Nicola Cruz & Quantic
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is 18 and over
The Ecuadorian producer Nicola Cruz launches his debut album 'Ignite the Soul' through ZZK Records, on October 30, 2015. After his collaborations with Nicolas Jaar, the and his Clown & Sunset label, Nicola has recorded and produced the album emblem.
"Prender el Alma" it is part of a new strain of Latin American music that Nicola entitled 'Andes Step.' Influenced by the new digital technology and folk roots, mixed with local heritage, Nicola layer by layer builds his songs, instrument by instrument, drum drum, exploring local cosmologies, indigenous and Afro influences from a modern framework.
From the atmospheric intro "Sanación" the 10 track album navigates through short and sharp guitar riffs in "Puente Roto" and the percussive "La Mirada" electronic "Prender el Alma." The relaxed 'Equinox' receives voices of the Ecuadorian singer Huaira, ending with the beautiful and lo-fi "Cocha Runa," which is invited to Tanya Sanchez. "Prender el Alma" ebbs and flows through the production with local sounds, much so as a musical awakening.
This revolution of the new folklore is expanding throughout Latin America like wildfire, and no place is more exciting than the heart of the continent of this bustling music scene, where Nicola Cruz leads the way.
Guided by producers and musicians open-minded, Ecuador is beginning to experience their own digital folk revolution. A new crop of producers and musicians are using their native traditions and rhythms to build a vibrant history of visual and sound art, firing it into the 21st century.
Quantic is the recording alias of British-born musician, Will Holland. Holland's sound is rooted in the richness of the golden age of recording with a fearless modern bite for the dance floor. His productions connect progressive musical ideas with spontaneous musicianship, exciting tonality & a fine ear for detail. His travels have lead him to record, collaborate & perform all over the world, from Festivals in Brasil, clubs in his native England and the outdoor stages of Japan. Beginning his career at 16, Holland cut his teeth with downtempo and instrumental-beats releases on 45 records -- first with UK label Breakin Bread Records and later, Tru Thoughts. During the early 2000's, he moved to Brighton and developed a fresh and original take on the renaissance of funk, soul and Afrobeat with popular side project the Quantic Soul Orchestra. Holland produced three albums with the Q.S.O., collaborating with the likes of legendary American soul singer Spanky Wilson, and Alice Russell; (Holland's soul anthem 'Pushin On' with Russell was recently sampled for Oliver Dollar's Ibiza hit 'Pushing On'). In 2005 he collaborated with NY-based producer Nickodemus on the salsa hit 'Mi Swing Es Tropical' (this tune received worldwide exposure through its use in a 2007 iTunes commercial, as well as the 2014 movie 'Chef').
After a year of travelling and recording through Puerto Rico, Panama and Colombia the album 'Tropidelico' was released; itself a sonic adventure through Cumbia, Soul and Salsa. With a move to Cali, Colombia in 2007, Holland explored an ardent interest in tropical rhythms of the region and it was there he established his Sonido del Valle studio. This culminated in records from side projects Los Miticos Del Ritmo, Quantic and His Combo Bárbaro and Ondatropica, as well as the soulful and psychedelic LP 'Look Around the Corner' with long time collaborator Alice Russell. He also produced a 2011 EP with Serato: 'Hiphop en Cumbia,' which saw Holland paying tribute to his hip hop favourites in accordion laden Cumbia-style. Holland released his fifth studio record 'Magnetica' in 2013 under the Quantic moniker; it received critical acclaim for its marriage of South American folklore and a strong return to Holland's signature electronic aesthetic. Nidia Gongora, a Colombian Pacifico folklorist, a frequent collaborator from Holland's time Cali was prominently featured on this record. Holland's pioneering and enigmatic productions as well as his musical expressions as Guitarist, Accordionist, DJ, Studio Engineer & Music Compiler have earned him an international fanbase and constant engagements as a music selector, remixer and band director. He has 16 studio albums under his belt, as well as several compilations. He has collaborated and recorded with the likes of Ana Tijoux, Jorge Drexler, Shinehead, Anibal Velasquez, and more. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Holland has a new musical release (or two!), planned for 2016.
Catch both Nicola Cruz and Quantic at the club this summer for a fun evening of global grooves. Electronic producer Nicola Cruz draws his style from his French upbringing and South American heritage. Nicola started his career as a percussionist, thanks to which he developed an early interest in electronic music. His work draws from a broad variety of sources, in particular a deep passion for the Andean landscapes, their cultures, rituals and rhythms. Quantic AKA Will Holland is a musician and producer from Worcestershire who fuses together soul, funk, and Latin influences to create an alternative global sound. Opening the evening is Baltimore-based producer eu-IV.
No photo/video allowed. Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors.