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Sea + Air (GER)

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Genre: indie, singersongwriter
Territory: NL/BE

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After 10 years of trying, writing, recording and playing over 1200 concerts all over the world as “Daniel Benjamin”, the married couple made a decision to change their band name was the only possible logical consequence since “Daniel Benjamin” was no longer a solo project.

The most important feature of their music wasn’t the almost supernatural harmony of their voices only. Also the stubborn idea that German and Greek cultural goods inherit enough to create unique and timeless music, became important.

Inspired by the melodic beauty of J. S. Bach’s baroque, the deep and experimental epoch of German 70’s music such as Popol Vuh and the big architecture of stadium rock like The Scorpions, the still simple songwriting of SEΛ+ΛIR always finds its way back to catchy but striking hymns that a country at the sea like Greece develops and spreads since centuries.

Knowing their time has come, SEΛ + ΛIR recorded their debut album “My Heart´s Sick Chord” in the first half of 2011, an album dedicated to Bach’s favourite instrument, the harpsichord.

Starting in October 2011, the duo will be on world tour for two years.
Live they both play up to five instruments at the same time which makes a band and sounds from tape unnecessary.

SEΛ + ΛIR have toured as support for artists like Sufjan Stevens, White Stripes, Jose Gonzalez, The Flaming Lips, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Woven Hand, John Grant and The Divine Comedy.

links: website, spotify, facebook

SEA + AIR is een bijzonder duo, bestaande uit de Duitse Daniel Benjamin en zijn Griekse vrouw Eleni Zafiriadou. Ze creëren een bijna bovennatuurlijke vorm van harmonieuze samenzang, en ze onderscheiden zich door hun “eigenwijze” idee om hun verschillende culturele achtergronden samen te smelten tot unieke, tijdloze vormen.

Geïnspireerd door de melodieuze schoonheid van J.S. Bach’s barok, de experimentele jaren ’70 met Popul Vuh en de groteske stadionrock van The Scorpions, blijft SEA + AIR trouw aan het schrijven van simpele, catchy songs, met bezwerende zang.

In 2011 verscheen hun debuutalbum “My Heart´s Sick Chord”, een ode aan Bach’s favoriete instrument: de klavecimbel. In 2015 verscheen de opvolger “Evropi”. Live spelen de beide leden tot wel vijf instrumenten tegelijkertijd, waardoor ze de ondersteuning van band of tape niet nodig hebben. SEA + AIR tourde als support van artiesten als Sufjan Stevens, The White Stripes, Jose Gonzalez, The Flaming Lips, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Woven Hand, John Grant en The Divine Comedy.