The Barcelona percussionist Oriol Roca has performed alongside some of the best improvisers and composers of creative music in Catalonia, as well as collaborating with figures like the Italian Paolo Angeli and Norwegian Jan Bang. But this is the first time Roca leads and writes music for his own band. He is accompanied by two old comrades, the pianist Giovanni di Domenico and the double bass player Manolo Cabras, two Italian musicians based in Brussels.
The natural communication between them built after more than fifteen years playing together is the perfect canvas for Roca's music, that demands subtlety and a strong musical personality. The pianist Giovanni Di Domenico (Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen, Jim O'Rourke) and double bassist Manolo Cabras (Charles Gayle, Erik Vermeulen, Enrico Rava) are two of the most personal voices on the European jazz and improvisation scene. Together they form a trio built on complicity, risk and friendship.
Oriol Roca is now débuting as leader and composer with a record ('Mar' - el NEGOCITO Records) of high emotional intensity, sometimes serene and at others volcanic, where north is always the melody.
I've been poking around drummer Oriol Roca's music for a couple years now, and he always finds a way to gain interest Dave Summer, Bird is the Worm (USA)
Oriol Roca rebondit d'une rythmique à l'autre, colore plus qu'il ne percute, dessine des mouvements d'air plus qu'il ne structure Diane Gastellu, Citizenjazz (FR)