“SILENCIO. Four Songs for the End of our Times”, the debut EP from the Orpheists, comprises four songs that are available on more than 250 digital platforms worldwide, including Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer.
The album blends ancient instruments with electronic sounds, representing the fusion of the past and the future. The minimalist compositions resemble nature itself, combining silence and resonance to evoke the beauty and cycles of Mother Earth. The music is a reflection of the beauty of Nature and the damage we are causing to our planet, putting our species in danger of extinction.
The Orpheists was founded by Edo Costantini on the piano, who was then joined by Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, known for his work with singer David Byrne, and as the former recording and touring percussionist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers; cellist Gabriel Cabezas, who is quickly becoming one of his generation’s most sought-after performers, having worked with America’s finest symphony orchestras; and Jake Owen, a celebrated producer, and musician who has toured internationally in headlining bands and is a co-founder of the music production company DoSounds.
The video for the single “First Snow on Katonah” was filmed and directed by Ben Adler in New York during one of the wildest winter storms of the last 100 years and includes serene scenes of forests and landscapes that turn the music into vision. View video.
The album was written and recorded throughout 2019 at SuperLegal Studios, Brooklyn, New York.
EDO COSTANTINI (Buenos Aires, 1976)
Edo lives and works with photography, film and music based in Katonah, New York. Edo’s work as a photographer has been featured in I-D Magazine UK, BIG Magazine (Buenos Aires edition) and other art publications. In 2019, his series ‘a flower is not a flower’ was shown at Olsen Gruin Gallery in New York, as part of the winter exhibition ‘In Sight’. In 2021, his work was a part of ‘Rhythms in Nature’ a group exhibition curated by Victoria Giraudo which took place at Miami Yoga Garage during Miami Art Week. Edo is represented by Mario Cohen Fine Art Gallery in Sao Paulo and participated with his work at the 2022 edition of SP- Arte.
In 2019 Edo founded The Orpheists, a collaborative music band for which he writes the music on the piano and then invites other musicians to contribute to the pieces. SILENCIO. Four Songs for the End of our Times, their debut short album is due to be released in 2022, featuring Mauro Refosco (percussion), Gabriel Cabezas (cello), and Jake Owen (mixing).
Founder of KABINETT, a company dedicated to producing and distributing quality films, music and art. In 2019, concerned about the future of Humanity, the company launched KOLAPSE, a global conversation to reimagine our world. In 2007, Edo became the main investor and active partner of MUBI, an online film-streaming platform. Former Executive Director of MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2001-2016).
IG: @ecostantini @TheOrpheists
Mauro Refosco is a professional percussionist and noisemaker who performs and records with artists such as David Byrne, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace. After beginning his touring career in 1994 as Byrne’s percussionist, he returned to NYC and joined cult creative ensemble The Lounge Lizards, playing experimental punk jazz and more with bandleader John Lurie. In between stints with Byrne and several other in-demand projects he formed his band, Forro in the Dark, which has recorded four full-length albums and performed at major domestic and international festivals.
Mauro’s studio, SuperLegal (pron. “Super-leh-GOW”), located in Bushwick, Brooklyn houses his vast arsenal of instruments and is fully equipped with the latest versions of Pro Tools, Live, and an array of high-end mics and pre-amps. Artists and producers that have worked at SuperLegal include David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, They Might Be Giants, Blonde Redhead, Martha Wainwright, Cibo Matto, Madeline Peyroux, Pat Dillet, Mario Caldato Jr, Andres Levin, Kassin, Craig Street and many others.
He has also composed music and soundtracks for movies, television, fashion shows and Off-Broadway plays.
Cellist Gabriel Cabezas is a true 21st-century musician. A prolific and sought-after soloist and collaborator, he is as comfortable interpreting new works as he is with the pillar scores of the cello repertoire. Gabriel has appeared with America’s finest symphony orchestras and has premiered dozens of new works by some of the most brilliant composers of his time.
He recently released Lost Coast, a dynamic album of original music composed by Gabriella Smith, inspired by her reflections on the devastating effects of climate change. The album was named a favorite album of 2021 by NPR and The New York Times.
Gabriel is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic and a co-founder of Duende, a new music and contemporary dance collective. In 2016, Gabriel received the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, a career grant awarded to extraordinary classical Black and Latinx musicians. Gabriel studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under Carter Brey.
Guitarist/composer/producer Jake Owen developed an early playing and writing style steeped in the earthy blues, folk, and Latin music traditions emanating from his native Texan soil. He relocated to New York City in 2013 while working under acclaimed composer/arranger Stephen Barber. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, in headlining bands and as direct support for acts ranging from One Direction to the Dixie Chicks. Sideman credits range from the Americana folk-rocking BoDeans and Augustana to the East Village-influenced Brazilian sounds of storied New York dance band Forró in the Dark. Studio credits include projects from legendary artists and producers such as T Bone Burnett, John Alagia, Natlie Merchant, Norah Jones, Blonde Redhead, and Italian superstar Mannarino. He engineered and co-produced Brazilian/American singer Alexia Bomtempo’s 2020 masterpiece Suspiro, which NPR’s Ernesto Lechner said was “definitely a candidate for Latin Album of the Year for me.” Media appearances include KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, NPR’s World Cafe, and Late Night with David Letterman. His engineering contributions can be heard on Zé Manoel’s 2021 Latin Grammy-nominated album, Do Meu Coração Nu.