Welcome to Auckand's new family friendly boutique music and arts festival. Aum The Eclectic Garden. A day/night experience held under the sky on the lush inviting lawns of Corban Estate Arts Centre. In this luxurious setting you will enjoy hours of pure musical enchantment, starring for the first time in New Zealand two long awaited musical legends; Deep Forest and Gaudi, who have joined forces for the creation of their superb forthcoming collaborative album `Circuits', and a brand new live show. Along with exceptional local support, Aum The Eclectic Garden will also feature an incredible visual show decor, and art stage to tantalise your senses, plus stunning world class sound. Please do join us.
Grammy Awards winner DEEP FOREST and worldwide renowned producer / musician GAUDI, with their individual careers spanning over the last three decades pioneered the world-music scene back in the 90s -DEEP FOREST with the albums ‘Deep Forest’ and ‘Boheme’ (Sony Music) and GAUDI with ‘Earthbound’ (Bustin Loose) and ‘Bass, Sweat & Tears’ (Interchill)-. In the course of the years they both amassed a stunning collection of originals, albums, remixes and chart positions worldwide.
The guys met a few years back, on tour in India, where they shared stages, shared deep emotions, contributed with each other music on the production of beautiful remixes: DEEP FOREST produced “Spiritual Orphans” for GAUDI and GAUDI produced “Dub Africa” and “Sing With The Birds” for DEEP FOREST, they also shared their passion for modular synthesizers, for classical music and for avant-garde sound experimentation.
Lets put it simply, those guys know how to deliver hi-standard quality music!
For this unique tour DEEP FOREST & GAUDI will perform tracks from their forthcoming album ‘CIRCUITS’ + brand new arrangements of their major hits, played LIVE by the duo, using analogue vintage synthesizers mixed with modern technology and joined on stage by Senegalese bass player extraordinaire Alune Wade.
A live concert not to be missed
Few French groups achieve worldwide success, but one such group is Deep Forest, who have sold several million album copies.The story began in the North of France in the early 90s wihen Eric Mouquet and Michel Sanchez first met, two musicians fascinated by ethnic music which they mixed with their own sounds. Deep Forest venture was underway!
DEEP FOREST (France):
Deep Forest’s story began in the early 90s when musicians Eric Mouquet and Michel Sanchez first met, experimenting with ethnic music using their own original sound approach. Their albums have sold over 10 million copies in total. Deep Forest creates a new kind of world music, adding electronic sonorities, been described as “ethno-introspective ambient world music”.
In 1994 Deep Forest were nominated for a Grammy Award in the category for Best World Music Album, and in 1995 they won the prestigious Award for the album Boheme (first French band to win a Grammy Award). The band also became World Music Awards Winner for accomplishing the highest world sales as a French group.
From 1996 to 2002 Deep Forest released 4 more albums on Sony Music, then in 2003 Eric Mouquet collaborated with multi-million selling singer Josh Groban for his two albums ‘Closer’ and ‘Awake’ (which contains the song “Machine’, featuring the unmistakable electric piano played by jazz-legend Herbie Hancock).
In 2008 Deep Forest produced and released ‘Deep Brasil’, a collaborative album with Brazilian artist Flavio Dell Isola. It was also the launch of Eric’s own label imprint Deep Projects.
In 2012 Deep Forest Collaborates with the legendary Joe Zawinul’s band “Syndicate” on the album “Files under Zawinul”. Eric also composed and produced tracks for drummer extraordinaire Paco Sery for his album ‘La vraie Vi’.
In 2013 Deep Forest released the album ‘Deep Africa’, a spiritual and rhythmic mélange of African chanting, percussion and sounds of nature, featuring artists such as: Lokua Kanza, Blick Bassy, Olyza, Wasis Diop, Zama Magudulela, Dany de Mouataba.
The following year, ‘Deep India’ was released, in collaboration with India’s pride Santoor player Rahul Sharma, eight new compositions that capture the rhythms of folk melodies from across the country, where each track received the special ‘Deep Forest’ treatment. The music draws inspiration from ethnic folk songs rooted within the regions of Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, North East and South India among others. Deep Africa sifts like sand through the continent’s vast landscape of sound, character, expression and timeless emotion while subtly enveloping it in Mouquet’s unique layers of sound.
There’s no easy way to encapsulate GAUDI’s vast body of work. For the past three decades, the innovative producer and solo artist has been shattering genre barriers, pioneering the electronic and dance music worlds, and amassing a stunning collection of originals, remixes, collaborations, and soundtracks spanning the worlds of reggae, dub, breakbeat and cutting-edge psychedelic bass music.
Internationally respected music producer / solo artist Gaudi, with around 2.500 live concerts performed in his three decades of career from festival main stages to slick city clubs and theaters, with his formula of ‘21st Century one-man band’ has rightly earned his reputation as an incredible multi-instrumentalist and his place on the ‘must-see-live’ list. In his live performances he delights his audiences playing the theremin, analogue synthesizers, vocoder, tape echoes, piano, with live dub vocals through his much treasured analogue equipment.
There’s no easy way to encapsulate Gaudi’s vast body of work, in the last three decades has been shattering genre barriers, pioneering world-music, electronic-dub and reggae music, amassing a stunning collection of originals, albums, collaborations, remixes and productions, working with and for artists such as: The Orb, Simple Minds, Lee Scratch Perry, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Trentemoller, Trilok Gurtu, Lamb, Sizzla, Michael Stype (from REM), Bob Marley, Shpongle, Beats Antique, Michael Franti, Dub FX, Balkan Beat Box, Youth, Dub Pistols, Michael Rose, Banco De Gaia, Grandmaster Flash, The Beat, Barrington Levy, Afrika Bambaataa, Bill Laswell to name but a few.
