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Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound

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When Werner X. Uehlinger, the founder of Hat Hut Records, was asked about a statement on why he liked Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron's music, the answer was clear, short and succinct: “The quality of surprise." Uehlinger discovered Shocron's music through her work with the SLD Trio and he liked their debut Anfitrión so much that the group's second album, Tensegridad, was released on his label, entering the prominent company of pianists like Cecil Taylor, Marc Copland, Matthew Shipp, Myra Melford ...

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Paula Shocron / Germán Lamonega / Pablo Diaz: Tensegridad

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The cover image for Tensegridad, the second album from the Argentinian SLD Trio, looks like a dolmen and it fits the music that both feels ancient and modern. While some types of avant-garde music seek to re-invent the language of music to the point of total estrangement, the strength of the SLD Trio lies in its ability to make sounds, rhythms and melodies that are experimental and inventive and yet almost feel like old folksongs. A new inscription written on ...

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The Poetry of Places: Paula Shocron and Bjørn Solli

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There is something about places. A particular place can create a special mood. When it comes to music, a place can create a unique frame that adds inspiration and ambience. Just think of the music recorded at the Village Vanguard. The name itself is enough to send shivers down the spine. However, unique musical places do not have to be connected with legendary venues. Sometimes, a surprising setting can have an equally enchanting effect and this is ...

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Paula Shocron: See See Rider

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Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron is one of the most prominent artists on Justo Lo Prete's Rivorecords and has previously shown her worth on two superb trio albums: Our Delight (Rivorecords, 2011) and Serenade in Blue (Rivorecords, 2012). See See Rider offers a welcome chance to hear Shocron in a solo setting. From the opening chords of “Sweet Lorraine," Shocron's muscular lyricism is immediately on display. As she improvises around the bittersweet melody, every phrase is carved out ...