Elfic Circle

Elfic Circle is a world music project that started in 1998 in French Brittany by Celtic harp player, composer and author Andrea Seki and has been a musical journey and study throughout India, Kashmir and French Brittany.

The Trio

Andrea Seki

Andrea is the founder of the Elfic Circle project. Andreas Celtic Harp explores paths that combine the contemporary bard traditions with different ethnical genres. His studies started with Alan Stivell, followed with the National School of Music of Brest, and with the graduation with the School “Prayag Sangit Samiti” Allahabad. He worked in collaboration with many international artists. He uses ancient techniques like Clairseach (Gaelic harp). Andrea published so far 10 albums, 6 of them as Elfic Circle.

Fabrice De Graef

Fabrice De Graef is a master of the bansuri flute. Fabrice comes from a family of musicians. His proficiency led him to earn a scholarship from the Indian and French governments. He studied with H.P. Chaurasia and L. Subramaniam in India for8 years. He shared the stage with musicians like Youth and Giridhar Udupa (Ghatam Karnatic) and more Anindo Chatterjee said of him: “…He is the true style follower of the Great Hari Prasadji” …”I feel he will maintain the indian music style & system to the music lovers…”

Catherine Dreau (Dream)

Catherine is a French Percussionist and Multi-instrumentalist.

She plays harmonic percussions and instruments conceived on ancient south Indian scales, like Tubalophones, Metallophones, Crystal Bowls and Taoist Bowls. Since 2013, her percussive melodies blend with the Celtic Harp of Andrea Seki to create the atmospheric sound of Elfic Circle.

Releases

Youth

Born Martin Glover, Youth is a multi award winning, legendary music producer, fine artist, songwriter, remixer and bass player of the seminal post-punk band Killing Joke.

With a staggering 20 million records sold worldwide, Youth’s career spans over three decades and shows no sign of slowing down. The music he makes has inspired not only the legendary artists he works with, but the next generation of acts who have grown up hearing Youth’s production. He has produced and remixed for a staggeringly large and diverse array of artists including Sir Paul McCartney (The Fireman), Pink Floyd, The Verve, Yazz, James, Primal Scream, Guns N’ Roses, Blue Pearl, Art of Noise, P.M. Dawn, De La Soul, Erasure, Beth Orton, Maria McKee, Suns of Arqa, The Shamen, Kool and the Gang, Texas, Tom Jones, Dido, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Malcolm Mclaren, A Guy Called Gerald, Marc Almond and U2.

His ability to turn a song around and create a hit is legendary. Youth began producing in the early days of Killing Joke and left the band in 1982 to pursue solo projects, the first of which was the band Brilliant, which included contributions from Jimmy Cauty, later of The KLF. Youth began working with Alex Paterson and Cauty as The Orb, a collaboration that was responsible for the introduction of chillout ambient music. This led to the release of two classic The Orb albums ‘U.F.Orb’ and ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’, which featured ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’, a track that defined ambient house and chill-out and brought these genres firmly into the mainstream.

In 1991, he formed Butterfly and Dragonfly Records, groundbreaking labels pioneering Goa Trance, Psy Trance and Chillout recordings. One of Youth’s most significant productions has been on The Verve’s hugely successful ‘Urban Hymns’ which included ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. The album won the 1998 BRIT Award for Best Album, while Youth won the BRIT for Producer Of The Year.

Most recently, Youth has produced albums for Black Grape, Hollie Cooke, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Shed 7, as well as touring with Killing Joke. He also runs his Liquid Sound Design label with a latest release from Mixmaster Morris, he is also launching Suriya Recordings, a new label of Indian experimental collaborations. Youth remains tireless in his quest for inspiration, excellence and innovation. In February 2016, Youth was awarded the PPL Outstanding Contribution to Music Award by the Music Producers Guild.

PerKelt

Maybe it’s good to point out this band plays fast. Insanely fast! Great fun on stage and dropping jaws of the audience everywhere they appear. Over 700 performances throughout the Europe; in 2014 the Winner of the Exposure Music Awards (UK) as a Best live act.
with the unleashed energy of unbelievably quick whistles, recorders, tribal drums, guitar-fuelled engine and haunting vocals; welcome to the World of PerKelt!

Members:

Stepan Honc ( guitar, vocals )

Founding member of the band PerKelt, born in the Czech Republic, Stepan graduated from The Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia and graduated with honours at The Conservatory Pardubice, Czech Republic in Classical guitar playing and history of music. In 2002, Stepan won the Guitarreando classical guitar competition. Since 2008 Stepan has been putting all his time and effort into the PerKelt project as the composer,
arranger and producer.

Paya Lehane ( vocals, recorders, harp )

Founding member,lead singer and a composer of the band PerKelt, born in the Czech Republic, Paya was considered to be child prodigy recorder player since she was 4 years old. She has won many recorder competitions, following a methods of her teacher Jan Milde and graduated at the Academy of Music in Brno and the Conservatory Pardubice, Czech Republic in wind instruments and history of music. Previously, Paya has played with many Early Music ensembles and had attended the International Summer School of Early Music in the Czech republic.

David Maurette ( drums, percussion )

David came to London after many adventures all over the World, beating everything he could get his hands on, since his 15th birthday (including drum kit in a French heavy metal band). He joined PerKelt in 2015 with his set of african drums Dundun, Sangba and Kenkeni (and several cymbals, because that is necessary as well). Untaming his natural talent with every occassion, known as “the drummer that smiles”, David became quickly a popular member of the band (both in the band and in the audience), increasing the sound to the level where PerKelt is not allowed to play smaller venues anymore..