“The best Latin American sound that I’ve heard in a long time… he’s incredible.” – Jorge Drexler on Nicola Cruz
Acclaimed Ecuadorian artist Nicola Cruz is embarking on his first-ever U.S. tour and, don’t scream, he will be visiting Chicago for his debut here on August 4th at East Room. Boom! Make sure to RSVP here.
July 29 – Miami, FL – Bespoke Musik @ Electric Pickle
July 30 – New York, NY – Bespoke Musik Boat Cruise @ Circle Line Cruises
Aug 4 – Chicago, IL – TusSoni2 @ East Room
Aug 9 – San Francisco, CA – Soundpieces @ Monarch
Aug 10 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Aug 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Low End Theory @ The Roxy
Aug 12 – Seattle, WA – Solid Sound @ Nectar’s Lounge
Aug 13 – Tidewater, OR – Beloved Music Festival
Sept 25 – Oakdale, CA – Symbiosis Gathering
Nicola’s self-described “Andes step” sound invokes the landscapes and rituals of his homeland, from the Andes mountains to the Amazon jungle. His music is an exploration of ancient mythologies and folkloric traditions in a digital setting. Sounds dreamy, ey? Trust me, it is. *swoon*
In 2015 Cruz released his debut EP, ‘Prender el Alma,’ on ZZK Records. He explains that he created the original sounds “inspired by electronic music techniques and local Andean music and culture.” He followed that up with the remixed version of the EP featuring 12 artists, among them Chancha Via Circuito, EVHA and History of Colour.
Cruz has been on tour ever since and is now heading our way. Life is good.
All About Cruz:
Nicola Cruz is an electronic producer, musician and DJ. Born in France to proud South American descent, he currently lives and works in Quito, Ecuador, in the heart of the Andes mountains.
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. Because of this, his music radiates an intimate understanding of nature, from the organic exuberance of his sound to the soft cadence of his songs. In this mix a delicate balance between forces always prevails: his music is deeply rhythmic without losing the melody, and even though it is formed in collaboration with artists from different times and spaces, it remains personal and intimate.
From this musical connection between past and present, traditional and modern, an ongoing South American movement has arisen, exploring local indigenous and afro cosmologies through a carefully crafted analogue sound.
Since the release of his debut EP in October 2015, Cruz has been crisscrossing the globe, touring relentlessly. His music has been frequently featured on KCRW, KEXP and FIP. ‘Prender El Alma Remixed’ came out just days before his debut set at Sonar Festival in Barcelona and ahead of his forthcoming North American tour.