About

Orchid-Star


"Orchid-Star, helmed by the enigmatic Pete Ardron, create a unique experience through their world trance electronica fusion of influences.Combined with Pete's perfectionist production criteria it is a sound to behold, fearless in its vision and sublime epic ambition yet fragile and very delicate in the details. Behold! and give thanks such rare flowers such as these still exist in these difficult times."
Youth

Orchid-Star was formed in 2005 by Pete Ardron initially as a live set up to perform music he'd written for chill-out DJ sets. Their sound comprises a colourful and innovative tapestry of influences including electronica, world music, psychedelia, 20th century classical music, (think Scriabin, Steve Reich, Messiaen, Holst, Debussy) woven into fluid dance and downtempo grooves.

Current members
Pete Ardron - Keyboards and other stuff
Myo - vocals
Samanta Ray - vocals
Pierre Luigi - guitar, bass guitar
Sandra Eveno - dancer (and studio vocals)
Sean Spindrift - percussion
Karl Walinets - trombone, sax, bass guitar, mandolin
Kim Retallick - violin
Damien Thill - percussion
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Their debut album, Birth, released by Liquid Sound in 2008 along with reBirth - remixes by Youth, Tripswitch, Kuba, Subsonar and Pete, is regarded by many as a psychedelic chill classic. A beautifully and visually atmospheric journey to exotic, mysterious places, packed with emotion, with moments ranging from utter calm to epic grandeur..

Its follow-up Faster retains many of the trademarks of the first but is a significant progression, with the live element, both instrumentally and vocally, and the personalities of those involved, altogether more obvious. Living up to its name it is as much a treat to dance to as to listen - a joyful and passionate celebration of life and spirit. Psychedelic world-fusion - Indian, Irish, African, Latin, Middle Eastern, Balkan Gypsy driven by a mix of DnB, trance, progressive, funk, dub, ska with just the occasional downtempo groove, wrapped in a rich and vibrant orchestral-like production - it's a seductive piece of work, which grows on you with each listen.

At the time of writing Orchid-Star are in the latter stages of completing their 3rd album, with yet more surprising twists to an unplanned journey

"I have the pleasure of seeing many, many bands live over the years all over the globe, but there really is no other live band like Orchid-Star. They are simply exquisite with the perfect blend of electronic and world music with simply stunning vocals. No matter how many times I see them perform it still makes the hair on my neck rise!!!!"
Bruce Elliott-Smith (Archangel^/Waveform/RudeAid)

A fantastic festival act, Orchid-Star kicked off by headlining the largest of Glastonbury Festival's fringe stages, Croissant Neuf and have since graced stages at Wychwood, Sunrise, Kingston Green Fair, Waveform (all 6 years), Glade, Big Green Gathering, Alchemy, Boom (Portugal), Hadra (France), Art-Dance (Vladivostok, Russia) and Vibe (Czech Republic) amongst others. On the club circuit, they have performed regularly at events like The Synergy Project, Planet Angel, Acid Monkey and Alpha Omega.

"I find the music of Pete Ardron, particularly his Orchid-Star project, really hits the spot for me - it's a beautifully attractive blend of delightfully trippy electronic grooviness, crafted with loads of sure-footed musicality - harmonically stunning. Highly recommended."
Martin Russell (Afro Celt Sound System)