pianist Agusti Fernández. But to call Fernández avant-garde is another fallacy. Call him flexible, call him exploratory or just call him one of the younger Europeans continuing the case for that continent's jazz credibility.

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Agusti Fernandez / Peter Kowald: Sea Of Lead

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One perhaps perverse thing about free improvisation is that not hearing it on record for a while can make you realise what a vital form it is when that situation ends. And despite the fact that it's now part of a wide soundscape of musical approaches, it still has the ability to surprise.

The late Peter Kowald's bass was a cornerstone in so many ensembles specialising in this form; he was working with the Globe Unity Orchestra as far back as 1967, when it was in its infancy. He brings that wealth of experience to bear here, and his work ...

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Agusti Fernandez & Mats Gustafsson: Critical Mass

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For a duo, pianist Agusti Fernández and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson are capable of producing a huge dynamic range and variety of sounds. At one extreme Gustafsson can generate the same kind of intensely hard-edged tone and energy as Peter Brötzmann (of whose Tentet he is an occasional member) or Ken Vandermark (another Tentet member). When, as on “Critical Mass 4:26, this is combined with a sustained torrent of chords from Fernández, the resulting music can induce the kind of adrenalin rush that gets people hooked on improv.

Right at the other extreme, Gustafsson produces some of the most minimalist sounds ...

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Agust Fernndez: Challenging Duos

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Barcelona-based pianist Agusti Fernández, the late German master bassist Peter Kowald and the nomadic Swedish reedman Mats Gustafsson are true representatives of the European tradition of free improv. All three are passionate investigators of their instruments in a way that so often transcend their idiomatic properties. These two releases chronicle two duo meetings at the home base of Fernández, one of the most challenging pianists on the European scene.

Fernández is a musician who bridges the American free jazz model of Cecil Taylor with the European model of modern composers like Iannis Xenakis (with whom he studied). Fernández has recorded ...

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Agust Fernndez: Camallera

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Camallera was born naturally from the complex growth process of pianist Agusti Fernández. This experimental Spanish musician is beginning to be known in his native country, and it is only a question of time before he earns recognition outside Spanish borders. To understand Fernández's ability--and importance for other musicians--both as a pianist and an improviser, one must consider his most recent recordings. He has appeared on several discs with Evan Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, the last of which was Memory/Vision (ECM, 2003); he has appeared in duos with William Parker (2nd Set (Radical Records, 2001)), Derek Bailey (Barcelona ...



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