Friday 23 February 2024

ODV079 : Pierre Vervloesem / Saucers


Cover art pic by Pierre Vervloesem

ODV079 : Pierre Vervloesem / Saucers

To finish his trilogy about the univers Pierre gives us Saucers. Because they're there watching you! Enjoy!

Pierre says:
"Many people have observed what could well be UFOs at these places (these are places). 
This is an evocation of these events, calm down."

Pierre Vervloesem : Guitars, Bass, Keys, vocs
Teun Verbruggen : Drums

Digital release on the 23rd of February 2024.

Track listing:

1: Roskovec
2: Ballymahon
3: Taszâr
4: Lemnos
5: Clarenville
6: Yerevan
7: Antananarivo
8: Fatima
9: Belgian Wave
10: Saucers

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Friday 16 February 2024




Sometimes they play with the punch of a quick-tempered bull, other times theysound like a spacey group of kind elephants. 
Caused by its name and cutting-edge interaction, Bulliphant sets a strong image of natural phenomena. 
This is how the music of their debut album 'Hightailing' came to life.

For its new album 'SLEEP', Bulliphant draws inspiration from the experiences of body and mind during different stages of sleep. 
That's the initial spark for Ruben's compositions; the rest unfolds through imagination, interplay, and improvisation.

Goya's statement “The sleep of reason produces monsters”, resonates strikingly within this context.

Bart Maris: trumpets
Ruben Verbruggen: saxophones
Thijs Troch: piano & electronics
Gonçalo Almeida: double bass
Friso van Wijck: percussion & bells

Recorded by Cyrille Obermüller, Brussels 2023
Mixed and mastered by Cyrille Obermüller
Compositions by Ruben Verbruggen

pic by Robert Kroos

Bart Maris (BEL) is a versatile trumpeter renowned for his distinctive sound and significant contributions to various bands, such as Spinifex, Flat Earth Society, Moker, Free Orleans Rebel Band, and Jaune Toujours. Beyond the jazz mainstream, Maris crafts a dynamic and multifaceted career, characterized by an extraordinary musical force. In 2021, he was honored with the Cultuurprijs Stad Gent.

Ruben Verbruggen (BEL) is a passionate alto- and baritone saxophonist and composer dedicated to crafting jazz and improvised music with soul. With a strong commitment to musical quality, he leads his own bands, Bulliphant and Yes Pavlov, and he collaborates with others to bring soulful, powerful music to audiences of all ages. Ruben is also a member of other bands such as Punk Kong, Jamaican Jazz Orchestra, Tom Bourgeois' Rumeurs, and more.

Thijs Troch (BEL) is a piano player who is mainly active in improvised music. He plays in bands such as Keenroh, Jukwaa, Kabas, The Milk Factory, Halcyon Days and Bulliphant. In 2023, Thijs released a solo album titled 'Stilleven,' aiming to create textural, electronic meditations — “a space where time blurs, and the natural flow takes precedence without the need for forceful interventions”. 

Gonçalo Almeida (PT, NED), a Portuguese musician based in Rotterdam, is a dynamic artist, a unique improviser with a strong interdisciplinary approach. Founder of Hydra Ensemble, Lama Trio, Albatre, and more, he collaborates internationally, sharing stages with prominent improvisers. Gonçalo also founded Cylinder Recordings, a digital label documenting his experimental collaborations and new paths in music. 

Friso van Wijck (NED), lives in Rotterdam and is a one-of-a-kind musician and composer known for his mastery of drums and percussion. Beyond his performance skills, he imparts his knowledge as a composition instructor at Codarts in Rotterdam. Always tuned in with open ears, Friso is a super sensitive musician, constantly looking for the right sound at the right time.

Digital release on the 16th of February 2024.

