Recorded October 23 to 27, 2017 by Dani Castelar at Studio Barxeta, Spain
Mixed January 3 to 5, 2018 by Dani Castelar at Studio Barxeta
Produced by Jan Gunnar Hoff and Per Mathisen
Mastered by Kristoph Kapfer at Sounddesign Studios, Austra, February 12th, 2018
Barxeta II is, as the title indicates, album number 2 in our, Jan G. Hoff and yours truly, recordings from the tiny little village of Barxeta, Spain. Since we both love the place, with the extremely wonderful surroundings, and the Studio Barxeta, at Finca Abogat, situated at the top of a hill in the middle of a vast orange grove, our intentions are to release more in the years to come. Hope you will follow us also in the future.
Barxeta I is with the living legend Alex Acuna on drums/percussion and we decided to keep on going with Latin American drummers with inviting the “Cuban wonder”, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, for doing this one. As you will hear when putting on the CD it was an excellent choice of drummer.
Our music stretches out in very different musical landscapes with using acoustic and electric instruments in a blissful mix. We don’t let any old fashion jazz puritan rules dictate what is allowed or what’s not, we simply let our hearts and emotions dictate the directions for the performance and the producing. Only with that approach can we be completely honest to ourself, the compositions and to you as the audience.
You are most welcome into our world of eclectic music which contains a wide variety of sounds and effects, improvised and composed parts, large dynamic contrasts, polyrhythms and haunting melodies – a mirror of life and the world itself.
Horazio “El Negro” Hernandez is something special.
We brought this phenomenal Cuban latin drummer to our studio in Barxeta, Spain together with the keyboardist Jan Gunnar Hoff and the bass player Per Mathisen on October 23, 2017 to record some very hot stuff during three days. Mr. Hernandez has for some quite obvious reasons been called “The Octopus”. He sounds at times like having a triple pair of arms. He has been drumming with the likes of Carlos Santana, Gary Burton, Gonzala Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo, Paquito D´Rivera and lots of others. Received several Grammy Awards and have several albums of his own, in addition to be the rhythm keeper on countless other albums.
Per and Jan Gunnar wrote new music for this recording that was done following several festival and club dates in Norway in October 2017.
Barxeta II is a follow up to Barxeta I that was released in 2012 with Alex Acuna on drums.