pan y rosas release Baroque Summer by Brice Catherin, Jacques Demierre, Anouck Genthon and Matthias Klenota!

Brice Catherin willingly stepped away from the contemporary music institutions in 2006 in order to freely develop a few activities as a multi-instrumental cellist, improviser, composer and art performer. These activities fed into each another, so that beyond his multidisciplinary shows and improvised concerts, he has never stopped composing and premiering written pieces.

Jacques Demierre is a pianist, composer and improviser. Whether acoustic or electroacoustic, respectful of the frames of traditional writing or freely improvised, his experimentations can be music just as well as sound poetry and sound interventions in situ. They are nonetheless all moved by the same search for awareness of sound.

Born in France, Anouck Genthon is a violinist, improviser and ethnomusicologist based in Geneva (CH). She anchors her work in the development of her own improvised language through the experience of sound and listening. She likes to engage in transversal forms of research forms and she plays in various contexts at the crossroads of improvised, experimental, contemporary, electroacoustic and traditional music through different projects from solo to large ensembles. She is a member of @ptt collective (promotion of acoustic art in the fields of music, language and visual arts) and Insub. in Geneva. She is the author of “Fictation” (Gamut, 2020) and “Tuareg Music. From political symbolism to aesthetic singularization” (L’Harmattan, 2012).

Brice, Jacques, Anouck, and Matthias Klenota came together for a day to record a new album of improvised music on ancient music instruments. They met at the studio @ptt in Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland on 22nd of July 2021 and played for most of the afternoon, except Anouck who could join only towards the end. They shared a spinet, a clavichord, a (baroque) violin, two piccolo violins (built by Robin Jousson) and a five-string cello (built by Robin Jousson too). Brice arrived first, followed by Jacques, then Matthias, and finally Anouck. Brice recorded, edited, and mixed the improvisations; and later made the album cover and imposed the silly titles.

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pan y rosas release hell courtesan by reid karris & clint spotts!

Reid Karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound enthusiast and improviser hailing from Chicago, Illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear. His primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics.

Clint Spotts is a self-taught guitarist and noise mechanic from Northern Minnesota where the water reflects the sky and wild things thrive. He’s got a thrift store aura and haunting jive. The sounds will out and come alive.

For their first album together Reid recorded his contribution in Hinsdale, Illinois while Clint recorded his in Chisholm, Minnesota. A trans-midwestern improvised collage. Prepared guitars, synths, bent circuits, voice, bowls, kaiser devices, scatchboxes, etc.

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pan y rosas release phoebe dances with philip by philip corner!

Philip corner is an: action musician, trombone/alphornist, occasional vocalist, pianist, percussionist, theorist, visual artist. Additionally he is a(n): composer, improvisor, educator, collageur, assembleur, calligrapher. Further, he is a: student of Jahoda, Cowell, Messiaen, Luening, Borduas, Cage, Taubman.

He is also a fluxologist. Listen. Silence. Resonance. Surroundings. Action. Ecstasy.

His new album is an audio/video collection of three collaborations with the dancer Phoebe Neville. Phoebe and Philip began working together in September of 1991 shortly after Phoebe’s surgery for breast cancer. The first two performances took place when she was undergoing radiology/chemotherapy treatment. She completed her chemotherapy treatments one month after the second performance. Ear/Body was performed one week after Philip Corner underwent surgery. What is the interface between Art and Healing?

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pan y rosas release treebird (ep) by treebird!

Treebird is Marie Finch (voice, movement), Michiko Theurer (violin), and Julie Herndon (keys, electronics). We believe in building immersive connections between music, art, and movement, with a goal to make a space for trust, openness, and play.

This is Treebird’s debut album. It was improvised, recorded, and composed at a distance between March 2020 and March 2021 on walks and calls, in bedrooms and backyards. Voice, violin, found sounds, harmonium, electronics, clarinet.

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pan y rosas release flying with dry leaves by orlando

Orlando is a musician from Campina Grande, a country town in the state of Paraíba, Brazil. He has been involved with activities related to popular music since 1995 when he began his career as an upright bassist.

In his new album, Flying With Dry Leaves, Orlando, in partnership with MakinaGuru (his notebook), takes a trip through the electric and upright bass and its multitude of sounds. Through poetic, free, open, and improvised expressions he seeks to take new paths to express his hope for clearer and freer days. There are four tracks that explore electronic textures and the sounds of daily life in times of seemingly eternal quarantine. Flying With Dry Leaves pays homage to those who are gone and the endless ways that life moves on, always moving forward. Orlando’s music is concerned with cultivating the beauty that exists in continuing to imagine days in which a better world is possible.

