|Evan Parker, Barry Guy and Paul Lytton meet in Barcelona. A trio concert in the «Auditorium» is on the agenda, the first one for months. «We hadn't seen each other for quite a while and were really looking forward to it», Barry Guy remembers. That their reunion should take place in Barcelona, was as obvious as the intention to record the evening's concert. However, nobody knew beforehand that sound engineer Ferran Conangla would hand over a glittering uncut gem at the end of the day from which a sapphire - Zafiro would develop.
«Sometimes live recordings can be quite magical», Barry Guy says in a kind of terseness impossible to translate. He and his partners attribute a magic to the «Barcelona Session», which is moving in its rareness – but which is surprising at the same time. After all Parker, Guy and Lytton have known each other for over 40 years, they are almost the same age and have nearly the same background (Parker comes from Bristol, Guy and Lytton from London). They have been playing together since the sixties: initially in the «Spontaneous Music Ensemble», then in the «London Jazz Composers Orchestra», up to the present day in the «Barry Guy New Orchestra» and in Evan Parker's «Electro-Acoustic Ensemble». Parallel to this, between and criss-crossing, in duo, trio and quartet formations. And for a good 25 years, as Parker – Guy – Lytton trio.
That such a magical moment is still possible - after such a long and intense collaboration - has something to do with Barcelona 2006 insofar as the preconditions were optimal at the time.
Barry Guy praises the atmosphere of the concert space and the attentive audience. The best basis for the musicians who, for their part, felt a special spirit. They had arrived with high expectations. From different directions, different soundscapes and emotional situations. Full of experiences, news and ideas to pass on to the others. And, at the same time, emptied in the sense of quiet, relaxed – and primed to get involved in a new adventure. To explore new ground, once again, as a trio.