Approximately 3 years ago Blaise Siwula and Israel Flores Bravo met for the first time in Mérida, MX and performed as a duo in the Cha'ak'ab Paaxil free jazz and noise Festival. This led to several encuentros in Queretaro, San Miguel and Mexico City. The music has maintained it's freshness and spontaneity during each show. Israel Flores Bravo is a drummer/poet who resides in Queretaro MX performing with a wide variety of improvising musicians. Blaise Siwula is a saxophonist and clarinetist who lives in Brooklyn, NY and on a more regular schedule Mérida MX. This cd contains music from their last two shows in Mexico City - JazzOrca and Queretaro - Mas sabe el diablo Cultubar.
The latest release by Merida Encuentro featuring Blaise Siwula reeds/flutes Armando Martin acoustic guitar and Edgar Caamal drums/percussion on Setola di Maiale records in Italy. These are all spontaneous compositions by the trio performed and recorded Calle 58 in Merida MX
After a week of preparing for a show improvising on the 19th century composer Gaetano Daga’s “Union Blues Quick Step” we went to the studio and recorded 52 minutes of spontaneous music without actually referencing the tune the entire session.
Rags to Riches is the first duet collaboration between Luciano Troja and Blaise Siwula after three trio releases. After a week of preparing for a show improvising on the 19th century composer Gaetano Daga’s “Union Blues Quick Step” we went to the studio and recorded 52 minutes of spontaneous music without actually referencing the tune the entire session but the subliminal influence was indeed apparent.
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This duet is trans Atlantic. Blaise Siwula resides in Brooklyn and Jorge Nuno is from Lisbon, Portugal. They met for the first time on Jan 27th, 2016 and then again on Jan 28th 2016 to complete the recording. Psychedelic guitar with jazz bass clarinet/soprano sax on a journey to new and different territory in a panorama of abstract expressionism. There is a constant shift from foreground to background with linear melodies skating over the reflections in an aquatic environment.