Avatar are a ten piece reggae/jazz group from Ireland. Their unique sound has been described as simultaneously relaxing and uplifting. It is influenced by both Reggae and Jazz masters such as Augustus Pablo and Miles Davis.
To date the group have released two critically acclaimed albums (see releases). Their beautifully evocative Heart of Wisdom video received a commendation at the Kerry Film Festival. The group have recorded with Jamaican legend Ricky Grant (Rockers International, the Gay Lads, etc.); Norris Reid and Carton 'Tetrack' Hines. Tetrack produced classic albums such as Let's Get Started ( Riddims from which feature on King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, one of Mojo's top 50 Reggae albums of all time ) & Eastman Dub. The former vocal album was produced by Agustus Pablo and the latter album of Dubs being produced by another Jamaican legend Sylvan Morris. They have also worked with UK vocalist/composer Miri and The Senior All-stars
Avatar have shared the stage with a host of international acts at festivals such as: The Electric Picnic (Trenchtown Stage - where they were accorded the Artiste's Choice accolade), Cork's South X Southwest, Cork Jazz Festival, Feile na Beailtine among others. Their stage performances have gleaned them a host of excellent reviews and a loyal following.
To date the group have released two full length albums, Summa Iru (2005) and Like River To Ocean (2009), and had a dub remix featured on the Senior Allstars album In Dub.
Avatar are looking forward to releasing their recent recordings with the great Carlton 'Tetrack' Hines and Norris Reid. Due also is the eagerly anticipated release of Avatar's colab with the ledgendary Jamaican vocalist Ricky Grant
Avatar's 3rd full length album is set for release in 2012.
I hear-by offer you a fabulous album Summa Iru. The album is essentially an instrumental dub album, but also contains strong melodies and a diverse array of instrumentation. The ablum in enchantingly soothing, yet motivating and uplifting.
The elegant and timeless songs featuring on avatars Like River To Ocean create a unique blend of harmony, sonic balance and groove enriched with Irish flavour. The beautiful horn arrangements are to the fore, and it is often here that the unique Irishness is most evident. The pieces are further enriched with very nice brass and guitar improvisations. Overall Like River To Ocean is an invitation to chill out in a most delightful way.
Here are some photos from Avatar live concerts:
More can be found on flickr
Here are some videos for Avatar track and live concerts:
More can be found on YouTube
- it's a right little gem. - The Kerryman | Mikey Maguire
-Gerry Quinn/Irish Examiner 17th Oct 09.
May all Beings be filled with Loving Kindness,
safe from harm.
May they be well in body & mind,
peaceful & happy.
forged from the landscape.
Blades of grass,
benarth one's feet,
sunlight on a mountain.
- Jah Bass