Muckle Mouth and The Dentist present
Victor Herrero returning to The Dentist, this time with friend and collaborator, Asturian singer Lorena Alvarez making a UK debut. Their music is both playful, intuitive and respectively steeped in Spanish folk traditions. They will be joined by unique improviser and viola player Ivor Kallin from Glasgow.
Victor Herrero was introduced to music in his childhood while living in the famous monastery Franco erected in a mountain valley west of Madrid (El Valle de los Caídos). There he learned to sing Gregorian and Mozarabic chant under the guidance of Benedictine monks. As a teenager back in his hometown Toledo he formed a psych-rock outfit called ‘Cicely’, which grew into a popular Madrid-based band. The group lasted 8 years, after which Victor recorded and released an album of his solo piano compositions "Connotaciones para Piano" (Sello Autor - SGAE, 2006) under his old stage name “Victor Cicely”.
Shortly after this period, Victor met his wife the US artist Josephine Foster, and they began to collaborate and perform together in concert as well as in the recording studio. During the last couple years Victor has been involved in many different projects and journeys. Travelling, recording or playing with artists like Michael Gira, Keiji Haino, Luzmila Carpio, Baby Dee, Master Musicians of Joujouka, Vinicio Capossela, Sonny Simmons, Ed Askew, Arlt, Marisa Terzi, Alasdair Roberts, Eric Chenaux, Tomi Simatupang, Alex Neilson, Paz Lenchantin, Gyda Valtysdottir, Abdellah el Gourd, Michael Zerang, Nat Baldwin, Lorena Álvarez, Shahzad Ismaily, etc.
Lorena Álvarez is a singer/songwriter born and raised in San Antolin de Ibias, a small village in the north of Spain, where she first became acquainted with music from popular folklore groups. Through the radio and some cassettes, she became familiar with different musical styles like Spanish rhumba, contemporary pop and American singer songwriters (like her beloved Violeta Parra) to which her music is in debt.
After publishing “La Cinta” (Sones, 2011), her first LP “Anónimo” (Sones 2012), and the Dinamita E.P (Producciones Doradas, 2014), she has overstepped the fixed boundaries of popular Spanish music and placed them in new contexts, where tradition and contemporaneity fit together effortlessly.
“Halfway between folk-pop, traditional music from Asturias and a conscious punk attitude, “Anónimo” is the closest a Spanish artist will ever be to Jonathan Richman” Mondo Sonoro Magazine
Ivor Kallin grew up in Strathbungo in the south side of Glasgow a long time ago, moving to London in the late seventies. He is essentially an improviser, playing viola with string trio Barrel (www.hannahmarshall.net) and the London Improvisers Orchestra (both projects with CDs on Emanem), and also on a solo viola pibroch/improv digital release on Linear Obsessional. He also plays bass with Ya Basta,Glowering Figs and previously with the London Electric Guitar Orchestra (213 Records) and the Horseless Headmen (North Circular Records).
He has also been known to spout dreadful poetry as Ambrosia Rasputin on Resonance FM and in performance with various unsuspecting collaborators. He has worked with John Bisset to create a plethora of short, yet singular, films as 213TV (Youtube), and together released A Schlep from Strathbungo (213 Records) featuring guitar and aforementioned poetry on location in Glasgow.
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