Ikarus Ikarus

IKARUS is a contemporary / groove / jazz quintet consisting of Ramón Oliveras (composition, drums), Anna Hirsch (vocals), Andreas Lareida (vocals), Lucca Fries (piano) and Mo Meyer (upright bass). Their singular sound is based on continuously permutating polyrhythms, fluctuating grooves, organic improvisations and an enchanting blend of male and female vocals. The compositions continue to evolve thanks to the nature of their live shows, and tend to reappear in new versions on their full-length records. They cite influences as far-ranging as Morton Feldman, Meshuggah, The Knife, Craig Taborn, Steve Reich and traditional west African rhythms. To date, IKARUS released a total of three LPs (counting MOSAISMIC) on Nik Bärtsch’s boutique label Ronin Rhythm Records and also toured Europe and Japan extensively.

ABOUT MOSAISMIC A curious thing happens to a band as its sound matures. As the voices of its players continue to fuse ever more seamlessly, their individual styles also come into focus with increasing clarity. In its most literal reading, this is the key idea behind MOSAISMIC, the title of the third full-length record from Swiss contemporary / groove / jazz quintet IKARUS. The word itself was created from the combination of the words: “mosaic” and “seismic”. Mosaic, of course, implies a series of independent elements, which form a pattern or a picture. Seismic, on the other hand, denotes the energy expressed in the form of vibration, which is released by the movement, collision or friction of landmasses

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A surprisingly individual signature. A constantly changing mosaic of music. - Jazzthing (DE)

Quality writing, flawless performances and a resplendently detailed production. A significant release indeed. - Sid Smith, Prog Magazine (UK)

Fantastic, phantasmagoric, and masterful in its nonchalance, Ikarus is a complete musical experience. - 5/5, Bud Kopman, Allaboutjazz.com (USA)

The quintet excited with a unique sound and invited to fly. - ORF1 (state radio), concert broadcast (AT)

Like a daydream. Conceived with greatest elaborateness. - Tagesanzeiger (CH)

Listening to Ikarus is a special experience

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Album Mosaismic by Ikarus

Mosaismic

Ronin Rhythm Records
2019

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Album Chronosome by Ikarus

Chronosome

Ronin Rhythm Records
2016

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Album Echo by Ikarus

Echo

Ronin Rhythm Records
2015

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Album Through birds, through fire, but not through glass by Ikarus

Through birds,...

Self Produced
2014

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Saiko

Saiko

Ikarus
Mosaismic

Oumuamua

Oumuamua

Ikarus
Mosaismic

Caliph

Caliph

Ikarus
Chronosome

Ligulin

Ligulin

Ikarus
Echo

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Ikarus
Echo

Zarastrus

Zarastrus

Ikarus
Through birds, through fire,...

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