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by John Eyles
The Barcelona-born guitarist, turntablist, electronicist, improviser and composer Ferran Fages has been releasing albums since the turn of the millennium. If his profile has not been as high as it might have been that may be because many of those albums have not been credited to him but to ensembles of which he is a member such as Cremaster, Atalón and Octante; in such groupings he has tended to be featured on turntables or electronics rather than guitar.read more
by Karl Ackermann
In his native Manchester, England, tuba player and composer Robin Hayward had originally studied classical music before he became involved in London's growing improvisation culture in the mid to late 1990s. Hayward then moved to Berlin to engage with the more open musical culture among younger, like-minded artists. His restless curiosity and inventiveness began to peak in that environment. As Hayward became more interested in the tuba as a solo instrument, he experimented extensively with extended techniques, microtonality ...read more
by John Eyles
Recorded in June 2010, Tables and Stairs captures an informal trio concert that took place in an Athens apartment at the conclusion of the city's TOT1.0 festival. The trio consists of Ferran Fages, from Barcelona, on sine waves, Robin Hayward, from Berlin, on microtonal tuba, and Athenian Nikos Veliotis on cello, the first time that the three had played together. The music consists of one continuous piece lasting just under thirty-two minutes. Although not sub-divided into tracks, it ...read more