COSMICA BANDIDA is a transdisciplinary art collective exploring the materiality of sound through installations, objects and performances. The artist duo combines atmospheric and ambient compositions with modular synths, keyboards and rhythmical patterns inspired by the Colombian traditional cumbia.
Manuela Illera and David Blitz both artists and music producers are preparing the construction of new sound devices and recording their first studio album influenced by Latin American cumbia, the Turkish and Egyptian psychedelic music from the seventies, the noise, the soundscapes, the synth-wave, and electronic music.
Manuela Illera: Keyboards, guitar, percussion, vocals.
David Blitz: Drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keyboards, recording, production.
COSMICA BANDIDA develops its projects with a holistic approach based on the contexts and political views of both artists.
Go deeper on the project:
Strassenbahn Salsa - COSMICA BANDIDA - Behind the scenes demo
COSMICA BANDIDA Live, Experimance Festival, Saarbrücken - Germany 07.2021
The Project started as an experimental playground debuting at the Akademiegalerie in Munich, the early works of the band are oriented to the atmospheric and ambient sounds, the creation of fields and layers, abstract compositions that eventually will drive the project to where is today, a mix of intensions coming from the research of traditional Colombian music, psychedelic Turkish and the contemporary explorations of ambient and electronic.
"Entran Bandidos Edits" is a compilation of this experimental explorations.
COSMICA BANDIDA Live Session - Part 1
In this improvised piece, COSMICA BANDIDA plays with fragments of Donna Haraway's voice in her well-known approaches to the cyborg. Machines and musical instruments are extensions of our body and mind, tools for human expression.
Sound Perfomance in three parts at Akademiegalerie 2020
Music: Manuela Illera, David Blitz
Camera, edition: Santiago Archila Salcedo
Bogotá, Colombia 1988
As an interdisciplinary artist and musician her approach explores different techniques and media to develop her artistic practice both individually and collectively. Recent works involve the construction of musical instruments for installations and the formation of several bands and sound projects, designing various sound pieces for films and performances.
She currently produces and directs EXTRAVAGANT MORTALS, a podcast about art, culture, social sciences and feminism that explores and experiments with soundscapes, atmospheres and music. Sound, voice and body are crucial elements in Illera's artistic practice.
Cologne, Germany, 1974
As an experimental sound artist, musician and instrument builder, he is always in search of new ways to combine various analogue and (if need be) digital machines with organic materials to create performance and installation works.
His sound installations and performances create a surreal world with various layers and textures both sonic and materialistic.
2020 founded the record label Akascope and issued the first edition of Vinyl records for AdbK München.
Currently works as assistant to Julian Rosefeldt at Akademie der Bildenden Kunst München.