pan y rosas release mastcutters by natalia kamia and haruhiko okabe!

natalia kamia is a visual and sound artist who studied classical piano when she was young. She now primarily plays everyday objects and toys. haruhiko okabe is a jazz and free improv sax player who also plays a traditional japanese instrument – hichiriki. he recently appeared at the copenhagen jazz festival. they were both born in 1961 in russia and japan, respectively.

the title of the album comes from the name of the church, located on heights close to the neighborhood where the recordings were made – masthuggskyrkan.

mastcutters consists of four unedited free improvisations and two that were layered with a field recording of the rain (it was supposed to be an outdoor concert, but the weather was unkind). all of the songs were recorded at natalia’s home.

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pan y rosas release spuma pu by spuma pu!

spuma pu is a super group from spain. agnès pe. sarah rasines. niebla fascista. ignacio garcía sánchez. laptops. acoustic battery. voice. sampler.

created in july of 2016. collage. metal static. sleep. glitch laptops. death voice. pummel beats. wash pad hits. blink swirl. you are the video.

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pan y rosas release temporary radiance by cinchel!

cinchel is a chicago based musician working mostly with guitar, effects and laptop to create abstract ambient music that is both minimal and dense. his main focus has been the interaction of sounds/notes with themselves. with only the use of delay, layering and distortion he attempts to make a lot of guitars no longer sound like guitars.

temporary radiance documents the iterations of an idea from practice to performance to reconceptualization. a live recording of a performance. an attempt to re-create the original intent. a deviation and recombination. guitar. effects. laptop.

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pan y rosas release rock nacional by carolina rizzi and omar grandoso!

carolina rizzi is an argentinian pianist, composer and performer. her work on the upright piano investigates the possibilities of expanding and modifying the sound of the instrument with acoustic and electronic devices. she studies and collaborates with pianist and composer adriana de los santos. she has participated in various experimental groups (ensamble atalaya bang, grupo experimenta) interpreting their own compositions as well as those of other composers. her own works have been presented in many contemporary music concerts and experimental festivals in argentina and uruguay.

omar grandoso was born in buenos aires. he plays piano and trombone (among other instruments). he has participated in many projects with different ensembles, and plays regularly with many musicians in improvisation contexts. frode gjerstad, sabu toyozumi, alan courtis, ramiro larrain, sergio paolucci and many others). in addition to his playing with free music groups, he also works within experimental films and contemporary dance; making compositions for theater, visual arts and multimedia.

carolina and omar created rock nacional in 2016. with two pianos, they constructed an homage to argentina’s national rock, its heroes, martyrs and traitors. clusters. chains. rattles. blues. drones. bows. chimes.

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pan y rosas release unlikely objects by isabel nogueira and luciano zanatta!

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.

luciano zanatta is a performer-composer, has a phd degree in composition at the federal university of rio grande do sul (ufrgs), brazil. where he is also a faculty member of the music department and teacher at the electronic music centre. he develops research projects in composition and sound creation.

unlikely objects is an exploration of everyday objects, including those that usually receive the designation of musical instruments, and the various memories they contain. sounds that are perceived more as a side effect. the performance is an immersive experience drifting between noise and its opposite extreme experience, silence.

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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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