Bio

Filthy Habits Ensemble - Guillermo Calliero (tp), Tom Chant (sax

SHORT BIO:

Born in Venezuela in 1977, El Pricto is a composer, conductor, and performer of non-conventional music based in Barcelona since 2001. In 1998 he completed his professional sound and music production studies in Caracas. In his early adolescence he attended a few years of classical academic studies at the conservatory in Caracas, later his musical education has been developed mainly by himself and with private teachers. He started working at age 21 as a music producer for television and short films. In 2008 he created the group Filthy Habits Ensemble, an octet dedicated to the instrumental music of Frank Zappa that performed at various music festivals in different countries of Europe. In April 2011 he created Discordian Records, a record label dedicated to free improvisation and other non conventional musics, currently a benchmark in the free improvisation scene in Barcelona. He is one of the most active improvisers and promoters of the barcelonian underground, he has organized and participated in more than 300 concerts and has credits on about 60 recordings in the last nine years. Currently he is mainly dedicated to composing, conducting and improvising for the Discordian Community Ensemble, a mutable formation in which many of the best improvisers in Barcelona have participated. With this ensemble he’s been focused on the possibilities of using alternative notational systems for working with free improvisation in a compositional context, or vice-versa. Recently he has been also exploring the possibilities of modular synthesis in a free improvisation context. Since 2015 he has been in charge of the subjects of free improvisation and composition with improvisation at ESEM, Barcelona. In the fall of 2020, the Spontaneous Music Festival in Poznan (Poland) dedicated its fourth edition to El Pricto’s music.

EXTENDED BIO:

Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1977, mostly a self-taught musician (composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist). As a composer/arranger, his first experience came from working as a musical producer for TV and short films starting in 1998, immediately after completing a degree in sound engineering. In October 2001, he moved to Barcelona, where he currently lives. Since then he has developed his own compositional style, influenced by mid-XX century avant-garde, serialism, post-minimalism, rock, jazz, noise, hardcore and other genres.

In 2008 together with Arco y Flecha Productions he co-created The Filthy Habits Ensemble, an eight-piece band that intertwined instrumental music by Frank Zappa with free improvisation. Immediately after its conception, the ensemble performed in various jazz festivals in Spain (TerrassaPamplonaSigüenza, Vic, Tárrega, Cantabria, etc.) and in major European Zappa festivals like the Zappanale (Germany) and Zappamundo Festivals (Portugal). They were special guests for the Spanish Night in 2012 at Jazzahead! festival in Bremen. By the time of their dissolution in 2013, their repertoire had been expanded to play music by other authors, including arrangements of Igor Stravinski, Les Baxter, Edgar Varèse, Bernard Herrmann, György Ligeti and his own music. He usually performed on the clarinet, alto saxophone and conducted improvisations. He also curated, transcribed, arranged and created the shows the band performed in each concert.

In April 2011, he created Discordian Records, a netlabel for independent music that has its own recording facilities in Barcelona, Spain. Originally conceived as a platform for exchange between musicians dedicated to improvised music, within less than two years, it had become a cornerstone of Barcelona’s underground avant-music scene. He records, produces and promotes projects for musicians mostly from the improvising musical scene in Barcelona, as well as his own projects, which involve the following bands: Hung Mung (with Vasco Trilla and Diego Caicedo), Chaosophy (with Avelino Saavedra and Josep Lluís Galiana), Sin Anestesia (saxophone collective), Reptilian Mambo, Malaclypse (Sax Quartet), among others. In 2012 he created “Discordian Community Ensemble”, a mutable group of improvising musicians that perform improvisation-oriented music composed by himself and other composers in Barcelona.

He is also active organizing concerts in Barcelona, along with Arco y Flecha Productions he organized a festival in December 2012 called Discordian Community Riot!!!, where many musicians of the avantgarde scene performed together in different line-ups in a four-hour concert marathon. Since 2014, he organizes concerts of improvised and avantgarde music in Barcelona every Wednesday at Soda Acústic, and gives concerts each month with Discordian Community Ensemble conducting and playing his own compositions in Magia Roja and Sinestesia.

In 2012 he was commissioned to compose a piece celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Europe Jazz Network, performed by The Italian Instabile Orchestra in Bari, Italy at Teatro Petruzzelli.

Since 2017 he has been invited on various occasions to conduct improvisations and his own compositions with the Barcelona-based contemporary music ensemble CrossingLines.

From 2016 to the present, he has been imparting courses of Free Jazz, Free Improvisation and Graphic Musical Score Design at ESEM (Escuela Superior de Estudios Musicales) in Barcelona.

In the fall of 2020, the Spontaneous Music Festival in Poznan (Poland) dedicated its fourth edition to El Pricto’s music.

Recently he has been exploring the possibilities of using modular synthesizers in a free improvisational context.

“A discordian is anyone willing to look at windmills and concede that they might be giants”

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