ORCHESTRA NAZIONALE DELLA LUNA

Founded by its chief conductors Manuel Hermia and Kari Ikonen in 2015, Orchestra Nazionale della Luna has quickly become one of the most important orchestras on the Moon. Its diverse and highly original repertoire, as well as its inventive and energetic way of playing is fascinating lunatics and music lovers all over the Moon and even on Earth.

Manuel Hermia – saxophones, flute & bansouri
Kari Ikonen – piano & moog
Sebastien Boisseau – double bass
Teun Verbruggen – drums

The Orchestra has performed at Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Unterfahrt in Munich, BMC in Budapest, and many venues & festivals in Finland, Belgium, France, Italy and the Moon. Its second album “There’s Still Life On Earth” was released universewide in March 2020 on BMC records. Read the press release, liner notes and reviews and listen to samples here!

“Tämä rehevä ja rönsyilevä eriparisuus takaa, että jännitteisesti svengaava There’s Still Life on Earth ei tyhjene useallakaan kerralla.”
-Helsingin Sanomat (****)

“There’s a huge variety in this album and it’s absorbing from the start. Perhaps not an Orchestra, but a very fine quartet.”
-Peter Slavid, London Jazz News (UK)

“One of my favourite bands on the planet is Orchestra Nazionale Della Luna” -One Man’s Jazz (CA)

“Extremely flammable material.” -JazzEnzo (NL)

A unique band with unique music!” -SKJazz (SK)

“Dans les ambiances les plus profondes comme les plus anguleuses, le quartet embarque l’auditeur vers les formes jouissives et sensuelles de l’existence.”  -Citizenjazz (FR)

“Those who believe that everything has been said about the sax-piano-bass-drums quartet have not yet heard Orchestra Nazionale Della Luna: these four will shake their ears!” -Jean-Pierre Goffin, Jazzhalo (BE)

“We are dealing here with a true European-style formation, a perfectly welded quartet, based on a constant interactivity between the two soloists, but also within the rhythm section: Boisseau and Verbruggen are constantly at work, listening to each other, and sharing the obvious pleasure of playing. A music that carries you away like a tidal wave. To discover also in concert!” -Claude Loxhay, JazzAround (BE)

Listen to the first album here!

Booking:

management.ikonen@gmail.com
or
manuel.hermia@gmail.com