I got really touched reading this review, thank you Lira and Magnus Östnäs!
From Lira #1, 2016
We where finally re-united the whole group of three guys of Caius Cat in Alicante and Elche in south of Spain last week!
The same day we arrived we did some rehearsing and a gig at the Jazz Bar in Alicante Villavieja 6. That was huge fun and felt great to be back together! Next day we spent the whole day in the studio, what a great place to be and really pleasant engineers working with us. Pedro was interviewed for a Spanish Jazz Radio station, keeping updated how and where you could hear it.
On Saturday we played at a big concert hall in Elche with great sound engineer and light engineer and aweseome staff! Super acoustics, it is really fun to play in concert halls from time to time although I prefer the intimacy of clubs. After that had a great night out with some really cool guys and girls!
Sunday morning then was the last gig at a music school where they have concerts from time to time. I was really honored when a couple came to that show, they told me afterwards that they had been to the concert the night before but wanted to come and see us again while they had the chance.
Spanish podcast: at 1.45.00 aprox.
Thank you for an awesome review! Tomajazz!!
our music starts at 00:58:00 aprox and the review is in the beginning!
The CD’s have arived and we’ve been starting to ship it around the world, to prepare for the official release the 13th of November.
Check out our labels website for more information http://www.domusicrecords.com/#!dmrcd-027/cp4x
I will also update this space when it is available in online shops.
Young Swedish-Spanish-Swiss jazz trio Caius Cat Trio launch their self-titled debut album, packed with their unique, imaginative music, which tends to let traditions of jazz break new ground. Oskar Forsberg is the inspired tenor saxophonist from Sweden, schooled in the playing of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, who challenges his roots in experiments with novel harmonic and improvisational soundscapes. Spanish bass player Pedro Martinez Maestre, located in Switzerland, secures the groove and provides this airy trio with the requisite harmonic energy usually called for by the piano or guitar. Finally, Swiss drummer Raphael Nick showcases his versatility as an expressive and intuitive musician, setting the framework for the exciting sound of the trio. As a special treat, Caius Cat Trio introduces the skillful Swedish jazz pianist Gunnar Åkerhielm on a couple of tracks. This group presents some exhilirating music, constantly with one foot in the past, and the other in the future.
Oskar Forsberg, tenor sax
Pedro Martinez Maestre, double bass
Raphael Nick, drums
Guest: Gunnar Åkerhielm, piano on #3 & #5
Recorded by Otto Niklasson Elmerås and Daniel Aldenmark at One Touch Edit Studios in Stockholm in March 2014. Mixed by Oskar Forsberg. Mastered by Pawel Lucki. Produced by Caius Cat Trio. Executive production by Daniel Lantz.
Official release date: November 13 2015.
2. Arabesque Pour Estela
3. On Fry Street
5. Kusselbe (bonus track)
Total time: 50 mins. approx.
will be released on DO Music Records probably already in October this year!
It is the material we recorded in One Touch Edit over one and a half year ago, but with the help of a lot of people and a lot of invested time and money it seems as if we’re actually gonna finish this now.
Caius Cat trio is the modern jazz (i.e sixties jazz with a bit of free/atonal too it) trio that I run together with my long time friend and colleague Pedro Martinez Maestre. This bass player and me met first in Texas in 2011 where we booth studied at University of North Texas at the time. Since Pedro moved back to Barcelona and then to Switzerland we’ve kept the project not only going but also accelerating. About two years ago master drummer Ralph Nick joined us and it was love at first note! We’ve been playing mainly in Sweden and Switzerland but also did a tour in Barcelona and another one 2014 in Alicante and Elche, where we was a main act at the Elx Jazz Festival! I believe over the years we’ve done around 50-60 shows. Which is not bad for a vocal-less jazz band that lives 2400km apart from eachother.
Check out some previews here:
So Pedro was visiting me again in Sweden, this time with his cool girlfriend. We went kayaking, had a few drinks and did a really cool gig in Uppsala at Creperie Lemonie and another with great weather outside in Skansen, Stockholm at Gubbhyllan!
