October, 2014: New track for CAUTIVA!

YESSS!!! After a few of years waiting, finally we have a new CAUTIVA song! Its name is «A Story Of Life, Love And Death» and you can listen it in the Independent Tracks section or directly download it here!.

When I decided in February of this year -after a silence of two years- to restart my music, I thought that the best option would be to finish the chapter that I tried to start in summer of 2012. Then I wanted to create some new tracks for Cautiva, but I was needing a rest after the strong activity of the previous years and after a month trying to do something in production and pre-recording with Cautiva, the things weren't going like I wished and I decided to give up and not to think about music in a long time. Frankly speaking, nowadays my musical curiosity is going in a direction completely different to Cautiva, metal and what both things represent, but I strongly feel the need to finish what I began two years ago... To do something more for Cautiva beyond «Human», trying to make some new songs in the same style and concept, the best songs I could... maybe two, three songs... And if everything is going properly, to make an EP with all it. That was the idea then, and that's the idea now!

«A Story Of Life, Love And Death» is the first one of this new group of songs. It's a long and difficult piece, hard to understand in some aspects I believe, but I've tried my best to every detail and I'm satisfied with the final result :-) You'll find the usual elements of Cautiva: thrash, technic, complex structures, constant changes, wrath, screams, frenetic solos, curtness... I think it captures the essence of this project and, if you enjoy with the «Human» album, you'll enjoy this too.

It's been a titanic effort to make this piece, because I've had to work never-ending hours in production trying to find and capture the CAUTIVA sound I've wanted for these new recordings, I had to practice again with my guitar (more than a year not playing at all!), I had to deal with some problems with hardware and -later- software, a strong throat infection attacked me just when I began to record the vocals (the final process in my recordings for Cautiva)... Wow, the very hardest experience I remember creating music! Hahaha! It's been really awful!

Listen it and tell me what you think. I hope you like!

If you want more details about the song, you can have a look to the «Works» files.

I suppose that at the end of October I'll begin to work in a second song. Wish me luck!


José Travieso

Now playing - Vangelis: Opera Sauvage

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February, 2014: «Eclecticism», a new retrospective, has been released!

A few years ago, when I was creating the Cautiva's album «Human» -time which I was underestimating my previous recordings for piano-, one day I took a look to my very old archive of own unreleased recordings and demos and I watched that an interesting stuff was being abandoned by myself for years. Then I realized that something nice could be made with all it... Two projects were born then: the first one, the «Works» files, in which I began to compile diverse information about each composition and recording and I continue updating nowadays (in a way to remember, to know... like a library); the second one was the 3 CDs-Box compilation «A Retrospective: The Early Years - 1994-2003», as a way to collect my previous released works and offers a brunch of old and previously unreleased tracks, tracks that had never before found a place to stay. I decided to make a generous contribution with those old times and I released the most of all that stuff, 20 or more tracks if I remember properly... Cover pieces (Beethoven, Mendelssohn...), hard experiments (The Five Babel Constructions, Reflejos, Continuum...), unfinished pieces, studies of an evening... It was very nice to deal again with all that!

That was in 2009. Today, 15th of February of 2014, I'm glad to present you here a second chapter:

José Travieso - Eclecticism - A 2008-2013 Retrospective (2014, 2 CDs-Box)

«Eclecticism - A 2008-2013 Retrospective».

After, more or less, two years not doing music and watching the "post-early years" from a certain perspective, I've found a good moment to do a new retrospection and to close, definitely, a second stage in my musical creation. In this occasion, the period is mainly 2008-2011, years of hard work and eclectic projects (Cautiva, The Illusionist album, the nice experimentations in the EP «Don't Kill The Vinyl» and the LP «No More Faith», etc.), crazy years where I gave everything I could to my music and carried me to need a strong rest and break with everything related...

