Orchestra of Spheres

  • When: 4th Mar 4:15pm
  • Where: South Riddiford St
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Since 2009 New Zealand’s Orchestra of Spheres have developed an international, cult-like following. Playing opera houses, house parties, dance parties, DIY shows and festivals around the world, they have built a reputation for musically and visually ecstatic live shows.

Like celestial sponges, they draw on influences far and wide: the hypnotic beats of Angolan kuduro, the chimes of gamelan music, free jazz and dance music. Their sound has been described as psychedelic disco and ancient future funk and the band have been compared to artists as diverse as Fela Kuti, Sun Ra, Can and Drexciya. Orchestra of Spheres use homemade instruments such as the biscuit tin guitar, electric bass carillon and sexomouse marimba to create their cosmic dancing sound…

They have released the albums Nonagonic Now (Fire Records), Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music (Fire Records), Brothers and Sisters of the Black Lagoon (Fire Records), Fingerweg 7” (Inside Outside), Space Art Music (Sound Explorers), Bad Spheres (Rapant Runes), Numbers EP (Sound Explorers), Dieuleul-Dieuleul Remix (Awesome Tapes from Africa) and others.

"Part Sun Ra otherworldiness, part Sublime Frequencies and part ESG ... Orchestra of Spheres blew us away... I’ve seen them several times since that first gig and the magic only intensifies each time "

Dan Snaith - Caribou

"Orchestra of Spheres must be the most out-of-this-world band in music today...sounds like they come from another planet, where nonstop dance and remarkable melodies are the norm "

Brian Shimkovitz – Awesome Tapes from Africa

"Futuristic and unsettlingly primal "