Volcano Radar

Noise Funk… Post Jazz… Avant Rock… Experimental Improvisation… Soundscape…

Volcano Radar record release/Sounds of the City

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Sounds of the City at Constellation Wednesday, February 17th, 9:30pm to feature Volcano Radar record release and jam session.

New recordings available for download at http://www.panyrosasdiscos.net/pyr164-volcano-radar-duo-el…/

Chicago netlabel Pan y Rosas Discos released Volcano Radar’s first studio record as a duo, titled “Electro Parables/Electro Parábolas”; Sounds of the City at Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, Wednesday Feb. 17, 9:30pm, will be the official record release. Volcano Radar founding members Elbio Barilari (electric guitar, electric viola, soprano sax & cornet) and Julia Miller (synthesized guitar & electric guitar) recorded “Electro Parables” at IV Lab Studios, Chicago. Rollin Weary was the sound engineer. “Electro Parables” features three extended improvisations, “Two Hundred Years of Solitude”, “Memories of a Recent Future” and “Song of the Lunar Albatross”. The SOUND OF THE CITY WORKSHOP gives the traditional jam session a modern twist. In place of the traditional house band, each week a new small ensemble will be featured performing original music. The evening focuses on creative improvisation as a way to approach and achieve original composition. Volcano Radar members Harrison Bankhead, bass, and Lou Ciccotelli, drums, will join Elbio Barilari and Julia Miller in the 2nd part.

Following the featured ensemble’s set, the workshop opens things up to a larger pool of musicians, inviting improvisational performance from creative players working within the spectrum of jazz and improvised music. Uruguayan born multi-instrumentalist and composer Elbio Barilari and American guitarist and composer Julia Miller played together for the first time in 2012. They made their first public appearance as Volcano Radar at Chicago’s Empty Bottle shortly after. Volcano Radar’s soundscapes have been described as: noise-funk, post-jazz, avant-rock, improvised experimental music, jazz-electronica and neo-psychedelia. Volcano Radar has been joined in recordings and performances by Fareed Haque, guitar, Edward Wilkerson Jr., reeds; Jim Gailloreto, reeds; Guillermo Gregorio, reeds; Alejandro Acierto, reeds; Harrison Bankhead, bass/cello; Rollo Radford, electric bass; Avreeayl Ra, drums; Tim Davis, drums; Ernie Adams, drums; Lou Ciccotelli, drums & percussion; Frank Rosaly, percussion; Gustavo Leone, synthesizer; Andy Cohn, keyboards; Axiom Brass quintet.

Volcano Radar release “electro parables/electro parábolas” (PYR164)


these extended improvisations (recorded in october of 2015) are their first studio recordings as a duo and their second release for pan y rosas. their quartet recording refutation of time (PYR075) with harrison bankhead (bass), and avreeayl ra (drum set), was released in 2013. julia has also released two other records on pan y rosas (pyr062, pyr089).

recorded, mixed and mastered at iv labs, chicago
sound engineer: rollin weary
mixes: elbio barilari, julia miller, rollin weary
cover images: lali barriere

see more in http://volcanoradar.com/recordings/

Barilari/Miller of Volcano Radar duo in Barcelona

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Elbio Barilari & Julia Miller of Volcano Radar perform a concert of composed and improvised music for electric viola and guitar synth.  With Lali Barriere, visuals.


Presented in collaboration between Associació Catalana de Compositors (Barcelona) and the Latino Music Festival (Chicago).

Weds. Nov. 11, Sala Mompou de la SCAE de Barcelona, SPAIN


Jazz Occurrence 7: Sonido Sólido with Volcano Radar

jazzO7As part of Chicago Artists Month, Painter Lewis Achenbach continues his collaboration with the jazz ensemble Volcano Radar to produce Jazz Occurrence Seven and the concept of Sonido Solido (solid sound). A Jazz Occurrence is the union of the Sonic Arts and the Visual Arts. JazzO is a performance of something close to complete freedom, forming a third hybrid exponential enlightening art-form, capturing the ‘frequency in the room’ on canvas.

Join us before the concert at 6 PM for an interactive and up-close look at the creative process. JazzO will begin at 7 PM.

JazzO 7: “Sonido Solido” with Volcano Radar
Saturday, October 24
6 PM / Interactive session (free)
7 PM / $10 (free with student ID)
High Concept Labs Studio A*

HotHouse Creative Music Festival

The HOTHOUSE CREATIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL brings together many of the best musicians that have been featured on the long running critically acclaimed series JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY presented by HotHouse., The acclaimed concert and performing arts series was formerly showcased in the Lakeside Inn. The death of the beloved owner last August prompted HotHouse to seek a new location for its series.

HotHouse chose the gallery and studio of artist Joe Hindley as the site for this year’s one day mini-festival. Hindley’s studio is in the converted Flynn Theater in downtown Sawyer, conveniently located in the epicenter of Harbor Country enchantments. The funky environs filled with Hindley’s murals, paintings of rural Michigan and noir street scenes will provide a great atmosphere for the music. The gallery is located adjacent to Fitzgerald’s restaurant and in front of the Sawyer Garden Center. Attendees at the Festival can sample fresh produce from the Center or patronize the many area restaurants and microbreweries.

This event is dedicated to the memory of Dev Bowly and Gynne Winsberg – two area residents that were long time supporters of HotHouse’s programming.

Over the course of the event, the artists will play in their own ensemble then mix it up in improvised combos. Audiences are invited to witness the spontaneous conversation between seasoned improvisers.  In fact, the point of the program is to provide opportunities to have access to a rather complex structure of music and an informal access to these talented musicians in a way that they might not otherwise experience.

Volcano Radar: Woodland Pattern

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Volcano Radar is thrilled to kick off the Alternating Currents Live spring concert series at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, on Sunday March 29 at 7pm.  Julia Miller and Elbio Barilari are joined by Rollo Radford, bass, and Ernie Adams, drums.

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