kind words for hiken! by alex elgier and cecilia quinteros and manipulation by lauren sarah hayes!

kind words courtesy of louis pattison. the wire 399. may 2017.

It starts with a shouted “Hiken!”, and the Argentinian duo Elgier and Quinteros immediately let fly. He plays piano, she plays cello, and together they make more racket than most quartets, their chaotic improv conducted with a jerky energy that verges on the comedic. Explosive moments are balanced by subtler passages where the pair hunker down, working microscopically at their instruments with the surprising grace of a contortionist folding himself into a suitcase.

A different kind of trickery is at play on Edinburgh musician Lauren Sarah Hayes’s Manipulation. Her compositions are an exercise in unpredictability, the product of tiny circuit board ecologies that spit out malleable loops directed – albeit only in the most general sense – by outside input. Luckily, the sense of play extends to the finished product, its skittering melodies and clip-clopping rhythms suggesting a mischievous intelligence emerging from this web of wires.

pan y rosas release arbor philosophica by reid karris!

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. after spending years as an odd guitarist trying to fit in with the world of rock music reid shifted his focus towards improvisation, noise, drone and avant-garde. his primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics.

this music is inspired mainly by the musica universalis or harmony of the spheres, which deals with the idea that celestial bodies all emit their own unique hum based on their orbital revolution. the other inspiration is the alchemic concept of the philosophical tree, which has seven branches representing the seven planets and their corresponding metal. the idea for this album is the combination of all these ideas into one score to create a drone that shifts through a progression of tones as one travels from one side of the solar system to the other.

the sound is: a summoning of layers. heralding okay “a”. birds of sub warbling. the slip of tape crash. whirs and bowls. swirl uprising. swell. waves crest beneath electricity. time smears grain.

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pan y rosas release impact by hervé perez!

improviser, sound and visual artist, hervé performs spontaneous compositions with saxophones and laptop, using processed field recordings. his work is influenced by practices such as jazz, electro-acoustic, contemporary music, experimental electronics, free improvisation, immersive sound art and ancient techniques of sound therapy alike. for this reason, his performances are outside of time and stylistic boundaries.

hervé made this album back in 2011, but it is only now being released. he used acoustic guitar, soprano saxophone, field recordings, and sound design to create this album dedicated to all who suffer from the horrors of war.

the sound is: prepare. harmonic. slide. breath. tap, tap. space. grain. sudden storm. hammer strum. drop. aquatic bend. galaxies.

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pan y rosas release hybrid by isabel nogueira!

isabel nogueira is a performer-composer, musicologist and professor from brasil who conducts research in music, gender, the body, and sound creation. she uses voice, synths, field recordings and electronic devices to make experimental music, noise and sound art. isabel is a member of the medula collective for experimental sounds.

isabel recorded her first album for pan y rosas, hybrid, in april of 2017 in porto alegre with: voice, synthesizers, piano, samples, and recordings. in her words: hybrid voices. hybrid women. constructed and nomade. inner things, outside things happening at the same time, not specifically related. a dance between memory and imagination. nomade voices. cyberorishas. sonic storm.

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pan y rosas release abailable by cecilia lopez and wenchi lazo!

cecilia lópez is a composer, musician and instrument builder from buenos aires, argentina. her work explores the boundaries between composition and improvisation, as well as the resonance properties of diverse materials through the creation of non-conventional sound devices.

wenchi lazo is an improviser from argentina who uses a guitar and electronics.

the two musicians met over the course of 2015 and 2016 to document a series of electronic improvisations. they used synthesizers, drum machines and processors. the sound is: resonance feedback. pummel. wooze bend. castles in space. clocks ticking from station to station.

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pan y rosas release for massas by viegas pellerin corda orrù!


joão pedro viegas is a self-taught saxophone and clarinet player. an author, lead singer and saxophonist of the groups ethnos, dr. estranho amor and just jazz friends. has studied jazz since 1983. plays alto and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet and clarinet.

silvia corda is a pianist, composer and piano teacher. she is mainly interested in jazz, contemporary music, improvised music as well as multimedia projects involving performing arts – contemporary dance, video, cinema, theatre.

adriano orrù is a composer and double bass player who was born in nuoro, italy in 1958 and now lives and works in cagliari. he devotes his time to jazz, radical improvisation, and chamber music. he also works as a music teacher.

guy-frank pellerin is a musician interested in improvised music, instant composition, free, structured or unstructured music without premeditation, or sometimes meditated. he is interested in creating sounds by himself, or with others.

for massas was recorded live on may 14th, 2015 at livraria ler devagar in lisboa. between the four musicians they played a bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, a piano, an upright bass. this concert was dedicated to their friend and supporter paulo albano, massas, the most loyal listener of free music in lisbon.

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pan y rosas release live in berlin by muyassar kurdi!

muyassar kurdi is a brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. her work encompasses sound, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, photography, and film. a versatile improviser, muyassar has composed and performed music for voice, harmonium, piano, lyre, autoharp, and theremin in both solo and collaborative environments. she currently focuses her attention to interweaving homemade electronic instruments and sculpture into her vocal and dance performances, stirring a plethora of emotions from her audience members through vicious noise, ritualistic chants, and meditative movements.

movement. voice. electronics. sculpture.

it all happened in berlin on february 17, 2017.

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pan y rosas release lunge by daniel barbiero and ken moore!

daniel barbiero (1958, new haven ct) is a double bassist with an interest in gestural, modular and sound-based composition and improvisation in acoustic and electro-acoustic environments. he frequently works with improvisational dancers and writes regularly on music and related subjects.

ken moore. percussionist living in northeast ohio. plays synthesizers, piano, bass guitar, udu and cajon drums, didgeridoo and glockenspiel. also does private recording and recently some video.

lunge is a suite of improvisations for analog synthesizers and double bass, recorded live in the studio on the afternoon of 31 march 2016 in silver spring, maryland.

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