Oriol Roca

Oriol didn’t always know he wanted to be a musician, let alone a percussion player. There was always music at home, though. He remembers listening to classical music recordings with his grandfather at a very early age and playing Beatles tunes on a beat up guitar along with his father and brother when he was in primary school. Drums came later. So did improvised music. He learned the drumming rudiments through a friend, then found himself studying with committed and experienced teachers such as his mentor, German drummer Jo Krause, who encouraged him to move to The Netherlands to study at The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Oriol followed his advice, graduated in 2006 and then went back to his hometown, Barcelona. In The Hague he learnt a few important things about himself: that he would only play the music he really wanted to play and that he could only make music with people he liked. In other words, he knew what he didn’t want to do. So far he’s been able to live up to those principles. With Barcelona as his base camp Oriol has played and recorded in all types of contexts: jazz bands, improvised music groups, singer-songwriters, projects rooted in folklore, others in the avantgarde tradition. The one thing they share is they all involve people who trust each other as artists and do whatever they do in the most honest possible manner. Other than that, bass players and band leaders David Mengual and Manolo Cabras, astonishing Sardinian guitar player Paolo Angeli, unorthodox singer Stephanie Pan, his colleagues at MUT Trio or Jan Bang, electronics maverick from Norway -to cite just a few of Oriol’s associates- have very little in common

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