Garzen Records / IR
Sónar by Day - SonarVillage by Estrella Damm
Now firmly established on the international scene, the duo formed by Israel's Niv Arzi and Dori Sadovnik will perform live as a 3-piece on SonarVillage. Drawing not only on many of their recent experiences collaborating and recording with musicians from around the world, but from their own rich tapestry of sounds influenced by their homeland to create a spectacular audio visual journey of original peices from the duo's catalogue weaved with energetic improvisation in a way that only the Axes know how.
Percussion, and in particular the polyrhythms of sub-saharan Africa, have always been a hallmark of the Red Axes sound, built as it is on a structure of collaboration and improvisation. The influence is plain to hear on their collaborations with the Brazilian vocalist Abrão on tracks such as "Caminho de Dreyfuss", or the wonky house hit "Waiting for a Surprise". The recently released first instalment of their 'Trips' series on K7! features three tracks and a 17 minute video recorded in Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast, where the duo spent time in residency with local musicians including the band Yakomin, and students from the Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l'Action Culturelle in Abidjan. Even better: this is only the first installment in the series!
As interested in discovering new styles of music as they are in wrecking the dancefloor with their own productions, Niv and Dori also recently founded the platform Garzen Records, to promote Israeli artists experimenting with funk, synth pop and post punk. Most recently, the duo released the Sipoor EP on Erol Alkan's Phantasy records, who coincidentally will be playing just after them at Sónar 2019. It's a pleasure to have them back.