Ferran Fages (Spain, 1974) specializes in
improvised music for guitar, turntables and electronics,
and has worked in the groups
Error Focus (since 1998 with Ruth Barberan) and Cremaster
(since 2000 with Alfredo Costa Monteiro), that released
Flysch (G3G Records, 2002),
Infra (Antifrost, 2003) and
23 November 2002 (Sound 323, 2003).
Fages expressed his aesthetic ideals on
A Cavall Entre Dos Cavalls (Creative Sources, 2004)
and Cancons Per a un Lent Retard (Etude, 2007), two albums of
subliminal dissonant studies for solo guitar.
The latter includes
the nine-minute Suspens Vertical, a "song" deconstructed as a minimal soundscape,
the sixteen-minute Suspens Horitzontal, which is relatively lively by
his standards with the plucking becoming almost hysterical,
the seventeen-minute Paraula Clau,
that juxtaposes barely-audible
tinkling and droning sounds with vehemently percussive sounds.
All of them share a very fractured structure and slow-paced timing. They
advanced tone by tone, emphasizing the silence in between the tones.
This makes each tone richer and more significant than it would be in a
continuum. Fages' art is a close relative of
Cinabri (Absurd, 2005) was a collaboration with Will Guthrie.
Since 2000 Fages also worked with Alfredo Costa Monteiro
in an electro-acoustic duo called Cremaster, documented on
32, 41 n/m2 (2003),
and Audiobot (2006), a collaboration with Mattin.
The trio of Fages, Monteiro and
Ruth Barberan recorded Atolon (2003) and Istmo (2005). This trio plus Margarida Garcia
recorded Octante (2005).
The solo guitar album
Al Voltant D'Un Para/.Lel (jan 2007 - Etude, 2008) contains
the 13-minute Primer Gir
(whose slowly unfolding and tinning guitar tones indirectly focus the listener's
attention on the droning space between the notes)
the 11-minute Ultim Gir (a much more organic piece that sounds like a deconstructed bluesy saudade ballad).
Some of the pieces revisit themes from A Cavall Entre Dos Cavalls.
Lullaby for Lali (Etude, 2010) is a collaboration with
Lali Barrière (guitaret, metallophone and electronics) that consists
of Lullaby Electric and Lullaby Acoustic.
The droning music of
Llavi Vell (L'Innomable, 2011) was obtained by
bowing the strings of the acoustic guitar and overdubbing several layers.
The 36-minute piece of
Radi D'Or (Another Timbre, 2013),
premiered in february 2011,
was scored for a small electroacoustic ensemble.
The two compositions of Lullaby for Lali (december 2009) were devoted
to the guitar (electric and acoustic).
A trio with Ferran Fages on sine waves Robin Hayward on microtonal tuba and Nikos Veliotis on cello was documented on the live Tables and Stairs (june 2010).
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