Whimwise is a unique act building from an electronic rock based core sound, combined with acoustic/orchestral instrumentalists and all set off against the celtic ambient moodscapes of Mexican world-music vocalist , Alquimia ---
Gloriously flying in the face of fashion and blinkered generic straitjackets, this collective of artists just about runs the gamut of all known styles , blending merging and diverging various genres and musical approaches - and probably inventing a few new ones along the way.
Orchestral, space rock, avant gard, electronic, celtic, experimental, jazz, world music influences - they've all being sprinkled into the resulting brew , creating something quite new.
A fusion and a melting pot - Whimwise pride themselves on being unclassifiable !
Formed in 2005, Whimwise have since performed all around the U.K. , including opening for well known names such as - Focus, Curved Air, Damo Suzuki from Can , David Cross from King Crimson , Nik Turner from Hawkwind, Tony McPhee from The Groundhogs and Peter Banks from Yes - and playing (this year) at the world renowned Glastonbury Festival .
Last autumn saw the nationally distributed ( W.H.Smiths etc ) British magazine, "Classic Rock" featuring a track from Whimwise on its covermount CD . Another magazine , "Powerplay" has followed suit and their are plans for a third in the pipeline .
In addition - Londons avant-garde radio station, Resonance FM has been particularly championing Whimwise, with plenty of airplay and plans for a live performance on air - and other radio stations in England and Europe have also been airing tracks from the debut Whimwise album .
Whimwise originated as a recording project between multi instrumentalist Nick May and drummer Steve Hughes but quickly evolved into a fully fledged ensemble.
Here are some thumbnail sketches of the people who joined them:
Alquimia - ( voice / multi instrumental ) has also performed in a duo with film composer Michael Nyman and sung with Damo Suzuki from Can, White Noise, Arthur Brown, Neil Ardley, Jah Wobble and many others.
In addition she has an ongoing musical collaboration, performing and recording with Hans Achim Roedelius from Cluster.
Gonzalo Carerra - ( keyboards ) has played in the Jethro Tull offshoot band Oak . He has also worked with members of Supertramp, The Nice and the Electric Light Orchestra and is now keyboard player for the celtic folk rock band Karnataka .
Jakie Windmill - ( percussion ) previously played with Hawkwinds Nik Turner as a touring member of his band - Space Ritual.
Mark Powell - ( keyboards ) has worked as both musician and producer with many interesting names in the past - including Fairport Convention, The Albion Band, Blowzabella and Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull fame .
Will Summers - ( crumhorn , flute and recorder ) is also a member of the group Circulus .
David Speight - (Electronic Drums) originally standing in for Steve Hughes, has also been drumming for Peter Banks the founder and original guitarist of Yes .
Jason Mercer - ( keyboards ) has previously played keyboards for Uli Jon Roth (ex The Scorpions) and the Led Zepplin drummers sister Debbie Bonham.
Ruth Edgell - ( flute ) Ruth has played with the Gong offshoot band The Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet – Tragic Roundabout and The Space Goats .
Matt Smith - ( keyboards ) , details coming .
Will Hughes - ( Double Bass ) , details coming .
Karen Jones - ( Clarinet ) , details coming .
Haley - ( Recorders and flute ) , details coming .
Michael Thomas - ( Trumpet ) , details coming .
If you would like to book Whimwise for a concert or obtain more information , further contact details are below .
Mainland European Agent (and MySpace Webmaster) for Whimwise:
Contact info - +49 2284225992 GER
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