April 27th 2023 –> live recording and concert @ Tempo Rubato in Brunswick
Get Your Tix Here: https://www.temporubato.com.au/tempo-concerts/mauniche
Benji and Chris are two full-time musicians based in Melbourne who are pushing the boundaries of their chosen instruments, electric guitar and chromatic harmonica.
The duo collaboration came about amidst a time of social isolation throughout 2020. They stumbled across a unique project which expresses life’s current highs and lows through original improvised music.
The aim is to record new compositions on a regular basis, and to share their newest works with the world. All contributions to support this project are greatly appreciated.
In July of 2022 we went back to Pughouse Studio in Melbourne and recorded three more songs. This time we invited the great Stephen Hornby on Double Bass to come along and play with us. Furthermore we invited Emerald MacGill to film additional footage for our videos. We hope you enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed recording it.
In 2013 Benji rode from Seattle to San Diego on a bicycle. “Nowhere Else” is about that journey. A memorable trip with a lot of interesting people and places. And that feeling you can’t get anywhere else.
“Marlowe’s Dream” describes the gritty & noir life of L.A. private investigator Philip Marlowe. Initially written for a theater project about 10 years ago, the song has a smooth and soft A Section and a rather rough and “barky” B Section. Just like Raymond Chandler’s colourful character of the 1930s.
The song features a very characteristic Bass Harmonica Solo that was later written with Chris’ instrument and sound in mind.
“The Missing Piece” – written by Benji in April of 2021. The song was composed as a dedication to Benji’s beloved dog Oscar who sadly passed away just a month prior.
Chris’ clear and warm sound forms the masterpiece they had in mind.
“The Missing Piece”
Throughout the height of the pandemic and amidst Melbourne’s many lockdowns, “To Darker Times” was born out of a dispirited state of mind. It now however acts as more of a tribute to 2020 – a time to reflect.
“To Darker Times”
This project was recorded on June 21st 2021 at Pughouse Studio, Melbourne. Sound engineer Niko Schäuble mixed and mastered the music within the same day of recording. Please visit his website and be overwhelmed by his welcoming and professional work attitude: https://www.pughousestudios.com
The wonderful harmonica business Harps-A-Breeze filmed and edited both videos : https://www.harpsabreeze.com.au