pan y rosas release “make sure you have exhausted all that is communicated through stillness and silence” by brice catherin!

after his diploma of composition with michael jarrell in 2006, brice catherin willingly stepped away from the contemporary music institutions in order to develop very freely a few activities: multi-instrumental cellist, improviser, composer and art performer. these activities fed into each another, so that beyond his multidisciplinary shows and improvised concerts, brice catherin has never stopped composing and premiering written pieces.

most of his recent projects explore the idea of democracy in art: the artists’ individual responsibilities and their place in the social group as well as those of the members of the audience are challenged and questioned.

“make sure you have exhausted all that is communicated through stillness and silence” is a duet between dancer/choreographer ioannis mandafounis and cellist/composer brice catherin. it is also a duet: between performers and their audience; between a performance and a venue; between a cellist and a cello; between a dancer and his body; between stillness and silence.

the album includes three different versions of the still part of “make sure you have exhausted all that is communicated through stillness and silence”, as well as another short piece by brice catherin: four piano strings. four piano strings is a duet between a performer and a piano, and a venue, and silence. as a bonus, there are two tracks of brice tuning.

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pan y rosas release para, sin, contra by lorenzo gomez oviedo & valentina spina!

lorenzo gomez oviedo is a composer and improviser who was born in san juan in 1987. his works have been premiered in various places throughout argentina, chile, brazil and mexico. he has made inroads in exploring soundscapes using analog recordings, sound interpretation of everyday objects, etc.

valentina spina is an argentinian violinist and musician who explores the interpretative expansion of the traditional violin repertoire through extended techniques and electronic media. she also investigates sound in the context of latin american studies.

on april 2, 2018 the two musicians created para, sin, contra using a circuit bent drum machine and an electric guitar. the sound is: space coast. juggle. blast static. sun. surf haze.

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pan y rosas release c-s by darius ciuta & chris silver t!

darius ciuta lives and works in kaunas (lithuania). after more than 20 years of service as the drummer of greek neo-psychedelic pioneers purple overdose and no man’s land, chris silver t. decided to temporarily abandon his drum kit in order to embark on a private journey in the sea of sounds that laps the shores of his mind.

their first album for pan y rosas is filled with slow patience, bursts of sound, layers, varied sound sources, locations, times.

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pan y rosas release meduse by christi denton!

christi denton is a portland based composer and sound installation artist who works with found sounds, electronics, and homemade and modified instruments. she has a degree in music composition from mills college and a graduate certificate from the centre de creation musicale iannis xenakis (france).

meduse is her first album for pan y rosas discos. the sound is: beauty or monster. swelling drones. glissando. clicks. pans. crescendo swarm. cluster. chime.

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kind words for hearmleoþ—gieddunga by lauren redhead!

Perhaps the most striking aspects, however, are Redhead’s use of voice and vocals. There are extensive spoken-word elements, but these are not dominating, and often multiple voices mix unintelligibly in the background. Thus, aside from a few moments of text recitation, voice is used as another instrument. But when overlayed with scattered and brief acoustic motifs, as well as layers of electronics and drones, Hearmleoþ—Gieddunga takes on a character of its own. In fact, the electronic and acoustic parts often blend to the point of being indiscernible from one another.

Hearmleoþ—Gieddunga is another excellent offering from Pan y Rosas and in the running for album of the year. Well done…

read the whole review here!