Iluso Records is an independent record label founded in 2013 by Michael Caratti and Álvaro Domene.

Our catalogue focuses on exploratory creative new music derived and informed by the fertile traditions of jazz, avant-garde metal, free-improvisation, western contemporary classical, and experimental electronic music.

We have featured works by artists who are dedicated to exploring the endless sonic possibilities that can be found within and beyond said genres:

Briggan Krauss, Colin Marston, Matthew Shipp, Elliott Sharp, Henry Kaiser, Mike Pride, Álvaro Pérez, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Colin Fisher, Lotte Anker, Pat Thomas, Eliane Gazzard, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Frode Gjerstad, Michael Bisio, Kirk Knuffke, Harvey Valdés, Ståle Liavik Solberg, Max Kutner, Terry Day, Sam Newsome, John Butcher, Dane Johnson, John Russell, Tom Rainey, Killick Hinds, Josh Sinton, Jason Ajemian, Chad Taylor, Rachel Musson, Chris Hoffman, Steve Beresford, Eli Wallace, Devin Gray, Brandon López, Aaron Quinn, Jason Nazary, Dominic Lash, Alex Ward, Ricardo Tejero, Javier Carmona, Rick Parker, Jeremy Carlstedt, Luke Barlow, Roberto Sassi, Santiago Horro, Sergio Mena, and Andrew Bassett.


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IRDR18 • Released:

Álvaro Domene & Álvaro Pérez


As a follow-up to Radical Accretion [2021], Circumstellar represents the next step in the evolution of this exhilarating project that draws inspiration from orchestral, jazz, electronic, and metal musics. Featuring two long pieces that showcase the duo's focus on continuous melodic generation and development, this album is a forward-looking and arresting musical experience. 

Make sure you read the liner notes which were written in real time by astrophysicist Luke Keller as he experienced the album for the first time: 

1- Circumstellar Protoplanetary Disk 

We're approaching a circumstellar protoplanetary disk. Starting at a distance we see a central glow within a quiescent disk. As we approach the rhythm begins to hint at periodicity; planets forming and orbiting in the disk. Closer still the physical structure of the disk becomes more evident: luminous hot spots, density enhancements. Then we resolve the central glow as a star. The active inner disk, heated by the star, glows brightly, intensity increasing. The underlying violence of planet formation and disk accretion are emerging. Magnetohydrodynamic flows of gas stream from inner disk to star, exploding on the stellar photosphere. The periodicity of orbits becomes obscured by chaotic bursts of accretion. Our trajectory is a close pass. Intensity waning as we depart a system that is purely creative from seeming violence. 

2 - Space-Time Alive 

This system is bigger, more massive, space-time alive with evolving curvature. A super-massive black hole. We approach from a great distance. The accretion disk glowing brightly has no luminous center. The event horizon waits there. Approaching, we feel no fantastic gravity, no mind and body-warping tidal disruption. Not yet. Closer in we can see tidal forces ripping and stretching the hot gas in the accretion disk. Luminous wisps, spiraling to the event horizon, become redder, fainter, slower, never quite crossing the horizon. Gravitational redshift. Curvature obscuring dynamics. We're on a crash course with the infinite future. The event horizon widens as we approach. Black, pure opposite of light, below; the luminous universe above. Passing through we feel...nothing. But now the dark is in every direction. Every possible future...every possible direction…is singularity. We will join the mass of the singularity. We watch matter ahead of us accelerate to blackness. Then...blank eternity. 

Written by Luke Keller, astrophysicist and professor of astronomy and physics at Ithaca College, New York.  

Composed and performed by Álvaro Domene [electric guitar, electronics, drum computer] and Álvaro Pérez [alto saxophone], summer of 2021. 

Produced by Domene at Singularity Studio, Kingston, New York.

Iluso Records is an independent
record label founded in 2013.
Our catalogue includes creative new music
from some of the world’s best music makers.