New album features 14-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D’Rivera

CHICAGO (October 2018)U.S.A.’s leading blues & jazz record label Delmark Records releases PAQUITO LIBRE by Volcano Radar, an experimental jazz quartet led by jazz/noise/avant musicians Elbio Barilari and Julia A. Miller, marking the ensemble’s debut with the label. The album features multi-Grammy Award-winning reeds virtuoso Paquito D’Rivera and keyboardist Darwin Noguera. PAQUITO LIBRE is currently available for instant download at

From PAQUITO LIBRE’s descriptive notes by award-winning critic and author Howard Mandel:

“Paquito D’Rivera is both as free and as embedded as can be with Volcano Radar, the explosive, expansive, radiant electro-acoustic ensemble, co-led by multi-instrumentalist Elbio Barilari and guitarist/synthesist Julia A. Miller throughout ‘Paquito Libre.’ With keyboardist Darwin Noguera, electric bassist Rollo Radford, and drummer/percussionist Ernie Adams collaborating in the creation of a vivid yet mysterious, story-swept yet openly improvised soundscapes D’Rivera – and acclaimed chamber music composer – engages fully as a member of a unique ensemble making music that flows from an immediate moment, but as captured by recording, resounds. Barilari and Miller are every bit as responsive to collaboration and cross-genre affiliations as D’Rivera. Having worked for four years with Radford, a veteran of Sun Ra’s Arkestra and tours with jazz/blues/R&B artists from Dinah Washington to the Neville Brothers, the Volcano Radar principles regard him as a regular.”

PAQUITO LIBRE Track Listing:

  1. Paquito Libre (7:14)
  2. East Pole, West Pole (6:59)
  3. Afterimages (7:24)
  4. The Quark and the Jaguar (6:20)
  5. Writing in the Sand (4:54)
  6. Mental Tango (5:17)
  7. Just Before Midnight (6:08)

PAQUITO LIBRE Artist Line-up:

  • Paquito D’ Rivera:alto sax & clarinet
  • Darwin Noguera:piano, Hammond B3 organ & keyboards
  • Elbio Barilari:flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, bass clarinet, electric viola, electric guitar, Fender Rhodes, electric bass & electronics
  • Julia Miller:synth guitar, electric guitar & electric bass
  • Rollo Radford:electric bass
  • Ernie Adams:drums & percussion


Volcano Radar is a fusion of ecstatic improvisational energy and Apollonian intellect.  A power quartet fueled by dual free jazz/noise/avant guitarists Elbio Barilari and Julia A. Miller, Volcano Radar moves fluently through a stylistic range from noise-funk improvisation to structured sonic forms.

Uruguayan born multi-instrumentalist and composer Elbio Barilari and American guitarist and composer Julia A. Miller played together for the first time in 2012, and they made their first public appearance as Volcano Radar shortly after. Their 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 and Mathgames!;  Edward Wilkerson Jr., reeds; Jim Gailloreto, reeds;  Guillermo Gregorio, reeds;  Alejandro Acierto, reeds; Harrison Bankhead, bass/cello;  Rollo Radford, electric bass; Yosef Ben Israel, bass;  Tatsu Aoki, 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; Andrea Centazzo, percussion & electronics;  and Giancarlo Schiaffini, trombone.

Delmark News Blog

Delmark Records, Chicago’s leading blues & jazz record label and studio, announces new ownership as it marks its 65th Anniversary in 2018. 

Chicago musicians/composers/entrepreneurs Julia A. Miller and Elbio Barilari are taking over the business.  Miller is  the incoming President and CEO, and Barilari is the new Vice President and Artistic Director. Steve Wagner will continue working at Delmark as Label & Studio Manager.

Under Miller and Barilari, Delmark Records will release several new albums by fall 2018: a blues anthology celebrating the label’s 65th anniversary, a jazz title by Miller and Barilari’s musical collaboration project Volcano Radar featuring the multi-Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, a new album with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, and previously unreleased recordings by jazz innovator Sun Ra. So far, this year, Delmark Records has released three blues recordings: Night After Night by Corey Dennison Band, Back to Chicago by the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band, and the Bell Family tribute album.

“Owning a record label and recording studio has been a dream of mine for 25 years,” says Julia Miller who will serve as President and CEO of Delmark Records. “At the Art Institute, in my Song class, I always begin with spoken blues. Blues is a living history; Delmark embodies a living history of the Blues in Chicago, and for the world.”

Elbio Barilari, who will serve as Vice President and Artistic Director, adds, “This is a very exciting opportunity both artistically and from a business perspective. Personally, it also offers me the chance to give back to Chicago’s musical community for the generous support I have been given during the 20 years I have been living here.”