Asto is the meeting of live performed IDM electronic music and occult animist rhythms from the Afro-Cuban community of La Habana.

Booking/contact: contact.asto@gmail.com

    

Interview with NOISEY/VICE

"How would you describe your work? 
My artistic work is the interpretation of my experience into Afro-Cuban ritual music into a modern context, witch is the electronic music performance ... "

    

Collaboration with Ableton, Arturia and Manley LĂłpez

Asto is the meeting of live performed IDM electronic music and occult animist rhythms from the Afro-Cuban community of La Habana. 

The EP album “Performance, Début” clearly transmits the up-beat energy of the Afro-Cuban atypical grooves and the sonic possibilities of sound-synthesis. It shows the complexity of the animist rhythms interpreted in the context of an electronic music performance and the potential of the encounter of two musical worlds, one unknown and secretly shown to the initiated, the other ubiquitous and in constant mutation. 

It is the result of 7 years in Cuba dedicated to the learning of mystic Afro-Cuban rhythms, made possible by the meeting of Asto with the family called “Los Chinitos”, who trained him to perform the sacred Bata drums in animist Yoruba ceremonies, where the oracles impart their message, the black and white magic are practiced and the initiated are possessed by dancing gods. 

The release of this EP album is the first step of Asto’ s path in the interpretation of his non-conventional experience into experimental music, taking the public out of its comfort zone and bringing irrational symbolic into spontaneous live performed electronic music.

Shows

Sep8

Monumentum / TBA

Momentum, Leizig Germany

Sep29

Asto

TBA, Berlin

Collaboration with Arturia

With the Afro-Cuban influences, what flavor does it bring to your music? 

“I was musically born in Cuba, thanks to the « Chinitos » familly, and it happened in the ceremonies, playing with them. So my rhythm background isn’t Afro-American like most of us in Western countries, it’s Afro-Cuban. I have hundreds of rhythms in my head that have nothing similar in our culture. They have their own aesthetic and improvisations, and they reveal a great variety of emotions and feelings. My music will be deeply influenced by that at different levels, like proper rhythms of course, but also in the structures of the tracks, the breaks, the sounds and so on. ”

https://www.arturia.com/santeria

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