Track Listing:

1. Cinematic fields 
2. Inner forces 
3. Hypnic jerk: a 12-tone discovery 
4. Inhale, exhale 
5. Sunday, part I: Inception 
6. Sunday, part II: Develop and conclude 
7. A dream leaving Bali 
8. REM stage 
9. Deep sleep 
10. Waking up

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Friday 9 February 2024

ODG185-OJP074 : Alinovsky x Tetsuroh Konishi / Tantric


Cover art by A.L.

ODG185-OJP074 : Alinovsky x Tetsuroh Konishi / Tantric

The new collaboration (see also ODG179) starts with a long piece moving very very slowly, therefore the title of the track 'Hypnotic'. One 16min long track to listen best with headphones, eyes closed...Let you drive in a peaceful place!

The second piece is more classical/ cinematic.

Both tracks are the visiting card of the forthcoming album 'Hypnotic' with 10 new tracks which will be released in March 2024.

Alinovsky: keys, rhythms, mixing, editing
Tetsuroh Konishi: the trumpets
Pierre Vervloesem: mastering

Digital release on the 9th of February 2024.

Track listing:

1: Hypnotic
2: Cometic

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Friday 2 February 2024

OUC046-ODG182 : Shortest Job First / Fertile Fractures


Cover art by Lena Czerniawska

OUC046-ODG182 : Shortest Job First / Fertile Fractures

Shortest Job First dives deep into the waves of improvised electro-acoustic music via a cascade of continuous but broken sound events, a glitching and moving entanglement of different genres and styles. Driven by a mutual sense of empathy, structure and form, they assemble their sound shards and bits and tiles into unique and unpredictable sonic mosaïques. Inside the project both a common shared esthetic and the individual researches find space and allowance, by this means melodious fragments transition into noisy outbursts, rhythmic elements dissolve into pulses or simply acoustic movements.

The trio:

Edith Steyer is a free improvising and composing clarinet and saxophone player with her roots in jazz and classical music. As a former student for social anthropology she is also interested in world music. 
She is dedicated to the exploration of her instruments and makes use of preparations with music tools and elements from every day life. She experiments with drum skins, wind and water and, lately, with electronic devices and feedback. 
Aside from working on a solo practice, her foremost interest is to create intelligently woven nets of interaction and noisy sound scapes with other artists. She is part of the Improvised music scene in Berlin and
has worked with many musical theatre groups there.

Pietro Frigato is a musician and sound artist whose research is focused on the creation of ephemeral sound cosmogonies throughout improvisation, on open forms and non-linear narrative, on connections
via the means of sound. 
His solo performance can be described as a dynamically emotionally wideranged, archetypical, primal, wordless storytelling torn in conflict between total abstraction and deep symbolism. 
Pietro has been running since 2018 as artistic director, the Cataclisma Improvisation Festival, a space for new music, improvisation and social projects. Alongside his solo practice he performs with Ensemble Collettivo Crisis, Shortest Job First, S.P.I.I.C. ensemble, and other projects.

Dominic Jasmin is a composer and improviser from Montreal, Qc. His music, somewhere between free jazz and acousmatic music, blends the accidental and unpredictable nature of the former with the techniques of the latter to create what has been described as « structured noise ». Primarily working with found sounds and electronics, he also incorporates guitar and voice to some of his live sets.
He graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 2018 and has been active on the music scene there through his involvement in organizing concerts with Kohlenstoff collective and Mardi Spaghetti as well as being an active musician.
Apart from his solo practice through which he has collaborated with many other artists on a one-time basis, he is involved in different projects including Actors Artificial, SJF Trio and Larsen.
He is also a trained sound engineer, working in live sound for contemporary classical music and in the studio (or on location) recording, mixing and mastering different projects.

Edith Steyer: Extended reeds
Pietro Frigato: Electric guitar
Dominic Jasmin: Live electronics, Voice

Recorded live at Splendor (Amsterdam), 04-06-2022
Live mix and recording: Luke Deane
Mix/Master: Dominic Jasmin

Digital release on the 2nd of February 2024.

Track listing:

1: Fertile Fractures - Part 1
2: Fertile Fractures - Part 2
3: Fertile Fractures - Part 3

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