Aoraquï

The band name is a construction that arises from the Berlin School of experimental psychology’s concept of Gestalt as the “here and now” – “ahora y aquí” in the band’s native Spanish – where the past and the future are vague experiences and where the present is the only certain reality. Under this premise, improvisation becomes a continuous instance of creative discharge and this is what provides the basis and impetus for the music of Aoraquï.

Renata Anaya and Daniel Jeffs’ musical influences are very diverse. For Renata, music was present right from the beginning in her primary school’s exceptional focus on the arts on many levels. Later she ventured into jazz and vocal improvisation, to continue studying electroacoustic composition at Paris’ Conservatoire Nationale de Pantin, now Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental. For her thesis she investigated traditional forms of singing from around the world as she would discover them in Médiathèque Musicale de Paris’ extensive collection. It is the sum of these influences that has given rise to her very personal and fascinating phonetic singing.

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Daniel, on the other hand, undertook formal studies in guitar and formed part of various rock bands but quickly took interest in the electronic sounds of the 90’s industrial music. This lead him to gradually put aside the strings of the guitar for the various knobs, buttons and faders of synthesizers and the immense sonic possibilities that sampling, synthesis and effects provides. Now working as a DJ, Daniel developed a passionate relationship with this novel musical universe of electronic music and its many genres and sub-genres. But his work was always marked by a preference for experimental dance music, making the party and its never-ending quest for sensory immersion and assorted Dionysian indulgences of primary importance.

The unexpected meeting of these two restless souls happened in 2010 and immediately they began crossing voice and beats in pursuit of novel interactions, with the balanced dialogue of the disparate elements at the core of their efforts. The resulting music is melodic and danceable yet experimental and risky, and this amalgam flowed with such ease that they decided to share their extraordinary union of worlds with a wider electronic music audience. It has then become a continuous process for them that has expanded significantly in recent years, so much that they now find themselves playing at festivals, clubs, concert halls, public spaces, jazz clubs and a variety of experimental venues in their native Chile and abroad.