«Eclecticism - A 2008-2013 Retrospective» is this final retrospection, a 2 CDs-Box compilation, with 25 tracks and more than two hours of music, including 3 unreleased tracks (only released as independent tracks in this website, but not on any ordinary release): «Shinigami's Dream, No. 7 (Born to Die Mix)» (an experimentation from 2011), «Fusing Into Black» (other experimentation, but from 2012) and, finally, «Improvisation In An Old Style» (an improvisation from summer of 2013). Part of the music is slightly remastered.

I hope you like!

And what now? Well... Maybe it's time to do -to try- new music???,

José Travieso

Now playing - Mozart: Don Giovanni

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October, 2013: New piece released after more than a year...

As celebration for the releasing in this month of the new version of this website and that actually you are visiting, I've wanted to share something special:

José Travieso - Improvisation In An Old Style

It's a new piece, called «Improvisation In An Old Style», being the only recording that I had made sice my abandonment in August of 2012. It's an improvisation for electric piano that I recorded in the evening of the past 18th of August of this year for Ruben Blancquaert following a bit the essence of the project of 2011 «Improvisation For...».

The sensation recording this improvisation was very nice, as much as that this has been the only time that I played my keyboard during the last year, enjoying with it and helping me to remember why I've loved so much to make music in the past.

You can know more about the piece reading the «Works» files, and you can listen it directly in this section.

With time, maybe more recordings...

José Travieso

NP - Arkhe: Introspection

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October, 2013: Official website 2.0

Hello there and welcome to the new version of the website!

It's nice to be again writing you after all these months of silence and retirement! :-)

...Does it mean that I'm returning??? Not exactly, music is not a priority now in my life and I didn't do much during the last year... but truely I begin to feel some wish to make a bit of music, so that I want to take my time and, maybe, to record something, maybe during 2014. I don't know much more!

What I feel is that after more than a year without any contact with my own music something pushes me to be now a bit active. I bought a new guitar the last month (Schecter Hellraiser, I love it!) and I play from time to time, not much, but enough to feel sometimes the desire to write or record, or the desire of continue increasing my equipment... All this can be the beginning of something nice here!

Among all these ideas of being a bit more active with my music, I though that it would be a good idea to make a new version of this website, and this has been truely my activity during the last 4 or 5 weeks, to create "The Official José Travieso and Cautiva Website v2.0". The old site was nice and enough for me all the time, but the menus were created in Flash language, which it's not very used in mobile phones and some tablets, giving problems of compatibility and other limitations. As much as that everyday these kinds of technologies are more and more used, everyday my website were needing more and more a change. Finally, in spite of updating the menus to other more friendly language (my first idea), I decided to make from zero (more or less) a new site, and this that you can see is the result. I hope you like...

I think that this new version is more slow and not so funny because not having the sonorous piano of the old one :-(, but -on the contrary- it's more compatible, more beautiful, more easy to expand and more modern and dynamic. I believe that this new version wins!

Have a look and tell me what you think... You can continue visiting the old website clicking here (by the way, you have a link at the end of the page), but I'll not update it more. I've just kept a copy as historial archive, not more. You can find all the information in the new version, so that we don't need the old one!

As additional point, I've updated too the «Works» files and improved the wallpapers.

Soon, a bit of new music: just an improvisation (electric piano) that I recorded the last August.

Best wishes,

José Travieso

NP - Gavin Bryars: Four Elements

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«Works» is a text which collects comprehensive information about all my releases and compositions, including lengths, when it was composed or recorded a track, connections with other pieces, anecdotes, histories behind the music and much more stuff.

«Works» is regularly updated from time to time and you can download it from these links:

-WORKS, Part 1: about pieces.

-WORKS, Part 2: about releases.

The first part collects information about all the compositions, including the unreleased ones, being the most exhaustive and interesting part of all the content. The second part gives information about all the ordinary releases (LPs, EPs, Singles, Compilations, etc.).

If you are interested in knowing more about any release or piece, «Works» is a great source of information!