Astoria Roots Live

by Filtron M

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This recording is the first full-length Filtron M album release, and was recorded live at the Iridium in New York, NY and at Moods in Zürich, Switzerland in 2014.

Astoria Roots Live showcases Filtron M’s effective use of layered rhythms, driving grooves and probing bass lines, largely drawing from Koch’s eclectic compositions. The recording features the original core band of the Astoria Roots unit, consisting of keyboardist/composers Manu Koch (Switzerland), bassist Panagiotis Andreou (Greece), drummer Mauricio Zottarelli (Brazil) and on congas both Samuel Torres (Colombia/Iridium) and Sebastian Nickoll (Germany/Moods). Named after the Queens Neighborhood where they all lived and met, Astoria Roots signifies/symbolizes the early beginnings of the collective that is now known as Filtron M. Contributions from multiple guest performers add marked color and further expand the recording’s stylistic breadth. They include vocalist and flutist Yaite Ramos (Cuba/Moods), and Camila Meza (Chile) on voice and guitar, Tamer Pinarbasi (Turkey) on kanun and David Barnes (USA) on harmonica (Iridium).

Label: True Groove Records

© Manu Koch SUISA 2017


released April 28, 2017

Manu Koch – piano, keyboards, compositions (except track 3)
Panagiotis Andreou – bass, voice
Mauricio Zottarelli – drums
Sebastian Nickoll – congas (Zürich)
Samuel Torres – congas (NY)

Yaite Ramos – voice, flute, shekere (Zürich, track 3)
Camila Meza – voice, guitar (NY, tracks 5 & 7)
Tamer Pinarbasi – kanun (NY, tracks 2 & 7)
David Barnes – harmonica (NY, track 7)

Tracks 1, 3, 6 recorded in Zürich at Moods
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 recorded in New York at Iridium

All music produced and written by Manu Koch, except for Merce written by Eliseo Grenet, published by Southern Music Pub Co Inc, Label La Belle contains an extract of the poem “Puertas” by Gabriela Mistral approved by the Franciscan Order of Chile.

Recorded live by Fela Davis (Iridium) and Rolf Stauffacher (Moods), mixed and edited by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music Sound Studio, mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio, cover photo by Manu Koch

Graphic design by Doug Dobey at Dobey Design



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Manu Koch New York, New York

On his debut album Triple Life released in 2011 NY based keyboarder and composer Manu Koch layed the groundwork for what would become the project Filtron M. His eclectic compositions are brought to life by a diverse group of musicians from around the globe as also featured on the 2014 EP Mandatory Underground and the new album Astoria Roots Live, both released on True Groove Records. ... more

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