TORSION by Álvaro Domene, Illuso Records, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog

Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist and composer operating at the convergence of various styles of contemporary creative music. His sound and compositions are influenced by the avant-garde jazz and western contemporary classical traditions, as well as metal music. He has performed and taught internationally, and recently worked with Joe McPhee, Karl Berger, Elliott Sharp, Vinny Golia, Henry Kaiser, Briggan Krauss, Michaël Attias, Álvaro Pérez, Jim Black, Ben Goldberg, Michael Bisio, Sam Newsome, Colin Marston, Mike Pride, Ches Smith, Scott Amendola, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mat Maneri, Tim Dahl, Weasel Walter, and Billy Martin.

He has released 25 albums as a leader and/or co-leader and is an active performer in New York’s creative music scene, leading various groups in addition to working with numerous artists.

TORSION by Álvaro Domene, Illuso Records, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog

▶︎ TORSION | Álvaro Domene | Iluso Records (

Musical gestures come to life and evolve in Álvaro Domene’s ‘Torsion’. From superimpositions of dense polyrhythms, interlocked scale shifts, to sonics as strata and atmospheric layerings: there is an orientation to overall structures and a simultaneous intense focus on local texture and timbre, a curiosity for micro kernels of motifs and phrases which then give way, scale shifting and voiced by the guitar, to joyous, raging, leaping legatos across a complex percussive soundscape, and then again to vaster, orchestrally textured landscapes.

Conceptually, what drives this project? Is it concerned, as one title suggests, with the erosion of sound? Or the erosion of the tools of sound, leading to a collapse and fusion between systems? The pillars of ostinato and recognizable, partly stable rhythms undergird a cloud of unknowing, a reverse labyrinth in registers above. The guitarist’s mind splits and flies mercurial across the other passages of this labyrinth. Textures grained in foreground and farther away, immersive, all clamor for attention: overlapping syntagmas of rhythm and timbre. Pure pleasure of sound and musical formalisms. And cognition in flux

released March 18, 2022

Composition, production, seven string electric guitar, live electronics, drum synthesizer, and electric bass: Álvaro Domene

Alto Saxophone (Tracks 4 & 5): Álvaro Pérez.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Domene at Singularity Studio (Kingston, New York), October-December 2021.

Published by Dometone Music BMI 2022

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