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ORIOL ROCA TRIO

GIOVANNI DI DOMENICO: piano

MANOLO CABRAS: double bass

ORIOL ROCA: drums

 

 

The Barcelona percussionist ORIOL ROCA has performed alongside some of the best improvisers and composers of creative music in Catalonia, as well as collaborating with figures like the Italian Paolo Angeli and Norwegian Jan Bang.But this is the first time Roca leads and writes music for his own band. He is accompanied by two old comrades, the pianist Giovanni di Domenico and the double bass player Manolo Cabras, two Italian musicians based in Brussels.

 

The natural communication between them – built after more than fifteen years playing together – is the perfect canvas for Roca’s music, that demands subtlety and a strong musical personality. The pianist Giovanni Di Domenico (Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen, Jim O’Rourke) and double bassist Manolo Cabras (Charles Gayle, Erik Vermeulen, Enrico Rava) are two of the most personal voices on the European jazz and improvisation scene. Together they form a trio built on complicity, risk and friendship.

 

Oriol Roca is now débuting as leader and composer with a record of high emotional intensity, sometimes serene and at others volcanic, where north is always the melody. The debut album Mar is released by Belgian label el NEGOCITO Records, a Ghent based label focused on alternative and improvised music.

PRESS

“It’s an uneasy serenity Oriol Roca settles into on his new recording Mar.  All of the ingredients necessary for a strong dose of tranquility are present: melodic fragments suggestive of possible endings, the murmur of percussion like slow, easy breaths while dreaming, and highly-charged, vivid imagery. But the drummer, along with his trio achieve a tone that is subtly ominous and reveals a strange beauty.” Bird is the Worm (USA)

 

“Oriol Roca est un excellent batteur qui nous offre un album sobre et profond qui ouvre une infinité de portes pour l’avenir de ce trio, que l’on suivra avec intérêt.” Improjazz (FR)

 

“Oriol Roca est de ces batteurs qui nous démontrent, par cette grande sensibilité qui le caractérise à la fois comme musicien et comme compositeur, que l’art de la percussion consiste à souligner l’impulsion d’une musique, non de taper sur quoi que ce soit. ‘Mar’ est un album gorgé de plaisirs éphémères, une musique qui prend le temps d’être concise, pour aller à l’essentiel et ne dire les choses qu’une fois.” Citizen Jazz (FR)

 

“Oriol Roca est un batteur d’une sensibilité frémissante qui ne manque pas de muscle pour autant. À l’écoute de ce magnifique trio, son jeu n’a cessé de nous renvoyer à l’un des plus grands percussionnistes qu’ait connus la free music, l’immense Barry Altschul (Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton), dont Oriol apparaît aujourd’hui comme l’évident héritier.” Focus Vif (BE)

 

“Un trabajo pausado, plácido y envolvente, que requiere su escucha atenta.” Tomajazz (ESP)

 

“Oriol Roca est un batteur doublé d’un percussionniste à la recherche de colorations nouvelles.” Claude Loxhay, Jazzaround  (BE)

 

“I’ve been poking around drummer Oriol Roca‘s music for a couple years now, and he always finds a way to gain interest.” Bird is the Worm (USA)

 

“Oriol Roca rebondit d’une rythmique à l’autre, colore plus qu’il ne percute, dessine des mouvements d’air plus qu’il ne structure.” Diane Gastellu, Citizenjazz (FR)

CONCERTS

06.03.18 – Trio + Ingar Zach Solo Citadelic Festival Ghent, Belgium
10.08.18 – Mechelen, Belgium
29.09.18 – Lokeren, Belgium
30.09.18 – Bruxelles, Belgium

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Oriol Roca Trio - Mar (cover)
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