We also did the annual Family concert in Linnés Sävja, playing music dating back to my grand-fathers father, grand-pa, dad, sisters and me! Pretty cool, but so far no photos. Though I am happy we all survived this the toughest test any family can go through.
Two weeks ago I had amazing bassist Pedro Martinez Maestre visiting me and we worked hard with our Caius Cat project. This time with two (for us) new musicians, Jakob Hjalmarsson playing drums and AWESOME Gunnar Åkerhielm playing piano.
Did a couple of gigs on quartet and three on duo as Caius Cat duo, that we’ve been doing a lot before. Aswell as some street jams with dreadlock-girl, Markus Sundbom on sax and some other loose peoples…
We did some low budget recordings that I am gonna post here and facebook soon, but for now enjoy these photos 🙂
Here comes two awesome videos from Caius Cat in Sweden!
”Three years ago I had a discussion with Sam about Coltrane changes and some kind of practicing technique, I ended up spending 10-12 hours straight in the practice room rewriting ”On Green dolphin street” with some Coltrane Changes. I tried to play and record it with Se-jeong and maybe Felix too. Let it rest for a while and then we picked it up again withCaius Cat Trio (Me, Raphael and Pedro) some months ago.
While this awesome gang was here almost two weeks ago we were practicing and playing around the clock to prepare for our big recording session. This video is from our last day before hitting the studio.
If you care about me or see me as a friend I’d say you should watch it. I’m proud of what I’ve learned so far and I love playing with this guys and how it all sounds, and I hope you’ll like to take part of it!
It’s recorded with a stereo mic setup straight to old analogue tape, for those of you into filming/editing try to imagine that work to make it all sync together
Lastly I just want to wish you all a great evening!”
With the longest rehearsals we ever had, gig every evening and lots of preparations for the first long studio day we’re pretty tired at the moment in Caius Cat. However I am at the moment at Stockholm Youth Jazz festival playing with my students in Uppsala Musikskolas Storband.
Tomorrow is gonna be competition playing with the big band and then back to the studio the rest of the day and night. So for now, I am finishing with a picture borrowed from my friends at One Touch Edit!
Just got back from a little vacation with some rehearsing with Caius Cat Trio for the upcoming gigs at St Clara (26/3) and Hijazz (27/3) plus studio recording next weekend in One Touch Edit‘s studio. I am really excited about that, especially the recording sessions that’s gonna be awesome!
Scheduling will be busy though, Pedro and Raphael are gonna be here for five days and then there’s the ongoing Stockholm Youth Jazz Festival where one big band I’m co-teaching will participate and try to win this year as well! See Uppsala Musikskolas Storband.
Then the first weekend of April I am teaching a Jazz Improvisation Workshop together with Uppsala Jazz Collective, see here: uppsalajazz.getconfetti.com
I am currently working really hard to get all projects ”a float” and running. It’s a busy job setting up a Record label, Turbo Sax, as well as record, mix and produce your own recordings. We have got a tight deadline with Caius Cat trios first official record coming out in March, with a small release tour in Sweden. But already before that, before anything, I am going back to Switzerland to play a couple of gigs next week with the band. See the gig list below. I am very very excited about this week, I can’t wait!
Then we got our first international gig with SZ Conspiracy, playing at Kayak Republic in Copenhagen 21st of February!
Caius is also having a residency in Barcelona first week in May, I can imagine that will be a blast! In the meantime I am also teaching another semester, at the moment five days a week. We are in the planning of a workshop here in Uppsala for all interested music lovers, but more info will come when it’s official.
Thanks to my dear friend Johan that showed me Photoshop and made a graphical profile for me my work comes out a bit nicer, don’t ya’ll think?
Gigs in Switzerland with Caius Cat (January):
14th Jam Session, Geneva
15th Buzz Club, Lausanne
16th Diese Pub (again!), Bex
18th Cave Marignac, Geneva
This is our take of Pedro’s ”Sketches” from our show in Lausanne 28th of november.
It’s a long sax intro, and judging by my mate’s faces, they wish it was shorter. Or maybe they just wanna play?