· Selected Releases ·

Harvey Valdés & Álvaro Domene: Nueva Guitarra (Iluso 2020)

PHONON (Elliott Sharp, Álvaro Domene, Colin Marston, Weasel Walter): Alloy (zOaR/Cavity Search 2020)

Catatonic Effigy (Álvaro Domene/Colin Marston/Mike Caratti): Putrid Tendency (Iluso 2019)

Álvaro Domene & Henry Kaiser: El Tren Fantasma/The Ghost Train (Iluso 2019)

Elliott Sharp / Álvaro Domene / Mike Caratti: Expressed By The Circumference (Iluso 2019)

Sly Horizon (Rick Parker/Álvaro Domene/Jeremy Carlstedt): The Anatomy Of Light (Iluso 2019)

Sam Newsome / Álvaro Domene / Mike Caratti: Live at Singularity Music Series I (Iluso 2019)

Álvaro Domene: The Compass (Iluso 2018)

Álvaro Domene & Briggan Krauss: Live at The Firehouse Space (Iluso 2016)

dMu (Josh Sinton/Álvaro Domene/Mike Caratti): Synaptic Self (Iluso 2016)

Zöbik-3 (Álvaro Pérez/Álvaro Domene/Daniel G Bruno): Öpik-3 (Iluso 2013)

Gran Masa (Álvaro Domene/Álvaro Pérez/Sergio Mena/Mike Caratti):  Gran Masa (Iluso 2013)


Catatonic Effigy (Álvaro Domene/Colin Marston/Mike Caratti): Putrid Tendency (Iluso 2019)

Catatonic Effigy’s debut album is a powerful and effective attempt at inhabiting the zones between extreme metal, free jazz, and modern composition. The combination of the density of metal and the rhythmic looseness of jazz is breathtaking. One of the most exciting additions to the post-metal canon in years.” – Phil Freeman (The Wire)

“Three of the best minds that avant-garde music has to offer. “- (Pop Matters)

“It’s tough to put words on this, but I love it so much; it’s my favourite thing.” – Dave Tremblay (Can This Even Be Called Music?)

To these ears, the primary reason to listen to Putrid Tendency over and over (which I have) is to appreciate how Domene manages to combine outside guitar heroics with his own set of unique twists and turns to produce an unusual set of sounds and textures. Domene has his own voice that is both in your face and laden with subtleties.

Listen to this album loud – not just because it rocks, but for the detail. You won’t be disappointed.” – Mike Borella (Avant Music News)


Álvaro Domene & Henry Kaiser: El Tren Fantasma / The Ghost Train (Iluso 2019)

“If you like to have your mind blown, then you really should check out this disc” – Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery (NYC)

A Classic Railroad Western tale produced in Mexico in 1927, El Tren Fantasma (The Ghost Train) is one of the most exciting and fun Mexican silent films. An action film and a love triangle, the story follows our hero, Adolfo Mariel (Mexican screen idol Carlos Villatoro) as a railroad engineer sent to investigate a series of robberies and accidents along the railway’s El Ferrocarril Mexicano line. He meets and falls for the station master’s pretty daughter, Elena del Bosque (Clarita Ibáñez), but must fight for her against a complicated bandit Paco Mendoza (Manuel de los Ríos). 

Álvaro Domene and Henry Kaiser have created an acoustic guitar duet for this film, which can be found here:

YouTube: youtu.be/u-G_CL42VNY

imdb link for the film: www.imdb.com/title/tt0018503/

The second track on this CD is a condensed version of that 71 minute soundtrack, and the two electric duets here are inspired by the film, as a separate thing from the all-acoustic soundtrack.

All music was performed live, in real time.



Elliott Sharp / Álvaro Domene / Mike Caratti: Expressed By The Circumference (Iluso 2019)

“Expressed By The Circumference” is a playful excursion to the outer limits of musical mayhem. From the delicately poised title track, whose suggestive theme lingers loosely before dissipating into a pit of reverberated glitch and cascading bleeps, to the downright zany avant-blues that is Toad Style Blues, to the statically ominous and aptly titled Nebulous Green, the album is a kaleidoscope of electronica, heavy guitar driven avant-rock, ambient soundscapes and contemporary jazz.

“This is a strong date by three gifted improvisers who are at the top of their game.” – Bruce Lee Gallanter, (Downtown Music Gallery, New York).

Elliott Sharp: electro-acoustic bass clarinet, electric guitar, and electronics
Álvaro Domene: seven string electric guitar and electronics
Mike Caratti: drums and percussion


Sly Horizon (Rick Parker/Álvaro Domene/Jeremy Carlstedt): The Anatomy Of Light (Iluso 2019)

SLY HORIZON is a brand new group founded by a trio of well-seasoned New York based creative musicians: Rick Parker (trombone, electronics, synths), Álvaro Domene (7 string electric guitar and electronics), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums/electronics). 

Rick Parker’s processed trombone functions as a focal point of enthralling lyricism, while Domene’s haunting soundscapes and metallic expressions provide the playground for Carlstedt, whose approach to drumming constantly enhances the groove and forward motion of the group’s music. 

Their ear-grabbing improvisational music, without any trace of artistic compromise, has the potential to appeal to a broad range of listeners, including adventurous jazz fans, open-minded metal listeners and devotees of ambient and electronic music. 