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pan y rosas release reunión en la granja by giménez lópez, bass, suarez, scampino!

Rocío Giménez López is a pianist improviser and composer who graduated from Escuela Provincial de Música Santa Fe where she studied classical piano. She later focused on the interpretation and improvisation of jazz language attending piano lessons with Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Leo Genovese and Agustí Fernández.

Luciana Bass is a guitarist, improviser and sound artist graduated in Sound Arts and Design at the University of the Arts London. She was captivated by the possibilities of free improvised music to which she has been dedicated for the last 10 years. Today it is the union between written and improvised music what mostly interests her.

Fermín Suárez is a double bass player, improviser and composer from Rosario, Argentina. As a part of the city´s independent music scene, he has collaborated on a large amount of projects involving different styles of music such as Argentinian tango, jazz, free improvisation and Latin American song writing. Often performing live, touring, and recording as a session musician.

Rosina Scampino is a drummer, composer and educator. Her musicality and highly sensitive touch on the drums are what characterize her playing. A native of Rosario, Argentina, Rosina aims to create a sound that represents her South American musical roots in the context of contemporary jazz. Rosina strives to make every performance a positive and joyful experience, and her passion for music has relocated her to Boston, MA, where she currently resides.

Their new album is a document of an afternoon they spent making music together when Rosina visited her home country in 2019. The group performed and recorded songs by Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, and Paul Motian. It is co-released with the Argentine record label, Discos ICM.

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pan y rosas release drop shadow on airport runway by nicolas tourney!

Nicolas Tourney is a French experimental musician, sound designer, and owner of the label Snow in Water Records. His electronic works concern perception and act of listening, with the use of various strings, drones and noise-making devices.

His new album was inspired by the heatwave evenings of June 2018, in the south of France, when the heat made sleep impossible. The music is constructed like a soundtrack for a film where the narrative is generated directly by public cameras at airports. Timbres, intensities, pitches and rhythms offer a perceptual immersion, guided by microphones, that opens us to our habits and our dreams.

This musical piece was originally presented during the JeffersonParkExp 2020. You can see the live performance here: https://vimeo.com/480151771

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pan y rosas release being time by jenn kirby!

Jenn Kirby is a composer, performer and music technologist from Ireland and currently based in Scotland. She has a diverse creative output, including instrumental composition, electroacoustic music and avant-pop. Her music has been described as having a “sense of adventure and experimentalism.” Jenn’s performance work is centred around hybrid instrument design, building software, re-purposing hardware, and processing improvised vocalisations. She is a lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland.

Her first album on pan y rosas, Being Time, explores an obsession with time and the temporality of sound and experience. Time perceived simultaneously as experiential and retrospective. Time around us, time within us. Listening and being as a temporal experience. A constant flow of now through stillness and trajectory. Electroacoustic, noise, sometimes harmonic. A variety of instruments and sound sources. The voice.

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pan y rosas release the octopus by lauren redhead!

Lauren Redhead is a composer, performer, and musicologist. As a composer she is interested in notation and materiality, increasingly using a combination of experimental approaches to the creation of scores and electronic materials, and improvisation, to realise her projects. As a performer of music for organ and electronics, Lauren works in a duet with Alistair Zaldua. Together they present works that focus on interactivity between the two instrument and invite new considerations of the organ in space, and of notation for their combination. In her writing about music, she focuses on the aesthetics and socio-semiotics of 20th and 21st Century musics.

the octopus is a digital opera that uses text, strings, winds, voice, piano, organ, and electronics to explore the changing aesthetics of the undersea from the imagined perspective of the octopus. While climate change narratives focus most frequently on data about temperature, population numbers, or the material composition of the atmosphere and ocean, this piece ‘listens’ to the environment in order to contemplate the subjective experience of wildlife of their subtly changing environment. It both considers the ‘alien’ nature of life under the ocean, and considers the equally alien nature of life above the ocean to its protagonist.

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pan y rosas release SPKY by Azunak!

Azunak is a project by Enrike Hurtado, who is part of the ixi-audio.net collective and currently teaches sound art at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao. Enrike builds his own software to make music, sometimes exploring feedback and, in the Azunak project, to tear apart samples of popular music (frequently, but not exclusively, hardcore and extreme metal) to generate raw and minimalistic compositions.

SPKY is a soft and gently textured structure, constructed with layers of fragmented sound. The loops shift through a series of automatic generative cut-and-paste techniques. Moving through the source material, a degenerative process slowly unfolds. References to the sampled song dissolve and abstraction is embraced.

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