Whether he is finessing high-profile projects in the studio, or whipping a crowd into a frenzy, the London-based Italian-born musician places all importance on sonic perfection, and providing the best aural experience for his fans. He has done so for his entire career, which has seen the release of 16 solo albums, over a hundred compilations, 250 album productions and a number of movie soundtracks.
achieved several awards, including 4 gold discs (for the production of bands Mansun, Cast, Mazzy Star, Peter Andre), a nomination for the BBC’s World Music Awards 2008 (with his GAUDI & NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN album “Dub Qawwali” released by Six Degrees Records).
Regularly on tour worldwide, Gaudi has major establishments with sold-out tours in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Japan, Europe, Australia, Russia, India and of course Europe where he is based.
Sola Rosa Sound System
SOLA ROSA SOUND SYSTEM
Sola Rosa is one of Kiwi music’s most evolutionary and enduring acts.
With seven full-length albums, four EPs, a handful of hits, countless collaborations and numerous world tours, it’s been a near 20-year labour of love for the man behind the music, Andrew Spraggon.
And although it’s punctuated with twists and turns in the form of constant change and innovation, one thing has remained the same – Spraggon’s steadfast commitment to making great albums that seamlessly blend a myriad of genres, from hip-hop and jazz, to neo-soul, latin and funk.
Now, the Auckland-based music-maker is poised to unveil the next steps in the Sola Rosa journey. It begins with the stonking beat-heavy track ‘So Fly’ featuring British singer Kevin Mark Trail, who rose to prominence in the early 2000s working with The Streets.
It has always been Spraggon’s modus operandi to delve further into new musical territories and that’s exactly what he’s still doing. Add to that, Spraggon’s simple desire to keep making music that he loves, and you’ve got a winning combo. “I was really reinvigorated going to Europe on the last tour where such a wide mix of people, from all ages, were really in to our music,” says Spraggon.
The Auckland-based songwriter, producer and musician is constantly working on song craft and despite his uncanny knack of finding the perfect vocal accompaniment – think Iva Lamkum on Turn Around, L.A Mitchell on Spinning Top and the aforementioned Kevin Mark Trail – he’s always searching for new artists to work with.
“I’m always looking to collaborate with others who are also artistically looking for challenges. And, Andy Morton – who is mixing the new material and has worked with Fat Freddys Drop, Nathan Haines, Dimmer and renowned Kiwi producer Mark de Clive Lowe – is really great when it comes to taking my production and making it sound so much more expansive. He’ll say what he does and doesn’t like and although, initially, I may be very protective of the tracks, once I sit on them for a while, I always tend to prefer his mix to mine.”
As a sought-out act on the European festival circuit, Sola Rosa is always striving to push the envelope with its sonic vibe. That said, Spraggon hasn’t caved to pressure to conform to musical trends and continues to make music that he himself loves to listen to.
And although he recognises we’re now living in the digital age of the single, he’ll keep making albums for as long as he’s making music. “I look at albums as a body of work, something tangible that represents a period in an artist’s life. An album is extremely more difficult to make than a single and that alone makes you work harder to ensure each track matters.”
It’s a resolve that’s reflected in the self-assured vibe that runs through Sola Rosa’s new tracks, as it is also proof that Spraggon truly is one of Kiwi music’s great battlers and he’s in it for the long haul. In the meantime, watch this space!
Feat. Baitercell & Rei
Feat. Baitercell & Rei
ABOUT HUIA (Ngati Porou)
With electronic undertones, organic percussion, live guitars and deep harmonies, Huia will wrap you into her culture with her with conscious lyrical content and smooth grooves. Featuring Baitercell and Rei, their performance will be a fusion of ancient sound bathes, drum and bass, down beat, huge sub vibrations and a bilingual experience with Aotearoaʻs own te reo Māori voices.
You may have heard Huia’s sweet vocals at various festivals and intimate gigs such as: Splore, Coro Sonic Lab festival (as The Retro Poets), with Whāia and The Māhician, Sundaise, The Rogue Stage, Waiheke Jazz festival, The Big Day Out, R’n’V, Parihaka, The Red Lounge Sessions and at Auckland Museum.
Baitercell is a guru of electro sound, producing his trade mark wall of bass sound and working with Huia to create their huge electro world music.
Rei is an upcoming bilingual hiphop artist with a talent for fusing language, adding some UK Grime styles beats with his own CHIEF sound.
Terra Nine, AKA Michael Westcot, is the creative force behind this unique act from New Zealand, combining live electric viola with lush organic synths and funky electronic beats to produce a distinctly organic and freeform sound. His music features an aural palette ranging from psychedelic ambient to chilled out trance and breaks with uplifting emotional content that moves the heart as well as the feet.
Michael is hardly your typical digital artist; his music features a unique synergy of distinctly analogue bowed and plucked organic strings, often mangled into mind bending psychedelic sounds and poured in real time over a bottom end of organic beats and fat basslines.
Terra Nine’s releases over the past decade have included three albums and a number of EPs, as well as tracks on a myriad of compilations, all featuring his unique mixture of live organic lushness. Terra Nine’s music has also included remixes by and for numerous international artists, including dub maestro OTT, Astropilot, Suduaya, Kick Bong, Unknown Reality, Pete Ardron, Cloower Wooma, AKD and many more.
Over the past 10 years, Terra Nine has toured extensively, performing dynamic live shows at festival events worldwide. More recently, VJ Intelliki has joined Terra Nine, adding fantastic imagery to form the perfect synergistic visual accompaniment to the music.