Sly Horizon creates an ever-expanding sonic universe that, while finding inspiration in many sources, ultimately exists in a space all its own. “



Sam Newsome / Álvaro Domene / Mike Caratti: Live at Singularity Music Series I (Iluso 2019)


This performance, held on a snowy night on 12 January 2019 at the Singularity Music Series in Kingston, New York, features soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, seven string guitarist Álvaro Domene and drummer/percussionist Mike Caratti.
Newsome began the concert with a stunning prepared solo soprano piece incorporating wind chimes, balloons and hand percussion. Circular breathing and real time wide-panning techniques propelled his deeply moving and intense performance. He was joined by Domene and Caratti whose trio performance bubbled with energy and enthusiasm. From bluesy grooves to screeching altissimo scraping, the trio displayed their wide range of musical backgrounds while remaining cohesively rooted in the jazz and free improvisation traditions. Iluso Records



Álvaro Domene: The Compass (Iluso 2018)

Featured on the list of Best Albums of 2018 on Avant Music News .

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“Everyone knows the old joke: HOW MANY GUITARISTS DOES IT TAKE TO SCREW IN A LIGHT BULB? It takes one hundred guitarists…. One guitarist to actually screw it in and ninety-nine guitarists to stand around and say how they could do it better. Metaphorically speaking, Álvaro is the rare dude who has figured out new ways to screw in a light bulb. And all of those ways are ways that nobody else has figured out yet. So, nobody can stand around and say that they could do it better. It’s really new stuff – the first time you will hear anyone doing what he is doing. That’s my favorite kind of guitar surprise. I urge you to check his The Compass CD out!Henry Kaiser

“With its nebulous barricades of visceral tension and epic soundscapes, ‘The Compass’ exhibits virtuosic expertise of both conventional guitar performance and the incorporation of live electronics and extended technique, generating a sonic cathedral of ear-splitting proportions. Textures, feedback, walls of sound, polyrhythmic inventiveness, glitch and real time sampling are some of the key elements that form the fabric of this stunning recording in which the boundaries between metal, contemporary classical and jazz musics are not only blurred but ingeniously manipulated beyond recognition.Iluso Records

Ambient clean tones morph into Wagnerian waves of distortion, as he employs the entire range of his 7-string guitar. Álvaro Domene has mastered the art of turning non-pitched abrasive sounds into a kind of beauty.” Michael Ross, Guitar Moderne.



Álvaro Domene & Briggan Krauss: Live at The Firehouse Space (Iluso 2016)

“Drawing on each other’s distinct musical experience, the unique voices of Domene and Krauss combine here in a stunning performance of uninhibited improvisation in which the duo’s innate connection sees them push each other along a seemingly perpetual trajectory of artistic exploration. This live recording captures all the intense energy of the concert, which like the duo’s other recent outings, was performed to a captivated audience.

‘Live at the Firehouse Space’ is essential listening for those with an interest in the evolution of the improvising duo in contemporary music.”

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Both of these musicians are well-seasoned and sound like they are coming from a common place of mature and thoughtfully crafted improv. Extraordinary! Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC


dMu (Josh Sinton/Álvaro Domene/Mike Caratti): Synaptic Self (Iluso 2016)

“A guttural eruption of sounds from the worlds of avant-garde jazz and death metal, the album moves with the same menacing purpose as the dMu who graces the album cover, taking listeners on a gripping journey to an unknown world where the elements of contemporary creative music are distorted beyond recognition.”

dMu are: Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone and bass clarinet), Álvaro Domene (guitar), and Mike Caratti (drums and compositions).

  • “‘Synaptic Self’ is a determined, furiously dark, animalistic blast of metal-jazz improv…” 20th Anniversary edition of Jazzwise Magazine.
  • dMu’s debut record made it into the Avant Music NewsBest Albums of 2016″ list.
  • Also, it was on Andrey Henkin’s ‘Recommended New Release’ list in the December issue of the New York City Jazz Record.

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“This slab of aggression features the trio of Mike Caratti on drums, Josh Sinton on sax and bass clarinet, and Álvaro Domene on electric guitar. Channeling both free jazz and a punk/metal vibe, Domene’s heavily distorted riffing and speed picking are juxtaposed with drones and urgently angular melodies from Sinton. Underneath, Caratti provides staggered rhythms. All three of these explorers have a penchant for twisting notes, irregular phrasing, and left-of-center explosiveness. Sinton’s bass clarinet, in particular, adds a rich texture to Domene’s doomy grinding. But not all of Synaptic Self is improv. Several tracks are based around pre-established themes, though some of these lead to an open blowout or two. Comparisons? Slobber Pup’s Pole Axe, for one, but without the quiet parts. A commendable release that explores untrodden paths.”  Avant Music News


ZÖBIK-3 (Álvaro Pérez/Álvaro Domene/Daniel G Bruno): Öpik-3 (Iluso 2013)

“The record sounds fantastic. Great writing, unbelievable playing, and a superb recording.”
Ben Goldberg

Álvaro Pérez (alto saxophone), Álvaro Domene (guitar and compositions, except Nörth and Prelude to Lismania), Daniel García Bruno (drums).





GRAN MASA (Álvaro Domene/Álvaro Pérez/Sergio Mena/Mike Caratti):  Gran Masa (Iluso 2013)

“Recorded in Madrid with a band of Spaniards and one Australian, Gran Masa’s debut album is a confounding and complex collision of sounds – whilst it’s grounded in improvised jazz there are also touches of math-rock, prog and out there experimentalism. Covering a wide-ranging sound palette, much of it pushing the boundaries of composition, Gran Masa occupy a distinctive and idiosyncratic space of their own.” – RTRFM Radio Australia

Álvaro Domene (guitar and compositions), Mike Caratti (drums and compositions), Álvaro Pérez (alto sax), and Sergio Mena (electric basses).