"...an exquisitely delicate work..."
"Think Gustavo Santaolalla cavorting in a landscape of Ludovico Einaudi while sitting on the Champs-Élysées with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra...In its matrix of mood and emotion, intelligence and sensuousness, Aukai could not be more perfectly pitched."
John Diliberto, Echoes, USA
"...magnificent works and pieces..."
Fractured Air Media
"...Think of this disc as a more consciously melodic backward glance at Brian Eno’s ambient LPs. It’s quiet charms add up to something deceptively substantial."
The Arts Desk, UK
released June 3, 2016
Written & Produced by Markus Sieber
Recorded & Mixed by Martyn Heyne at Lichte Studio, Berlin
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studio, London
Arranged by Markus Sieber and Aukai Ensemble
The Aukai Ensemble :
Angelika Baumbach - piano, pump organ, harp
Anne Müller - cello
Alexander Nickmann - fender rhodes, piano, synthesizer, programming
Ben Wittman - percussion
Bogdan Djukic - violin
Jamshied Sharifi - b3, piano, wurlitzer, prophet-5, dx7, vl1
Martyn Heyne - juno-60, piano, pump organ
Markus Sieber - ronroco, guitar, pump organ, piano, glockenspiel
Alexander Nickmann in Berlin
Jamshied Sharifi in New York City
Paul Antonell at the Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, NY
Ben Wittman in Toronto
Markus Sieber in Tulum, Mexico
Cover photo by Dan Isaac Wallin
Inside photo by Josh Allen, Axel Schrick
Artwork design by Prana Projects, Santa Fe
'such a beautiful album' - Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC6 Music
Aukai is a collection of ambient acoustic soundscapes dappled with subtle electronic touches written by Markus Sieber bringing together outstanding instrumentalists to collaborate on music that could work in tandem with film, video, theater and the visual arts....more