Les Aus & Huan (Màgia Roja / Ozonokids 2011)by Huan
Collaboration album of Les Aus and Huan, both from Barcelona, recorded in January 2011 and co-released by Màgia Roja and Ozono Kids before embarking upon a West Coast tour of the USA between the 27 th of January and the 11th of February 2011.
Les Aus is a duet formed in 2003 by Arnau Sala and Dalmau Boada, coming from experimental hardcore band Omega 5. Their music is an assault of frenetic rhythms, mystic incantations and folkloric music from non-existant countries which form a psychedelic whirlwind of insuperable energy.
They have toured Europe and the United States extensively by themselves and in collaboration with numerous artists such as Lydia Lunch, Sheik Anorak or Eli Keszler and have released records with Gaffer Records and Simple Social Graces among others as well as with Arnau Sala’s own label: Ozono Kids.
With broad international recognition Les Aus are one of the main references of Spanish underground music. 20 Jazz Funk Greats defined their music as “their music sounds as if it had been made in some secret beach with the Mediterranean Sun rising on the horizon, after the ingestion of respectable quantities of psychedelic substances: epic, propulsive and life affirming.”
Huan is the alter ego of Víctor Hurtado a multi-instrumentalist and producer and distinguished member of Barcelona’s experimental scene in which he is active with many projects. He’s also the creative mind behind psychedelic-noise band Qa’a, with whom he’s toured Europe extensively and that counts Hans Jochim Irmler, Steve Stapleton and Julian Cope among their supporters. With his primitivistic industrial project Huan he’s toured several countries with highlighted shows such as at the Contemporaneous Art Centre of Barcelona, Sónar Chicago, Terminal in Oakland or at the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona. With Huan he’s also worked on several collaborations such as touring the US as an ensemble with Les Aus and as a sporadic collaborator of Nurse With Wound with whom he played live as a guest member at Primavera Sound Festival in 2013. He’s also worked in the field of sound art having garnered the Franco G. Maffina special mention for “most original piece” in the 2011 edition of the Luigi Russolo Sound Art Competition.
Since 2012 he performs with the project Jochen Arbeit & Huan together with the guitarrist of Einstürzende Neubaten/Die Haut and since 2014 with Hydra & Huan together with Catalan samplerist Adrià Bofarull.
In December 2013 he co-founded Ordre Etern together with Qa’a drummer Yarei Molina, later joined by Ignacio Lois (Banda d’Improvisadors de Barcelona).