GRIASDI 2021 – THE ARTIST
World renowned handpan player and composer Manu Delago returns with a brand-new album and his biggest live show to date. Circadian (One Little Indian Records) takes the listener through the cycle of sleep stages, emulating REM,light sleep, deep sleep and an abrupt awakening. Delago was inspired by the concept of individual circadian rhythms, due in part to his own lack of sleep as an international touring musician with Björk, Olafur Arnalds, Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar.
Manu Delago’s previous release, the multi-award winning film Parasol Peak, was written to be performed and recorded on a mountain under extreme circumstances but the music was never played live in front of an audience. Delago states the whole expedition as a big lesson in team spirit and ensemble playing. For Circadian Delago put together a new ensemble with some of his favourite musicians to make the album and live-show a unique sonic journey.
ALEXANDRE LORA (BRA) , CONRADO MOLINA (ARG), CHRISTIAN AMIN VARKONYI (A)
Grammy nominated artist, Alexandre Lora moves easily within different styles of Brazilian popular music, such as Choro and Samba, playing mainly Pandeiro and Hand Pans, performing in Europe, United States, Australia and Brasil.
Alexandre has collaborated with accomplished musicians such as Anat Cohen, Jovino Santos Neto, Mestrinho, Ramón Valle, Mariana Aydar and Brazil Guitar Duo.
Grammy nomination 2018: “Rosa dos Ventos” – Best World Music Album” Anat Cohen + Trio Brasileiro.
Conrado Molina was born in Buenos Aires in 1987 and came to Austria as a child.
He studied jazz / pop percussion at the Bruckner University in Linz and has lived in Graz for over 10 years. In addition to his numerous musical projects with which he travels internationally, he is also active as an actor and clown. He teaches at the Studio Percussion Graz and can be seen repeatedly in productions in the theater.
Christian Amín Vàrkonyi, musician born 1985 in Vienna. Since 2003 he plays Hang & Percussion and more recently Pantam, Charango, Handpan & Flutes.
Amín has released a variety of solo CDs as well as band projects focusing on healing and consciousness as human beings.
As an artist he has performed around 500 concerts on stages throughout Europe, Russia and South America, where he spends extended periods of time learning from shamans, master musicians, culture and people.
Afro-Cuban and Brazilian grooves are an influential part of his music, as well as the harmonic door of overtone music which, for him, is an invitation, into a world of inner peace.
JMO (SUI / SEN / ISR)
JMO – three countries – one language!
“Dandoula Tala” is the title of the second CD and means “No Borders ”- which can also be understood politically. The Repertoire comes from all three musicians and shows their different Influences. The meeting of the three cultures, the selection of the Instruments and the rich pool of ideas, melodies and rhythms the music for an unforgettable listening adventure!
The trio crosses bordersbetween traditional and modern sounds from Africa, Europe and the Orient. The sparkling clear sound of the Kora (African bridge harp with 22 Strings) meets the sonorous, smoky tones of the bass clarinet supported by various percussion instruments from Omri Hason. The interaction between Moussa Cissokho and Jan Galega Brönnimann and Omri Hason impresses with beautiful melodies and rhythmic elegance – an authentic and contemporary chamber music is created.
The first CD “Al nge taa” was released by the press and the audienceinternationally celebrated and is already in its third edition.
JEREMY NATTAGH & ADELE BLANCHIN (FRA)
This duet is a roaring alliance of elements: fire, air, water and earth, and also metal and wood.
Didgeridoo, cajon, handpans, jawharp, cymbals, sanzula…all the textures of their music are born from these materials and elements.
Originally a classical flute player, Jeremy Nattagh has explored a wide range of instruments and style in music, spanning from jazz piano to african and gospel drums, from funk electric bass to movie soundtracks producing. His various melodic and harmonic explorations as a composer and a percussionist brought him naturally to a deep connection with handpans.
Adele B has been a natural and worldwide reference of didgeridoo playing for years already. On the biggest world stages with Secret Vibes (Electro Trance), and the duet Adele and Zalem, she has simultaneously developed great ways of playing the jawharp too. Hearing Adele, you get to understand how powerful music is in her, whatever the instrument she plays.
ARCHER & TRIPP (GBR / DEU)
Together, Archer & Tripp have over 20 years experience of playing handpan.
Samantha’s classical training during her child and teenage years in piano, clarinet and vocals allowed her distinctive and instinctive sense for melody to flower into a skill for both improvisation and composition.
