I went to the Red Bull Music Academy in New York myself in May but here’s a look at how the two Irish musicians selected Orquesta and Quietdust felt about the whole thing in well-done documentary form.
Orlando Fitzgerald aka Orquesta is currently in his last days of participating in the Red Bull Music Academy (read my piece on NYC’s edition) which wraps up this weekend for another year. Fitzgerald has been lucky enough to sit in on talks with Philip Glass, Giorgio Moroder and more as well as collaborate with other participants.
Before we hear the results of that experience in his music, Orquesta’s new ultra-short eight-minute four-track EP Bray highlights the tropical Latin style he has explored thus far. He told RBMA “Bray is the name of the town that I was living in when I recorded [the EP]. It’s just south of Dublin. The title song is composed of different elements that are representative of the town for me.” Download it in full.
On Sunday night in the Village following Three Trapped Tigers, Orlando Peter FitzGerald aka Orquesta will be DJing before Darkstar take to the stage. Orlando’s put together a Soundcloud set of music suggestive of the kind of thing you can expect from him. His tropical-leaning bass-heavy electronic style is full effect here with tracks from Romare, Murlo’s remix of Mohammed Alidu, Mano Le Tough, Imo Brothers International Band, Kingdom, Ciara and a Justin Timberlake bootleg from King Kong.
Orlando Fitzgerald’s recent Cycle One: An Exoplanetary Forest live EP showcased his ambition for his Orquesta project. At the end of April, Fitzgerald flies to New York to participate in this year’s edition of the Red Bull Music Academy and he has collaborations lined up with Seattle’s Kid Smpl and New York’s Thornato.
‘Voyage’ is the newest solo track since that release and shows off his deft touch with percussion and spatial tropical electronics.
Certainly not someone lacking in ambition, Orlando Fitzgerald aka Orquesta wanted to go all-out for his debut live performance. So he built a replica of a forest “from a fictional extrasolar planet” and played nine original songs accompanied by friends in The Grand Social in Dublin.
Those tropical-infused arrangements weren’t only captured impressively by Sean Zissou/David Knox as above but the entire set is available as a nicely mixed and mastered collection (by Brendan Jenkinson) free download as Cycle One: An Exoplanetary Forest.
Today, I kick off a four-part series feature where I share a selection of 40 artists polled from 40 people who I’d consider arbiters of good taste in the new music department from musicians to bloggers to radio heads to writers to label heads and everything in-between. The idea of the list is to discover something you may have missed in the course of the last year or so. These are new artists in the sense that they are on one album or less, generally are not hugely well known yet and are the kind of names if, you haven’t been paying attention over the last year, will get you up to speed on new music and hopefully if you’re already up to speed, you’ll uncover something else to get excited about. This is the first of four parts, in no particular order, in which answer the question: “What are your five best new musical discoveries of the year?”
For our 41st podcast Aoife and I got ourselves a better audio setup with two pro microphones (thanks to all who helped with that) and took a return aural trip to Canada via the Caribbean, Cambridge, Malmo, Manchester, LA and New York. Better equipment also means you can hear our dog Daffodil barking from downstairs throughout if you listen closely but I trust it won’t detract from these 13 songs, which are some of the finest I’ve heard over six weeks and collected together. Also, Bruce Willis makes an appearance. You’ll just have to listen.
34 tracks from 34 countries chosen by 34 bloggers from Argentina to Canada to Iceland to Peru to Russia to Venezuela. Every month, MAP (Music Alliance Pact) asks music bloggers to represent their home country and to pick a track that represents a nation. The results are posted on all of those blogs on the 15th of each month, downloadable in one file or playable one by one on each blog.
‘Kokomo’ is a cover of the Beach Boys 1989 song featuring vocals by Jape, Katie Kim and Kathi Burke) by 22 year-old Dublin-based Orlando Orquesta and serves as the tropical lead track for Orquesta’s new The Kokomo EP which also features remixes by Faws and El Buho. Video by Fatti Burke. Free download via Facebook and listen via Soundcloud below. Really, really nice stuff.