Johannesburg, South Africa
João Orecchia is a multi-faceted musician based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His is a process- orientated approach, mixing improvisation with loosely pre-composed material, finding joy in"accidents" and"mistakes". Using a collection of looping devices and effect pedals to create sounds with a variety of acoustic and electronic instruments including guitar, banjo, voice, bass, melodica, toy instruments, theremin and more, he combines layer upon layer of sound, constantly reprocessing and chopping up the sounds he records in real time, building dense soundscapes, while pulling it all together into an abstract song structure. João has collaborated with many fine artists and arts organizations from around South Africa. Focusing on alternative sound approaches, he has been exploring ideas of randomness, composition based on source material from field recordings and the effect this can have on an audience's perception of space or image. João's music has been released on several albums and compilations in Germany and New Zealand. His album, Hands and Feet, was released by Other Electricities in 2009 and features contributions from members of BLK JKS (Secretly Canadian), Serengeti (Anticon, Audio 8), Spoek Mathambo of Sweat.X and Playdoe, Carlo Mombelli, and Mario Marchisella.