GAUDI ALLSTARS ORCHESTRA is the new band project by worldwide respected musician and producer Gaudi.
With a total of 3000 live concerts in the last three decades (many of which performed as a “solo artist”), touching every continent and rocking audiences in an impressive array of venues from festival main stages to slick city venues, Gaudi has rightly earned his reputation as a great multi-instrumentalist and his place on the ‘must-see-live’ list.
In his live performances he delights his audiences playing the theremin, minimoog, vocoder, tape echoes, piano, percussion, multi-effects, stylophone and dub sirens, adding live dub vocals through his much treasured analogue equipment.
In his constant search for new musical avenues to explore, Gaudi has worked with many musicians and bands over the years, not always been a solo performer, he has regularly toured with different backing-bands at different points in his career.
His musical performance roots back in the 80’s, playing his cross-over sound of reggae, electronica and psychedelic dub throughout the 90’s, until the 00’s, when with his live band developed a richer “dancefloor flavoured” sound and rocked-up the international dance festival scene –with performances at Glastonbury, Glade, Gatecrasher, Boomtown, Noisily, Turaya, The Big Chill, Beautiful Days Festival, One Love, Triplicity, Sunrise Celebration, Wickerman, Electric Picnic and Body & Soul in the UK, Burning Man, Reggae on The River, Lightning in a Bottle, Photosynthesis, Symbiosis, Wanderlust Wakarusa, The Big Up, Gratifly, Okeechobee, Oregon Eclipse 2017 and Kinnection in the USA, Roskilde in Denmark, Shambhala, Motion Notion, Harvest and Eclipse in Canada; Boom, Be-ing Festival in Portugal, Skol Beat and Universo Paralello in Brazil, Rainbow Serpent, Earthcore, Eclipse 2012, Earth frequency, Peatsridge in Australia, Re:birth, Solstice Festival, Zanpa Jam in Japan, Vasundhara, Chilltop, Bass Camp, Sulafest, Indie March in India, Ozora, S.U.N, No Man’s Land and Samsara in Hungary, Tribal Gathering in Panama;, Envision in Costa Rica, Sunsplash and Sonica in Italy, Dakini in Romania, Indigo and Twistival in Israel, Sticky Jam in Russia and far, far beyond.
Fearless ‘dub adventurer’ Gaudi is once again donning his genre-blending boots and stepping out with his new creation, the GAUDI ALLSTARS ORCHESTRA, a solid band fruit of 30 years of touring and on-stage experience, resulting in a stellar lineup of top caliber musicians, that not only bring their stand-alone talents but also come with the experience of years of performing live, as members of globally respected bands such as PORCUPINE TREE, TRICKY, UNKLE and LOUNGEDELIC.
This solid ensemble generates a fresh and original sound, not easy to encapsulate in just one word, a cross- over that could be best described as ‘krautrock meets dub meets psychedelic-electronica’.
The bass player in the GAUDI ALLSTARS ORCHESTRA is COLIN EDWIN, from PORCUPINE TREE, he has toured the world multiple times filling stadiums and concert halls with his legendary ’psychedelic prog- rock’ band, he is a true powerhouse and considered by many to be one of the best living bass players in the world.
The drummer is JOHN MAIDEN (Tricky, Amy Winehouse, Unkle), he’s recognised and respected by
drummers worldwide for his innovative technique of fusing jazz with electronic music. His sound is distinctive and punchy and carries weight and power equally well on dancefloors and in the recording studio. His fragmented polyrhythmic patterns are captivating and satisfying for all -up to and including the most sophisticated of musical palate.
The guitarist is PIPPO DE PALMA, from ’psychedelic space-rock trio’ LOUNGEDELIC, a super versatile and eclectic guitar player with his signature sound best described as ‘krautrock-spacedub’ and is created live on stage using vintage effect pedals as extra instruments, manipulating them in real time in order to add a fascinating ‘rolling hypnotic movement’ to the live performance.
Dub maestro Gaudi completes the quartet with his trademark analogue setup, plus the addition of an extra mixer, the nerve centre to which each member of the GAUDI ALLSTARS ORCHESTRA is connected, allowing him to dub his musicians live ‘on the fly’ and add brand new improvised arrangements to every track throughout the show, that consists in a repertoire of songs from his latest album ‘Magnetic’ (in which, the members of the band are also featured) and classic tracks from Gaudi’s 16 studio albums re-arranged in ‘hi- octane’ infectious versions.
A live performance not to be missed!
14 Feb 2022Shankra Festival 2022 - Sri Lanka