Asto is the meeting of live performed IDM electronic music and occult animist rhythms from the Afro-Cuban community of La Habana.
Asto´s music 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.
Animnist & Experimental EP
This second EP, Animist & Experimental, is Asto´s new step into the interpretation of sacred Afrocuban complex rhythms. This metaphoric bridge between two radically different musical spheres, electronic music and acoustic sacred drums, reveals a semantic approach of artistic hybridation, where the concrete spiritual meanings meet the abstract syntax of contemporary sound synthesis.
Animist & Experimental Monthly Show on Threads* Radio
Animist & Experimental show is a metaphoric bridge between animist Afrocuban ceremonies, which records were made by Asto during his long stay in La Havana, and freshly produced electronic/electroacoustic explosive tracks, result of spontaneous collaborations between Asto and local/ far away eccentric musicians.