Jaron’s development as a musician is driven by the grounding power of rhythm. When starting to play the Hang in early 2006, the freedom of no tradition matched perfectly with his approach to music. Since studying complex rhythmical structures in a meditative way, whilst becoming a Taketina teacher (from 2010 – 2012), Jaron’s deep understanding of rhythm and pulse uniquely blends with Samantha’s enchanting melodic tone.
Archer & Tripp present their new Album, Perspectives. The third album by the nomad-spirited world music duo is their most focused to date. Simple, yet surprisingly intricate weaves of handpan, frame drum, woodwinds and occasional human voice demonstrate the raw power of simplicity in a complex, hyperconnected, post-modern world. Despite being mostly instrumental, Perspectives is a true storytelling album.
”Finding sanctuary among the chaos, and the awe of colourful diverse life growing out of cracked and barren land was a great inspiration in the making of Perspectives.”
The MAHAAN Project is centered the Handpan. This wonderful instrument has so far been primarily as solo instrument. The MAHAAN project, which was founded by Marcel Hutter and his congenial partner Andreas Huber is eager to present the handpan as well as an ensemble-instrument. Andy Huber and Marcel Hutter create something comlpetley new – The handpans are now part of a wonderful band with many different sound nuances, influenced by various styles of music – they are now part of a whole ensemble. Various instruments merge into a whole unique sound experience. All musicians come from different backgrounds (jazz, world, classical, reggae, meditation …) which results in a colorful repertoire as for dancing or meditation.
MATSUMOTO ZOKU (JAP)
Reo and Koji started the musical project MATSUMOTO ZOKU in 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Matsumoto Zoku, like a fish in the river of life, move with the natural flow of sound and energy. They merge urban vocal beats with softer edge of the Handpan and Didge creating a playful, serene and yet vibrant sound. Their intuitive and unique music is inspired by the extensive travels – that creates an original and emotive style and groove.
Their music is a unique blend of polarities merging, like the sun and moon, cacophony and silence, they are both urban and wild in their essence.
MEA (GER / CZ)
MEA is a handpan music project by Marketa (Czech Republic) and Lelia (Germany), combining the sounds of handpans with voice, guitar, kalimba, piano and percussions. MEA handpan music duo was born in France in summer 2019, at the peaceful surroundings of the lake Salagou. Playing with subtle melodies, expressive rhythms and the sounds of nature, MEA takes you on a musical journey and invites you to close your eyes and fly.
Andi Steil (GER)
Andreas Raymond Steil is Percussionist, Singer and some sort of Clown:
“My mother was a trained opera singer when she was 18 but stopped singing as a professional when she met my father and became a mother of two children, my sister and me. But she kept singing in our house ever since. She`s now 93 years old…..”
As a passionate percussionist AND singer, he was always looking for an instrument, that could accompany his singing. in the year 2000 he found it: the Hang.
From that time he knew everything would be okay and for the rest of his life. He would continue to make his music even more alive with the Hang and other “strange” instruments….
QUENTIN KAYSER (FRA)
Multi-instrumentalist artist from France, Quentin was traveling a decade before returning to France in 2012. This is where he obtains his first Handpan, which he took with him for 5 more years of exploration around the world, nourishing his music with encounters and cultures.
In 2017 He finally decides to share his music to the world .
His sensitivity is transmitted into the melodies he composes, telling stories in which everyone can recognize himself, touching the heart and soul of those who listen to him.
MAXIME LE ROYER (FRA)
Maxime le Royer is a multi instrumentalist, yogi and world traveler based in France.
Initially trained as a jazz bass player, he plays concerts since the age of 14 and has been teaching for music schools and private students since 2002 with an approach of developing access to each individual’s own music.
He started playing handpan and didgeridoo in 2012 and has been travelling since then with these instruments, busking, playing for festivals, yoga classes, indigenous ceremonies, house concerts…
Maxime is dedicated to inspire connection and creativity through art. His performances unfold spontaneously between compositions and improvisations, blending the vibrations of vocals, pantam, didgeridoo (…), inviting people to join with their voices, and enjoy the beauty of a collective experience through music.
MAR LOI (ESP)
Handpan player from Spain, Mar Loi never thought to dedicate her life to compose music. She got her first handpan in 2017 and now she just realease her first solo album Mercury found Mars, a recopilation of the way of this three last years , through she has found a new way of expression and communication.
“Music is constantly about giving and receiving from everyone and everything. There is a constant flow of expressivity.”
She has been traveling and playing at the streets around the world and her music is a dance between sensitivity and powerfull grooves. She mixes sweet melodies and energetic rythmics letting listeners to fly with every sensation of her playing.